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Thread: Annie Oakley could have prevented WW1 & 2

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    Annie Oakley could have prevented WW1 & 2

    Annie Oakley shot a cigarette out of the Kaisers mouth, had she hit him, she could have prevented WWI
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    ..In 1890, Annie was performing in Berlin where among the audience was Friedrich Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia. He was a great admirer of Oakley’s performances who previously had been to several runs of the show.

    During the show, Annie asked a for a volunteer to accept risking his life by holding a cigarette in his mouth from which she would attempt to shoot the ashes. She did this regularly while performing, but until that day no one was brave enough to accept the challenge except for her husband who always stepped forward as her assistant.

    However, there was a volunteer that time, and it was the Kaiser himself. He was the last person which Annie expected to volunteer for this dangerous shooting act, but she had no choice and invited him onto the stage. She knew that he was one of the most powerful men in Europe and that his life was in her hands. She raised her Colt .45 while Kaiser placed a cigar in his mouth and she pulled the trigger.

    She blew away the ashes right off the Kaiser’s cigarette. Had the bullet hit him instead of the cigarette placed in his mouth, the event would have changed the course of the history. Later, the young Kaiser played a major role in launching World War I.

    As reported by the BBC, the Kaiser was a strong believer in increasing the strength of the German armed forces, particularly the navy. He alienated Britain with his naval expansion and a policy of aggressive German colonial expansion, and also supported the Boers in their fight against the British. Following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914, Wilhelm encouraged the Austrians to adopt a firm line against Serbia, effectively writing them a ‘blank cheque’ for German support in the events of the war.

    If Oakley killed the Kaiser that night in Berlin, maybe there would not have been a World War I and since that war was the primary cause of World War II, perhaps there would not have been a World War II either.

    The New York Times reported that Annie later realized her mistake. After World War I began, she wrote to the Kaiser asking for a second shot. He did not respond.
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    hah neat. another one of those freaky shoulda woulda couldas of history.
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    Seems unlikely and probably a fallacy to think that one person could change events. If she had somehow prevented a war by shooting him, we wouldn't know what she had accomplished, since we didn't have a war, and she would have gone down in history as not only a bad shot after all but a heinous character of history.
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    Without WW I, arguably, the Russian Revolution would not have occurred.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    Seems unlikely and probably a fallacy to think that one person could change events. If she had somehow prevented a war by shooting him, we wouldn't know what she had accomplished, since we didn't have a war, and she would have gone down in history as not only a bad shot after all but a heinous character of history.
    true. But thats the sacrifice a time travelling heroine will have to make for the greater good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post
    true. But thats the sacrifice a time travelling heroine will have to make for the greater good.
    She'd likely be blamed for what happened afterwards as the war was probably inevitable, besides, changing history just results in another parallel universe, according to the netflix movies I've seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    She'd likely be blamed for what happened afterwards as the war was probably inevitable, besides, changing history just results in another parallel universe, according to the netflix movies I've seen.

    I guess we'll find out.



    or not
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