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Prolific tunesmith honored in hall of fame
October 12, 1980

On this day in 1980, songwriter Mickey Newbury was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame. A native of Houston, Milton "Mickey" Newbury, Jr., earned the reputation of being one of the best tunesmiths of his generation. He penned songs for a diverse array of performers, including Andy Williams, Roy Orbison, Eddy Arnold, Ray Charles, Waylon Jennings, B. B. King, Joan Baez, Dottie West, Johnny Rodriguez, and many others. In 1968 Newbury became the first songwriter to ever score Number 1 hits on the easy listening, country, rhythm and blues, and pop-rock charts at the same time. His arrangement of a trio of Civil War songs known as "American Trilogy" became his best-known work and was favored by Elvis Presley as the closing number for his live shows.

Future publisher joins Galveston News as office boy
October 12, 1874

On this day in 1874, fifteen-year-old George B. Dealey went to work as an office boy for the Galveston News. He worked for this publishing concern the rest of his life. Dealey was born in England but moved to Galveston with his family in 1870. He rose steadily at the News, whose founder A. H. Belo sent him to Dallas to found the Dallas Morning News in 1885; the two papers, which shared a network of correspondents, heralded the beginning of "chain journalism." Dealey became a board member of both newspapers in 1902, vice president and general manager of the corporation in 1906, and president in 1919. In 1926 he bought the company from the Belo family. He was instrumental in the adoption of George E. Kessler's plan for the city of Dallas in 1910 and was president of the Philosophical Society of Texas and founder and lifetime president of the Dallas Historical Society. The man the New York Times called the dean of American publishers died at his Dallas home in 1946.

UT president lambastes Board of Regents at faculty meeting
October 12, 1944

On this day in 1944, during one of the most notorious quarrels over academic freedom in Texas history, University of Texas president Homer Rainey made a dramatic public statement of grievances against the UT Board of Regents before a general faculty meeting. Some regents had loudly sought the dismissal of pro-New Deal and pro-union-labor faculty and the censorship of leftist authors. The regents seized on Rainey's public statement as an opportunity to fire him on November 1. Regent Marguerite Fairchild cast the sole dissenting vote. The students went on strike, and 8,000 marched in mute mourning from the campus to the Capitol and the Governor's Mansion.