On April 28, well a lot of things have happened on April 28th.
I have a confession to make. Usually I have a hard time narrowing it down to the one historical event that I want to cover in the Daily Dose of Texas History, and after doing that I have a hard time making it short enough to justify being called a daily dose.
Well…April 28th is not that kind of day. A lot of cool things can be remembered about this day but I haven’t found the one quite yet that gets me into digging much deeper. So here are multiple important events that happened on April 28th in Texas history.
On April 28, 1854, Henry Philemon Attwater was born in Brighton, England. He spent a considerable time studying natural history in Texas and he is the namesake of Attwater's greater prairie chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri) in addition to several other species.
Actress Carolyn Jones was born April 28, 1933 in Amarillo. She went out to California and starred in about 30 movies, including 1955’s Seven Year Itch. She died in 1983.
Barton “Botchery” Koch, Baylor star football guard and 1930 All American, died in Temple, Texas on April 28, 1964. He’d been born in Temple in 1907.
On May 28, 1980, Dallas’s Reunion Arena opened. It served as the home for both the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars, as well as many music events over the years before being closed in 2008 and demolished in 2009.
And on May 28, 1981, Houston born football star Mike Singletary, was drafted by the Chicago Bears as the 38th pick in the NFL draft after being a three time All-Southwest Conference player. Even if you are just a little bit knowledgeable about football, you probably know that he had an amazing career in the NFL.
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