Wednesday , 20 September 2017

This Week in History: ‘Shock and Awe’ Bombing Begins in Iraq

By Don Newsom, TSB Contributing Writer

March 17 through March 23

Included in the many events that happened this week in history was the land purchase for a historic cemetery in McKinney; the Frisco Railroad began operations in the county and most of the area began getting water from Lake Lavon.

In 1765, the British enacted the Stamp Act to raise revenue in the American colonies. The action is considered by many historians to be the main action by the British government that resulted in the Revolutionary War.

In 1870, the land was purchased for the Pecan Grove Cemetery in south McKinney, which over the years has become a prominent historical site.

In 1885, The Farmersville Times printed its first issue. The paper has changed over the years, but is still being published today.

In 1894, the Saint Paul post office, located in the present community of Lucas, south of McKinney, was discontinued and residents began receiving their mail through the McKinney office.

In 1895, the first movie occurred using the process of projecting a picture onto a screen. It happened in Paris, France and lasted for one minute.

In 1900, the West brothers, members of one of Princetons founding families, opened a combination grocery and dry goods store. The same year, the cornerstone was laid for the present building of the First Baptist Church of Farmersville.

In 1902, the Frisco Railroad began using track laid between Denison and Carrollton. The track ran through Celina and Frisco, for which the town is named.

In 1928, the Woods Café, located on then Highway 75, now Highway 5, opened for business.

In 1957, the majority of the incorporated entities in the county began a practice, still used today: getting their water supply from Lake Lavon instead of deep wells that had been used for years. At the same time the North Texas Municipal Water District was organized.

In 2003, an American-led coalition went to war against Iraq and March 20 began the “shock and awe” bombings. The conflict began with the launch of U.S. cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs aimed at Saddam Hussein near Baghdad. Two days later, U S and British troops invaded Iraq from Kuwait. 

TSB contributing writer Don Newsom (pictured above) is an avid historian and a former Superintendent of Schools for Celina ISD.

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