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The Texas History List: The opening of the Majestic Theatre, and who Sam Rayburn really was

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The Majestic Theatre in Dallas. (Source: Facebook) The Majestic Theatre in Dallas. (Source: Facebook)
Ft. Worth resident Ginger Rogers. (Source: Facebook) Ft. Worth resident Ginger Rogers. (Source: Facebook)
Sam Rayburn while in office. (Source: Wikipedia) Sam Rayburn while in office. (Source: Wikipedia)
(KLTV) - Here are some interesting historical tidbits for you about this great state of Texas:

On April 7, 1913, Sam Rayburn took the oath of office as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He later became majority leader, and was elected speaker of the House in 1940. He remained in that post until his death in 1961. The Sam Rayburn reservoir was originally named McGee Bend until President Lyndon B. Johnson renamed the lake after his dear friend, Sam.

On April 9, 1895, Howard Edward Butt was born in Memphis, Tennessee. While he was a child, his family moved to Kerrville, Texas, because of his father's tuberculosis. His mother Florence opened a small grocery store there in 1905, and Howard became manager at age 16, eventually opening more grocery stores. You may have guessed from his initials the name of the chain he founded: H-E-B Supermarkets.

On April 11, 1921, the Majestic Theatre opened on Elm Street in downtown Dallas. Among the stars who appeared there were Mae West, Jack Benny, Harry Houdini, Duke Ellington, and Cab Calloway. Fort Worth resident Ginger Rogers began her career at the Majestic, as well, and was said to have begun dancing and singing there when she was a child, mimicking the onstage performers while standing in the wings, waiting for her mother, a newspaper critic, to finish work.

April 6, 1830: Mexican immigration law offends Anglo-Texans
April 7, 1886: "Sandals" attack "Boots," setting off Laredo election riot
April 12, 1836: Mexican forces under Santa Anna capture key Brazos crossing

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