Salt Lake City in History

Utah: Ogden - Provo

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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 The President of the Mormon Church Wilford Woodruff issues a manifesto advising members that the teaching and 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 close in Helena, MT, Boise, ID and Salt Lake City, UT
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1954-09-26 KUTV TV channel 2 in Salt Lake City, UT (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-12-02 Pacific Coast League franchises forced to relocate when Dodgers and Giants confirm their move to California for 1958 MLB season; Hollywood Stars move from LA to Salt Lake City; LA Angels move to Spokane, and San Francisco Seals transfer to Phoenix

  • 1958-01-20 KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 a 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

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1993-02-21 43rd NBA All-Star Game, Delta Center, Salt Lake City, UT: West beats East, 135-132 (OT); MVPs: Karl Malone, Utah Jazz F; John Stockton, Utah Jazz, PG

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • 1995-02-01 Utah Jazz guard John Stockton passes Magic Johnson's all-time NBA assists mark of 9,221, in a 129-98 win over the Denver Nuggets at the Delta Centre in 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.
  • 2000-01-15 Utah's Jerry Sloan becomes 12th coach in NBA history to reach the 700-victory plateau when the Jazz defeat the LA Clippers, 112-75 at the Delta Center, Salt Lake City
  • 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 IXX Winter Olympic Games open in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • 2002-02-21 Canadian world champion women's ice hockey team wins first of 4 consecutive Winter Olympic gold medals with a 3-2 win over the United States at Salt Lake City

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2002-02-24 Joe Sakic and Jerome Iginla each score twice as Canada defeats the United States, 5-2 to win the men's ice hockey Olympic gold medal at Salt Lake City

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2002-02-24 IXX Winter Olympic Games close in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • 1814-10-27 Daniel H. Wells, Mormon leader and 3rd Mayor of Salt Lake City, born in Trenton, New York (d. 1891)
  • 1832-03-10 William Henry Penrose, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1903)
  • 1856-11-22 Heber J. Grant, 7th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1945)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1897-01-19 Natacha Rambova, Salt Lake City UT, costume designer
  • 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)

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)
  • 1917-06-11 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)
  • 1918-10-13 Robert Walker, American actor and writer (Strangers on a Train, Bataan, Madame Curie), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1951)
  • 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)
  • 1925-06-17 Keith Larsen, American actor (Hunter, Brave Eagle), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2006)
  • 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)
  • 1928-10-08 M. Russell Ballard, American religious leader (Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of LDS Church), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 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)
  • 1932-08-14 James V. Hansen, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2018)
  • 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)
  • 1938-04-06 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2004)
  • 1942-07-09 Edy Williams, American actress (Dr Minx), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1946-10-14 Craig Venter, American biotechnologist and geneticist (involved with the first draft sequence of the human genome), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1946-10-27 Leslie Byrne, American politician (Rep-D-Virginia), born in Salt Lake City, 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
  • 1954-12-07 Mark Hofmann, American forger, bomber and convicted murderer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1955-11-26 Tracy Hickman, American sci-fi author (Dragons of Spring Dawning), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1961-10-11 Steve Young, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1988-89, 94 [MVP]; Pro Bowl 1992–98; NFL passing TD leader 1992–94, 98; SF 49ers), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1963-08-29 Greg Holmes, American tennis player, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1963-09-07 W. Earl Brown, American actor, writer, and musician (Deadwood, Scream, Stovall-Operation Petticoat), born in Golden Pond, Kentucky
  • 1964-04-28 L'Wren Scott [Laura Bambrough], American fashion designer and partner of Mick Jagger, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2014)
  • 1968-01-02 Scott Mitchell, American NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals ), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 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
  • 1972-11-11 Steve Konowalchuk, American NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1972-12-28 Adam Clawson, US slalom canoeist (Olympic-19th-96), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1974-09-13 Travis Knight, American NBA center (Boston Celtics), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1979-04-04 Charles Butler, American figure skater, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1980-06-26 Chris Shelton, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1982-10-27 Patrick Fugit, American actor (Wristcutters: A Love Story), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1989-09-14 Tony Finau, American golfer (Ryder Cup 2018), born in Salt Lake City, Utah

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

Famous Deaths

  • 1891-03-24 Daniel H. Wells, Mormon leader and 3rd Mayor of Salt Lake City, dies at 76