Nov 8th, 1847
Bram Stoker is born in Dublin. A sickly child, Stoker amused himself by writing. He wrote several tales of horror before striking gold with Dracula
Margaret Mitchel is born in Atlanta. Inspired by stories and conversations with older relatives she's inspired to write her great novel. Slaving over it for seven years she became frustrated and threw the gobs of manuscript into a box. A friend read it and coaxed her to complete the work. 1887
John Henry "Doc" Holliday is also born in Georgia. A cousin of Mattie Holliday, who was the inspiration for her 3rd cousin, Margaret Mitchel, for the character of Melanie Hamilton in GWTW.
Known as a scholar, dentist, gambler, drunkard and blood thirsty killer, he was mostly just a gambling drunk that preferred booze to Laudanum for his TB cough. His friend, Bat Masterson, started his "blood thirsty killer" legend with exaggerated published stories, which by association also made him a "legend".Young Doc
He did appear in about six to eight gun related scrapes, but he rarely hit anything. He was deadly, of course, when his foe was sitting 4 feet away at the poker table. His only absolutely confirmed killing was of a man he stabbed to death in front of a room full of patrons. The fool jumped to his feet to clear his gun, but the Doc had his pig sticker in hand under the table.Older, emaced Doc, around six feet tall, 120 lbs
If ever there was a fearless man in the Old West, it was Holliday. He carried 3 guns and a knife, knew well that he was dying and flat didn't give a shit. His only love in life was his common law wife of many years, Big Nose Katie Elder.
Just about everybody's favorite Holliday portrayer in film was my Huckleberry, Val Kilmer. Talk about lousy casting casting before Val, he was preceded by Samson himself, the hulking Victor Mature, and Ullysses/Sparticus himself, virile Kirk Douglas!