Today is Boxing Day (except when falling on a Sunday, when by Royal Proclamation, it is transferred to Monday).
Boxing Day has its origin as a religious Holiday in association with Christmas, and some traditions associate it with St. Stephen's Day, which is celebrated on this day. The exact origin of it is unclear, but the name may be associated with poor boxes placed outside of church's on St. Stephen's Day which were used to collect funds for the poor, or for boxed gifts serving a similar purpose.
The day is associated with sports in some localities, including the equine sports. It is the biggest single day for fox hunting in the United Kingdom, even after the ban of live hunts in 2004. It is a major fox hunting day in the United States. The King George VI Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse in Surrey is held on Boxing Day.
1813 The Spain granted Moses Austin permission to establish a colony of Americans expatriates in Texas.
1866 Brig. Gen. Philip St. George Cooke, head of the Department of the Platte received word of the Dec 21 Fetterman Fight in Powder River County in the Dakota territory.
1871 The newspaper the "Laramie Daily Independent". Attribution. On This Day .com.
1917 The U.S. government took over operation of the nation's railroads during World War One.
1920 Pancho Villa escapes from prison in Mexico and crosses into the US.
1922 A holdup of a Casper army store results in $112.00 being stolen. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
1929 This Christmas Tree was photographed somewhere in Wyoming:
1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.
1941 Rawlins Wyoming employment office received an urgent call for skilled workmen and laborers to work at Peal Harbor. No doubt the same request was made in many localities across the country. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
1944 Kentucky beat Wyoming in football, 50 to 46, in Buffalo New York.
2006 Gerald R. Ford, the 38th president of the United States, died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 93. Ford was born in Omaha Nebraska to parents Dorthy and Leslie Lynch King and was originally named Leslie L. King Jr. His parents separated a mere sixteen days after his birth, and he saw his father only once during his lifetime. His father, not an admirable person, provides a connection with Wyoming, however, as the senior king lived in Riverton for many years and his paternal grandfather was a successful businessman in Casper, Douglas, Lander and Omaha. Ford later worked as a park ranger in Yellowstone National Park in 1936.
2008 A swarm of over 900 earthquakes occurred in Yellowstone over a wide area. The earthquakes measured up to 3.9 on the Richter Scale.