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Pickett, Willie M. (Pickett, Bill; the Dusky Demon, the Modern Ursus)

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Born: 1870 AD
Died: 1932 AD, at 61 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Cowboy, Stunt Performer

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1870 - Born on December 5th in Williamson County, Texas. American rodeo cowboy who introduced bulldogging, a modern rodeo event that involves wrestling a running steer to the ground.

1900 - He became a showman, sponsored by Lee Moore, a Texas rodeo entrepreneur.

1907 - Pickett signed with the 101 Ranch Wild West Show, becoming one of its star performers and assuming the status of a legendary figure for his masterful handling of both wild and domestic animals. For bulldogging, or steer wrestling, he perfected a technique of jumping from his horse, grabbing the steer around the neck or horns, sinking his teeth into the animal's lip, and pulling it to the ground.

1908 - Pickett's most grueling performance came in a bullring in Mexico City. He there wrestled and rode a Mexican fighting bull for seven minutes before a riotous audience enraged at this original interpretation of the Mexican national pastime of bullfighting.

1916 - Pickett stopped performing and worked as a cowhand and rancher thereafter.

1932 - Died on April 2nd in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He died after being kicked by a horse.


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