Houston

Events

Augustus and John Allen found Houston.

1836

Texas becomes the 28th state in the Union.

1845

Congress designates Houston a port.

1870

Sam Houston Park opens.

1899

Houston's first park

First Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo held

1932

Texas Medical Center founded

1943

Alley Theatre established

1947

Voters first reject proposed zoning ordinance.

1948

It is rejected again in 1962 and 1993.

"Houston" is first word spoken from the lunar surface.

1969

Shell Oil Company relocates headquarters to Houston.

1971

More than 200 major firms move headquarters in the years following.

Census finds Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area has no racial or ethnic majority.

2000

First modern light rail line-7.5 miles-begins operations.

2004