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.
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
President Jimmy Carter is the subject of an anecdote in which he spotted an unidentified flying object (UFO) in the sky prior to his ascension to the presidency. He actually filed a formal report of the incident, which took place in 1969, with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP).Full Answer >
The short story "The Dog of Pompeii" is historical fiction, meaning the story takes place in historical times, yet characters and plot elements are exaggerated or invented by imaginatively reconstructing historical events. In this case, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius is a real event, but the dog's story is fictionalized.Full Answer >
William Henry Seward wanted the United States to purchase Alaska, which was offered at a bargain price by the cash-strapped Tsar of Russia. While he was roundly mocked and Alaska was called Seward's Folly, the rich natural resources and strategic placement of Alaska ultimately justified his advice.Full Answer >
"Why Don't We Complain?" is a 1961 essay written by conservative journalist William F. Buckley, Jr. in which the author ponders at length on the average American's unwillingness to voice his opinions.Full Answer >