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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.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

June 28

1868   Captain Richard Morris, 18th U.S. Infantry,  took command of Fort Casper.  Attribution:  On This Day.

1869  Camp Augur established by the Army near the current town of Lander. In 1870 the post was renamed Camp Brown.  On the same day, the Wind River Indian Reservation was established near the present site of Lander, WY. In 1871 Camp Brown was moved to the current site of Fort Washakie on the reservation.

1914  Archduke Franz Joseph assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia, shortly leading to World War One.

1916   And the crisis continues. . . news for June 28, 1916.

Today we have an example of a less dramatic Cheyenne newspaper, the Cheyenne State Leader. The crisis with Mexico still dominated the news, however.  

And the news of  the crisis also dominated the Laramie Republican, although political news, that of Theodore Roosevelt drooping out of the race, also made the front page.

1919  Van Tassel, in Niobrara County,  received the first charter for an  American Legion Post in the U.S.  The American Legion had only recently been formed, in Paris, by veterans of World War One.  The post in the now long gone town was named for Ferdinand Branstetter, a resident of the town who was killed in World War One.

1921  An election in Sublette County determines that Pinedale will be the county seat.  It was chosen by a margin of six votes.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1934  The Taylor Grazing Act passed Congress.  This major act completely reformed how the Federal Domain was held, ending homesteading, and initiating a lease system for the reaming Federal Domain.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1937  First technical climbing ascent of Devil's Tower accomplished by Fritz Wiessner, Lawrence Coveney, and William P. House.

2012  The United States Supreme Court strikes down the Stolen Valor Act as unconstitutional.   The act had made it a crime to wear medals of valor that were not issued to the person wearing them.  Just as the Stolen Valor Act decision isn't getting much press, the court's decision on a century old Montana statute governing corporate expenditures in political campaigns isn't either.  Like the Stolen Valor Act, the Montanastatute bit the dust.  Montana's statute was designed to attempt to address the influence of mining companies in Montana's politics.  Contrary to what people probably suppose, Montana's court is generally regarded as "liberal" and it had upheld the statute.  However, it didn't survive analysis by the U.S. Supreme Court.

2012  The United States Supreme Court issued its controversial decision to the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, upholding it, and thereby sending states like Wyoming, which had held off a bit in finalizing plans regarding it, scrambling.

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