Each week, KHOU 11 News will bring you "This week in Houston history", as a way to highlight the achievements and advancements made each day in this great city of ours.
April 13, 1888 - Robert Mills, an early Texas merchant in antebellum, Texas died in Galveston. Mills, known as the "duke of Brazoria", built the first cotton compress in Texas. By 1860, the Mills brothers had cultivated approximately 3,300 acres on their four Brazoria County plantations.
April 16, 1971 - Tejana superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez was born in Lake Jackson. Selena was known as the Queen of Tejano music -- she's credited with bringing the genre into the mainstream. Selena was known as a role model for young women. She preached the value of education and was loved my music fans around the world. On March 31, 1995, Selena was fatally shot by the founder of her first fan club.
April 16, 1947 - The ship SS Grandcamp exploded at the docks in Texas City, killing hundreds of people. The ship's anchor monument records 576 persons known dead, only 398 of whom were identified. Probably the exact number of people killed will never be known.
Information provided by the Texas State Historical Association.
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