1579 Francis Drake anchors in a harbor just north of present-day San Francisco, California, and claims the territory for Queen Elizabeth I, hence explaining the media's fascination with British Royal weddings.
1849 The United States flag raised at Ft. Laramie, now a military post. Attribution: On This Day.
1866 Colonel Henry B. Carrington's column left Fort Laramie and started up the Bozeman Trail.The command arrived at Fort Reno on June 28.
1876 The Sioux and Cheyenne block the northern advance of General Crooks Command, operating out of Ft. Fetterman, just over the Montana line in the Battle of the Rosebud. Unlike what would happen to Custer shortly thereafter, his forces recovered sufficiently so as to be able to hold the field, and then retire from it in order shortly thereafter. Crook would withdraw all the way to the Big Horns, where the command spent the balance of the summer, engaging in, amongst other things, fishing and hunting.
Somewhat fanciful rendition of Crook's command at the Rosebud.
1904 Harry Hudson and John H. Henderlite fought at their sheep camp in the Big Horns and Hudson killed Henderlite, who claimed self defense and asserted that Henderlite came at him with a knife. He was arrested, but let go for lack of evidence. Henderlite was buried on location.
1913 U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico.
1916 Wyoming National Guard mobilized and Federalized for Mexican border service. On this same eventful day, additional American troops under the command of Gen. Pershing enter Mexico in an effort to track down Pancho Villa. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
1921 Lightning strikes and ignites several oil tanks owned by Midwest Oil Company outside of Casper. The fire that resulted burned for 60 hours and consumed more than a half million gallons of oil. It was a major disaster at the time. Attribution: On This Day.
1957 Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody dedicated.