Texas’ Historical Milestones On This Day April 16th

On April 16, Texas has had its fair share of historic events. In 1968, Major League Baseball saw one of its longest night games when the Houston Astros defeated the New York Mets 1-0 after 24 innings that took six hours and six minutes to play.

However, not all events in Texas history have been celebratory. In 1947, the French ship Grandcamp exploded in Texas City, killing 576 people due to the ammonium nitrate fertilizer it was carrying catching fire.

Music history was also made in Texas on April 16. In 1954, Roy Orbison attended an Elvis Presley show in Dallas, while in 1955, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the “Big D Jamboree” radio show in the same city.

More recently, in 2015, a tour bus carrying Lady Antebellum caught on fire in Garland, Texas, fortunately resulting in no injuries to the four people aboard.