On This Day

Deaths in History in August 1876

Wild Bill Hickok

Aug 2 Wild Bill" Hickok [James Butler], American cowboy and scout, shot dead from behind by Jack McCall while playing poker (he held a pair of Aces and a pair of 8's), dies at 39

  • Aug 10 Edward William Lane, British lexicographer and translator (One Thousand & One Nights), dies at 74
  • Aug 19 George Smith, English archaeologist and assyriologist (cuneiform script), dies of fever at 36
  • Aug 21 Harry T. Hays, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 56