Texas’ Historical Milestones On This Day May 4th

May 4th in 1847, Pope Pius IX established the Catholic Diocese of Galveston, with Jean Marie Odin being named as the first bishop. This marked an important milestone for the Catholic community in Texas.

In 1876, Houston took a significant step by establishing a system of free schools, taking control of all public schools in the city. This move aimed to provide better education opportunities for the residents of Houston.

Fast forward to 1953, the Texas Council of Churches was formed in Dallas by 11 mainline Protestant denominations. This organization played a crucial role in promoting unity and cooperation among different Christian denominations in Texas.