Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1861
By: Karl Stern (@wiwcool)
Much of the text of this entry comes from issue 82 of the DragonKing Press Newsletter available as a downloadable .pdf in the digital downloads section.
01-22-1861: Future wrestling champion Jack Carkeek is born in Rockland, MI.
05-24-1861: Evan “Strangler” Lewis is born in Ridgeway, WI to Irish and Welch parents.
1861 (unspecified): John McMahon wins his public debut match defeating 6’5” 320 pound Peter English in Port Henry, NY winning two out of three falls in 18 minutes.
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