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5 Fun Facts About February 27 In Texas History

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1. In 1836, the Battle of San Patricio took place in Jim Wells County, Texas during the Texas Revolution. A group of about 100 Mexican soldiers defeated a small force of Texians led by James Grant. The battle was significant in that it was the last major engagement between Mexican and Texian forces before the fall of the Alamo and the Battle of Goliad.

2. On February 27, 1901, the Texas legislature established the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, which is responsible for preserving and providing access to the state's official records, as well as promoting literacy and the use of public libraries.

3. In 1933, the Texas State Highway Department introduced the first numbered highway system in the state, a precursor to the modern interstate system. The system initially included just 23 roads, but it would eventually expand to include thousands of miles of highways.

4. On February 27, 1937, a natural gas explosion at a school in New London, Texas, killed nearly 300 people, most of them children. The disaster led to significant changes in oil and gas industry regulations and spurred the development of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as a safer alternative to natural gas.

5. In 2012, the severe drought that had plagued Texas for several years reached its peak, with more than 88% of the state experiencing exceptional drought conditions. The drought caused widespread crop failures, water shortages, and wildfires, and resulted in billions of dollars in economic damages. It also led to increased awareness of the need for water conservation and management in the state.
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