Salt Lake City in History

Utah: Ogden - Provo

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Latter-day Saints 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

Baseball Record

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

NBA 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

  • 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 XIX 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
  • 2002-02-24 IXX Winter Olympic Games close in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Olympic 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

Film & TV History

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

  • 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 at Madison Barracks in Sackett's Harbor, New York (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 Latter-day Saints, 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 Latter-day Saints (1973-1985), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1985)
  • 1897-01-19 Natacha Rambova [Winifred Shaughnessy], American film costume designer, 2nd wife of Rudolph Valentino (1923-25), and Egyptologist, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1966)
  • 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)

Loretta YoungLoretta Young (1913-2000)

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

  • 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, American pop baritone singer ("Mam'selle"), screen and stage actor (Fiorello!), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1990)
  • 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 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 (Touch Of Evil; Bob Cummings Show), and nightclub singer, 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, 1993-2011), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2016)
  • 1934-09-27 Wilford Brimley, American actor (Gus-Our House, Cocoon), born in Salt Lake City Utah (d. 2020)
  • 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

Roseanne BarrRoseanne Barr (70 years old)

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

  • 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

Steve YoungSteve Young (61 years old)

1961-10-11 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; Operation Petticoat - "Stovall"), 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
  • 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; British Open 2019 3rd), born in Salt Lake City, Utah

Famous Weddings

Brigham Young

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

  • 1872-12-08 American religious leader Brigham Young (71) weds his 55th and final wife, American poet Hannah Tapfield (68) in Salt Lake City, Utah

Tony Trabert

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