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5 Fun Facts About August 29 In Texas History

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1. In 1896, the first recorded automobile accident in Texas occurred on August 29. A car owned by W. E. Cowper hit a hitching post in the town of Tyler.

2. On August 29, 1910, a devastating hurricane hit Galveston, Texas killing over 200 people and causing millions of dollars in damage.

3. In 1966, the University of Texas at Austin Tower shooting occurred on August 29. Sniper Charles Whitman killed 14 people and injured 31 others before being stopped by police.

4. August 29, 1970 marked the opening day of the Texas Rangers stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers defeated the California Angels 4-3 in their inaugural game.

5. On August 29, 1990, the Texas legislature designated the state flower as the bluebonnet.
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