Today, 2 March, is officially Texas Independance Day!
On 2 March 1836, Texicans met at Washington-on-the-Brazos and declared their independance from Mexico and officially established the Republic of Texas. It is from those meager beginnings sprang such great things (the Alamo, Lone Star Beer, Spindletop, NASA, The Astrodome, the Dallas Cowboys, DALLAS, Enron).
History is cool. One must learn from the the past in order not to repeat the same mistakes.