Annie Oakley was born on this date (August 13) in 1860. You know what that means? Yes, ol’ Clementine here has dug up 5 Fun Facts on America’s first female superstar (with a little help from my friend Wikipedia). You can also learn more about her from the Annie Oakley Foundation.
1. Born in rural Ohio, she was named Phoebe Ann Mosey.
2 . In an effort to support her siblings and recently widowed mother, little Annie began hunting at the age of six. Her skills developed from there, and she became a local legend.
3. She joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1885 and was dubbed Little Sure Shot (she stood only five feet tall).
4. It’s been said that Oakley taught upwards of 15,000 women how to use a gun. She was a staunch supporter of women’s rights.
5. It’s also been said that Oakley’s sharp-shooting skills only improved as she got older. She was shooting — and making her marks — up until the time of her death at age of 66 in 1926.
Watch this cool clip of her shooting. (Email subscribers — click through to the post in order to see the video.)