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5 Fun Facts About October 22 In Texas History

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1. On October 22, 1836, the first steamship to arrive in Texas, the SS Yellowstone, docked at Galveston. This marked a significant moment in Texas history as it enabled faster and more efficient transportation of goods and people.

2. In 1844, the Texan Santa Fe Expedition was captured by Mexican forces on October 22. The expedition aimed to establish Texas' claim to parts of New Mexico, but it ultimately failed and resulted in many casualties.

3. The Texas Christian University was founded on October 22, 1873, in Fort Worth. It was originally named AddRan Male & Female College and went through several name changes before becoming the university it is today.

4. On October 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy visited San Antonio, Texas, and delivered a speech at Brooks Air Force Base. He praised the city's military presence and urged the country to continue its efforts to explore space.

5. In 1999, the Texas Supreme Court ruled on October 22 that the state's school finance system was unconstitutional because it relied too heavily on local property taxes. This ruling led to years of legislative efforts to reform and improve the system.
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