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5 Fun Facts About November 11 In Texas History

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1. Armistice Day: November 11, 1918, marks the end of World War I with the signing of an armistice agreement. Texans celebrated the end of the war with parades and speeches, and in 1938, Armistice Day officially became a national holiday.

2. University of Texas Shooting: On November 11, 1966, a former marine opened fire on the University of Texas at Austin campus, killing 16 people and wounding 31 others. The shooting spree lasted for 96 minutes before a police officer finally shot and killed the gunman.

3. NASA Launch: The first operational space shuttle, Columbia, was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 11, 1982. The shuttle was piloted by Texan astronaut Robert Crippen, who had previously flown on several Apollo missions.

4. Veterans Day: In 1954, the United States formally changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all veterans who had served in the military. Texans continue to observe the holiday with parades and military ceremonies.

5. Willie Nelson's Birthday: On November 11, 1933, iconic musician Willie Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas. Nelson is known for his unique blend of country, folk, and rock music, and has released over 70 albums throughout his career.
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