Wednesday, October 26

Gunfight near the O.K. Corral

The most (in)famous gunfight in Western history occurred today on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 1881 at about 3 p.m.

The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was a roughly 30-second gunfight that took place in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. Three outlaw Cowboys (it was an insult to call a legitimate cattleman a Cowboy in Cochise County) were killed and Morgan Earp, Virgil Earp, and Doc Holliday were wounded and survived. (Of all of his brothers, Wyatt was the only one who was never wounded nor killed.)

Despite its name, the gunfight actually occurred six doors west of the rear entrance to the O.K. Corral in a narrow lot on Fremont Street. The Earps and Doc Holliday were eventually exonerated.

The battle was over but not won. Two months later Virgil was shot and injured again on Dec. 28, 1881, and Morgan was murdered on March 19, 1882. 

All I can say is crime doesn't pay.

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