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)
  • 1870-02-12 Utah becomes the second territory in the United States to pass a law allowing women the vote, after Wyoming in 1869
  • 1870-02-14 Esther Morris appointed US' first female in Justice of the Peace in South Pass City, Wyoming, after previous justice, R.S. Barr, resigned to protest passage of Wyoming Territory's women's suffrage amendment in 1869
  • 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 one of the first two women elected US governor (Wyoming) [See also Miriam (Ma) Ferguson, of Texas]
  • 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: Wyoming beats Georgetown, 46-34; Cowboys' point guard Ken Sailors is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 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 Then highest scoring NCAA basketball game to date; 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.
  • 2019-07-17 Irrigation canal system collapses near Fort Laramie, Wyoming parching 100,000 acres of farmland across Nebraska and Wyoming

Famous Birthdays

  • 1847-08-23 Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer, born in Wyoming, New York (d. 1927)
  • 1876-06-29 Nellie Tayloe Ross, American politician and the 1st woman to serve as a governor (Wyoming, 1925-27), born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1885-04-17 Cecil Burleigh, American composer, born in Wyoming, New York (d. 1980)
  • 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)

  • 1918-12-01 Bill Strannigan, American all-round athlete and basketball coach (Uni of Wyoming), born in Dalry, North Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • 1919-07-31 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC; NBC), born in Green River, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • 1919-07-31 Curt Gowdry, American sportscaster, author (Ford C. Frick Award, Pete Rozelle Award, lifetime achievement Emmy 1992), born in Green River, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • 1920-06-12 James "Jim" Siedow, American actor (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2003)
  • 1923-02-05 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, born in Basin, Wyoming (d. 2016)
  • 1924-07-19 Stanley K. Hathaway, American politician (27th Governor of Wyoming), born in Osceola, Nebraska (d. 2005)
  • 1926-04-20 Harriet Elizabeth Byrd, American politician, Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (1998-88), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2015)
  • 1927-03-22 Marty Blake, NBA executive (GM Atlanta Hawks, NBA Director of Scouting), born in Wyoming, PA (d. 2013)
  • 1933-02-17 Craig Thomas, American politician (Rep-R-Wyoming)
  • 1939-09-22 Mike Sullivan, (Gov-Wyoming)
  • 1940-01-01 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • 1944-02-01 Mike Enzi, American politician, born in Bremerton, Washington
  • 1946-05-28 Madeleine Le Roux, Wyoming, Broadway actress (Cry Uncle)
  • 1946-10-05 Richard Kermode, American rocker (Kozmic Blues Band), born in Wyoming (d. 1996)
  • 1947-10-03 John Perry Barlow, American lyricist, essayist and activist (Grateful Dead - "Eyes Of The World"), born near Cora, Wyoming (d. 2018)
  • 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
  • 1952-07-21 John Barrasso [John Anthony Barrasso III], American politician, junior senator from Wyoming, born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-12-13 Thomas E. Sanders, American aerial cameraman (Living Daylights), born in San Pedro, California (d. 2017)
  • 1955-02-09 Jim J. Bullock, American actor (Monroe-Too Close for Comfort), born in Casper, Wyoming
  • 1960-04-28 Tom Browning, American MLB pitcher (perfect game 1988), born in Casper, Wyoming
  • 1961-08-21 Lance Earl Deal, American hammer thrower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Riverton, Wyoming
  • 1963-04-10 Mike Devereaux, American baseball outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Casper, Wyoming
  • 1968-04-03 Mike Lansing, American MLB baseball infielder, 1993-2001 (Montreal Expos, Coloradao Rockies, Boston Red Sox), born in Rawlins, Wyoming
  • 1970-03-28 James Johnson, American NFL/WLAF running back (Tampa Bucs, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • 1972-12-27 Thomas Wilson Brown, American actor (Jason-Knots Landing), born in Lusk, Wyoming
  • 1980-07-07 John Buck, American baseball player, born in Kemmerer, Wyoming
  • 1982-07-11 Chris Cooley, American NFL tight end (2-time Pro Bowl; Washington Redskins), born in Powell, Wyoming

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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

  • 1977-12-19 Nellie Tayloe Ross, American politician and the 1st woman to serve as a governor (Wyoming, 1925-27), dies at 101
  • 1992-04-09 Gale McGee, senator (Wyoming, 1959-77), dies at 77
  • 1997-09-07 Bill Strannigan, American all-round athlete and basketball coach (Uni of Wyoming), dies at 78
  • 2005-10-04 Stanley K. Hathaway, American politician (27th Governor of Wyoming), dies at 81
  • 2015-01-27 Harriet Elizabeth Byrd, American politician, Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (1998-88), dies at 88