7 August 1840
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On this date in 1840...
During the "Great Raid," a thousand Comanche warriorscommanded by Chief Buffalo Hump sacked Linville and Victoria, Texas in retaliation for what they saw as a betrayal at the Council House fight. This raid became the inspiration for the fictional raid on Austin in Larry McMurty's novel, Comanche Moon.
- 1670 - The Apache attacked the ancient Zuni Pueblo of Hawikuh, burning the new church and killing the priest.
- 1760 - Fort Loudon, Tennessee surrendered to a large Cherokee force.
- 1782 - George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart.
- 1942 - Singer B.J. Thomas was born in Hugo, Oklahoma.
- 1964 -Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on United States forces.
- 1989 - A small plane carrying Congressman Mickey Leland, D-Texas, and 15 others crashed during a flight in Ethiopia. There were no survivors.
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