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5 Fun Facts About October 6 In Texas History

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1. In 1835, the Battle of Gonzales took place on October 6, marking the start of the Texas Revolution. A group of Texian settlers refused to surrender their cannon to Mexican forces, resulting in a skirmish that led to the uprising against Mexican rule.

2. On October 6, 1883, the first train arrived in El Paso, Texas, marking the completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad across the state. This helped to spur economic growth and development in the region.

3. In 1927, the Texas Tech University was established on October 6 in Lubbock, Texas. It is now a renowned research university with over 38,000 students and a strong emphasis on STEM fields.

4. On October 6, 1967, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at the time took place at the University of Texas at Austin. A lone gunman, Charles Whitman, climbed to the top of the iconic UT Tower and opened fire, killing 14 people and injuring 31 others.

5. In 2018, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Houston Texans in overtime on October 6 in a thrilling game that featured two of Texas' top NFL teams. The final score was 19-16, with the Cowboys emerging victorious.
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