Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate the gunfight at the OK Corral, took place in Tombstone Arizona on October 26th 1881.
Tomb it May Concern, to go along with our Halloween spirit, where did the phrase OK Corral originate from?
The phrase “O.K.”, used to name Tombstone, Arizona’s historic O.K. Corral, had its origins in the Pennsylvania Dutch country of New York State in the mid-1800s.
Today, the term appears in many languages, and has become one of the most used phrases in the world. It is even used in computer programs to indicate agreement. Not bad for an idiomatic expression that is over 150 years old and almost disappeared from use.
The term then seems to have largely disappeared from use until sometime after the Civil War. Eventually it came back into general use, and was thus chosen by John Montgomery to describe his “O.K. Corral, Livery and Feed Stable” which he founded in Tombstone, Arizona in February, 1879, but things weren’t that okay during the gun battle with Ike Clayton and Wyatt Earp.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name Little Drink Ru is clip from the 1993 movie called, “Tombstone,” starring Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp, in the infamous gun battle at the OK Corral.
So who really started the fight at the OK Corral?
After years of feuding and mounting tensions, on this day in 1881, the “law and order” Earps and the “cowboy” Clanton-McLaurys engage in their world-famous shoot-out near the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, leaving three men dead and three more wounded.
The question of which side actually drew their guns first is still debated today, but it s believed that Virgil Earp pulled out his revolver and shot Billy Clanton in the chest at point-blank range, while Doc Holliday killed Tom McLaurys with a blast from his double-barreled shotgun. Wyatt Earp shot Frank McLaurys in the stomach, and the wounded man staggered out into the street but managed to pull his gun and return fire.
Sheriff Behan, who witnessed the entire shoot-out, charged the Earps and Holliday with murder. However, a month later the Tombstone justice of the peace found the men not guilty, ruling “the defendants were fully justified in committing these homicides.”
Just the other night I was watching an old Seinfeld episode called, ‘Little Kicks,” where Jerry gets introduced to one of Kramer’s friends named Brody.
The reason I’m bringing this episode up with you is because Kramer’s friend Brody pointed a gun at Jerry to make him shoot his boot leg movie inside the theatre. After everything was said in done, Jerry told Kramer, “People with guns don’t understand. That’s why they get guns, because too many misunderstandings,” which is pretty much what happened at the OK Corral on October 26th 1881.
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