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Feb. 11, 1854—166 years ago today--the Texas Legislature appropriated $17,500 to build the Governor’s Mansion in Austin. The work was completed on June 14, 1856. The mansion has been home to every governor since, including Sam Houston and George W. Bush. On June 8, 2008, while undergoing some restoration work, the mansion was heavily damaged by a fire that was set deliberately. Repairs were completed in July 2012 at a cost of about $25 million. The Legislature appropriated $21.5 million and private donations covered the other $3.5 million.

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1 hour ago, El Diablo said:

Feb. 11, 1854—166 years ago today--the Texas Legislature appropriated $17,500 to build the Governor’s Mansion in Austin. The work was completed on June 14, 1856. The mansion has been home to every governor since, including Sam Houston and George W. Bush. On June 8, 2008, while undergoing some restoration work, the mansion was heavily damaged by a fire that was set deliberately. Repairs were completed in July 2012 at a cost of about $25 million. The Legislature appropriated $21.5 million and private donations covered the other $3.5 million.

Did they catch the rat bastard ?

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33 minutes ago, Onboard 2.0 said:

Did they catch the rat bastard ?

HAHAHAHAHA....yeah....no.

Our fine DPS officers were busy sitting at their post, rubbing one out to what I'm sure was bland and pathetic porn, instead of, you know, watching for a dude who threw a freaking molotov cocktail on the front porch.  So, nobody even got a look at the guy.

So, now we have multiple armed DPS troopers, with ARs and all the latest tactical gear, standing guard at multiple locations.  Nothing like overkill, when the actual solution would have been as simple as "so, when you're on ''guard duty,' it's a good idea to, like, look around."

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4 minutes ago, Brisketexan said:

HAHAHAHAHA....yeah....no.

Our fine DPS officers were busy sitting at their post, rubbing one out to what I'm sure was bland and pathetic porn, instead of, you know, watching for a dude who threw a freaking molotov cocktail on the front porch.  So, nobody even got a look at the guy.

So, now we have multiple armed DPS troopers, with ARs and all the latest tactical gear, standing guard at multiple locations.  Nothing like overkill, when the actual solution would have been as simple as "so, when you're on ''guard duty,' it's a good idea to, like, look around."

That was a sneaky, Reichtstag like plan there by DPS....

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1975 Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for leadership of the British Conservative Party

1979 Iran's premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power

1990 In a huge upset, James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10th round in Tokyo, Japan to win the world heavyweight boxing title

2013 Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation from February 28, the first pope to resign since 1415

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38 minutes ago, Brisketexan said:

HAHAHAHAHA....yeah....no.

Our fine DPS officers were busy sitting at their post, rubbing one out to what I'm sure was bland and pathetic porn, instead of, you know, watching for a dude who threw a freaking molotov cocktail on the front porch.  So, nobody even got a look at the guy.

So, now we have multiple armed DPS troopers, with ARs and all the latest tactical gear, standing guard at multiple locations.  Nothing like overkill, when the actual solution would have been as simple as "so, when you're on ''guard duty,' it's a good idea to, like, look around."

After 150 years I can see how a little complacency might set in for the guys who drew that assignment.

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6 hours ago, HouTex said:

1990 In a huge upset, James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10th round in Tokyo, Japan to win the world heavyweight boxing title

I was skiing in Lake Tahoe that weekend, we wanted to bet on the fight but the only thing you could be on was what round the fight would end - no line for either Tyson or Douglas, because no money was coming in on the underdog

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February 13, 1977—43 years ago today—legendary Texas Ranger M. T. “Lone Wolf” Gonzaullas died in Dallas at the age of 85. Gonzaullas joined the Rangers in 1920 and served from the Red River to the Rio Grande and from El Paso to the Sabine River during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1933, Gov. Miriam “Ma” Ferguson fired Gonzaullas and most of his colleagues. To remove the rangers from direct control of the governor’s office, the Legislature created the independent Department of Public Safety in August 1935, and made the Texas Rangers a division of the agency. Gonzaullas was named to head the DPS Bureau of Intelligence, creating a crime laboratory and introducing scientific testing to criminal investigations, but in 1940 resigned to rejoin the Rangers, becoming the first Hispanic to rise to the rank of captain in the reconstituted force. He retired in 1951 and went to Hollywood where he worked as a technical consultant for TV programs and films. He was also involved in the founding of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco.

