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History Lessons

Some of the topics we looked into while you were reading last month’s issue

A re-enactment in Goliad and celebration of Black History Month draw inspiration from the past. Skipping a straw could be a simple way to benefit the future.

A Chapter in La Bahia’s History

Texas history is securely anchored to the Texas Revolution, fought 1835–36, but less noted is Mexico’s 1812–13 push to wrest Texas from Spanish control.

Historians will re-enact in goliad an encampment depicting the 1812 siege of Presidio La Bahia as part of Under the Green Flag, February 23–24.

A Mexican force led by Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara and Augustus William Magee, advancing under an emerald green banner and with U.S. support, took the fort from the Spanish in November 1812 and held it until February 1813.

The revolution was crushed August 18, 1813, in the Battle of Medina. Call (361) 645-3752 for more information.

Wiley Uprising

Police were sent to Wiley College on February 24, 1969, in response to student demonstrations on the East Texas campus. The demonstrations helped integrate public facilities in Marshall.

Worth Repeating

“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”

—Carter G. Woodson, who on February 7, 1926, initiated National Negro Week, now Black History Month



125 years ago: King Vidor, one of the great American directors of the golden age of Hollywood, was born February 8, 1894, in Galveston. The Big Parade (1925), Hallelujah (1929), The Champ (1931), Stella Dallas (1937) and The Citadel (1938) are among his most heralded works.

150 years ago: Harper’s Weekly publishes a cartoon of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers—the first time he appeared this way—February 6, 1869.

By The Numbers 390,000,000

February 22 is National Skip the Straw Day. Americans use an estimated 390 million plastic straws daily. Put them end to end and they’d circle the Earth nearly twice. At least one Texas company is doing its part to reduce disposable plastic straw waste: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema recently switched to corn-based biodegradable straws at all its locations.