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5 Fun Facts About February 7 In Texas History

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1. In 1836, the Texian Army was founded in San Felipe de Austin to fight for Texas' independence from Mexico. Under the command of General Sam Houston, the army went on to win the decisive Battle of San Jacinto in April of that year.

2. On February 7, 1901, the Spindletop oil field, located near Beaumont, Texas, struck oil for the first time. This event marked the beginning of the Texas oil boom, which would have a major impact on the state's economy and culture for decades to come.

3. The Texas School Book Depository, from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, was located in Dallas. On February 7, 1964, the building was officially renamed the Dallas County Administration Building in an effort to distance it from the assassination.

4. The Texas A&M University System was established on February 7, 1948. Today, the system includes 11 universities, 7 state agencies, and a health science center that collectively serve over 140,000 students.

5. On February 7, 1985, former Texas Governor John Connally was found not guilty of bribery and conspiracy charges related to allegations that he accepted bribes while serving as Secretary of the Treasury under President Richard Nixon. Connally had played a prominent role in Texas politics for many years, serving as a governor, member of Congress, and presidential candidate.
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