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5 Fun Facts About January 28 In Wyoming History

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1. On January 28, 1895, the first train arrived in Lander, Wyoming. The arrival of the train sparked the growth of Lander as a center for agriculture and transportation in central Wyoming.

2. On January 28, 1912, Wyoming became the 45th state to join the United States. It was the first state to give women the right to vote, and continues to be known for its strong commitment to individual rights and democratic ideals.

3. On January 28, 1920, a major snowstorm hit Wyoming, causing widespread power outages and disrupting transportation and communication across the state. The storm serves as a reminder of the harsh winter weather that is common in Wyoming.

4. On January 28, 1978, a massive blizzard struck the state, dumping up to 4 feet of snow in some areas and causing widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure. The blizzard remains one of the most severe weather events in Wyoming's history.

5. On January 28, 1986, Wyoming resident Christa McAuliffe was killed during the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. McAuliffe, a high school teacher, had been selected to join the Challenger crew as part of NASA's Teacher in Space program. Her tragic death remains a somber reminder of the risks associated with space exploration.
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