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5 Fun Facts About May 25 In Texas History

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1) On May 25, 1836, the Battle of Thompson's Island took place near Galveston, Texas during the Texas Revolution. Texan forces, led by Henry Smith and William Harris, ambushed a Mexican schooner and captured it along with supplies and ammunition.

2) The first bridge over the Rio Grande connecting El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico was opened on May 25, 1896. The bridge was designed by the American engineer Octave Chanute and named in his honor.

3) On May 25, 1961, the first American astronaut to walk in space, Edward H. White II, was born in San Antonio, Texas. White was selected by NASA to be part of the second group of astronauts in 1962 and flew on the Gemini 4 mission in 1965.

4) The downtown Dallas Public Library opened its doors on May 25, 1955. The library was designed by famed architect George Dahl and featured a modernist style with a distinctive white façade and vertical fins on the exterior.

5) On May 25, 1979, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System was completed, connecting the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to the port of Valdez. The pipeline, which stretches over 800 miles, was a major engineering feat and is still in operation today. Many oil and gas companies operating in Texas played a key role in the pipeline's construction.
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