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5 Fun Facts About February 16 In Texas History

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1. In 1896, the Texas State Capitol was officially dedicated after four years of construction. The building stands as one of the largest state capitols in the country and is an iconic landmark of the city of Austin.

2. On February 16, 1986, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum was opened in Waco. The museum showcases the rich history and legacy of the Texas Rangers, who have served as a symbol of law and order since the early days of Texas.

3. In 1911, the Texas State Technical College System was established, offering vocational education to students across the state. Today, the system includes multiple campuses and continues to provide valuable training and career opportunities for Texans.

4. On February 16, 1957, the famous Texas musician Buddy Holly recorded his hit song "That'll Be the Day" at a studio in Clovis, New Mexico. The song went on to become a classic of the rock and roll genre and cemented Holly's place in music history.

5. In 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart upon reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members aboard. The tragedy occurred on February 1, but on February 16, a memorial service was held in Houston to honor the fallen astronauts and pay tribute to their sacrifice.
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