Today in Southern History: First President of Texas

22 October 1836  

On this date in 22 October 1836…

Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first president of the Republic of Texas.

Other Years:

  • 1752 – A hurricane struck the Florida coast and claimed at least 12 ships including a Spanish man-of-war.
  • 1862 – Confederate troops reconquered the Cumberland Gap in Tennessee.
  • 1934 – FBI agent Melvin Purvis killed Oklahoma bank robber Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd in an apple orchard near East Liverpool, Ohio.
  • 1962 – President Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island.
  • 1983 – At the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia, an armed man crashed a truck through the gates and demanded to speak with U.S. President Ronald Reagan

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