Texas’ Historical Milestones On This Day March 18th

March 18th in 1836, the new government of Texas sought refuge at Jared E. Groce’s plantation home in present-day Grimes County. President David G. Burnet and his cabinet stayed at Groce’s house for three days as they traveled from Washington-on-the-Brazos to Harrisburg. Groce’s residence served as the capital of the Republic of Texas until March 21.

In 1937, a tragic incident occurred in New London, TX, where approximately 300 people, mostly children, lost their lives in a gas explosion at a school. This devastating event left a mark on the community and remains a notable part of Texas history.

In 1981, the U.S. government revealed that biological weapons were tested in Texas in 1966, shedding light on the state’s involvement in military experiments.