Sitting Bull is known for his participation in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, where General George Armstrong Custer, with 647 U.S. soldiers, confronted a several times stronger Native American force and suffered a devastating defeat.
On this day, one of the most famous Indian tribal chiefs in history – Sitting Bull – was killed. He belonged to the Sioux tribe, more precisely to Lakota Sioux. He is known for his participation in the famous Battle of Little Big Horn, where General George Armstrong Custer, with 647 U.S. soldiers, confronted and lost against a several times stronger Indian force. Reportedly Sitting Bull had a vision (spiritual experience) before the battle, in which he saw the defeat of the U.S. military.
A few months after this famous battle, Sitting Bull surrendered to the Americans and for a while performed in Buffalo Bill’s “Wild West Show”, earning $ 50 a week (a large sum of money at that time). He later returned to the reservation and, on this day, policemen tried to catch him because of the suspicion that he would support the expansion of the Ghost Dance, a new religious movement among the Indians. During the arrest, there was a struggle between his followers and the police, and at one point a stray bullet hit Sitting Bull in the head and killed him instantly.