Texas’ Historical Milestones On This Day April 30th

April 30th in 1675, the Bosque-Larios Expedition set out from Coahuila on a mission to convert Native Americans, traveling into Texas across the Rio Grande. Fast forward to 1932, when infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow robbed a store in Hillsboro, TX, resulting in the tragic death of the store owner. Parker was later jailed but released due to a grand jury decision.

In a more positive light, singer-songwriter Willie Nelson was born in Abbott, TX in 1933. Moving forward to 1941, jazz legend Charlie Parker made his first commercial recording in Dallas with the Jay McShann group. In 1983, President Reagan met with the Houston University Basketball team and was honored with membership in their fraternity “Phi Slama Jama.”

Additionally, in 1986, the city of Houston declared Albert Moses Levy Memorial Day to pay tribute to Jews who played a role in the fight for Texas independence. Albert Moses Levy himself was appointed as a surgeon in chief of the volunteer army of Texas and later joined the Texas Navy.