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5 Fun Facts About July 21 In Texas History

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1. On July 21, 1877, gunman John Wesley Hardin was finally apprehended in Pensacola, Florida after years of evading the law in Texas. Hardin was known as one of the deadliest outlaws in the Wild West, having killed at least 27 men.

2. Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen was born on July 21, 1921 in Mission, Texas. Bentsen served in the Senate from 1971 to 1993, and also ran for Vice President on the Democratic ticket alongside Michael Dukakis in 1988.

3. The Texas State Capitol building was dedicated on July 21, 1888. The iconic building in downtown Austin is made of pink granite and stands 308 feet tall, making it the largest state capitol building in the United States.

4. On July 21, 1836, the Battle of Medina took place near San Antonio, Texas. The battle was a decisive victory for Mexican forces led by General Joaquín de Arredondo, who defeated a rebel Texian army seeking independence from Mexico.

5. Legendary musician and Texas native Don Henley was born on July 21, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas. Henley is best known as a founding member of the Eagles, one of the most successful rock bands of all time.
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