I have wanted to post something today in honor of San Jacinto Day. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to come up with something that tops last years. I kind of over did it last year. So, I thought about doing a Texas Top 10 but unfortunately already used most of my ideas in another post. Then I thought a tribute to Dr Pepper or barbecue but I’ve already done that as well. I have also already reposted a comedy routine about Texas attributed to Jeff Foxworthy.
For the non-Texans a brief overview of San Jacinto. 21 April 1836 the Texican forces under the command of General Sam Houston defeated the Mexican troops led by General Antonio López de Santa Anna. The short but decisive battle took place near Buffalo Bayou (Houston). While the Mexican forces were taking a nap, Houston launched an attack on the Mexican camp. By the time the Mexican forces woke and figured out what was happening it was all over but the shouting. The entire battle lasted 18 minutes, making it one of the shortest battles in military history. You read more about San Jacinto Day here. Please do not leave comments about how the Texas Revolution was really a plot by United States to steal Texas. When my family first moved to Texas they became Mexican Citizens.
In honor of San Jacinto Day I am sharing some well know contributions from Texas.
#10: Corny Dogs: Introduced by Neil and Carl Fletcher in the 1942 Texas State fair.
#9: Waco Suspension Bridge was the first suspension bridge in the United States.
#8: The Astrodome was the first domed stadium.
#7: Texas is the nations’ leading producer of oil.
#6: Newsman Dan Rather got his big break covering Hurricane Carla for Houston’s CBS affiliate in 1961.
#5: Dell Computers started by Michael Dell in his dorm room at the University of Texas.
#4: Raised in California Sci-Fi genius Gene Roddenberry was born in El Paso, Texas.
#3: Former Supreme Court Justice and Cowgirl Hall of Fame member Sandra Day O’ Connor was born in El Paso. She was raised on her family’s cattle ranch in Arizona.
#2: Blue Bell Ice Cream. In my opinion the most important product of the Post Oak Belt. I could really use a bowl of Blue Bell Banana Pudding right now.
#1: Dr. Pepper created in 1885 by Charles Alderton in the Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas, it is the oldest major soft drink in the United States.