Utah in History

Historical Events

  • 1826-08-22 Colonies under Jedediah Strong Smith move near Salt Lake Utah

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1847-07-24 Brigham Young and his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, Utah

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
  • 1848-05-30 Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million
  • 1850-02-28 The University of Utah opens in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1850-09-09 Territories of New Mexico & Utah created
  • 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
  • 1861-03-02 US creates Dakota & Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska & Utah territories
  • 1862-07-01 Congress outlaws polygamy for the 1st time
  • 1863-07-30 Indian Wars: Chief Pocatello of the Shoshone tribe signs the Treaty of Box Elder, promising to stop harassing the emigrant trails in southern Idaho and northern Utah
  • 1868-07-25 US Congress forms Wyoming Territory (Dakota, Utah & Idaho)
  • 1875-10-16 Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah.
  • 1895-11-05 US state Utah accepts female suffrage
  • 1896-10-30 Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes 1st female senator
  • 1896-11-03 Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah elected 1st female senator
  • 1897-01-11 M H Cannon becomes 1st woman state senator in US (Utah)

  • 1900-05-01 Premature blast collapses mine tunnel killing 200 at Scofield, Utah
  • 1908-04-16 Natural Bridges National Monument forms (Lake Powell, Utah)
  • 1908-05-30 US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah authorized
  • 1909-02-01 US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah, opens
  • 1914-01-13 IWW-leader/songwriter Joe Hill arrested "Girl from Utah" East-Prussia
  • 1915-10-04 Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado & Utah is established
  • 1918-07-22 Lightning kills 504 sheep in Utah's Wasatch National Park
  • 1924-03-08 Coal mine explosion kills 171 at Castle Gate, Utah
  • 1926-02-17 Avalanche buries 75 in Sap Gulch, Bingham, Utah; 40 die
  • 1933-04-07 'National Beer Day" Cullen-Harrison act comes into effect legalising sale of low alcohol beer
  • 1933-06-30 US Assay Offices in Helena Mon, Boise ,Indiana and Salt Lake City Utah closes
  • 1935-09-03 First automobile to exceed 300mph, Sir Malcolm Campbell powers Bluebird to 301.129mph at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
  • 1938-12-01 School bus & train collide in Salt Lake City Utah
  • 1944-03-28 6th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Utah defeats Dartmouth 42-40
  • 1944-12-31 48 people die in a train accident in Ogden, Utah

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1952-09-24 American fast food restaurant chain "KFC" [Kentucky Fried Chicken] opens its first franchise in Salt Lake City, Utah

Businessman and Restaurateur Colonel Sanders
Businessman and Restaurateur
Colonel Sanders
  • 1953-05-19 Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St George, Utah)
  • 1956-08-04 German Wilhelm Herz becomes first to ride motorcycle at 200mph (210mph/338kph) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
  • 1961-03-25 3rd place game is one of the wildest contests in NCAA Tournament history as St Joseph's defeats Utah 127-120 in 4 overtimes
  • 1963-08-05 Craig Breedlove sets world land speed record of 407.477 mph in Spirit of America at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
  • 1965-11-04 Lee Breedlove sets female land speed record (308.56 MPH) in Utah
  • 1966-08-10 Daylight meteor seen from Utah to Canada. Only known case of a meteor entering Earth's atmosphere & leaving it again
  • 1968-03-13 Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah, kills 6,000 sheep
  • 1970-09-05 Estimated 15 cm (6") of rainfall, Bug Point, Utah (state record)

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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

  • 1974-10-31 Ted Bundy victim Laura Aime disappears in Utah
  • 1974-11-08 Ted Bundy victim Debi Kent disappears in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1975-07-04 Ted Bundy victim Nancy Baird disappears from Layton, Utah
  • 1976-11-10 Utah Supreme Court approves execution of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore
  • 1977-01-17 Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, convicted of murder
  • 1982-12-02 1st permanent artificial heart successfully implanted (U of Utah) in retired dentist Barney Clark; lived 112 days with Jarvic-7 heart
  • 1984-09-15 Sharlene Wells (Utah), 20, crowned 58th Miss America 1985
  • 1984-12-19 Fire at Wilberg Mine in central Utah killed 27 people
  • 1985-01-02 Nevada-Las Vegas beats Utah 142-140, highest college basketball score
  • 1985-02-01 -69°F (-56°C), Peter's Sink, Utah (state record)
  • 1989-02-24 150 million year old fossil egg found in Utah with a fossilized dinosaur embryo inside, the oldest dinosaur egg yet found in the Northern Hemisphere
  • 1989-03-23 2 Utah scientists claim they have produced fusion at room temperature
  • 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
  • 1994-07-23 Amy Osmond of Utah, 17, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1998-03-30 60th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Utah 78-69
  • 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
  • 2005-01-01 34th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Utah beats #19 Pittsburgh, 35-7
  • 2005-04-23 NFL Draft: University of Utah quarterback Alex Smith first pick by San Francisco 49ers

