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5 Fun Facts About September 16 In Texas History

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1. Mexican Independence Day: September 16 is a significant day in Texas history as it marks Mexican Independence Day. On this day in 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic priest, issued the "Grito de Dolores" (Cry of Dolores) declaring Mexico's independence from Spain.

2. Battle of Molino del Rey: In 1847, the Battle of Molino del Rey was fought during the Mexican-American War. The battle took place near Mexico City and resulted in a victory for American forces.

3. The Texas Slave Rebellions: On September 16, 1861, a group of slaves in Colorado County, Texas, attempted to rebel against their owners. The rebellion was quickly suppressed, and many of the participants were executed.

4. First Jet Airliner Flight: In 1958, the first flight of a commercial jet airliner took place in Texas. The Boeing 707, operated by Pan American World Airways, flew from New York to Paris with a stop in Texas.

5. Hurricane Ike: On September 16, 2008, Hurricane Ike struck Texas, causing significant damage and widespread power outages. The storm caused over $30 billion in damage and claimed the lives of dozens of people.
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