Salt Lake City in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1847-07-24 Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, UT

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young
  • 1850-02-28 The University of Utah opens in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 1856-06-09 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts.
  • 1890-09-24 President of Mormon Church in Salt Lake City issues a manifesto advising members that teaching & practice of polygamy should be abandoned
  • 1893-04-06 Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City dedicated
  • 1908-05-30 US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah authorized
  • 1909-02-01 US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah, opens
  • 1925-03-24 KSL-AM in Salt Lake City UT begins radio transmissions
  • 1925-10-18 Salt Lake City (PCL) Tony Lazzeri hits his 60th HR of the season
  • 1933-06-30 US Assay Offices in Helena Mon, Boise Id & Salt Lake City Utah closes
  • 1938-12-01 School bus & train collide in Salt Lake City Utah
  • 1948-04-15 KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1949-06-01 KSL TV channel 5 in Salt Lake City, UT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-09-26 KUTV TV channel 2 in Salt Lake City, UT (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958-01-20 KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962-08-26 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Salt Lake City Golf Open

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1974-10-03 Ted Bundy victim Nancy Wilcox disappears in Salt Lake City, Utah

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 1974-11-08 Ted Bundy victim Debi Kent disappears in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1978-07-23 Franklin Bradshaw is murdered in Salt Lake City by his grandson Marc Schreuder at the instigation of his mother Frances Schreuder
  • 1981-09-28 Joseph Paul Franklin, avowed racist, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 2 black joggers in Salt Lake City
  • 1984-06-16 Matt de Waal finishes 14,290-mi round trip from Salt Lake City (106d)
  • 1987-02-20 Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by computer store in Salt Lake City
  • 1987-06-24 Salt Lake City Trappers begin pro baseball record 29 consecutive win streak
  • 1987-07-27 Salt Lake City Trappers lose 7-5 to Billings Mustangs, ending their professional-record winning streak at 29 consecutive
  • 1990-12-16 KUSW, Salt Lake City Utah, final shortwave radio transmissions
  • 1990-12-17 KTBN, Salt Lake City Utah, begins shortwave radio transmissions
  • 1991-10-04 Delta Center in Salt Lake City Utah
  • 1993-02-21 43rd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 135-132 (OT) at Salt Lake City
  • 1995-06-16 Salt Lake City awarded the XIX Winter Olympics in 2002
  • 1999-08-11 The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.
  • 2000-07-20 The leaders of Salt Lake City's bid to win the 2002 Winter Olympics are indicted by a federal grand jury for bribery, fraud, and racketeering
  • 2002-02-08 19th Winter Olympic games open at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • 2002-02-24 19th Winter Olympic Games close at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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2004-11-30 Longtime "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 USD, television's all-time biggest game show haul.

74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings
74 Time Jeopardy Champion
Ken Jennings
  • 2007-02-12 A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1856-11-22 Heber J Grant, Salt Lake City, 7th President of Mormon church
  • 1870-04-04 George A Smith, Salt Lake City Utah, 8th President of Mormon church
  • 1893-04-23 Frank Borzage, Salt Lake City, director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo)
  • 1895-03-28 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Mormon Church (1973-1985), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1897-01-19 Natacha Rambova, Salt Lake City UT, costume designer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1913-01-06 Loretta Young, American actress (Farmer's Daughter, Stranger), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2000)

Actress Loretta Young
Actress
Loretta Young
  • 1913-04-17 Paul Langton, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Leslie-Peyton Place)
  • 1915-04-01 Art Lund, Salt Lake City Utah, singer (Ken Murray Show)
  • 1918-10-13 Robert Walker, Salt Lake City Utah, actor/writer (Bataan, Mme Curie)
  • 1923-02-15 Keene Curtis, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Magician, Amanda's)
  • 1925-06-17 Keith Larsen, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Hunter, Brave Eagle)
  • 1928-04-06 Joi Lansing, Salt Lake City Utah, actress (Bob Cummings Show)
  • 1928-12-25 Earl Brown, Salt Lake City Ut, actor (Stovall-Operation Petticoat)
  • 1934-09-27 Wilford Brimley, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Gus-Our House, Cocoon)
  • 1938-04-06 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2004)
  • 1942-07-09 Edy Williams, Salt Lake City Utah, actress (Dr Minx)

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1952-11-03 Roseanne Barr, American comedienne and TV star (Roseanne), born in Salt Lake City, Utah

Comedienne and Actress Roseanne Barr
Comedienne and Actress
Roseanne Barr
  • 1961-10-11 Steve Young, NFL quarterback (SF 49ers, NFL Player of Year '92), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1968-09-03 Dawn Allinger, Salt Lake City UT, team handball back court (Oly-1996)
  • 1971-09-03 Tonja Marie Christensen, Salt Lake City Utah, playmate (Nov, 1991)
  • 1972-11-11 Steve Konowalchuk, Salt Lake City, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • 1972-12-28 Adam Clawson, Salt Lake City UT, slalom single canoe (Olympic-19th-96)
  • 1979-04-04 Charles Butler, Salt Lake City Utah, dance skater (& Joseph-1997 Natl)
  • 1980-03-15 Deidra Graham, Salt Lake City Utah, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1824-10-08 Salt Lake City founder Brigham Young (23) weds first wife Miriam Angeline Works (18) in Port Byron, New York

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young

HeartWedding of Interest

1953-10-26 Tennis champion Tony Trabert (23) weds beauty queen Shauna Wood at the Salt Lake Country Club in Salt Lake City, Utah

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • 2009-01-09 High School Musical actress KayCee Stroh (24) weds Ben Higginson (24) at Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2015-06-18 Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Lindsay Arnold (21) weds highschool sweetheart Samuel Lightner Cusick in Salt Lake City