Wyoming in History

Historical Events

  • 1778-07-03 British forces massacre 360 men, women and children in Wyoming, Pennsylvania
  • 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)
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1902-04-14 J. C. Penney opens his first store, The Golden Rule Store, in Kemmerer, Wyoming

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 and 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

  • 1847-08-23 Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer, born in Wyoming, New York (d. 1927)
  • 1876-06-29 Nellie Taylor Ross, 1st woman to serve as a gov (Wyoming, 1925-27)
  • 1901-11-29 Mildred Harris, American actress (The Magic Cloak, No No Nannette), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 1944)
  • 1907-07-19 Isabel Jewell, American actress (Gone with the Wind), born in Shoshoni, Wyoming (d. 1972)

Person of interestJackson Pollock

1912-01-28 Jackson Pollock, American expressionist painter (Lavender Mist), born in Cody, Wyoming (d. 1956)

  • 1919-07-31 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC), born in Green River, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • 1923-02-05 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, born in Basin, Wyoming (d. 2016)
  • 1926-04-20 Harriet Elizabeth Byrd, American politician, Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (1998-88), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2015)
  • 1933-02-17 Craig Thomas, American politician (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)
  • 1950-10-12 Dave Freudenthal, American economist and politician (31st Governor of Wyoming), born in Thermopolis, Wyoming
  • 1951-06-12 Dean Unruh, WLAF offensive line coach (Rhein Fire), born in Riverton, Wyoming
  • 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, American hammer thrower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Riverton, Wyoming
  • 1968-04-03 Mike Lansing, American baseball infielder (Montreal Expos), born in Rawlins, Wyoming
  • 1971-07-25 Stacy Dawn Cenedese, Miss USA-Wyoming (1997)
  • 1975-02-27 Dana Marie Lane, Cheyenne Wyoming, Miss America-Wyoming (1996)
  • 1976-10-09 Rebecca Darrington, Gillette Wyoming, Miss America-Wyoming (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 Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney
46th Vice President of the United States
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