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"I am forced to conclude that God made Texas on his day off, for pure entertainment, just to prove that all that diversity could be crammed into one section of earth by a really top hand."

~author Mary Lasswell


 

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The youngest Texans appear destined to make the state dramatically more diverse as the white share of population drops. More than two-thirds of Texans under age 19 are non-white, according to census figures. While white Texans still make up the largest racial group, the state's demographic future is in the hands of younger Texans. The estimates show that older generations of Texas are more white while younger Texans are much more likely to be part of a racial or ethnic minority group. Almost 68% of Texans aged 19 and younger are non-white. That's a reversal of the racial breakdown among Texans 65 and older, almost two-thirds of whom are white, while only about 36% are people of color. Both of those breakdowns stand in contrast to the state’s overall share of Texans, 57%, that are non-white.

The figures, particularly the diversity among young Texans, fuel predictions that Texas may be the next state where Hispanics become a plurality, comprising the largest racial or ethnic group though not a majority. If that happens, Texas would join New Mexico and California. The state’s white, black and Hispanic populations all grew in size last year, but the overall share of white Texans continued to drop slightly. And it was the Hispanic population that grew the fastest.

Nationally, the continued growth of the Hispanic population is due largely to natural increase, Hispanic parents having more babies, and not immigration from other countries. Research by the state demographer has shown that while people born in Latin American countries continue to make up the largest group of immigrants in Texas, the rate at which they are moving to the state has decreased in the past decade.

Once again, Starr County, located in the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border, had the highest share of Hispanics in the country with 95.8%, followed by several other border counties. But the recent rapid growth in the Hispanic community is not limited to the border region. The state's urban cores have seen consistent growth among the Hispanic population. Among the state's 25 most populous counties, suburban counties surrounding Houston, Austin and Dallas have experienced the fastest growth in Hispanic residents since 2010.

~The Texas Tribune, 06/23/2016


 

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then and now button   09/01/1864 - Atlanta fell to Union forces.

then and now button   09/01/1939 - WWII began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

then and now button   09/01/1942 - A federal judge in Sacramento upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.

then and now button   09/01/1951 - The US, Australia and New Zealand signed a mutual defense pact, ANZUS.

then and now button   09/01/1961 - The Soviet Union ended a moratorium on atomic testing with an aboveground nuclear explosion in central Asia.

then and now button   09/01/1998 - Federal legislation made airbags mandatory.

then and now button   09/02/1666 - The Great Fire of London broke out claiming thousands of homes but only a few lives.

then and now button   09/02/1789 - The US Treasury Department was established.

then and now button   09/02/1864 - Sherman occupied Atlanta.

then and now button   09/02/1901 - VP Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice: Speak softly and carry a big stick.

then and now button   09/02/1945 - Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic.

then and now button   09/02/1945 - Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri, ending WWII.

then and now button   09/02/1963 - Alabama Governor George Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers.

then and now button   09/02/1969 - The first ATM opened for business.

then and now button   09/02/1973 - JRR Tolkien, the author of the best-selling fantasy novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, died at the age of 81 in Bournemouth, England.

then and now button   09/02/1998 - A UN court handed down the first international conviction for genocide, finding Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts,

then and now button   09/02/2017 - VJ Day

then and now button   09/03/1777 - The American flag was flown in battle for the first time on this day in 1777, during a Revolutionary War skirmish at Cooch's Bridge, Delaware.

then and now button   09/03/1783 - The Treaty of Paris between the US and Great Britain officially ended the Revolutionary War.

then and now button   09/03/1939 - Britain and France declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.

then and now button   09/03/1978 - The Roman Catholic Church installed Pope John Paul I as its 264th pontiff.

then and now button   09/04/476CE - The Western Roman Empire fell when Romulus Augustus, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, was deposed by Odoacer, a German barbarian who proclaimed himself king of Italy.

then and now button   09/04/1781 - Spanish settlers founded Los Angeles.

then and now button   09/04/1886 - The last American Indian warrior surrendered when Geronimo, the wiliest and most dangerous Apache warrior of his time, finally surrendered in Skeleton Canyon, Arizona.

