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5 Fun Facts About January 12 In Texas History

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1. In 1903, the first train robbery in Texas occurred on January 12. The robbery, which took place in the small town of Flatonia, was executed by a group of four masked men who stole over $4,000 from the express car.

2. On January 12, 1915, the last Indian raid in Texas took place. A band of Yaqui Indians attacked the town of Glenn Springs, killing six people and causing significant damage before being driven off by the local militia.

3. In 1920, the first live radio broadcast in Texas history took place on January 12. The broadcast, which was made by station WEAU in Houston, featured a musical performance by local musicians and was heard by listeners across the city.

4. On January 12, 1971, the Texas Legislature passed a resolution officially designating chili as the state's official dish. Texans have long been known for their love of chili, and the dish is a staple of local cuisine.

5. In 1987, on January 12, the Texas Rangers retired the number 34 in honor of legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan. Ryan played for the Rangers from 1989 to 1993 and is considered one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history.
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