Today’s Memorable U. S. Event
18 Feb 1878 – Billy the Kid begins his outlaw career
William H. Bonney (born William Henry McCarty, Jr. c. November 23, 1859 – c. July 14, 1881), better known as Billy the Kid but also known as Henry Antrim, was a 19th-century American gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in the American Old West. According to legend, he killed 21 men, but it is generally believed that he killed between four and nine. He killed his first man at 18.
On 18 Feb 1878, a rancher named John Tunstall, who McCarty (Bonney) worked for in New Mexico, was killed in an escalating local battle known as the Lincoln County War. Subsequent skirmishes and retaliations between local factions eventually led to Billy the Kid’s (McCarty/Bonney’s) life of crime.
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