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5 Fun Facts About November 26 In Texas History

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1. On November 26, 1835, the Battle of Gonzales occurred, which is known as the first military engagement of the Texas Revolution. A small group of Texian militia successfully resisted the Mexican army's demand for the return of a cannon, which led to a full-scale revolt.

2. In 1917, the deadliest train crash in Texas history occurred on November 26. Two trains collided near the town of Crush during a publicity stunt, resulting in two deaths and dozens of injuries.

3. On November 26, 1941, the USS Texas (BB-35) was present during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The ship fired on Japanese planes and ships and suffered only minor damage in the attack.

4. The Texas School Book Depository, where Lee Harvey Oswald fired shots at President John F. Kennedy's motorcade on November 22, 1963, was searched by authorities on November 26 of that year. Evidence, including a rifle and three spent shell casings, was found on the sixth floor of the building.

5. On November 26, 1971, the DuPont Company and the State of Texas signed a contract to build the Sabine River Works, a major chemical plant in Orange, Texas. The plant has been a major employer in the area for decades and produces chemicals used in a variety of products.
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