Texas History Timeline By madisonporter Sep 8, 1900 The “Great Hurricane” The “Great Hurricane,” destroys much of Galveston and kills 6,000 people there. Period: Sep 8, 1900 to Jan 20, 2000 Texas History Timeline Jan 10, 1901 Oil found Oil found by mining engineer Capt. A.F. Lucas at Spindle top near Beaumont catapults Texas into petroleum age. Mar 2, 1910 Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois makes the first military air flight in a Wright brothers plane at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Jul 28, 1917 World War I World War I Jun 26, 1928 The Democratic National Convention The Democratic National Convention is held in Houston, the first nominating convention held in a Southern City since 1860. Feb 17, 1929 The league of United Latin America citizens The league of United Latin America citizens (LULAC) is founded in Corpus Christi. Sep 5, 1930 The Daisy Bradford #3 well The Daisy Bradford #3 well, drilled near Turner Town in Rusk County by wildcatter C.M. (Dad) Joiner, blows in, heralding the discovery of the huge East Texas Oil Field. Jun 6, 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition Texas Centennial Exposition opens at Dallas’ Fair Park; it runs until Nov. 29. Sep 1, 1941 World War II World War II. Jun 1, 1943 A race riot in Beaumont A race riot in Beaumont leads to a declaration or marital arts. Aug 24, 1949 The University of Texas Medical Branch The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston admits its first black student. Feb 1, 1954 Texas women Texas women gain the right to serve on juries. Sep 12, 1958 Integrated circuit Integrated circuit, developed by Jack Kilby at Texas Instruments, Dallas, is successfully tested, ushering in the semiconductor and electronics age. Jun 15, 1961 John Tower John Tower wins special election for US Senate, becoming the first Republican senator from Texas since Reconstruction. Jul 29, 1962 NASA NASA opens the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. The center moves to a new campus-like building complex in 1964. It is renamed Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center on Aug. 17, 1973. Nov 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas; vice president Lyndon B. Johnson succeeds to the office, becoming the 36th US president. Jul 4, 1967 Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) were incorporated in Texas; its first national office is San Antonio. Jul 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong transmits the first words from the surface of the moon: “Houston, the Eagle has landed.” Aug 17, 1972 The Sharpstown Scandal The Sharpstown Scandal results in the conviction of House speaker Gus Mutscher and two associates for conspiracy and bribery. Jan 16, 1978 William Clements William Clements becomes the first Republican governor of Texas since Reconstruction. Apr 10, 1979 Tornadoes Several tornadoes kill 53 in West Texas, including 42 in Wichita Falls, and cause $400 million in damages. Aug 20, 1984 The National Republican Convention The National Republican Convention is held in Dallas. Jan 20, 1988 Houstonian George Bush Houstonian George Bush is elected president of the United States. Jan 15, 1990 Ann Richards Democrat Ann Richards became the first woman governor of Texas in her own right. Dec 21, 2000 Texas Gov. George W. Bush Former Texas Gov. George W. Bush elected President of the United States.