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In History, 08-02

Today in…

1776, the Declaration of Independence was formally signed.

1876, “Wild Bill” Hickok was shot dead from behind by Jack McCall while playing poker at the Silver Dollar Saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. McCall believed Hickok had killed his brother. He held a pair of Aces and a pair of eights, known thereafter as the “dead man’s hand.”

2005-08-02 at 8:00 AM MT | |