Important Dates for Fans of the West
compiled by Donald Burger, Attorney at Law

July 19, 1814: Samuel Colt born in Hartford, Connecticut.
May 5, 1830: John B. Stetson, maker of hats, born in Orange, New Jersey.
February 23, 1836: Sam Colt files the patent papers for his repeating gun, the Paterson Colt.
February 23, 1836: Seige of the Alamo begins.
March 6, 1836: Just after 5 am Santa Anna's troops charge the Alamo. Twice the attacks are repulsed. Santa Anna calls in his reserves, Deguello is sounded and the North Wall is breached. Travis dies on the North Wall. Crockett falls defending the Pallisade on the South side. Bowie dies inside the main structure or the low barracks. The last of the fighting is fierce hand-to-hand combat in the long barracks. Whether or not prisoners are taken, all defenders are killed. The noble stand of these brave men becomes the rallying cry for the Texas Revolution as the cry of "Remember the Alamo" will echo across Texas in the days to come.
April 21, 1836: Santa Anna is defeated at the Battle of San Jacinto.
May 27, 1837: James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok born in Troy Grove, Illinois.
September 5, 1847: Jesse Woodson James born in Clay County, Missouri.
March 19, 1848: Wyatt Earp born in Monmouth, Illinois.
May 26, 1853: John Wesley Hardin born.
November 26, 1853: Bat Masterson (William Bartholomew Masterson)born in County Rouville, Quebec, Canada.
February 14, 1854: Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson receive patent on their repeating revolver, The Volcanic.
August 13, 1860: Annie Oakley (Phoebe Ann Moses) born in Darke County, Ohio.
April 12, 1861: Civil War begins.
April 9, 1865: Civil War ends as Robert E Lee surrenders to U.S. Grant.
January 27, 1868: George Armstrong Custer leads raid on Cheyenne village on the banks of the Washita River.
April 15, 1871: City Council of Abilene, Kansas, hired James Butler Hickok as their Marshal.
October 5, 1871: In a shootout in Abilene, Kansas, with Phil Coe, James Butler Hickok accidently shoots and kills his friend Mike Williams.
December 13, 1871: James Butler Hickok is dismissed as marshal of Abilene, Kansas, "for reason that the City is no longer in need of his services."
June 25, 1876: Battle of Little Big Horn
August 2, 1876: Bill Hickok, while playing cards in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, was shot in the back by Jack McCall. Hickok's hand at the time he was shot was a pair of aces, a pair of eights and a queen. This hand is now known as the deadman's hand.
January 6, 1880: Tom Mix born.
October 26, 1881: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place in Tombstone, Arizona.
April 3, 1882: Jesse James died in St. Joseph, Missouri.
February 18, 1906: John B. Stetson, maker of hats, died at age 75, in DeLand, Florida.
May 26, 1907: John Wayne (Marion Robert Morrison) born in Winterset, Iowa.
February 17, 1909: Geronimo died at age 80 on the reservation at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
October 25, 1921: Bat Masterson died in New York City, New York at age 67.
November 5, 1911: Roy Rogers (Leonard Franklin Slye) born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
April 19, 1925: Actor Hugh O'Brien (Wyatt Earp) born in Rochester, New York.
August 16, 1926: Actor Fess Parker (Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett) born in Fort Worth, Texas.
November 3, 1926: Annie Oakley died in Pinehurst, North Carolina, at age 66.
April 7, 1928: Actor James Garner (Maverick) born in Norman, Oklahoma.
January 13, 1929: Wyatt Earp died in Los Angeles, California, at age 80.
May 31, 1930: Clint Eastwood born in San Francisco, California.
September 30, 1930: Radio show Death Valley Days premiers on NBC's Blue Radio Network.
October 12, 1940: Tom Mix died in a single-car crash on Highway 89, near Florence, Arizona.
June 24, 1949: TV show Hopalong Cassidy, starring William Boyd, premiered on NBC.
September 15, 1949: TV show The Lone Ranger, starring Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto, premiered on ABC.
October 15, 1954: TV show The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, starring Lee Aaker as Rusty, premiered on ABC.
September 20, 1955: TV show Cheyenne, starring Clint Walker as Cheyenne Bodie, premiered on ABC.
September 14, 1957: TV show Have Gun, Will Travel, starring Richard Boone as Paladin, premiered on CBS.
September 17, 1957: TV show, Sugarfoot, starring Will Hutchins as Tom "Sugarfoot" Brewster, premiered on ABC.
September 18, 1957: TV show, Wagon Train, starring Ward Bond as Major Seth Adams, premiered on NBC.
September 22, 1957: TV show, Maverick, starring James Garner as Bret Maverick) premiered on ABC.
September 30, 1958: TV show, The Rifleman, starring Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain, premiered on ABC.
January 9, 1959: TV show Rawhide, starring Eric Fleming as Gil Favor and Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates, premiered on CBS.
July 3, 1965: Trigger, beloved horse of Roy Rogers, died.
September 10, 1967: TV show The High Chaparral, starring Leif Erickson as Big John Cannon, premiered on NBC.
October 14, 1972: TV show Kung Fu, starring David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, premiered on ABC.
June 11, 1979: John Wayne died.
October 2, 1983: TV show The Yellow Rose, starring Sam Elliott as Chance McKenzie and Cybil Shepherd as Colleen Champion, premiered on NBC.
August 27, 1993: TV show Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., starring Bruce Campbell as Brisco County, Jr. and Julius Carry as Lord Bowler, premiered on Fox network.
February 7, 2001: Dale Evans dies at age 88.
March 25. 2001: Western author Terry C. Johnston dies of cancer at age 54. He was the author of a series of books starring Titus Bass as a mountain man in the West.

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