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5 Fun Facts About October 1 In Texas History

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1. On October 1, 1835, the Consultation of 1835 began in San Felipe de Austin. This important meeting of Texian leaders was called to discuss and plan for the upcoming war against Mexico.

2. The University of Texas at Austin was founded on October 1, 1883. It was originally named the "University of Texas," but in 1967 it was renamed to "The University of Texas at Austin" to distinguish it from other campuses in the UT System.

3. Galveston, Texas was hit by a devastating hurricane on October 1, 1900. The storm is still one of the deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history, with an estimated death toll of 6,000 to 12,000 people.

4. On October 1, 1961, the San Antonio Spurs played their first game as a member of the NBA. The team was originally known as the Dallas Chaparrals before moving to San Antonio in 1973.

5. In 1995, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at the time occurred in Killeen, Texas on October 1. The perpetrator, George Hennard, killed 23 people and injured 27 more before taking his own life. The tragedy led to changes in Texas gun laws, including the implementation of the state's concealed carry law.
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