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Friday, July 5, 2013

July 5

1840  Father Pierre De Smet celebrated the first Catholic Mass observed in Wyoming.

 First Catholic Mass in Wyoming

1858 Gold discovered at what would now be Denver, Colorado.

1909  August Malchow, the "Wisconsin Kid", defeated Tom Edmonds at Lander's Armory.  Malchow became the world welterweight champion.  See September 25 for more on Malchow.  This was Edmonds only recorded professional fight.

1913  Big Piney incorporated.

1916   The Crisis Passed. July 5, 1916
The news, reported in various fashions, was in fact correct. While the Guard continued to be mobilized, the danger that war would break out with Mexico had passed.

Having said that, the European crisis clearly was ongoing.

1925  Gov. Nellie Tayloe Ross spoke at the dedication of the Snowy Range Road.

1934   524 tons of grasshopper bait distributed at Wheatland in an effort to combat a grasshopper infestation.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1935 Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act, which allowed labor to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining.

1937  Ft. Laramie officially declared to be public property to be turned over by the State to the Federal government.

1937  A Rock Springs youth believed he heard a radio distress call from lost aviatrix Amelia Earhart, as reported in the Casper Paper:

Pacific waves — Three days after the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, the July 5 edition reported on page 1: “Rock Springs Boy Picks Up Message from Flier ...
“A 12-year-old colored boy, Charles Randolph, had the thrill today of having done his share in the search for Amelia Earhart and her globe encircling companion, Capt. Frederick Noonan.
“Randolph twirled the dial of his small and inexpensive short wave radio set Sunday morning [July 4] about 8 o’clock. Suddenly he was startled when he heard what he described as a faint but distinct voice saying ‘Amelia Earhart calling.’ Over and over again, he said he heard the call but could distinguish no call letters such as the missing aviatrix would have for her radio station.
“The lad called his father, Dana Randolph who rushed to the telephone office where he contacted the wire chief, who in turn notified a department of commerce bureau of aviation official who happened to be visiting Rock Springs.
“The three rushed to the Randolph home where the lad told his story.
“The signals, he said, came in for 25 minutes before they faded out.
“He said he could hear something about a ‘ship being on a reef south of the equator,’ and added that some unintelligible figures also were given which may have been latitude and longitude, but he was unable to copy them down.
“The department of commerce official and amateur radio operators here said it was possible that Randolph may have received a radio call from the missing flier.
“The youth is not a licensed operator.
“His report was forwarded to San Francisco by the aviation official for what it was worth.”
This is from the Casper Star Tribune's A Look Back In Time column.

1971 The Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 years, is formally certified by President Richard Nixon.

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