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5 Fun Facts About January 6 In Texas History

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1. In 1839, the Mexican Army under General Antonio López de Santa Anna attacked the Republic of Texas at the Battle of San Jacinto. The Texan army under General Sam Houston won the battle in just 18 minutes, securing Texan independence from Mexico.

2. On January 6, 1900, the Spindletop oil gusher, one of the largest oil discoveries in United States history, erupted near Beaumont, Texas. The discovery led to a major oil boom in the state and transformed the economy of Texas.

3. January 6 marks the anniversary of the first integrated high school basketball game in Texas. In 1967, the all-black Wheatley High School played against the all-white Jeff Davis High School in Houston. The game was a milestone in the fight for civil rights and racial integration in Texas and the United States.

4. On January 6, 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect, opening up trade between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Texas, with its large border with Mexico and ties to the energy and transportation industries, has been a significant beneficiary of the agreement.

5. In 2015, January 6 was declared David Bowie Day in the city of Austin, Texas. The proclamation recognized Bowie's contributions to music and art, as well as his deep connection to the city, where he recorded several albums and played many concerts over the course of his career.
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