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5 Fun Facts About December 7 In Texas History

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1. Pearl Harbor Day - On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, resulting in the United States entering World War II. Texans were greatly impacted by the attack, as many of them served in the military and fought in the war.

2. Apollo 17 Launch - On December 7, 1972, NASA launched the Apollo 17 mission, the final mission of the Apollo program and the last time humans visited the moon. The spacecraft was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but much of the mission control was based at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

3. Texas Independence Day - Although Texas officially gained its independence from Mexico on April 21, 1836, the Battle of Concepcion, one of the early battles in the fight for Texas independence, took place on December 7, 1835. The battle was fought near San Antonio, and was a significant victory for the Texian forces.

4. David Crockett's Birthday - David "Davy" Crockett, one of the most famous figures in Texas history, was born on December 7, 1786, in Greene County, Tennessee. Crockett was a frontiersman, soldier, and politician who eventually settled in Texas and fought in the Battle of the Alamo.

5. Texas Rangers Help Capture Bonnie and Clyde - On December 7, 1933, Texas Rangers joined forces with law enforcement officers from Louisiana and Arkansas to set a trap for the infamous criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde. The Rangers used fingerprints and bullet analysis to track the pair, ultimately leading to their ambush and death.
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