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Wyatt Earp

(American West Lawman)

19 March 1848 – 13 January 1929 (Aged 80)

Earp was an iconic lawman in the American West.

He was seen as being the central figure in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, generally known as the most famous shootout in American history, during which three outlaw cowboys were killed.

Earp’s early twenties saw him devastated with the death of his wife and unborn child from typhus. The next period of his life saw him being arrested and getting into trouble with the law.

In 1876, he moved to Wichita, Kansas, where his brother had opened a brothel. There, his life changed and he became a part-time police officer, growing his reputation, and eventually leading to Earp becoming Marshal of Dodge City.

Following the infamous gunfight in Tombstone, Earp and a group of men hunted down outlaws out West, killing many along the way.

After his days as a lawman, he became embroiled in controversy over allegedly helping to fix a boxing match.

In Earp’s later years, he ran saloons in different parts of America, before moving to Los Angeles.

He longed to have his story told in Hollywood, but he did not become a Western hero until a biography was released in 1931, 2 years after his death.

Karl Benz


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25 November 1844 – 4 April 1929 (Aged 84)

Benz was a German engineer, who designed and built the first practical motorcar, for which he received a patent for in 1886.

In 1926, his company merged with Gottlieb Daimler’s DMG, creating Mercedes-Benz.

Benz died in his Ladenburg home at the age of 84 from a bronchial inflammation.

The house is now designated as historic and is used as a scientific meeting facility for the Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz Foundation nonprofit foundation.

Sergei Diaghilev


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31 March 1872 – 19 March 1929 (Aged 57)

Diaghilev was a Russian art critic and dancer.

He founded Ballets Russes, a renowned dance company that went on to revolutionize the world of dance and performance.

Diaghilev died of diabetes in Venice at the age of 57.

His tomb is on the nearby Venetian island of San Michele, near to the grave of composer Igor Stravinsky, with whom he had collaborated on numerous pieces during their careers.