What happened today in Texas history? October 15 | Arts & Culture
We have a lot on today's list: Elvis and Buddy Holly make an appearance, as does Houston author and statesman Emmett Scott, and we enjoy a bit of music by Burleson native Casey Donahew.
On this day in 1853, the first state Sangerfest, or singers festival, began in New Braunfels. After a successful Independence Day celebration that year, the New Braunfels Germania male singing society invited similar groups from Austin, San Antonio and Sisterdale to a two-day festival in New Braunfels on October 15-16.
On this day in 1900, famed newspaper reporter William Randolph Hearst hosted a charity bazaar at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City for the benefit of children who were orphaned by the horrible hurricane that devastated Galveston in 1908. He raised $50,000 which was used for rebuilding the Island City Protestant Orphan's Home. This home merged in 1984 with two other homes to become the Children's Center, Inc.
On this day in 1917, Houston native Emmett Jay Scott was appointed special assistant to Secretary of War Newton D. Baker. Baker wanted Scott to improve the morale of black servicemen, to investigate racial incidents or unfair treatment, and to urge equal and impartial application of Selective Service regulations.
This appointment was one of numerous highlights in Scott's career; a graduate of Wiley College, he used his talents and education to found the Houston Texas Freeman, which is the oldest black newspaper published west of the Mississippi. He eventually became chief adviser and ghostwriter to Booker T. Washington. His books include Booker T. Washington:Builder of a Civilization and Scott's Official History of the American Negro in the World War. He died in 1957 in Washington, D.C. after a lengthy illness.
On this day in 1936 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the establishment of a national forest system, including Texas' Davy Crockett National Forest and Sam Houston National Forest. Aren't we happy he did?
On this day in 1943, Field Creek, Texas native Ira Eaker was promoted to assume command of both American air forces in England, the 8th and 9th. Eaker had joined the Army Air Corps in 1918 and was one of ten pilots chosen to make the Pan American Goodwill Flight in 1926. He also pioneered in-flight refueling in the inter-war years, according to the Texas State Historical Association. He went on to command the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces in 1944-45. Eaker died in 1987.
On this day in 1955 - Buddy Holly & Bob opened a show for Elvis Presley in Lubbock at the Cotton Club.
Today's Texas Quote: Texas does not, like any other region, simply have indigenous dishes. It proclaims them. It congratulates you, on your arrival, at having escaped from the slop pails of the other 49 states. - Alistair Cooke of the BBC on Texas cuisine in The Americans.
Today's Texas music: Casey Donahew Band performs "One Star Flag" on The Texas Music Scene. Casey is a native of Burleson.
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