What happened today in Texas history? October 14 | Arts & Culture
Some presidential Texas history is on the calendar today, plus a news story from the 1980s is remembered.
On this day in 1843, a man named Ole Ringness was born in Norway; his family moved to texas in 1852 and settled in Bosque County. Oke was the community's first mail carrier. He made a regular four-day round trip between Norman Hills and Fort Worth as a carrier. He also helped his family farm, and while doing so, the observant young man noticed a wheel of his wagon cup on the axle, and as the wheel became more cupped, he saw that it moved larger amounts of mud. This led to his creation of the disc plow and disc harrow. He went to Washington D.C. to try to get a patent for his invention, when he mysteriously died. His family never pursued the patent he had hoped for. A plow company ultimately patented a similar idea later.
A model of one of Ole's disc plows is in the Texas Memorial Museum in Austin.
On this day in 1890, Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas. He became the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in World War II Eisenhower was our nation's 34th president; did you know he launched the interstate highway system, as well as NASA? He also formed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which ultimately led to the internet. Eisenhower supported civil rights policy, signing legislation in 1957 and 1960 to protect the right to vote. He is also credited with ending the Korean War.
In his younger years, Ike attended Abilene High School, and graduated in 1909. He and his brother Edgar both wanted to attend college, but the family of seven boys couldn't afford to send them both. They agreed to alternate years; one year Edgar would attend while Dwight worked, and the next year they planned to reverse. However, Edgar asked for a second year of school, and Dwight consented. He then was encouraged to apply for a military school, as there was no tuition required, and ultimately ended up attending West Point in 1911. Eisenhower died in 1969 in Washington, D.C.
According to Wikipedia, his birthplace is currently operated by the State of Texas as the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site. Since 1980, the National Park Service has allowed visitors to the Eisenhower Farm adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield.
On this day in 1987, "Baby Jessica" fell down an abandoned well in Midland. Jessica McClure was 18 months old at the time, and the country watched prayerfully as rescuers worked for 58 hours to save the little girl from the 22 feet deep well that was less than a foot wide.Happily, Jessica was saved and grew up to marry and has children of her own. Who doesn't love a happy ending? You can see the rescue for yourself in the video above.
Also, you can see Jessica being interviewed by Matt Lauer in 2011 at this link.
On this day in 2010, the Texas Rangers began the American League Championship Series for the first time in franchise history. The series was against the New York Yankees.
Today's Texas quote: "Nor is it the habit of Texans to look back. We have tradition of looking forward and not looking back to see where we have been or who is following us." -- President Lyndon Johnson
Today's video: The video above is video of ABC's live coverage of baby Jessica's rescue in 1987. She comes to the surface in the 15th minute of the video.