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Feb. 18, 1970, the "Chicago Seven" defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention; five were convicted of violating the Anti-Riot Act of 1968 (those convictions were later reversed).

 

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1846 Texas state government formally installed in Austin

1884 Enigma outbreak of tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill 800 people

1910 Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is freed from her first periods of forced isolation and goes on to cause several further outbreaks of typhoid in the New York area

1942 FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans

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1903 Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water

1942 World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse, prompting MacArthur's famous line "I shall return."

1980 "Miracle on Ice": US ice hockey team beats heavily favoured Soviet Union, 4-3 at Lake Placid in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history; Americans go on to win gold medal

1997 Dolly the Sheep, world's first cloned mammal (from an adult cell) is announced by the Roslin Institute in Scotland

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1455 Johannes Gutenberg prints his first Bible (estimated date)

1836 Alamo besieged for 13 days until March 6 by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed

1847 Battle of Buena Vista Mexico; Zachary Taylor defeats Mexicans

1904 United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million

1945 US Marines raise American flag on top of Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima. Photo of which by Joe Rosenthall later became iconic, inspiring the Marine Corps War Memorial sculpture

1954 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)

1985 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game

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Thanks for taking the time to post these dates gentlemen.  Always interesting to see the ebb, and flow of events, time and place.

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The first functional cylindrical pistol was patented on 25Feb1836 by Samuel Colt.

God created all men equal. Col Colt Made them equal.

*originally turned down by the US miltary, opting instead for the designs of the time.  Made famous, instead by a rag-tag group of Texans battling in the dangerous land known as Comancheria, and later known simply as "Rangers".

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1935 Adolf Hitler secretly authorizes formation of the Luftwaffe with Hermann Göring commander-in-chief.  My avatar soon warns his government about it, but nothing is done.

1989 Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career.  When I stopped being a Cowboys fan.

1993 "World Trade Center bombing of 1993": truck bomb explodes in parking garage of NYC World Trade Center at 12:18pm, killing 6 and injuring over 1,000 in what was the deadliest act of terrorism perpetrated on US soil at the time

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1845 US President John Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas

1932 The "Lindbergh kidnapping", 20 month old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh kidnapped from home in East Amwell, New Jersey, found dead 12 May

1954 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US House of Representatives injuring 5 members

1973 Pink Floyd release their album "Dark Side of the Moon", since sold over 45 million copies

 

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Just now, HouTex said:

1845 US President John Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas

1932 The "Lindbergh kidnapping", 20 month old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh kidnapped from home in East Amwell, New Jersey, found dead 12 May

1954 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US House of Representatives injuring 5 members

1973 Pink Floyd release their album "Dark Side of the Moon", since sold over 45 million copies

 

I still remember all the older kids (the HS kids listening to this for the first time). Like a nuc-u-ler bomb going off in their world.

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1836 Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico

1882 Queen Victoria narrowly escapes assassination when Roderick Maclean shoots at her while boarding a train in Windsor

1938 Landslides & floods cause over 200 deaths (Los Angeles California)

1983 Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
 

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1789 1st US Congress meets and declares constitution in effect (9 senators, 13 reps)

1966 John Lennon says "We (the Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"

1989 The Louvre Pyramid designed by I. M. Pei is inaugurated by French President Francois Mitterrand

2013 The Papal Conclave begins to select the successor of Pope Benedict XVI

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1770 Boston Massacre (Incident on King Street): British soldiers kill 5 men in a crowd throwing snowballs, stones and sticks at them. 

1946 Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech in Fulton, Missouri, popularizes the term and draws attention to the division of Europe.

