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5 Fun Facts About December 4 In Texas History

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1. In 1835, Texan volunteers, led by William Barret Travis, attacked Mexican troops and successfully captured Fort Lipantitlán. The battle was a small but significant victory in the Texas Revolution.

2. On December 4, 1875, Margaret Borland, a notorious outlaw known as "The Queen of the Rustlers," was captured by Texas Rangers near Alpine. Borland and her gang had evaded law enforcement for years, but she was finally apprehended after a fierce gun battle that left one Ranger dead.

3. The first nationally broadcast night college football game was played on December 4, 1937, between the University of Texas and the University of Chicago. Texas won the game 20-7 in front of a radio audience estimated at over 10 million people.

4. In 1939, the Texas state capitol building in Austin was dedicated in a lavish ceremony attended by over 60,000 people. The building, which took 6 years to complete, is the largest state capitol in the United States and is considered a masterpiece of Renaissance Revival architecture.

5. The first episode of the long-running television series "Dallas" aired on December 4, 1978. The show, which was set in Texas and followed the lives of a wealthy oil family, became a cultural phenomenon and ran for 14 seasons.
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