26 November 1864
On this date in 1864...
Wayward federal troops invading Texas were cornered by Kiowa, Comanche and Plains Apache warriors at the First Battle of Adobe Walls, one of the largest battles ever fought between Indians and the United States Army. After forcing the federals to retreat to high ground, the warriors assaulted continually until exhausted. The federal troops finally escaped and claimed they won a victory.
- 1789 - U.S. President Washington set aside this day to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.
- 1835 - In the first in a series of revenge killings, Charley Emathla, who signed the agreement committing the Seminole to removal from Florida, was killed. Many believe that he was killed by Chief Osceola.
- 1939 - Anna Mae Bullock, better known as singer Tina Turner, was born in Nutbush, Tennessee.
- 1998 - Terry "Hulk" Hogan of Augusta, Georgia announced that he was retiring from pro wrestling and would run for president in 2000.
- 2011 - The Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
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