Like many of you, I got my real introduction to Wyatt Earp from that movie a few years ago starring Kevin Costner. The movie was released in 1994.
Also, I recently began watching "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp", a TV series 1955-61. You can now buy the whole series HERE.
Wyatt Earp died in Los Angeles on this day in 1928:
"The Earp brothers had long been competing with the Clanton-McClaury ranching families for political and economic control of Tombstone, Arizona, and the surrounding region.
On October 26, 1881, the simmering tensions finally boiled over into violence, and Wyatt, his brothers Virgil and Morgan, and his close friend, Doc Holliday, killed three men from the Clanton and McLaury clans in a 30-second shoot-out on a Tombstone street near the O.K. Corral. A subsequent hearing found that the Earps and Holliday had been acting in their capacity as law officers and deputies, and they were acquitted of any wrongdoing. However, not everyone was satisfied with the verdict, and the Earps found their popularity among the townspeople was on the wane.
Worse, far from bringing an end the long-standing feud between the Earps and Clanton-McLaurys, the shoot-out sparked a series of vengeful attacks and counterattacks.
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