Today is Statehood Day in North Dakota.
Today is Statehood Day in South Dakota.
1812 Robert Stuart and five others began construction of a cabin at the mouth of the Poison Spider Creek in Natrona County.. The cabin was the first cabin known to be built by European Americans in Wyoming, although this does not discount the possibility that French Canadian trappers may have built structures earlier.
The temporary cabin proved to be very temporary, as it happened to be built in area of inter Tribal Indian strife and, therefore, was a dangerous location. Smith and company soon pulled up stakes and relocated for the winter in the location of the current Scotsbluff Nebraska.
For many years, this cabin was marked by a Wyoming Historical Marker sign noting it as the "First White Man's Cabin in Wyoming", but the sign came down some 20 years ago and was never put back up.
1824 In the popular vote Gen. Jackson beat John Quincy Adams in the race for the Presidency, but subsequent actions in Congress would see the House elevate Adams, and not Jackson, to the office. This, of course, is not specifically Wyoming history, but the geography of what would become Wyoming was already mostly owned by the United States (with some still belonging to Mexico).
1875 The fourth session of the Territorial Legislative Assembly convened in Cheyenne. Attribution: On This Day.
1876 Future author Charles King, 1st Lieutenant 5th Cavalry, serving in the U.S. Army, was detailed to engage in scouting in Wyoming and assigned to Ft. D. A. Russell where he would stay until July, 1877.
King would have an interrupted military career, serving as late as the 1890s in the Philippines after having had a career in the Frontier Army. While not well remembered in general for his literary works today, his books on the Frontier are still fondly recalled by those who study and have a fondness for the Frontier Army.
1880 James A. Garfield elected President.
Garfield was honored in at least Casper Wyoming, many years after his death, through the naming of a public school in his honor (which I attended eons ago). Garfield Elementary School was school constructued in the 20s or 30s, and added on to during the 1950s or 1960s, and renamed to that name in the process. During the reorganization of the Natrona County School District's schools in recent years, that school was closed and sold, but the name retained and applied to the existing Willard Elementary School, whose name was also retained placing two names on a single school.
1889 Wyoming's neighbors North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states.
1907 Former Governor John E. Osborne married Selina Smith of Princeton Kentucky.
1908 A music school opens in Sheridan Wyoming. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society Calendar.
1916 The Wyoming Tribune for November 2, 1916: Attacks on Kendrick, Mexican rebel outrages, and other news
Presumably unaware that it was being attacked by The Cheyenne Leader on the same day, for its Kendrick articles, the Tribune kept up the drum beat. . . along with other shocking news.
The Tribune had been (and will continue to) attacking John B. Kendrick daily on a matter of a state land purchase. The Leader, in today's issue, claimed that the attacks were sponsored by an out of state opponent.
Even if they were, of course, the Tribune was staunchly Republican and backing all the GOP candidates that year. And it was sensationalist at the time as well.
1948 Wyoming votes for incumbent Harry Truman in the 1948 Presidential election. Truman receives 52,354 votes to Dewey's 47,947.
1976. James E. Carter elected President of the United States.
Carter can be regarded as fitting into the more recent era of Wyoming's politics in which Democratic candidates have had a much more difficult time on a local and national level, in regards to Wyoming's elections. Carter himself was elected in the wake of the Watergate Disaster and was not a popular candidate in Wyoming, where he did not receive the state's support. No Democrat running for President has received any significant support in Wyoming since Lyndon Johnson.
1982 Governor Ed Herschler elected to an unprecedented third term. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
Gov. Herschler receving a Stetson from a ceremonial detail, dressed in the uniforms of the Frontier 5th Cavalry, U.S. Army, from F. E. Warren Air Force Base.
In contrast to Democratic candidates for Federal offices, Herschler is proof, along with later Governors Sullivan and Freudenthal, that the local Democratic party can still contend for the Governor's office, in spite of the decline in the Democratic Party's fortunes in Wyoming. Herschler was a popular Governor, and had an interesting personal history, including serving as a Marine Corps raider during World War Two.
2010 Matt Mead obtains the majority vote in the Wyoming Gubernatorial election.
2012 It is reported that half of Wyoming County, West Virginia, was without power due to Hurricane Sandy.
2015: The City of Casper, in a special referendum, approved the reinstatement of a full ban on smoking in buildings open to the public. The history of the topic had been particularly bitter and confused, with an ordinance having been passed, then amended to allow smoking in bars, which was struck down by the Wyoming Supreme Court.