[Daily article] March 2: Battle of Agua Dulce

The Battle of Agua Dulce was a skirmish on March 2, 1836, in Tamaulipas,
Mexico, during the Goliad Campaign of the Texas Revolution. Mexican
troops surprised rebellious colonists from the Mexican province of
Texas, primarily immigrants from the United States, known as Texians. By
the end of 1835, Texians had expelled all Mexican troops from their
province. In February Frank W. Johnson, the commander of the volunteer
army in Texas, along with James Grant, was leading a planned invasion of
the Mexican port town of Matamoros. Unbeknownst to the Texians, Mexican
General José de Urrea was leading troops from Matamoros into Texas to
neutralize the rebels gathered along the coast. His troops easily
defeated Johnson’s small force on February 26. Several days later,
informants revealed the location of another small force led by Grant,
and on the morning of March 2, Urrea sent 150 troops who ambushed and
defeated them. Grant fled but was killed, as were 11 men under his
command. Six Texians were taken prisoner, and Urrea jailed them instead
of executing them, contrary to Santa Anna’s orders. Another six Texians
escaped, five of whom later died in the Goliad Massacre.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Skanderbeg organised the League of Lezhë, an alliance of
Albanian principalities that is regarded as the first unified Albanian


Roberto Cofresí, one of the last successful Caribbean pirates,
was defeated in combat and captured by authorities.


Communist, revolutionary socialist, and syndicalist delegates
met in Moscow to establish the Communist International.


The B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II landed in Fort Worth,
Texas, after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane
flight in 94 hours and one minute.


Aboard the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 28, Czech Vladimír Remek
became the first person not from the Soviet Union or the United States
to go into space.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. (horticulture) A flowerbed, particularly an elevated one.
2. (horticulture) A garden with paths between such flowerbeds.
3. (theater) A part of the section of theater seats located on the ground
floor, on the same level as the orchestra.
4. The part of the ground-floor section nearest the orchestra and the
stage; the stalls.
5. (Britain) The part of the ground-floor section behind the stalls and
underneath the galleries; the pit.
6. (theater, by extension) That part of a theater audience seated in the
parterre, sometimes regarded as belonging to a lower social class.
7. (US, New York) An apartment balcony.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going
to get better. It’s not.  
–Dr. Seuss

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