The Impresario

3 November 1793  

On this date in 1793 – Texas pioneer and impresario Stephen F. Austin was born in Wythe County, Virginia.

Other Years:

  • 1762 – As part of the Treaty of Fountainbleau, Spain acquires all of French Louisiana west of the Mississippi River due to the “French and Indian War.”
  • 1813 – Confederate General Jubal Early was born in Franklin County, Virginia.
  • 1862 – Gunboats fought for three days on Bayou Teche, Louisiana.
  • 1863 – Battle of Grand Coteau in Southwestern Louisiana.
  • 1883 – Racially motivated riots in Danville, Virginia killed 4 people.
  • 1955 – An Alabama woman was bruised on the hip by a meteorite.
  • 1957 – “Great Balls of Fire,” by Jerry Lee Lewis rocketed up the charts and became Sun Records’ best-selling record.

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