21st Mar

March 21st, 1801 -- Famed mustanger and filibuster killed

On this day in 1801, Philip Nolan, mustanger and filibuster, died at the hands of Spanish troops. It was not his first visit to Texas to acquire horses. He was also known to be carrying on illegal trade with the Indians. He left Natchez at the head of a body of well-armed men in October 1800 and

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20th Mar

March 20th, 1721 -- Aguayo expedition enters Texas

On this day in 1721, an expedition under the Marqués de Aguayo crossed the Rio Grande into Texas. José de Azlor y Virto de Vera, Marqués de San Miguel de Aguayo, was governor of Coahuila and Texas when the viceroy of New Spain accepted his offer to reestablish Spanish control of East Texas in

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20th Mar

March 20th, 1987 -- Legendary Texas yodeler silenced

On this day in 1987, legendary Austin country singer and tavern owner Kenneth Threadgill died of a pulmonary embolism. Threadgill was born in Peniel, Texas, in 1909, the son of a minister. As a youngster, Threadgill was working at Beaumont's Tivoli Theater when Jimmie Rodgers performed.

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20th Mar

March 20th, 1955 -- Scholar Harriet Smither dies

On this day in 1955, Harriet Wingfield Smither died. She had been the archivist of the Texas State Library for twenty-eight years. Her scholarly editions included the Papers of Mirabeau Lamar, the Journals of the Fourth Congress, the Journals of the Sixth Congress, and

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