Full Name: Billy the Kid [William Henry McCarty, Jr]
Profession: Frontier Outlaw
Why Famous: Gunfighter in the "Old West". According to legend, he killed 21 men (but it is widely believed that he killed 8 people). He was catapulted into legend in 1881 when a price was placed on his head by the governor of New Mexico.
- 1881-04-18 Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.