Texas History Timeline 1900-2000

Timeline created by donellya
  • March 2, 1910- Military Air Flight

    March 2, 1910- Military Air Flight
    Following the Wright brothers' success with the first flight in North Carolina, they built the first Army airplane. A pilot named Benjamin Foulis brought the plane to San Antonio and demonstrated its flight. This marked the beginning of the U.S Air Force.
  • June 28, 1919- Texas adopts the 19th Amendment

    June 28, 1919- Texas adopts the 19th Amendment
    After a big number of suffrage organizations, a bill that allowed women the right to vote was passed in the Texas House and Senate. After signing the bill into law, on June 28, 1919, Texas became the first state to approve the 19th Amendment to the U.S constitution.
  • January 5, 1925 - Ma Ferguson

    January 5, 1925 - Ma Ferguson
    After refusing to campaign in 1924, Miriam Ferguson became the first woman governor of Texas in 1925. She served her second term in 1932. In her position of power, she condemned the Ku Klux Klan, proposed spending cuts, and she opposed Prohibition.
  • June 6, 1936 - Texas Celebrates the Centennial

    June 6, 1936 - Texas Celebrates the Centennial
    Texas celebrates 100 years of independence with statewide festivities. The United States issued commemorative stamps for the anniversary. The festival was held in Dallas and lasted until November of that year.
  • June 1, 1943 - Beaumont Riot

    June 1, 1943 - Beaumont Riot
    After the war, Beaumont's diverse population and crowding were the causes of the Riot. Ku Klux Klan activity, Juneteenth, and incidents of abuse with African American men caused the eruption of the riot. The city of Beaumont called in the Texas National Guard and the city was under martial law for a week. These riots were prominent in many cities around the U.S during World War II.
  • June 5, 1950 - Sweatt v. Painter; UT Law Integrated

    June 5, 1950 - Sweatt v. Painter; UT Law Integrated
    Shortly after African-American student, Heman M. Sweatt was rejected from the University of Texas School of Law due to the lack of integration, Sweatt sued the state. With the help of civil rights activists, the U.S Supreme Court ruled in favor of Sweatt. Segregation was banned in professional schools.
  • May 17, 1954 - Brown v. Board of Education

    May 17, 1954 - Brown v. Board of Education
    The Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision marked a turning point in the history of race relations in the United States. The Supreme Court decision the policy of state-sanctioned segregation in public schools. Students of all races were allowed to attend the same schools. San Antonio was among the first city in the U.S to comply with the order.
  • September 12, 1962 - Spacecraft Center Opens in Houston

    September 12, 1962 - Spacecraft Center Opens in Houston
    After the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Manned Spacecraft Center was built. The center assumed the responsibilities of the Mission Control Center for future space flights. The center was built just outside of Houston.
  • November 21, 1963 - President John F. Kennedy Assassination

    November 21, 1963 - President John F. Kennedy Assassination
    On November 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy, along with his wife Jaqueline, was visiting Dallas to speak at a luncheon. On their last day in Dallas, they were driving through Elm Street when shots rang out. President Kennedy was shot in the head, he was presumed dead shortly after. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested and held for the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • March 28, 1967 - Barbara Jordan to Texas Senate

    March 28, 1967 - Barbara Jordan to Texas Senate
    Barbara Jordan was elected to the Texas Senate in 1967, she was the first African American to serve in the Texas Legislature. She gained popularity and served as president of the body. In the following years, she became the first African American woman from the South to be elected to the U.S congress.
  • November 8, 1988 - George H.W. Bush Elected as President

    November 8, 1988 - George H.W. Bush Elected as President
    George H.W. Bush moved to Texas after serving in World War II. In 1966. Bush was elected to Congress from Texas's 7th district in Harris County. He served as an ambassador for the United Nations, and also republican vice-president of the United States under Ronald Reagan. Bush was later elected to the presidency, beating Ronald Reagan in the election of 1988.
  • June 14, 1993 - Kay Bailey Hutchinson to U.S Senate

    June 14, 1993 - Kay Bailey Hutchinson to U.S Senate
    In 1993, Kay Bailey Hutchinson became the first woman to represent the state of Texas in the U.S Senate. She was a Republican woman who served many roles before serving the Senate. She served in the National Transportation Safety Board and she was a bank executive before entering politics in the early 1990s.
  • January 17, 1995 - George W. Bush elected 46th Governor of Texas

    January 17, 1995 - George W. Bush elected 46th Governor of Texas
    George W. Bush was the oldest son of former president George H.W Bush. He grew up in Texas and served the Air National Guard. In 1994, he defeated Ann Richards and became the 46th governor of Texas. In the year 2000, he was elected president of the United States and served another term in 2004. He faced great challenges and historic events during his presidency like the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.