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  • This cherry basket quilt, courtesy of the Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, will be on display at Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site during Quilt Hop in Bonham July 29-30.
  • Many local and Grayson County residents have offered quilts to be displayed at the Bonham Visitor Center this year. Twenty-seven quilts were hung for display there yesterday.
  • The Sam Rayburn Museum, a division of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, proudly presents Comfort and Glory: Selections from the Briscoe Center’s Winedale Quilt Collection. The exhibit will run July 29–August 13, 2016, and coincides with the Bonham Quilt Hop scheduled for July 29–30. Many quilts will be displayed across town during the hop, including at the Bonham Public Library, the Fannin County Museum of History and the Bonham Visitors Center. The Sam Rayburn Museum will also host the hop’s opening reception from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday July 29.
  • The discussion regarding possible restoration of the historic 1888 Fannin County Courthouse begins in earnest 9:00 a.m. Friday and, judging by the initial response, if you want a seat in the diminutive county courtroom, get there early.
  • Featuring over 100 Summer Activities throughout Texoma Region.
  • 1945 – A U.S. Army B-25 bomber crashes into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building killing 14 and injuring 26. At 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 1945, a B-25 Mitchell bomber, piloted in thick fog by Lieutenant Colonel William Franklin Smith, Jr., crashed into the north side of the Empire State Building, between the 79th and 80th floors, where the offices of the National Catholic Welfare Council were located. One engine shot through the side opposite the impact and flew as far as the next block, where it landed on the roof of a nearby building, starting a fire that destroyed a penthouse. The other engine and part of the landing gear plummeted down an elevator shaft. The resulting fire was extinguished in 40 minutes. Fourteen people were killed in the incident. Elevator operator Betty Lou Oliver survived a plunge of 75 stories inside an elevator, which still stands as the Guinness World Record for the longest survived elevator fall recorded. Despite the damage and loss of life, the building was open for business on many floors on the following Monday. The crash helped spur the passage of the long-pending Federal Tort Claims Act of 1946, as well as the insertion of retroactive provisions into the law, allowing people to sue the government for the incident. A year later, another aircraft narrowly missed striking the building. In the 1960s, when the World Trade Center was being designed, this B-25 impact incident served as motivation for the designers to consider a scenario of an accidental impact of a Boeing 707 into one of the twin towers (this was prior to the introduction of the 767, which crashed into WTC 1 and 2 on September 11, 2001).