Texas’ Historical Milestones On This Day March 31st

On this day March 31st in Texas history, we remember the birth of boxer and author John “Jack” Johnson in Galveston in 1878. Johnson was the first African American heavyweight boxing champion and went on to become a prominent figure in the civil rights movement.

In 1986, Newsweek magazine shed light on the economic struggles facing the steel business in Texas, specifically in the town of Lone Star in southern Morris County. This article highlighted the challenges faced by workers and the impact on the local community.

Fast forward to 2013, the Houston Astros made history by playing their first game as an American League team. They came out victorious against the Texas Rangers with a score of 8-2, marking a new chapter for the team.

In 2014, the popular late-night show CONAN was broadcast live from Dallas’ Majestic Theater. Guests Adam Sandler and Tig Notaro joined the fun, and Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki put host Conan O’Brien to the test with a Texas Citizenship Test.