“Hurrah boys, we’ve got them! We’ll finish them up and then go home to our station.”
It was on this day in 1867 that the men of the 7th Cavalry went riding on. Led by Col. George Custer, they were attempting to round up a group of Plains Indians located in the Black Hills. With orders to re-settle the tribes elsewhere, Custer (who had graduated last in his class at West Point) had about 400 men under his command. These troops were split into several different forces when they encountered about 1800 Indian warriors defending an encampment near the Little Big Horn river. Soon after shouting out the words quoted above the entire Cavalry unit was wiped out, and the incident would become known as “Custer’s Last Stand.”
The earliest thing that Wiki says happened on this day is “253 – Pope Cornelius is executed (beheaded) at Centumcellae” and the most recent is “2006 – Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier, is kidnapped by Palestinian militants in a cross-border raid from the Israeli territory.”
A few other events that also took place on this day are:
1947 – Anne Frank’s diary is published.
1997 – An unmanned cargo craft collides with the Russian space station Mir, temporarily knocking out the power.
Happy birthday to George Michael, Sonia Sotomayor, Jimmie Walker, Ian McDonald, Carly Simon, Eddie Floyd, and June Lockhart.