Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany was once nearly shot by famed American Sharpshooter Annie Oakley. How did this come to be?

Answer: In 1889, Oakley was touring Europe as part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. At the Kaiser’s request, during one show Oakley shot the ashes off a cigar held by Wilhelm. Oakley later appeared to regret her accurate aim. During the First World War she wrote to the Kaiser requesting the opportunity for another shot. No response was forthcoming from the Kaiser.

Source: What If? by Robert Cowley

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