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Featured Article: Wild Bill Hickok

James Butler Hickok
James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876), better known as Wild Bill Hickok, was a legendary figure in the American Old West. His skills as a gunfighter and scout, along with his reputation as a lawman, provided the basis for his fame, although some of his exploits are fictionalized. His moniker of Wild Bill has inspired similar nicknames for men named William (even though that was not Hickok's name) who were known for their daring in various fields.

Hickok came to the West as a stage coach driver, then became a lawman in the frontier territories of Kansas and Nebraska. He fought in the Union Army during the American Civil War, and gained publicity after the war as a scout, marksman, and professional gambler. Between his law enforcement duties and gambling, which easily overlapped, Hickok was involved in several notable shootouts, and was ultimately killed while playing poker in a South Dakota saloon.

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The solar system
The Solar system is the home stellar system for human beings and all known forms of life. The solar system comprises the Sun, all the objects gravitationally bound to it, and the heliosphere, an enormous magnetic bubble enclosing most of the known solar system, including the solar wind and the entire solar magnetic field. Objects bound gravitationally to the Sun include eight planets, their 165 known moons, at least three dwarf planets (including Pluto) with their four known moons, and billions of small bodies, classified primarily as asteroids, meteoroids, or comets.