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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

texas independence day

On March 2, 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed at Washington-on-the-Brazos by 59 signatories — Sam Houston along with 58 other representatives.

In 1845, Texas became the 28th state.

Today is the 174 anniversary of Texas’ Independence from Mexico. Texas Independence Day is the celebration of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. With this document, settlers in Mexican Texas officially broke from Mexico, creating the Republic of Texas. Texas Independence Day is an official holiday in the State of Texas

The Texas Declaration of Independence was produced, literally, overnight. Its urgency was paramount, because while it was being prepared, the Alamo in San Antonio was under seige by Santa Anna’s army of Mexico. Immediately upon the assemblage of the Convention of 1836 on March 1, a committee of five of its delegates were appointed to draft the document.

In honor of this day in history, a video titled, “What I like about Texas”.

Earlier, News 8’s Todd Boatwright spoke to George Rollow with Celebrate Texas.

“It’s Texas Independence Day so we’re celebrating the Texas Revolution of 1835 – 1836. So there are a number in my group that are dressed in period attire from that time,” Rollow said.

He said it’s important for all generations to learn this history, especially the younger ones because it plays a role in plotting their future.

Besides being an official state holiday Texas Government Code Title 6, Subtitle B, Chapter 662, Subchapter A, Section 662.003(b)(2), today is Election Day! So if you haven’t voted, check out our endorsements and get yourself to a polling booth.

Small factoid, this year’s runoffs will fall on April 13th, a full 6 weeks after the primary, which is the longest gap of time possible thanks to how the calendar falls this year, today being the earliest allowable “first Tuesday after the first Monday in March”. So it’s like Groundhog Day, except if Rick Perry can’t win without a runoff then he’s doomed to 6 more weeks of campaigning without any of Farouk Shami’s CHI hair care products.

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