Texas’ Historical Milestones On This Day March 13th

March 13th in 1836, news of the fall of the Alamo reached General Sam Houston in Gonzales, marking a pivotal moment in the Texas Revolution. This event would ultimately lead to Texas gaining independence from Mexico.

In 1848, the Texas Legislature passed a bill to establish a state prison, with the first prison being the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville. This marked a significant step in the state’s criminal justice system.

Fast forward to more recent years, in 2007, Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars scored his 500th career goal, solidifying his place in hockey history. Also on this day in 2014, tragedy struck in Austin during the South by Southwest music festival when a DWI suspect crashed into a crowd outside the Mohawk Bar, resulting in multiple casualties.