The holiday originally commemorated George Washington's birthday, but was expanded later to honor all Presidents. It is a Federal Holiday.
1861 The Treaty of Ft. Wise, Kansas is signed by the Arapaho and Cheyenne, in which they gave up territory in Colorado between the North Platte and Arkansas Rivers in exchange for a reservation between the Arkansas and Sand Creek, Colorado.
1862 U.S. Congress approved an act entitled "An Act to grant lands to Dakota, Montana, Arizona, Idaho and Wyoming for university purposes.": Attribution: On This Day.
1906 John B. Stetson in Florida died at age 75. He was the founder of the famous hat manufacturing company.
1911 An act providing that each county would have legislative representation was signed into law by Governor Carey. Attribution: On This Day.
1913 Gen. Victoriano Huerta becomes leader of the Mexican government, a step on the way to the Mexican Civil War.
1917 The Cheyenne State Leader for February 18, 1917: Villa gone to Japan?
A rumor was published of Pancho Villa going East. . . .way East.
The cowboy victims of border violence were buried. And Cuban revolutionaries were reportedly holding Santiago.
And of course, U-boots were taking headlines.
1931 Governor Frank C. Emerson died in office at age 48.
1931 Alonzo M. Clark became Governor of Wyoming due to the death of Governor Emerson.
1933 Gov. Miller signed an act repealing enforcement of prohibition by Wyoming.The repeal was actually only partial at first, and it took a period of many months before there was a complete repeal.
1937 A shell exploded on the USS Wyoming during exercises killing six Marines and injuring eleven others. Attribution: On This Day.
1943 Converse County woman collected furs to be used for vests for merchant marines. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
1987 Cuttthroat Trout declared to be State Fish.