today’s birthday: Annie Oakley (1860)

Annie Oakley (1860)

Oakley took up hunting at age nine and soon earned a reputation as a “dead shot.” In her early 20s, she beat marksman Frank Butler in a shooting match and then married him. Together they joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Oakley’s famous act included hitting the thin edge of a playing card from 30 paces and shooting targets while looking into a mirror. She was also known for shooting the end off a cigarette held between Butler’s lips, a trick she once performed with what future head of state? More… Discuss

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