Today in Mormon History

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1827-09-21 According to Joseph Smith Jr., the angel Moroni gave him a record of gold plates, one-third of which Joseph translated into The Book of Mormon

Religious Leader Joseph Smith Jr
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith Jr
  • 1830-03-26 The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.
  • 1830-04-06 Joseph Smith & 5 others organize Mormon church in Seneca Co, NY
  • 1832-03-24 Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio
  • 1836-03-27 1st Mormon temple dedicated (Kirtland, Ohio)
  • 1837-06-13 1st Mormon missionaries to British Isles leave Kirtland, Ohio
  • 1838-10-27 Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.
  • 1841-04-06 Cornerstone laid for 2nd Mormon temple, Nauvoo, Illinois
  • 1843-07-12 Mormon leader Joseph Smith says God allows polygamy

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1844-08-08 Brigham Young chosen as head of Mormon Church following the death of Joseph Smith

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
  • 1846-02-04 Mormons leave Nauvoo, Illinois, for settlement in the west
  • 1846-02-10 Beginning of Mormon march to western US
  • 1846-07-21 Mormons found 1st English settlement in California (San Joaquin Valley)
  • 1847-07-24 Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, UT
  • 1850-05-27 Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, destroyed by tornado
  • 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.
  • 1857-09-11 Mountain Meadows Massacre, Mormons dressed as Indians murder 120 colonists in Utah
  • 1871-10-02 Brigham Young, mormon leader, arrested for bigamy
  • 1890-09-24 The President of the Mormon Church Wilford Woodruff issues a manifesto advising members that the teaching and practice of polygamy should be abandoned
  • 1890-10-06 General Conference of the Mormon Church outlaws polygamy
  • 1893-01-04 US President Cleveland grants amnesty to Mormon polygamy
  • 1893-04-06 Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City dedicated
  • 1896-01-04 Following Mormon abandonment of polygamy, Utah admitted as 45th state
  • 1906-11-23 Joseph Smith, leader of the Mormon Church, convicted of polygamy

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1978-06-08 Nevada jury rules Howard Hughes "Mormon Will" is a forgery

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • 1978-06-09 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from priesthood
  • 2011-06-12 65th Tony Awards: The Book of Mormon & War Horse win

Famous Birthdays


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1801-06-01 Brigham Young, American religious leader (Mormon church), born in Whitingham, Vermont (d. 1877)

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

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1805-12-23 Joseph Smith Jr, American founder of the Mormon Church, born in Sharon, Vermont (d. 1844)

Religious Leader Joseph Smith Jr
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith Jr
  • 1813-03-21 James Jesse Strang, King of Mormons on Beaver Is, MI (1850-56)
  • 1814-04-03 Lorenzo Snow, 5th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS or Mormon Church) (d. 1901)
  • 1814-10-27 Daniel H. Wells, Mormon leader and politician (d. 1891)
  • 1838-11-13 Joseph F Smith, 6th President of Mormon church
  • 1856-11-22 Heber J Grant, Salt Lake City, 7th President of Mormon church
  • 1859-03-12 Abraham H. Cannon, Mormon apostle (d. 1896)
  • 1870-04-04 George A Smith, Salt Lake City Utah, 8th President of Mormon church
  • 1873-09-08 David O McKay, Huntsville, Utah, 9th President of Mormon church
  • 1895-03-28 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Mormon Church (1973-1985), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1907-11-14 Howard William Hunter, Mormon Church Leader
  • 1927-08-21 Thomas S. Monson, 16th president of the (Mormon) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Famous Deaths

  • 1844-06-27 Hyrum Smith, founder/leader (Mormon Church), shot by mob in Carthage Ill

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1844-06-27 Joseph Smith Jr, American founder of the Mormon Church, shot by a mob at 38

Religious Leader Joseph Smith Jr
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith Jr
  • 1856-07-09 James Strang, Mormon splinter group leader (b. 1813)

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1877-08-29 Brigham Young, 2nd president of Mormon Church, dies of peritonitis at 76

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
  • 1896-07-19 Abraham H. Cannon, American Mormon apostle (b. 1859)
  • 1951-04-04 George Albert Smith, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS or Mormon Church) (b. 1870)
  • 1970-01-18 David O McKay, 9th Mormon president, dies at 96
  • 1972-07-02 Joseph F Smith Jr, leader US mormon chuch, dies at 95
  • 1973-12-26 Harold B Lee, US head of Mormon Church, dies at 74
  • 1985-11-15 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Mormon Church (1973-1985), dies at 90
  • 1992-08-14 Flora Benson, American wife of Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Mormon Church, dies at 91
  • 1994-05-30 Ezra Taft Benson, 13th head of Mormon Church and US Secretary of Agriculture, dies at 94
  • 1995-03-03 Howard Hunter, US leader of Mormon Church (1994-95), dies at 87