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2014-10-14 Utah State University receives terrorist threats pertaining to Anita Sarkeesian's planned lecture the following day

Feminist Media Critic Anita Sarkeesian
Feminist Media Critic
Anita Sarkeesian

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2017-12-04 US President Trump scales back Utah National Parks - Bears Ears National Monument (85%), Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (50%)

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Famous Birthdays

  • 1304-02-24 Muhammad ibn Battutah, Arab travel writer (Travels in Asia & Africa)
  • 1832-03-10 William Henry Penrose, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1903)
  • 1843-05-06 Grove Karl Gilbert, geologist, investigated Lake Bonneville, Utah

Person of interestButch Cassidy

1866-04-13 Butch Cassidy [Robert LeRoy Parker], American desperado (Wild Bunch Passage), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1908)

  • 1870-04-04 George Albert Smith, American religious leader, 8th President of Mormon church, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1951)
  • 1872-11-11 Maude Adams, American actress (Baldwin's Theatre-Peter Pan), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1953)
  • 1873-09-08 David O. McKay, 9th President of Mormon church, born in Huntsville, Utah (d. 1970)
  • 1876-07-19 Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., 10th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1972)
  • 1876-11-07 Culbert Olson, American lawyer and politician (Gov-D-Cal), born in Fillmore, Utah (d. 1962)
  • 1889-06-27 Moroni Olsen, American actor (Annie Oakley, Black Gold, Snow White), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1954)
  • 1890-04-17 Arthemus "Art" Acord, American silent film actor and rodeo champion (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists), born in Glenwood, Utah (d. 1931)
  • 1893-04-23 Frank Borzage, American director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1962)
  • 1895-03-28 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Mormon Church (1973-1985), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1985)
  • 1897-03-19 Betty Compson, American actress (Big City, Docks Of New York), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1974)
  • 1898-03-23 Hazel Dawn [Tout], American actress (Niobe, Under Cover, Feud Girl), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1988)
  • 1899-07-10 John Gilbert, American actor, screenwriter and director (The Hater of Men, Man, Woman and Sin), born in Logan, Utah (d. 1936)
  • 1899-08-27 Byron Foulger, American actor (River's Edge, Up in Smoke), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1970)
  • 1902-03-27 Charles Bryant Lang Jr., American cinematographer, born in Bluff, Utah (d. 1998)
  • 1906-08-19 Philo T Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1971)
  • 1908-10-14 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress, born in Granger, Utah (d. 2003)
  • 1909-10-13 Herblock [Herbert Lawrence Block], American cartoonist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1910-06-23 Gordon B. Hinckley, American religious leader, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2008)
  • 1911-09-23 Frank Moss, United States Senator from Utah (d. 2003)

