The Wild West sees the most famous shootout in history on this episode of This Day In History!
On this episode of This Day In History, Tony and Armand are here to tell us about the the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona that took place on this day in 1881. On one side of the fight were members of the Cowboys which included Billy Claiborne, Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury and on the other side were town Marshal Virgil Earp, assistant town Marshal Morgan Earp, and temporary deputy marshals Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. The fight only lasted 30 seconds and resulted in the deaths of Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton. This 30-second gunfight would gain its fame in 1931 with the publishing of Stuart Lake’s biography, Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal, and by the film, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, that was directed by John Sturges in 1957.
Also on this day in 1774, the first Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia, Sweden accepts the independence of Norway in 1905, and the U.S. passes the PATRIOT Act into law in 2001.
Happy birthday to Hilary Clinton and John Heder!
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