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5 Fun Facts About February 15 In Wyoming History

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1. In 1901, the Wyoming Legislature approved the creation of the University of Wyoming School of Mines, now known as the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

2. In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the University of Wyoming, delivering a speech titled "The Negro and the American Dream."

3. In 1922, the first woman ever elected to a statewide office in Wyoming, Nellie Tayloe Ross, was sworn in as governor. She served until 1927.

4. In 1896, Wyoming became the first state to grant women the right to vote, a full 24 years before the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

5. On February 15, 1934, a massive dust storm swept across southeastern Wyoming, spawning a series of devastating fires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres of land. The event came to be known as the "Black Blizzard" and is considered one of the worst environmental disasters in the state's history.
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