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5 Fun Facts About September 10 In Texas History

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1) On September 10, 1962, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park was established. The park preserves four Spanish frontier missions along the San Antonio River and showcases the culture and architecture of the indigenous people and missionaries from the 18th century.

2) The Houston Ship Channel was opened on September 10, 1914. The channel links the Port of Houston to the Gulf of Mexico and is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, handling a wide variety of cargo including petroleum, chemicals, and grains.

3) On September 10, 1836, Sam Houston was elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas. Houston played a pivotal role in the struggle for Texas independence and went on to serve two non-consecutive terms as the state's governor.

4) The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio was established on September 10, 1968. The center is one of five campuses of the University of Texas System and is dedicated to educating the next generation of healthcare professionals, conducting research, and providing clinical care to the community.

5) On September 10, 1900, a massive hurricane hit the Texas coast, killing an estimated 8,000 people and causing widespread destruction. Known as the Galveston Hurricane, it remains one of the deadliest natural disasters in US history and led to significant changes in disaster preparedness and response.
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