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5 Fun Facts About May 30 In Texas History

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1. Texas officially became a state on May 30, 1845, when President James K. Polk signed a joint resolution of Congress that admitted Texas as the 28th state of the United States.

2. On May 30, 1874, a shootout occurred in the town of Round Rock between the infamous outlaw Sam Bass and state law enforcement officers, resulting in the death of one officer and the capture of Bass.

3. The first successful oil well in Texas was drilled on May 30, 1919, in the town of Hull, marking the beginning of the state's oil boom that would transform Texas into a major oil-producing state.

4. On May 30, 1958, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of NAACP v. Alabama that the state of Alabama could not compel the NAACP to disclose its membership list, which had significant implications for civil rights organizations in Texas and across the country.

5. Gulf War veteran and former professional football player Pat Tillman, who famously left the NFL to join the Army in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, was born on May 30, 1976, in Fremont, California. While not a Texan by birth, Tillman's story and sacrifice have inspired many Texans and continue to be remembered and honored in the state.
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