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Monday, January 28, 2013

January 28

1887   In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes are reported, 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.

1912   Paul Jackson Pollock born in Cody, WY.  He became famous for art that featured paint splatters and remains a controversial art figure.  He mostly grew up outside of the state however, and his artwork could probably be searched for extensively in Wyoming without being found very easily.

Pollock struggled with alcoholism his entire, short, life and died in a car wreck in which he was driving under the influence.

1917 The Sheridan Enterprise for January 28, 1917. Conflict at the border.

The fighting at the border wasn't news just in Cheyenne.  It also hit Sheridan, in far northern Wyoming, on the same day, showing what a concern it truly was.
Cheyenne State Leader for January 28, 1917. Utah Guard Crosses Mexican border?

Just two days ago we noted the centennial of a Punitive Expedition Era clash between "Mexican forces" and the Utah National Guard.

On this day, residents of Wyoming were reading about it in their papers.

Folks in Cheyenne learned that the Mexican forces were Constitutionalist troops, which I believe to be accurate.  They also read, however, that the Utah Guard crossed the border into Mexico.

That would have been a hugely significant matter, if correct.  Generally, National Guard units were not supposed to cross the border into Mexico, and in the opinion of the United States Attorney General at the time, couldn't leave the country at all (although they certainly had in prior eras).  Unfortunately, with the passage of time, it's difficult to tell if they did cross for sure or not.  I suspect they did, as the newstory rings true for the time.
1942   The USS Wyoming put in at Norfolk and began a series of gunnery training drills in Chesapeake Bay. Attribution:  On This Day.

1948  The coldest day for Laramie of the year 1948 occurred on this day, when the temperature dropped to  -28F.

1949  Eighteen Wyoming counties ask for emergency relief to clear snow following blizzards. Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1955 Mary Godat Bellamy, Wyoming's first female legislator, died in Laramie. She served in the House in 1910-1912, and 1918-1920.


1813  Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, published. The greatest of her novels, it is a contender for the position of greatest novel to be written in the English language.  It's impressive prose, intellect, wit and keen observations of its characters have made it an extremely enduring novel and a favorite of many readers in the English language. 

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