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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.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April 17

1492     Christopher Columbus received a commission from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia.

1859  Willis Van Devanter, Chief Judge of the Wyoming Territorial Supreme Court, first Chief Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court (for four days) and Justice of the United States Supreme Court, born in Marion, Indiana.

1878  A tornado was reported in Wyoming for the first time, west of Laramie.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1888  The Sunrise mines were purchased by an English company. Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1916   Casper Daily Press for April 17, 1916
The Casper paper, printing on Monday after a Sunday off, reports a rumor that turns out, as we know, to be in error.

If this seems odd, let's consider all the similar rumors about Osama Bin Laden  before he was ultimately killed in Pakistan.


1918  Larry Birleffi, the "voice of the University of Wyoming Cowboys," born in Hartville.

1919  Wyoming was ranked sixth in the nation in the number of banks, on a per capita basis.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society. 

1922  Natrona County's second American Legion Post, the  Denny O. Wyatt Post, No. 57, was organized.

1944  Wyoming's legislature considered a bill to allow servicemen serving overseas to vote in the general election.  Bills of this type were significant enough that Bill Mauldin, author of the famous WWII Stars and Stripes Cartoon "Up Front" drew a cartoon regarding it.

1999  The Jack Bull, a movie with a historically inaccurate plot but which features Wyoming's pending statehood as an element, is released.

2013  A major blizzard, and the fourth snowstorm in four weeks, results in the cancellation of Natrona County's schools, closures of roads, and general disruption.

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