Texas’ Historical Milestones On This Day March 23rd

March 23rd in 1839, the Texan steamship Zavala was commissioned in the second Navy of Texas, showcasing the importance of maritime transportation during that time. Then in 1905, the iconic actress Joan Crawford, originally named Lucille Fay LeSueur, was born in San Antonio, TX, giving rise to a legendary Hollywood career.

Moving forward to 1985, Julian Lennon, son of the famous Beatles member John Lennon, held his first concert in San Antonio, TX, showcasing the city as a hub for musical talent. However, not all events on this day were joyous, as in 2005, a tragic explosion at a gas plant in Texas City resulted in the loss of 15 lives and injuries to over 100 individuals.