then and now button   09/04/1951 - President Harry S. Truman's opening speech before a conference in San Francisco was broadcast across the nation, marking the first time a television program was broadcast from coast to coast. The speech focused on Truman's acceptance of a treaty that officially ended America's post-WWII occupation of Japan.

then and now button   09/04/1957 - Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.

then and now button   09/04/2017 - Labor Day

then and now button   09/05/1774 - In response to the British Parliament's enactment of the Coercive Acts in the American colonies, the first session of the Continental Congress convened at Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia. Fifty-six delegates from all of the colonies except Georgia drafted a declaration of rights and grievances and elected Virginian Peyton Randolph as the first president of Congress. Patrick Henry, George Washington, John Adams and John Jay were among the delegates.

then and now button   09/05/1793 - The Reign of Terror began during the French Revolution as the National Convention instituted harsh measures to repress counterrevolutionary activities.

then and now button   09/05/1836 - The Republic of Texas elected Sam Houston as president.

then and now button   09/05/1877 - After his victory at Little Bighorn, US Army forces led by Colonel Nelson Miles pursued Crazy Horse and his followers. His tribe suffered from cold and starvation, and on May 6, 1877, Crazy Horse surrendered to General George Crook at the Red Cloud Indian Agency in Nebraska. He was sent to Fort Robinson NE, where he was fatally bayoneted on this date by a US soldier after resisting confinement in a guardhouse.

then and now button   09/05/1972 - Arab guerrillas attacked the Israeli delegation at the Munich Olympic Games. They killed eleven Israelis, five guerrillas and a police officer.

then and now button   09/05/2017 - Zhongyuan Jie (Hungry Ghost Festival) – traditional / Buddhism / Taoism

then and now button   09/06/1941 - Germany ordered Jews over the age of six in German-occupied areas to wear yellow Stars of David.

then and now button   09/06/1975 - Czechoslovak tennis star Martina Navratilova, in NY for the US Open, requested political asylum.

then and now button   09/07/1901 - The Peace of Beijing ended the Boxer Rebellion in China.

then and now button   09/07/1940 - Nazi Germany began its initial blitz on London during WWII.

then and now button   09/07/1977 - The Panama Canal treaties, calling for the US to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington.

then and now button   09/08/1664 - The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York.

then and now button   09/08/1900 - A hurricane that killed about 6,000 people stuck Galveston TX.

then and now button   09/08/1935 - Senator Huey P. Long (The Kingfish) of Louisiana politics was shot and morally wounded. He died two days later.

then and now button   09/08/1952 - Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea was first published.

then and now button   09/08/1971 - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opened in Washington DC with a performance of Leonard Bernstein's Mass.

then and now button   09/08/1974 - President Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former President Nixon.

then and now button   09/08/2017 - National 401(k) Day

then and now button   09/09/1776 - The Second Continental Congress made the term United States official, replacing United Colonies.

then and now button   09/09/1948 - The People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was created.

then and now button   09/09/1957 - President Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction.

then and now button   09/09/1976 - Communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung died in Beijing at the age of 82.

then and now button   09/09/2002 - Iraq challenged the US to produce "one piece of evidence" that it was producing weapons of mass destruction.

then and now button   09/10/1608 - John Smith became president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia.

then and now button   09/10/1846 - Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine.

then and now button   09/10/1939 - Canada declared war on Nazi Germany.

then and now button   09/10/1955 - Gunsmoke premiered on CBS.

then and now button   09/10/1963 - Twenty black students entered Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Governor George Wallace.

then and now button   09/10/1991 - The Senate Judiciary Committee opened hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the US Supreme Court.

then and now button   09/10/2017 - Grandparents Day

then and now button   09/11/1962 - The Beatles made their first record for EMI, Love Me Do and P.S. I Love You.

then and now button   09/11/1973 - Chilean President Salvador Allende died in a violent military coup.

then and now button   09/11/1997 - Scots voted to create their own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.

then and now button   09/11/2001 - Terrorists flew hijacked airliners into the World Trade towers in NYC and the Pentagon in Washington. A fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania.

then and now button   09/11/2017 - Patriot Day

then and now button   09/11/2017 - Rastafarian New Year's Day

then and now button   09/12/1609 - English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name.

then and now button   09/12/1944 - During WWII, US Army troops entered Germany for the first time near Trier.

