Today is Bill of Rights Day.
1791 The Bill of Rights took effect following ratification by Virginia.
1887 The Burlington Northern commences operation on its freight line to Cheyenne.
1890 Sioux Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River, S.D., during a clash with Indian police. This event would be one of a series which lead to the tragedy of Wounded Knee.
1890 Burlington Northern commences passenger service between Douglas and Cheyenne. The Douglas depot is now a train museum (a photo of which will later appear on our Railhead site).
1903 USS Wyoming anchored at the Bay of San Miguel Panama, during the period of Panamanian separation from Columbia.
1909 The six masted schooner Wyoming, the largest wooden schooner ever built, launched in Bath, Maine. The huge schooner was the last one launched on the East Coast of the United States.
1910 Bishop James A. Keane approved of the parish of St. James in Douglas, together with
1910 Wills Van Devanter confirmed as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
1913 The cornerstone of the Newcastle National Guard Armory laid. The building is a museum today.
1913 George Saban, who had plead guilty to second degree murder in connection with the Spring Creek Raid, escaped while being transported as part of a work detail and was never heard from again.
1919 Wyoming train robber Bill Carlisle captured after his escape from the State Penitentiary. Carlisle is remembered a bit today as an eccentric who took up train robbery after the era of train robbing had really passed, but his story is much more interesting than just that. He grew up in abject poverty, with both of his parents having died when he was young. He wondered into Wyoming in 1915, and took up train robbery the following year. He originally became armed, however, as he noted that “You couldn’t starve to death in Wyoming if you had a gun with which to shoot game."
After making a fair amount in train robbery, he intended to head for Alaska, but ended up actually announcing an intent to rob a train on the Union Pacific line by way of a letter to a Denver newspaper. This was done as he learned that others were being arrested for his crimes, and he felt badly about that, and intended to prove their innocence by publicizing a robbery. He was, however, ultimately arrested, and sentenced to life in prison, although his sentence was thereafter shortened to 50 years. However, not wanting to remain in prison effectively for life, he escaped by hiding in a carton of shirts being sent out of the penitentiary.
Shortly after that he attempted to rob a UP train near Rock River, but took little as the passengers were mostly returning servicemen going home from World War One, and he did not wish to rob them. He was wounded in the robbery, and wounded again shortly thereafter when captured.
Upon his return to the penitentiary, he met Father Gerard Schellinger, a Catholic Priest who served at Rawlins, and Carlisle experienced a profound religious conversion. He became deeply religious for the rest of his life. He was paroled in 1936, and married later that year, living out the rest of his life until 1964 as a humble reformed man.
1933 The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution officially becomes effective, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment that prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol.
1939 "Gone With the Wind" premiered in Atlanta.
1963 The statue of Ester Morris at the state capitol was dedicated.
2008 Wyoming's presidential electors met at the State Capitol Building at noon to cast their votes for President.
2011 Conclusion of three days of oral arguments at the Wyoming Supreme Court.
2011 Governor Mead meets carolers from Jessup Elementary School.
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