Person of interestLoretta Young

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, American actor (Till the Clouds Roll By, Peyton Place), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1980)
  • 1915-04-01 Art Lund, Salt Lake City Utah, singer (Ken Murray Show)
  • 1917-04-01 Leon Janney (Ramon), American actor (Charly, Stolen Paradise, Hawk), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1980)
  • 1917-06-11 Joseph B Wirthlin, American businessmen, religious leader, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2008)
  • 1918-07-31 Paul D. Boyer, American biochemist and Nobel Prize Laureate for research on the "enzymatic mechanism underlying the biosynthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)" (1997), born in Provo, Utah (d. 2018)
  • 1918-10-13 Robert Walker, American actor and writer (Strangers on a Train, Bataan, Madame Curie), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1951)
  • 1919-12-11 Marie Windsor [Emily Marie Bertelson], American actress (The Bounty Hunter, Double Deal), born in Marysvale, Utah (d. 2000)
  • 1920-07-31 James Esdras Faust, American religious leader, born in Delta, Utah (d. 2007)
  • 1920-10-13 Laraine Day [La Raine Johnson], American actress (Dr. KIldaire, Foreign Correspondent), born in Roosevelt, Utah (d. 2007)
  • 1921-07-30 Grant Johannesen, American concert pianist, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2005)
  • 1923-02-15 Keene Curtis, American character actor (The Rothschilds, Cheers, Amanda's), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2002)
  • 1924-09-10 Boyd K. Packer, LDS church apostle, born in Brigham City, Utah (d. 2015)
  • 1924-09-12 Howard Curtis Nielson, American politician (Rep-R-UT, 1983-91), born in Richfield, Utah
  • 1925-03-19 Brent Scowcroft, Lt Gen (USAF)/National Security Council, born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1925-06-17 Keith Larsen, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Hunter, Brave Eagle)
  • 1927-08-21 Thomas Monson, 16th president of the (Mormon) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2018)
  • 1929-04-06 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer (Touch of Evil, Bob Cummings Show), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1972)
  • 1930-05-18 Don Leslie Lind, Midvale Utah, astronaut (STS 51-B)
  • 1930-11-15 Olene Walker, politician (R), 1st female Governor of Utah (2003-2005), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 2015)
  • 1932-08-14 James V Hansen, (Rep-R-Utah, 1981- )
  • 1932-10-12 Jake Edwin Garn, American politician (Sen-R-Utah, 1974-93) and astronaut (STS 51D), born in Richfield, Utah
  • 1933-09-18 Robert "Bob" Bennett, American politician (U.S. Senator from Utah), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2016)
  • 1934-09-27 Wilford Brimley, Salt Lake City Utah, actor (Gus-Our House, Cocoon)
  • 1936-07-16 Buddy Merrill, American guitarist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Torrey, Utah
  • 1936-08-20 Sam Melville, US actor (Mike Danko-Rookies, Roughnecks), born in Fillmore, Utah (d. 1989)
  • 1938-04-06 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2004)
  • 1940-06-01 Kip Thorne, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2017, LIGO), born in Logan, Utah
  • 1940-07-05 Karen Shepherd, (Rep-D-Utah)
  • 1941-05-04 David LaFlamme, American electric violinist (It's a Beautiful Day), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • 1942-07-09 Edy Williams, American actress (Dr Minx), born in Salt Lake City, Utah

Person of interestNolan Bushnell

1943-02-05 Nolan Bushnell, American electrical engineer (founded Atari, created Pong), born in Clearfield, Utah

Electrical Engineer and Businessman Nolan Bushnell
Electrical Engineer and Businessman
Nolan Bushnell
  • 1944-08-28 Melvin Dummar, American claimant to the Howard Hughes estate, born in Utah
  • 1946-10-27 Leslie Byrne, American politician (Rep-D-Virginia), born in Salt Lake City, Utah

Person of interestJames Woods

1947-04-18 James Woods, American actor (Salvador, Against All Odds), born in Vernal, Utah

  • 1947-05-29 Anthony Geary, actor (Luke/Bill-General Hospital), born in Coalville Utah
  • 1948-09-22 Bill Orton, (Rep-D-Utah)
  • 1949-06-22 Alan Osmond, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1951-08-28 Wayne Osmond, American singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah

