Tuesday, August 2, 2011

This Day in History–Aces and Eights

Aug 2 1876

Drinking at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, Jack McCall notices Wild Bill Hickok playing poker at a corner table. Then he calmly walks over to the table and blows a wide hole in the back of Hickok's head with a .45 revolver. The professional gambler and onetime lawman was holding a pair of Aces and a pair of eights, now known as the "Dead Man's Hand."

1 comment:

  1. 8 Ace is also the name of a Comic book character in "Viz"
    Where 8 Ace (named after his favorite extremely cheap beer) gets into all kinds of mischief while coming up with ways to obtain 8 ace beer until he passes out.


    This cartoon strip incidentally is written phonetically to portray a Geordie (North East England) accent.. which can be heard here:


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