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5 Fun Facts About October 24 In Texas History

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1. On October 24, 1835, the Battle of Concepción took place, which was the first major armed conflict during the Texas Revolution. The Texian army, led by James Bowie and James Fannin, defeated a detachment of Mexican troops.

2. On October 24, 1861, the Confederate Congress passed a bill recognizing Missouri as a member of the Confederacy. Missouri was one of several states that seceded from the Union but was not admitted into the Confederacy.

3. On October 24, 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Taylor, who was from Texas, was 63 years old at the time and hoped to make money from the stunt.

4. On October 24, 1931, Fort Worth hosted the first Texas Centennial Exposition, which celebrated the state's 100th anniversary of independence from Mexico. The exposition included exhibits on Texas history, agriculture, transportation, and industry.

5. On October 24, 2005, Hurricane Wilma made landfall in Texas, causing widespread damage and destruction. The storm was the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, with winds reaching over 185 miles per hour.
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