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5 Fun Facts About February 8 In Texas History

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1. On February 8, 1953, Dallas-native Bette Nesmith Graham invented Liquid Paper, a correction fluid used to cover mistakes made with typewriters. Her invention revolutionized the way people corrected errors and was eventually sold to Gillette for $47.5 million.

2. On February 8, 1837, the Texas Congress established the town of Houston as the new capital of the Republic of Texas, replacing the previous capital of Austin. Houston served as the capital until 1839 when it was moved back to Austin.

3. On February 8, 1900, the deadliest hurricane in Texas history made landfall in Galveston, causing widespread destruction and killing an estimated 6,000 to 12,000 people. The storm surge reached heights of up to 15 feet and destroyed most of the city's buildings.

4. On February 8, 1924, Fort Worth-based American Airlines made its first scheduled flight from Dallas to Chicago. The airline, originally known as American Airways, would go on to become one of the largest commercial airlines in the world.

5. On February 8, 1960, a group of African American students began a sit-in protest at a Woolworth's store in Greensboro, North Carolina, sparking a wave of similar protests across the country. The sit-in movement eventually reached Texas and is credited with helping to dismantle segregation in many public facilities.
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