Important events in July, a bit of Texas state history

Important events in July, a bit of Texas state history

By Todd Campau
July 7, 2015
Texas & American FlagsJuly has been a pretty momentous month for the State of Texas. From Waco, to San Antonio, to Houston, to San Jose Island – significant events happened in Texas history that impact our lives even today.

In 1885, pharmacist Charles Alderton started experimenting with various ingredients and created what eventually would become Dr. Pepper. On July 6, 1923 the Dr. Pepper Company was officially incorporated.

Six national flags have flown over the state of Texas since people first settled here. Although Spanish influence would remain, the Spanish flag was lowered for the last time in San Antonio as Mexico gained independence from Spain on July 21, 1821.

Coincidentally, July was also the first month the United States flag was flown on Texas soil when troops belonging to Gen Zachary Taylor raised it on St. Joseph (San Jose) Island on July 26, 1845.

Presidential actions have had huge impacts on development in Texas. On July 29, 1958 President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, thereby creating NASA. NASA’S center for spaceflight training, research and flight control would soon sprout in Houston’s backyard.

But it’s never been all about work. To the delight of spelunkers all over the country, the largest known cavern in Texas, the Natural Bridge Caverns, opened on July 3, 1964 just in time for the July 4th weekend!

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