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5 Fun Facts About November 15 In Texas History

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1. The first recorded birth in the town of Austin occurred on November 15, 1839, when Mary Elizabeth Haskell was born. Her parents, William and Harriet Haskell, were among the earliest settlers of the area.

2. On November 15, 1869, the University of Texas at Austin was founded. Originally known as the "Texas State University," it began as a small college with just a few dozen students. Today, it is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the country.

3. Texas Governor John Connally was born on November 15, 1917. He served as governor from 1963 to 1969 and is perhaps best known for being in the car with President John F. Kennedy when he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.

4. On November 15, 1945, the Texas State Teachers Association held its first ever meeting in Dallas. The organization, which is now called the Texas State Teachers Association, is the largest organization of its kind in the state, representing over 60,000 educators.

5. On November 15, 1997, the Texas Longhorns football team defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a 48-7 blowout. The win improved the Longhorns' record for the season to 9-2 and helped them earn a spot in the Cotton Bowl. It was another impressive victory for a program that has been one of the most successful in college football history.
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