1 | Dinosaurs roam the Paluxy
On the northwest side of the Paluxy River, Glen Rose | 113 million years ago

John Graves

Wittliff Collections/Texas State University

2 | John Graves launches his canoe
Texas Highway 16 at the Brazos River | November 1957

On the gray day in the fall of 1957 when John Graves pushed off from the banks of the Brazos River and paddled his canoe downstream, both he and the river were at a crossroads. Graves was taking care of his sick father and had yet to definitively make his mark as a writer; the Brazos was in danger of being diverted with a series of lakes and dams from Possum Kingdom to Lake Whitney. So Graves’s trip, which began one mile downstream from the Morris Sheppard Dam at the 1942 masonry arch bridge, was intended as a farewell. But as he pushed away from shore, “into the bubble-hiss of the rapids,” he couldn’t have known that the trip would end up changing the course of his own life and the river’s. The book that came out of it, Goodbye to a River, helped prevent the Brazos River Authority from carrying through with its plan. As a result, today you can glide down the same river and cast your mind back to his thoughts on that overcast day—which were probably “Let’s get to camp and build a fire.” —KV

3 | Mary Martin opens a dance studio
303 West Oak, Weatherford | 1933

4 | Gunman kills two at Cullen Davis mansion
4100 Stonegate Boulevard, Fort Worth | August 2, 1976

5 | KAP writes a society column
1627 College Avenue, Fort Worth | September 15, 1917

6 | Ornette Coleman is kicked out of high school band
1411 I. M. Terrell Circle, Fort Worth | 1947

7 | Kenneth McDuff abducts his first victims
Oak Grove-Shelby Road and Dan Meyer Drive, Everman | August 6, 1966

8 | Nolan Ryan pummels Robin Ventura
1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington | August 4, 1993

9 | First auditions for Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are held
2401 East Airport Freeway, Irving | 1972

10 | Tex Schramm and Lamar Hunt invent the Super Bowl
8008 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas | April 4, 1966

11 | “One Riot, One Ranger” is etched in stone
8008 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas | 1961

12 | Clayton Williams refuses to shake Ann Richards’s hand
2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas | October 11, 1990

13 | Bonnie and Clyde meet
105 Herbert, Dallas | January 1930

14 | Neiman Marcus opens
1200 block of Main, Dallas | September 10, 1907

15 | Abraham Zapruder films the Kennedy assassination
The pergola at Dealey Plaza, Dallas | November 22, 1963

16 | Jack Ruby opens the Carousel Club
1312 1/2 Commerce, Dallas | 1960

John Graves

Carousel Club: Corbis

Jack Ruby was running out of time and money, and his partner in the Sovereign Club, a second-floor establishment above Commerce Street, wanted out. Ruby had envisioned the place as a high-class “private membership” joint where patrons could order liquor. But the clientele never developed, the rent was coming due, and hard feelings were taking shape. So Ruby approached an old friend, Ralph Paul, for enough cash to keep things afloat. Paul had another idea, one that he believed could make money for both of them: Turn the Sovereign into “an open place” where men could drink beer, toast champagne, eat pizza, listen to a four- or five-piece orchestra, and, most important, watch strippers perform on three short runways. And so was born the Carousel Club, which soon became a spot for businessmen, journalists, and police officers. (Today the building has been replaced by the headquarters of AT&T.) Ruby’s dreams of running a successful business were within reach. Finally he had a chance to make his mark on Dallas for good. —BDS

17 | Robert Johnson records his final songs
508 Park Avenue, Dallas | June 20, 1937

18 | UT Longhorns win their first football game
Parry Avenue at Fair Park, Dallas | November 30, 1893

19 | Billy Graham holds a revival
The Cotton Bowl, Dallas | June 1953

20 | Lawrence Herkimer invents the Herkie
3120 North Haskell Avenue, Dallas | Early 1940’s

21 | Sarah Weddington takes Norma McCorvey to dinner
5734 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas | February 1970

22 | Mariano Martinez creates the frozen margarita machine
5500 Greenville Avenue, Dallas | May 11, 1971

Mariano Martinez did not invent the frozen margarita; he just figured out how to produce the drink in quantities large enough to make an entire restaurant tipsy. One May afternoon in 1971, he was tinkering with a soft-serve ice cream machine in the kitchen of Mariano’s, his restaurant in the storied Old Town Shopping Center, when he discovered a new way to stir up the sloshy green drink. Though the original Mariano’s closed about five years ago—today it’s a PetSmart, and the exact location of the old kitchen is in the grooming area—Martinez still operates six restaurants across the Metroplex. As for his original machine, it has found its proper home as part of the collection in the Smithsonian. Any doubts about the significance of this contraption were settled when the museum released its list of the top ten American inventions this past September. Topping the list was, no surprise, Thomas Edison and the lightbulb. And what came in tenth? Martinez’s cool creation. —BDS

23 | Jack Kilby demonstrates the first integrated circuit
13532 North Central Expressway, Dallas | September 12, 1958

24 | First Race for the Cure is held
13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas | October 29, 1983

25 | Lance Armstrong joins his first cycling team
101 South Coit Road, Richardson | 1987


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