Little Sure Shot – 1885

Phoebe Ann Oakley Mozee was born on August 13, 1860, in Ohio.

Little Sure Shot - Annie Oakley (Phoebe Ann Oakley Mozee) was born on August 13, 1860, in Ohio.

 

Known most commonly as Annie Oakley, she went on to become one of the most accomplished markswoman of the 19th Century. “Little Sure Shot” won the hearts of audiences as she performed her legendary shooting skills in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

Annie’s shooting skills came naturally. As a child, she often hunted game to provide the family with food. She became such as skilled shooter that she traveled to Cincinnati to enter a shooting contest against the famous Frank Butler. Annie won the match by a single point. Later, she and Butler married, and he became her manager. In 1885, they both joined the Wild West Show.

Among her accomplishments were the ability to shoot a dime tossed into the air, from a distance of 90 feet, and (incredibly) to puncture a playing card, even though the thin edge of the card was turned toward her. Once, while performing in Germany, she shot a cigarette from the lips of the Crown Prince.

Annie died in 1926, at the age of 66. The musical Annie Get Your Gun was based on the story of her life.

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