The true story of William Munny is the subject of the 1992 movie "Unforgiven." William Munny was an outlaw and killer who was the title character played by Clint Eastwood. He takes on a last job after spending years farming, away from crime and killing.Know More
This character is not a real person, and it is believed that Eastwood based the character on a combination of real-life outlaws. In the movie, William Munny is hired to bring in Billy the Kid, dead or alive. The book that inspired the script, "The Shootist," centered on a character that was inspired by John Wesley Hardin, one of the most deadly gunmen of the West. Munny was partly inspired by him.
There has been mention that Munny was partly based on Cullen Baker as well. Baker was a Tennessee-born Texas and Arkansas desperado whose gang is alleged to have killed hundreds of people, including former slaves during the early days of the American Old West.Learn More
Elizabeth Cochrane titled the reports of her 1889 trip around the world "Around the World in Seventy-Two Days." Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days" inspired the journalist to embark on the journey.Full Answer >
The Watts Riots helped strengthen the cooperative bond between Martin Luther King Jr. and Lyndon B. Johnson. The cooperation between the two men eventually lead further civil rights legislation. The riots also helped public officials understand the growing effects of the socio-economic divide between African Americans and Caucasians.Full Answer >
The Spanish-American War only lasted 100 days, cost the United States almost nothing in terms of casualties and brought the country significant gains in territory, turning the former set of colonies into an empire of her own and prompting Secretary of State John Hay to write to Theodore Roosevelt that the conflict was "a splendid little war, begun with the highest motives... favored by that Fortune which loves the brave."Full Answer >
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was famous for leading the Civil Rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s in the United States. He advocated for African-Americans, women and veterans through non-violent means, including marches, sit-ins, public speeches and boycotts. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968.Full Answer >