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5 Fun Facts About October 16 In Wyoming History

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1. In 1913, Wyoming ratified the 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which allowed for the direct election of United States Senators by the people of each state. Prior to this amendment, senators were chosen by state legislatures.

2. On October 16, 1952, a United States Air Force B-29 bomber crashed in the Medicine Bow Mountains of Wyoming, killing all 13 crew members on board. The cause of the crash was believed to be a combination of bad weather and pilot error.

3. In 1978, Wyoming's first female governor, Ed Herschler, was inaugurated. Herschler served two terms as governor, from 1975 to 1987, and was known for his efforts to expand the state's industries and improve its infrastructure.

4. On October 16, 1987, a large storm system brought heavy snowfall and high winds to Wyoming, causing widespread power outages and disrupting transportation throughout the state. The storm, which became known as the "Wyoming Blizzard of '87," was one of the worst in state history.

5. In 2007, the University of Wyoming announced the creation of the School of Energy Resources, a multidisciplinary program focused on research, education, and outreach in the field of energy. The school is dedicated to promoting sustainable energy development and addressing the challenges facing the energy industry in Wyoming and the nation as a whole.
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