Wyoming in History

Historical Events

  • 1778-07-03 British forces massacre 360 men, women & children in Wyoming, Pa
  • 1832-07-24 Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by Wyoming's South Pass
  • 1868-07-25 US Congress forms Wyoming Territory (Dakota, Utah & Idaho)
  • 1869-12-10 Women suffrage (right to vote) granted in Wyoming Territory (US 1st)
  • 1870-08-17 Mrs Esther Morris becomes 1st US woman magistrate (South Pass, Wyoming)
  • 1885-09-02 In Rock Springs, Wyoming, 150 white miners, who were struggling to unionize so they could strike for better wages and work conditions, attack their Chinese fellow workers, killing 28, wounding 15, and forcing several hundred more out of town.
  • 1889-06-13 2' of snow accumulates in Rawlins, Wyoming
  • 1890-07-10 Wyoming becomes 44th state of US (1st with female suffrage)
  • 1897-09-23 1st frontier days rodeo celebration (Cheyene Wyoming)
  • 1900-07-12 114°F (46°C), Basin, Wyoming (state record)

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1902-04-13 J C Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney

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1909-09-27 US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1910-01-15 Constructions ends on the Buffalo Bill Dam in Wyoming
  • 1924-11-04 Nellie Tayloe Ross elected first US female governor (Wyoming)
  • 1925-01-05 Nellie Taylor Ross became governor of Wyoming, 1st woman governor in USA
  • 1925-06-23 Landslides create 3-mile long "Slide Lake" (Gros Ventre Wyoming)
  • 1927-05-18 "Slide Lake" in Gros Ventre, Wyoming, collapses
  • 1933-02-09 -63°F (-53°C), Moran, Wyoming (state record)
  • 1937-09-22 Forest fire kills 14 & injures 50 in Cody Wyoming
  • 1943-03-30 5th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: U of Wyoming beat Georgetown 46-34
  • 1958-01-29 Murderer, Charles Starkweather, captured by police in Wyoming
  • 1966-10-08 Wyoming's Jerry DePoyster kicks 3 field goals over 50 yds (54, 54, 52)
  • 1985-08-01 15.4 cm rainfall at Cheyenne, Wyoming (state record)
  • 1988-03-17 Highest scoring NCAA basketball game; Loyola-Marymont 119, Wyoming 115
  • 1998-10-07 Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, is found tied to a fence after being savagely beaten by two young adults in Laramie, Wyoming.
  • 2005-08-12 An F2 tornado strikes the coal mining town of Wright, Wyoming, destroying nearly 100 homes and killing two people.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1876-06-29 Nellie Taylor Ross, 1st woman to serve as a gov (Wyoming, 1925-27)

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1912-01-28 Jackson Pollock, Cody Wyoming, expressionist painter (Lavender Mist)

  • 1923-02-05 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, born in Basin, Wyoming (d. 2016)
  • 1926-04-20 Harriett Elizabeth Byrd, politician (Wyoming house of Reps)
  • 1933-02-17 Craig Thomas, (Rep-R-Wyoming)
  • 1939-09-22 Mike Sullivan, (Gov-Wyoming)
  • 1944-02-01 Mike Enzi, American politician, senator of Wyoming
  • 1946-05-28 Madeleine Le Roux, Wyoming, Broadway actress (Cry Uncle)
  • 1949-08-06 Joyce McKinney, Avery County NC, Miss Wyoming (1972)
  • 1951-06-12 Dean Unruh, Riverton Wyoming, WLAF offensive line coach (Rhein Fire)
  • 1952-07-21 John Barrasso, [John Anthony Barrasso III], American politician, junior senator from Wyoming, born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-12-13 Tom Sanders, Jackson Wyoming, aerial cameraman (Living Daylights)
  • 1955-02-09 Jm J Bullock, Casper Wyoming, actor (Monroe-Too Close for Comfort)
  • 1961-08-21 Lance Earl Deal, Riverton Wyoming, hammer thrower (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1968-04-03 Mike Lansing, Rawlins Wyoming, infielder (Montreal Expos)
  • 1968-07-19 Carolie DeVonne Howe, Chugwater Wyoming, Miss Wyoming-America (1991)
  • 1971-07-25 Stacy Dawn Cenedese, Miss USA-Wyoming (1997)
  • 1974-07-04 Kellee Nicole Kattleman, Miss Wyoming USA (1996)
  • 1975-02-27 Dana Marie Lane, Cheyenne Wyoming, Miss America-Wyoming (1996)
  • 1976-10-09 Rebecca Darrington, Gillette Wyoming, Miss America-Wyoming (1997)
  • 1977-12-05 Michelle Marie Jefferson, Miss Wyoming Teen USA (1996)
  • 1979-04-03 Esmeralda Gonzales, Miss Wyoming Teen USA (1997)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1964-08-29 46th US Vice President Dick Cheney (23) weds Lynne Ann Vincent (23) at the First Presbyterian Church of Casper in Wyoming

46th US Vice-President Dick Cheney
46th US Vice-President
Dick Cheney
  • 2009-02-14 Victoria's Secret Angel model Adriana Lima (31) weds NBA player Marko Jaric (33) in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • 2012-06-23 "NCIS: Los Angeles" actor Eric Christian Olsen (35) weds Sarah Wright near Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • 2015-09-19 "Girls" TV star Allison Williams (27) weds College Humor co-founder Ricky Van Veen (34) at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming

Famous Deaths

  • 1992-04-09 Gale McGee, senator (Wyoming, 1959-77), dies at 77