August 13, 1860: Sharpshooter Annie Oakley Born
On this day in 1860, American exhibition shooter Annie Oakley was born in Ohio. Annie’s impeccable aim captured the attention of major figures worldwide, such as Queen Victoria of England and King Umberto I of Italy, for whom she performed while in Europe.
One of Annie’s most famous tricks was splitting a playing card with a .22 caliber rifle, edge-on, and putting several more holes in it before it could touch the ground at 90 feet away.
Learn about Annie Oakley’s lifelong adventures and travels with this timeline courtesy of American Experience.