Wednesday, August 2, 2017

On This Day In History Wild Bill Hickok Was Murdered

As notes, on this day in 1876 "Wild Bill" Hickok was murdered. 

“Wild Bill” Hickok, one of the greatest gunfighters of the American West, was murdered in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Born in Illinois in 1837, James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok first gained notoriety as a gunfighter in 1861 when he coolly shot three men who were trying to kill him. A highly sensationalized account of the gunfight appeared six years later in the popular periodical Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, sparking Hickok’s rise to national fame. Other articles and books followed, and though his prowess was often exaggerated, Hickok did earn his reputation with a string of impressive gunfights.

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Note: The top photo is of Wild Bill Hickok, The above photo is of actor Jeff Bridges as Hickok in the film Wild Bill. I didn't care for the film, but I liked Bridges as Hickok. 

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