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This Day in History… July 10, 1890

Wyoming Becomes 44th U.S. State 

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As a passageway to the West, thousands of people passed through Wyoming in the mid-1800s, yet few stayed. It was a site of fierce fighting and legislative firsts long before it became a U.S. state.

Most of Wyoming became part of the U.S. following the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. The rest was acquired in 1845. The large number of settlers traveling through Wyoming to the West alarmed local Native Americans and conflicts erupted intermittently until 1876.

During this time, gold and the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad began to draw settlers to remain in Wyoming. It was made a territory in 1868 and passed the first law allowing women to vote, hold office, and serve on juries the following year. Wyoming celebrated another first in 1872, hosting America’s first National Park – Yellowstone. Continue reading

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This Day in History… July 9, 1962

Andy Warhol’s First One-Man Show
Introduces Campbell’s Soup Cans 

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On July 9, 1962, visitors to the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles, California, were a part of history, but were uneasy about what they were seeing. Thirty-two canvases sat on narrow shelves, appearing much like a grocery store, picturing 32 varieties of Campbell’s Soup.

It was Andy Warhol’s first one-man show, and often considered the introduction of pop art to the West Coast. Warhol, a successful commercial illustrator at the time, was drawn to pop art, which challenged traditional art by utilizing imagery from mass culture.

Word of Warhol’s exhibition spread quickly, with critics questioning why an artist would essentially paint a scene from a grocery store. Others were thrilled by his work, which he believed was a reflection of modern society. Continue reading

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This Day in History… July 8, 1948

First Women Inducted into the U.S. Air Force 

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Staff Sergeant Esther McGowin Blake is seen as the “first lady” of the Air Force. She raised her right hand and enlisted in the first minute women were allowed to join the U.S. Air Force on July 8, 1948. In doing so, she paved the way for a new generation of women’s military service.

During World War II, Blake had served in the Women’s Army Corp following the news that her son, a pilot, was missing in action. She hoped that by taking on clerical work, she was freeing a soldier to fight, which might help end the war sooner. Luckily for Blake, both of her sons returned home from the war. Continue reading

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This Day in History… July 7, 1928

The World Debut of “The Greatest Thing” –
Sliced Bread!

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Bread is one of the world’s oldest prepared foods, made and consumed around the globe for thousands of years. But why wasn’t it sold pre-sliced until 1928? In part, being sliced leads the bread to go stale faster, so inventors sought to create a machine that would both slice and wrap.

Missouri jeweler Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented the first successful bread slicer and wrapper in 1912, but it was destroyed in a fire. Fifteen years later he tweaked and patented his design, but it fell short. Though the bread was sliced, it wasn’t sliced neatly, and loaves didn’t sell. Gustav Papendick later bought the machine and perfected it, slicing the loaves more cleanly and wrapping them in wax paper. Continue reading

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This Day in History… July 6, 1957

Althea Gibson Becomes First 
African American to Win Wimbledon

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Althea Gibson began playing tennis as a teenager and won her first tournament when she was 15. She achieved great success, including 10 consecutive wins at the American Tennis Association singles tournament. However for many years she was barred from competing in her sport’s top events due to her race. When a fellow tennis star, Alice Marble, wrote an open letter to protest this, Gibson was permitted to compete in the U.S. Open.

Gibson then became an international star after winning the singles title at the French Open, making her the first African American to do so. The following year, on July 6, 1957, Gibson won the Tennis Championships at Wimbledon – the oldest and often considered the most prestigious of all tennis championships. She was again the first African American to achieve that high honor. 1957 was a good year for Gibson – she went on to win the U.S. Open and was selected by the Associated Press as Female Athlete of the Year. Continue reading

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This Day in History… July 5, 1810

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Birth of a Circus Legend

Showman Phineas Taylor “P.T.” Barnum was born on July 5, 1810, in Bethel, Connecticut. Talented at haggling and salesmanship from an early age, Barnum embarked on a variety of business ventures. He owned a general store and newspaper and ran a state lottery, among other things. Continue reading

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