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1836 – Texas Revolution: Battle of the Alamo

6 March

The Battle of the Alamo (23 February – 6 March, 1836) was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas, United States), killing all of the Texian defenders. Santa Anna’s cruelty during the battle inspired many Texians—both Texas settlers and adventurers from the United States—to join the Texian Army. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on 21 April, 1836, ending the revolution. Continue reading “1836 – Texas Revolution: Battle of the Alamo”

1847 – Sam Colt’s first major commercial revolver – Colt Walker

The Colt Walker was a single-action revolver with a revolving cylinder holding six charges of black powder behind six bullets (typically .44 caliber lead balls). It was designed in 1847 as a collaboration between Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker and American firearms inventor Samuel Colt. Continue reading “1847 – Sam Colt’s first major commercial revolver – Colt Walker”

1836 – Texas elects a president

5 September – On this day

Sam Houston is elected as president of the Republic of Texas, which earned its independence from Mexico in a successful military rebellion. Continue reading “1836 – Texas elects a president”

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