Annie Oakley was an American folk hero and performer who is known for her marksmanship. She was born in Ohio as Phoebe Ann Moses in 1860 and took up sharpshooting as a teenager to earn money after her father's death. By the time she was 15 years old, Annie had paid off her family's mortgage with her performances.Know More
Annie married a vaudeville performer and fellow marksman named Frank Butler in 1875 after allegedly beating him in a shooting competition. They joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West show and began performing together in 1885, where she adopted the stage name of Annie Oakley. Oakley was given the nickname of "Watanya Cicilla" by fellow performer Sitting Bull, rendered "Little Sure Shot" in public advertisements. Annie gained tremendous fame for being able to shoot holes in cards before they landed and performed for royalty such as Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm II. She famously shot a cigarette out of the Kaiser's mouth during a performance before retiring in 1913.
Annie Oakley dedicated her life to teaching women to shoot, supporting the American Red Cross and giving to orphanages. Annie and her husband both suffered a train accident and a car accident during their 50-year marriage before she died in 1926.Learn more in US History
One fun and interesting fact about the Louisiana Purchase is that the land in question sold for less than 3 cents per acre; another fun fact is that the U.S. didn't have sufficient funds to pay for it, so it had to borrow the money from two European banks. Since the money was loaned at a rate of 6 percent, and it took the U.S. 20 years to repay it, the total cost for the Louisiana Purchase was more than $23 million; the terms of the sale gave the French $11.25 million in cash and forgave $3.75 million in debt.Full Answer >
The first transcontinental railroad was completed on May 10, 1869. It linked the Central Pacific Railroad, which stretched east from Sacramento, California, and the Union Pacific Railroad that went west from Omaha, Nebraska. To mark the occasion, a final golden railroad spike was driven into the tracks at the location where two railroads met in Promontory, Utah.Full Answer >
The Maidu Indians are native to central and northern California, around the Sacramento area east into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Four groups of Native American tribes formed after the area was settled around 7,000 B.C., and the Maidu language distinguished itself from other groups around 100 A.D. Nisenan Maidu, who settled around Roseville, Calif., became expert gardeners who created expansive gardens full of fruits, vegetables and flowers.Full Answer >
In addition to the fact that the Battle of Vicksburg was the final stage of one of the longest campaigns of the American Civil War, it was also as decisive a victory as the Battle of Gettysburg. The Confederate surrender at Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 4, 1863, combined with Confederate general Robert E. Lee's surrender at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on the previous day, can be considered the turning point of the war. The surrender at Vicksburg was formalized by an old oak tree which, within a short time, disappeared as fragments of it were cut and taken as souvenirs.Full Answer >