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5 Fun Facts About May 22 In Texas History

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1. In 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the end of the Civil War, along with the freedom of all slaves in the state. This event became known as Juneteenth and is now celebrated as a holiday.

2. In 1900, a devastating hurricane hit Galveston, causing an estimated 8,000 deaths and destroying much of the city. The storm remains one of the deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history.

3. On May 22, 1915, the singing cowboy star, Tex Ritter, was born in Murvaul, Texas. Ritter starred in numerous Western films and recorded popular country music hits.

4. In 1972, the Cullen Davis murder trial began in Fort Worth. Davis, a wealthy businessman, was accused of killing his estranged wife's lover and attempted murder of his wife and stepdaughter. The highly publicized trial eventually ended in a mistrial.

5. On May 22, 2019, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that banned red light cameras in the state. The controversial traffic enforcement devices had been in use in various cities for over a decade.
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