then and now button   09/12/2000 - Hillary Rodham Clinton became the only First Lady to win an election as she claimed victory in the NY Democratic Senate primary.

then and now button   09/13/1943 - Chiang Kai-shek became president of China.

then and now button   09/13/1948 - Elected to the US Senate, Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine became the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.

then and now button   09/14/1814 - On this evening, Francis Scott Key stood onboard the ship Minden in Chesapeake Bay and composed the lines known as The Star-Spangled Banner.

then and now button   09/14/1940 - Congress passed the Selective Service Act, providing for the first peacetime draft in US history.

then and now button   09/15/1821 - Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador proclaimed their independence from Spain.

then and now button   09/15/1935 - The Nuremberg laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship and made the swastika the official symbol of Nazi Germany.

then and now button   09/15/1963 - A bomb went off during Sunday services at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham killing four black girls.

then and now button   09/15/2017 - September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.

then and now button   09/16/1810 - Mexico began its revolt against Spanish rule.

then and now button   09/16/1919 - The American Legion was incorporated by an act of Congress.

then and now button   09/16/1940 - Sam Rayburn of Texas became Speaker of the US House.

then and now button   09/16/1940 - President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act which set up the first peacetime military draft in US history.

then and now button   09/16/2017 - Mexican Independence Day

then and now button   09/16/2017 - Mayflower Day

then and now button   09/17/1787 - A majority of delegates attending the constitutional convention in Philadelphia completed and signed the Constitution of the US.

then and now button   09/17/1920 - The American Professional Football Association, a precursor of the National Football League, was formed in Canton OH.

then and now button   09/17/1939 - The Soviet Union invaded Poland, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany launched its assault.

then and now button   09/17/1978 - After meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty.

then and now button   09/17/2017 - Citizenship Day and Constitution Day (Federal law now requires all schools receiving federal funding to teach the Constitution on this day. Doesn’t that seem a little contrary to the spirit of the Constitution?)

then and now button   09/18/1850 - Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act which allowed slave owners to reclaim slaves who had escaped to other states.

then and now button   09/18/1970 - Jimmy Hendrix died in London at age 27.

then and now button   09/19/1796 - President Washington's farewell address was published.

then and now button   09/19/1912 - When feminist Rebecca West, 19, reviewed Marriage by HG Wells, 45, and called him "the old maid among novelists," Wells asked to meet her. By the next spring, they had embarked on what became a 10-year love affair.

then and now button   09/19/1957 - The US conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert.

then and now button   09/19/1986 - Federal health officials announced that the experimental drug AZT would be made available to thousands of AIDS patients.

then and now button   09/20/1519 - Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain on a voyage to find a western passage to the Spice Islands in Indonesia.

then and now button   09/20/2001 - President George W. Bush gave an address to a joint session of Congress cautioning the nation that there were "struggles ahead and dangers to face."

then and now button   09/20/2017 - Al-Hijra (New Year) / Muharram begins at sunset and ends on 10/19 – Muslim

then and now button   09/20/2017 - Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset and ends on the 22nd at nightfall – Judaism

then and now button   09/21/1792 - The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.

then and now button   09/21/1897 - The New York Sun ran its famous editorial that declared, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

then and now button   09/21/1949 - The People's Republic of China was established.

then and now button   09/21/1970 - NFL Monday Night Football made its debut on ABC.

then and now button   09/21/1981 - The Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the Supreme Court.

then and now button   09/21/2017 - Navaratri begins today and ends on the 29th – Hinduism

then and now button   09/22/1776 - Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British during the Revolutionary War.

then and now button   09/22/1862 - President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation which declared all slaves in rebel states should be free as of January 1, 1863.

then and now button   09/22/1949 - The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb.

then and now button   09/22/1980 - The Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war.

then and now button   09/22/2017 - First Day of Autumn

then and now button   09/22/2017 - Autumn Equinox – Wicca, Celtic

then and now button   09/23/1806 - The Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis from the Pacific Northwest.

then and now button   09/23/1846 - German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune.

then and now button   09/23/1957 - A white mob forced nine black students who had entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas to withdraw.

