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This blog was updated on a daily basis for about two years, with those daily entries ceasing on December 31, 2013. The blog is still active, however, and we hope that people stopping in, who find something lacking, will add to the daily entries.

The blog still receives new posts as well, but now it receives them on items of Wyoming history. That has always been a feature of the blog, but Wyoming's history is rich and there are many items that are not fully covered here, if covered at all. Over time, we hope to remedy that.

You can obtain an entire month's listings by hitting on the appropriate month below, or an individual day by hitting on that calendar date.

We hope you enjoy this site.

Monday, January 7, 2013

January 7

Today in Christmas Day in those churches using the Eastern calendar.

1699 King William's War concludes in a treaty.  While not directly related to Wyoming, the war was one of the first major wars between Anglo Americans and North American Native Americans to be fought on a truly massive pitched basis, although it certainly not the first such conflict.

1789 The first U.S. presidential election was held under the U.S. Constitution. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation's first president under the Constitution.

1855 George W. Baxter, briefly Territorial Governor of Wyoming, born in North Carolina.

1864  Caleb Blood Smith, the Secretary of the Interior in 1861 and 1862, died.  He was overworked in the position of Secretary of the Interior, and disliked by other cabinet members.  In 1862 President Lincoln appointed him as a Federal judge.

1865   Cheyenne, Arapaho and Sioux warriors attack Julesburg, CO, in retaliation for the Sand Creek Massacre. 


1882  Formation of the Wyoming Telephone and Telegraph Company.

1890  A  Mail train collided with a freight train just outside of Howell. Attribution. Wyoming State Historical Society.

1895  William A. Richards took office as Governor.

1918  In Arver v. United States the U.S. Supreme Court held that conscription during wartime was authorized under the Constitutions power to to declare war and to raise armies.  Conscription had been challenged in spite of the prior Civil War era conscription and a long 18th and 19th Century history of mandatory militia duty.  While this may seem surprising at the time, there were serious questions and supporters of the opposite view, even in high office, at the time.

1963  Clifford Hanson took office as Governor. 

1987  Mike Sullivan took office as Governor.

1994  Natrona  County High School added to the National Registry of Historic Places. 

1997  Senator Mike Enzi took office.


2011  Governor Mead announced that Wyoming would join the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal Health Care Reform Act.Attribution:  On This Day .com

2015  Former Governor and Ambassador to Ireland Michael Sullivan  inducted as the National Western Stock Show's 2016 Citizen of the West.  The honor is a very notable one in the West.

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