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5 Fun Facts About September 9 In Texas History

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1. In 1927, the West Texas Historical Association was formed in Abilene, Texas on September 9. The association works to promote the history and culture of West Texas.

2. On September 9, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Higher Education Act into law at his alma mater, Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas. The act provided federal funding for higher education and established important programs like Pell Grants and work-study programs.

3. In 1999, Hurricane Bret made landfall on the coast of Texas on September 9. The Category 4 hurricane caused significant damage and resulted in three fatalities.

4. September 9, 1836, was the day that Sam Houston and his army defeated the Mexican forces led by General Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. The victory secured Texas' independence from Mexico.

5. In 1933, future Major League Baseball player Mickey Mantle was born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. Although he never played for a Texas team, Mantle is a beloved figure in Texas due to his time playing for the minor league teams in Kansas City and Joplin, both of which had a strong following in Texas.
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