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5 Fun Facts About January 14 In Texas History

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1. On January 14, 1841, the Texans staged a surprise attack on the Mexican town of Dolores, resulting in the capture of enemy supplies and prisoners. This was one of many skirmishes during the Texas Revolution.

2. In 1875, John Henry "Doc" Holliday arrived in Dallas, Texas, where he established a dental practice. However, he soon became known for his participation in gambling and gunfights, leading to his infamous reputation as a Wild West gunslinger.

3. On January 14, 1899, the first recorded automobile accident in Texas occurred when a vehicle struck a horse-drawn carriage in downtown Houston. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

4. In 1930, the Texas Legislature established the Texas Department of Public Safety, which oversees law enforcement, traffic safety, and homeland security efforts in the state.

5. On January 14, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated while re-entering Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members on board. The tragedy brought national attention to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, which played a major role in the investigation and recovery efforts.
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