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5 Fun Facts About February 24 In Texas History

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1. On February 24, 1836, the Battle of the Alamo began in San Antonio. The Texian defenders, including famous figures such as Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, fought valiantly against the Mexican Army for thirteen days before being defeated. The battle became a symbol of resistance and courage for Texans in their fight for independence.

2. Texas was admitted to the Union as the 28th state on February 24, 1845. This followed a controversial period in which the annexation of Texas was debated and debated in the US Congress.

3. On February 24, 1861, delegates to the Texas Secession Convention met for the final time in Austin and adopted an ordinance of secession, declaring that "Texas is no longer one of the United States of America." This act helped to spark the American Civil War.

4. On February 24, 1903, the second largest oil geyser in U.S. history erupted at Spindletop Hill near Beaumont, Texas. The discovery of the massive oil reserves at Spindletop was a major catalyst for the growth of the Texas petroleum industry and had a significant impact on the state's economy.

5. The Texas School Book Depository building in Dallas, from which Lee Harvey Oswald famously assassinated President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, was purchased by the city of Dallas on February 24, 1972. The building is now part of the Sixth Floor Museum, which explores the life, death, and legacy of the 35th President of the United States.
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