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On this day in 1836...Davy Crockett woke up and looked outside. When he saw how many of the enemy surrounded the Alamo he yelled "HEY COLONEL TRAVIS, ARE WE POURING CONCRETE TODAY?"

How does Davy Crockett take his pie?

 

 

 

 

Alamoed

*I'll see myself out.....

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Fall of the Alamo, and Massacre of Travis
and His Brave Associates
by Francisco Antonio Ruiz
Translated by J. A. Quintero
 
On the 6th of March at 3 a.m. General Santa Anna at the head of 4000 men, advanced against the Alamo. The infantry, artillery and cavalry had formed about 1000 varas from the walls of said fortress.
 
The Mexican army charged and were twice repulsed by the deadly fire of Travis' artillery, which resembled a constant thunder. At the third charge the Toluca battalion commenced to scale the walls and suffered severely. Out of 800 men, only 130 were left alive.
 
When the Mexican army had succeeded in entering the walls, I with Political Chief (Jefe Politico) Don Ramon Musquiz, and other members of the corporation, accompanied the curate Don Refugio de la Garza, who, by Santa Anna's orders had assembled during the night, at a temporary fortification erected in Potrero Street, with the object of attending the wounded.
 
As soon as the storming commenced, we crossed the bridge on Commerce Street with this object in view, and about 100 yards from the same a party of Mexican dragoons fired upon us and compelled us to fallback on the river to the place occupied before.
 
Half an hour had elapsed when Santa Anna sent one of his aides with an order for us to come before him. He directed me to call upon some of the neighbors to come with carts to carry the dead to the cemetery, and also to accompany him, as he was desirous to have Colonels Travis, Bowie and Crockett shown to him.
 
On the north battery of the fortress lay the lifeless body of Colonel Travis on the gun carriage shot only in the forehead.
 
Toward the west in a small fort opposite the city we found the body of Colonel Crockett.
 
Colonel Bowie was found dead in his bed in one of the rooms of the south side.
 
Santa Anna, after the Mexicans were taken out, ordered wood to be brought to burn the bodies of the Texans. He sent a company of dragoons with me to bring wood and dry branches from the neighboring forests.
 
About 3 o'clock in the afternoon of the next day they commenced laying wood and dry branches upon which a file of dead bodies were placed, more wood was piled on them and another file brought, and in this manner all were arranged in layers. Kindling wood was distributed through the pile and at 8 o'clock it was lighted.
 
The dead Mexicans of Santa Anna's army were taken to the graveyard, but not having sufficient room for them, I ordered some of them to be thrown in the river, which was done on the same day. Santa Anna's loss estimated at 1600 men. These were the flower of his army.
 
The gallantry of the few Texans who defended the Alamo were really wondered at by the Mexican army. Even the generals were astonished at their vigorous resistance, and how dearly the victory had been bought.
 
The generals who, under Santa Anna, participated in the storming of the Alamo were Juan Amador, Castrillion, Ramirez y Sesma, Andrade.
 
The men burned numbered 182. I was an eye witness, for as Alcalde of San Antonio, I was with some of the neighbors collecting the dead bodies and placing them on the funeral pyre.
 

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1622 First American Indian (Powhatan) massacre of Europeans in Jamestown Virginia, 347 killed

1903 Niagera Falls runs out of water because of a drought

1933 FDR makes wine & beer with up to 3.2% alcohol legal

2011 Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty for misdemeanors of sexual misconduct and is sentenced to six years probation

 

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2 minutes ago, HouTex said:

1622 First American Indian (Powhatan) massacre of Europeans in Jamestown Virginia, 347 killed

 

 

Injuns got tired of their shit.

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1775 Patrick Henry proclaims "Give me liberty or give me death" in speech in favour of Virginian troops joining US Revolutionary war

1839 1st recorded use of "OK" [oll korrect] (Boston's Morning Post)

1917 Tornadoes kills 211 over 4 days in Midwest US

1933 Enabling Act: German Reichstag grants Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers

1966 1st official meeting after 400 years of Catholic & Anglican Church

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