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5 Fun Facts About January 27 In Texas History

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1. In 1832, a group of Comanche warriors attacked a ranch in Parker County, Texas, killing three settlers and kidnapping two others, including a young Cynthia Ann Parker. She would eventually become the mother of legendary Comanche chief Quanah Parker.

2. In 1880, the Texas State Capitol building opened to the public. It took construction crews six years and $3.7 million to build the iconic structure, which remains a major attraction in downtown Austin.

3. In 1935, Texas Governor James Allred signed the Texas Mother's Health Act, which legalized the sale and use of birth control in the state. Texas was one of the first states in the nation to enact such a law, which was a major milestone in the fight for women's reproductive rights.

4. In 1967, the Texas Board of Education voted to remove all references to evolution from the state's public school textbooks. The decision sparked controversy and criticism from scientists and educators, and the issue continued to be a source of contention in Texas schools for many years.

5. In 2002, the Houston Texans were officially announced as the 32nd franchise in the National Football League. The team played its first game in 2002, and has since become a beloved part of the Houston sports community.
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