The State of Texas – Today In Southern History

23 June 1845  

On this date in 1845…

The Texas legislature in special session voted to accept annexation by the United States after ten years as an independent republic with the proviso that the state would resume its independence if statehood ever caused injury to Texas. In 1861, Texas exercised this right.

Other Years:

  • 1704 – James Moore, former Governor of South Carolina, led a force of 50 British, and 1,000 Creek in an attack the Apalachee Mission of San Pedro y San Pable at Patale, in north-western Florida. Father Manuel de Mendoza was killed and the mission destroyed.
  • 1865 – Confederate General Stand Watie signed cease-hostilities agreements with the United States Government, near Doaksville, Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. General Watie and his Indian Brigade were the last Confederate force to “Strike the Colors.”
  • 1938 – The first aquarium, Marineland, opened in Florida.
  • 1958 – A U.S. Federal judge ruled that racial segregation must end in 21/2 years in Little Rock, Arkansas. 
  • 1979 – The Charlie Daniels Band released “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” The song rocketed up the country, pop, and rock charts and was the band’s first #1 hit.

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