then and now button   09/23/2017 - Shubun no Hi / Autumnal Equinox Day – Shinto

then and now button   09/24/1789 - Congress passed the First Judiciary Act which provided for an Attorney General and a Supreme Court.

then and now button   09/24/2017 - Gold Star Mother’s Day

then and now button   09/25/1789 - The first US Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of those amendments became the Bill of Rights.

then and now button   09/25/1897 - Author William Faulkner was born in New Albany MS.

then and now button   09/25/1957 - With 300 US Army troops standing guard, nine black children forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, because of unruly white crowds, were escorted to class.

then and now button   09/25/1979 - Evita opened on Broadway.

then and now button   09/25/2017 - Roi Wangol, Mousindi – Voudon

then and now button   09/26/1789 - Thomas Jefferson became America's first secretary of state.

then and now button   09/26/1914 - The Federal Trade Commission was established.

then and now button   09/26/1950 - UN troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans.

then and now button   09/26/1960 - The first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard Nixon and John Kennedy took place in Chicago.

then and now button   09/26/1962 - The Beverly Hillbillies premiered on CBS.

then and now button   09/26/1986 - William Rehnquist became the 16th chief justice of the US.

then and now button   09/27/1779 - John Adams was named to negotiate the Revolutionary War's peace terms with Britain.

then and now button   09/27/1954 - Tonight, hosted by Steve Allen, debuted on NBC.

then and now button   09/27/1964 - The Warren Commission issued a report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in assassinating President Kennedy.

then and now button   09/27/1996 - Afghanistan's Taliban drove the government out of Kabul and captured the capital.

then and now button   09/28/1066 - William the Conqueror invaded England to claim the English throne.

then and now button   09/28/1850 - The US Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment.

then and now button   09/29/1542 - Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arrived at present-day San Diego.

then and now button   09/29/1789 - The US War Department established a regular army with several hundred men.

then and now button   09/29/2017 - Manman Aloumandia – Voudon

then and now button   09/29/2017 - Yom Kippur (Atonement) begins at sundown and ends tomorrow at nightfall – Judaism

then and now button   09/30/1791 - Mozart's opera The Magic Flute premiered in Vienna.

then and now button   09/30/1868 - The first volume of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women was published.

then and now button   09/30/1954 - The US Navy commissioned the first atomic-powered vessel, the submarine Nautilus.

then and now button   09/30/1962 - Black student James Meredith succeeded on his fourth try in registering for classes at the University of Mississippi.

then and now button   09/30/2017 - Maitresse Délai – Voudon

then and now button   09/30/2017 - Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) – Hinduism

then and now button   09/30/2017 - Ashura begins at sunset – Muslim

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LINKS

 

Online Resource Links

then and now button   What ISIS Really Wants - The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy — and for how to stop it  |  ISIS Claims Responsibility, Calling Paris Attacks First of the Storm  |  Syria Iraq: The Islamic State Militant Group  |  Isis: The Inside Story  |  Frontline: The Rise of ISIS  |  Council on Foreign Relations: A Primer on ISIS Iraq  |  Cracks in ISIS Are Becoming More Clear  |  How ISIS’ Attacks Harm the Middle East

then and now button   What it’s like to live on $2 a day in the United States (PDF)

then and now button   Check out Today's Front Pages. Each day, you can see the front pages of more than 800 newspapers from around the world in their original, unedited form.

then and now button   Whether or not you noticed, the earth's population passed 7 billion a while back. You might enjoy NPR's wonderful video, Visualizing How a Population Grows to 7 Billion.

then and now button   Check out the St. Louis Fed's presentation The Financial Crisis: What Happened?. The original video is no longer available but you can view the power point presentation.

then and now button   Want to take a survey but not sure how many responses to collect? This Survey Calculator gives you the number for any given population size and desired confidence level. A reverse calculator lets you enter characteristics of an existing survey and gives the confidence interval (±X%) to apply to the results. The Survey System site, sponsored by a survey software company, also gives clear explanations of statistical significance, survey design and related concepts. Also check out 20 Questions a Journalist (and You, too!) Should Ask About Poll Results.

