Today in History

Sam Houston, the Sierra Club, and Tiananmen Square.

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  • 1509: Henry VIII unofficially ascends the throne of England.
    • 1836: The Republic of Texas forces, led by Sam Houston, defeat Mexican troops in the Battle of San Jacinto.
      • 1838: Sierra Club founder John Muir is born.
        • 1989: About 100,000 students gather in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to mourn Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang.
          • 1918: World War I German fighting ace Manfred von Richthofen, "The Red Baron," is shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme, France.