On this day in 1860, Annie Oakley, one of the most talented markswomen in American history, is born in Ohio.
”I was eight years old when I made my first shot,” Oakley remembered later, “and I still consider it one of the best shots I ever made.” The victim of one of Annie’s best shots was a squirrel who ended up in a stew pot.
Annie Oakley joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in 1885. Shooting a cigarette out of her husband’s mouth soon became one of the most spectacular performances of her that galvanized the audience.
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