then and now button   PBS's 30 Second Candidate allows you to view more political ads than you ever knew existed. Choose the Historical Timeline link to see how political ads have changed over the years. Start with the infamous Daisy Ad that Lyndon Johnson used against Barry Goldwater. Click on Watch Johnson ads. Then click on either the QuickTime link or the Real Video link next to Daisy.

then and now button   Check out Political Compass. The site does a good job of explaining political ideologies (although with definitions different from those I use) and gives you a chance to discover your own political philosophy.

then and now button   Law Library of Congress: North Korea -- Collection of links to websites on North Korean government, politics and law. Includes legal guides, country studies and links to constitutions and branches of government (where available). Council on Foreign Relations: North Korea -- Background, articles and opinion pieces about North Korea government and politics. Many of the articles focus on North Korea's nuclear program. From the Council on Foreign Relations, "an independent membership organization and a nonpartisan think tank and publisher."

then and now button   State of the Union (SOTU) -- The site uses an interactive timeline to provide a visual representation of prominent words in presidential State of the Union addresses by displaying significant words as "determined by comparing how frequently the word occurs in the document to how frequently it appears throughout the entire body of SOTU addresses." The Appendices section describes the statistical methods used. Also includes the full text of addresses.

then and now button   Small Town Papers -- This site provides access to scanned images of recent issues of dozens of small town newspapers from throughout the United States. Newspapers are updated periodically, 2-3 weeks after publication. The site also includes a searchable archive (of articles, photos and advertisements), which covers different periods for each paper, some as far back as the 1890s. Access to the archives requires free registration.

then and now button   This website serves as a centralized location to learn about the Congressional Research Service and search for CRS reports that have been released to the public by members of Congress. (CRS Reports do not become public until a member of Congress releases the report.) Features a searchable database with more than 8,000 reports, a list of recently released reports, other collections of CRS reports and a FAQ about CRS.

then and now button   Stem Cell Research -- See the official NIH resource for Stem Cell Research. In 2005, NOVA aired an overview of The Stem Cell Issue.

then and now button   Instances of the Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798 - 2004 -- This report lists hundreds of instances in which the United States has used its armed forces abroad in situations of military conflict or potential conflict or for other than normal peacetime purposes. It was compiled in part from various older lists and is intended primarily to provide a rough survey of past US military ventures abroad, without reference to the magnitude of the given instance noted.

then and now button   Government Product Recalls

then and now button   Homeland Security Knowledgebase, Homeland Security News and Resources

then and now button   If you're worried about retirement, try some of the following sites.
        IRS Tax Information for Retirement Plans
        Social Security Retirement Planner
        Retirement Planning Resources from Smart Money

then and now button   Keeping the Shi'ites Straight -- Based on the opinion that no story has been more confusing for the Western news media to cover in postwar Iraq than the politics of the country's Shi'ite majority, this article provides a basic outline of Shi'ite religious history. Discusses the Sadr family (Muhammad Baqir as-Sadr, Ayatollah Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr, and Muqtada as-Sadr), Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim and other figures.

then and now button   This commercial site presents brief information about dozens of Black Inventors from the United States. Some entries include portraits and images. Also includes a searchable timeline covering 1721-1988. Does not include bibliographic information.

then and now button   Annenberg Political Fact Check -- This site describes itself as a nonpartisan, nonprofit, consumer advocate for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in US politics. The site provides original articles, with summaries and sources, analyzing factual accuracy in TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Searchable. From the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

then and now button   White House Tapes: The President Calling -- Three of America's most compelling presidents -- Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon -- bugged their White House offices and tapped their telephones. In this documentary project, American Radio Works eavesdrops on presidential telephone calls to hear how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history. Includes audio, a transcript of the documentary and background information on each president and the tapes.

then and now button   The State of State and Local Finances -- New studies afford a state-by-state or city-by-city analysis of fiscal well being. The Year of Living Dangerously -- While leaders in a growing number of states appear to believe they're serving the public good by squeezing government dry, there's little question that minimizing management carries a host of dangers that directly affect the lives of citizens.

then and now button   Government Debt by Country Map -- Shows countries' general government gross debt as a percentage of GDP in 2012.

then and now button   First Amendment Library -- Provides info on Supreme Court First Amendment jurisprudence,  including rulings, arguments, briefs, historical material, commentary and press coverage.

Texas' Foreign-Born Population Infographic

 

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