Person of interestRoseanne Barr

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
  • 1953-04-30 Merrill Osmond, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1954-04-21 James Morrison [Paige], American actor (24, Twin Peaks), born in Bountiful, Utah
  • 1954-09-05 Frederick Kempe, American author, journalist, and executive, born in Utah
  • 1954-12-07 Mark Hofmann, American forger, bomber and convicted murderer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1955-03-02 Jay Osmond, American singer and drummer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1957-12-09 Donny Osmond, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1959-08-02 Britt Helfer, Clearfield Utah, actress (Lily-Loving, Alley Cat)
  • 1959-10-13 Marie Osmond, American singer and actress (Paper Roses, Goin' Coconuts), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1960-12-19 Mike Lookinland, American actor (Bobby-Brady Bunch), born in Mt Pleasant, Utah
  • 1961-10-11 Steve Young, NFL quarterback (SF 49ers, NFL Player of Year '92), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1962-06-12 Michael Link, American actor (Earl-Julia), born in Provo, Utah
  • 1963-04-16 Jimmy Osmond, singer (Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1963-08-29 Greg Holmes, American tennis star, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1964-03-10 Cynthia Brimhall, playmate (Oct, 1985), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1964-04-28 L'Wren Scott [Laura Bambrough], American fashion designer and partner of Mick Jagger, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2014)
  • 1966-08-29 Dan Truman, St George Utah, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)
  • 1968-09-04 John Preston, Utah, actor (Greg-General Hospital)
  • 1971-06-27 Brant Boyer, American football linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1971-09-03 Tonja Marie Christensen, Salt Lake City Utah, playmate (Nov, 1991)
  • 1972-02-15 Lance Scott, NFL offensive linesman (Arizona Cardinals), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1972-08-19 Elizabeth Wolfgramm, American singer (The Jets), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1972-12-28 Adam Clawson, US slalom canoeist (Olympic-19th-96), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1973-03-08 Nanette Pearson, Pleasant Grove Utah, Miss America-Utah (1997)

Person of interestJewel Kilcher

1974-05-23 Jewel Kilcher, American singer-songwriter (Pieces of You), born in Payson, Utah

Singer-Songwriter Jewel Kilcher
Singer-Songwriter
Jewel Kilcher
  • 1975-09-10 Temple Taggart, Miss USA-Utah (1997, top 6)
  • 1975-11-04 Michael Osmond, Utah, singer (Osmond Boys)
  • 1976-03-31 Amanda Moody, Orem Utah, Miss America-Utah (1996)
  • 1976-04-02 Evan McMullin, American independent candidate for President (2016), born in Provo, Utah
  • 1977-02-14 Nathan Osmond, Utah, vocalist (Osmond Boys)
  • 1978-03-03 Douglas Osmond, vocalist (Osmond Boys), born in Provo, Utah
  • 1978-12-02 Jarron Collins, American basketball player for Utah Jazz
  • 1979-04-04 Charles Butler, American figure skater, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1980-03-15 Deidra Graham, Salt Lake City Utah, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • 1980-04-14 Steven Holcomb, American Bobsledder (Olympic gold 2010), born in Park City, Utah (d. 2017)
  • 1980-06-26 Chris Shelton, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1985-11-30 Chrissy Teigen, American model, born in Delta, Utah
  • 1987-04-12 Brendon Urie, American musician (Panic! at the Disco), born in St. George, Utah

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1872-12-08 Religious leader Brigham Young (71) weds his fifty-fifth wife Hannah Tapfield in Salt Lake City, Utah

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

1916-10-09 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (21) weds Maxine Gates in Farmington, Utah

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

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
  • 1974-07-16 "The Osmonds" singer Alan Osmond (25) weds Suzanne Pinegar at LDS Temple in Provo, Utah
  • 1978-05-08 Singer Donny Osmond (20) weds Debra Glenn (19) at Salt Lake Temple in Utah
  • 2007-09-29 Olympic downhill skier Lindsey Kildow (23) weds former Olympic skier Thomas Vonn (31) at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah

HeartWedding of Interest

2007-12-23 "Dr. Izzie Stevens" actress Katherine Heigl (29) weds singer-songwriter Josh Kelley (27) at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah

  • 2009-01-09 High School Musical actress KayCee Stroh (24) weds Ben Higginson (24) at Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2012-12-25 Marie Osmond's daughter Rachael Osmond (23) weds Gabriel Krueger (22) in Park City, Utah
  • 2017-01-08 "Dancing with the stars" pro Louis Van Amstel (44) weds health coach Joshua Lancaster in Utah

Famous Deaths

  • 1977-01-17 Gary Gilmore, executed in Utah, 1st US execution since 1967
  • 2002-12-18 Wayne Owens, former U.S. Congressman (D-Utah) (b. 1937)
  • 2009-02-20 Larry H. Miller, American businessman and owner of the Utah Jazz (b. 1944)
  • 2015-11-28 Olene Walker, American politician (R), 1st female Governor of Utah (2003-2005), dies at 85
  • 2018-05-01 Carl W. Duckworth, American politician (Utah House of Representatives, 1955–1958), dies of bone cancer at 53