On This Day

Mormon History

Historical Events

Historic Event

1820-03-26 Future Mormon church leader Joseph Smith has his "First Vision" in a wooded area of New York, according to Mormon scholars

  • 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
  • 1830-03-26 The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York
  • 1830-04-06 Joseph Smith and 5 others officially organize the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fayette, New York
  • 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

Historic Event

1844-08-08 Brigham Young chosen as head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints following the death of Joseph Smith

  • 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 and his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 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
  • 1857-10-05 Mormon pioneer Captain Lot Smith and members of the Utah militia destroy US army supply wagon train in Wyoming during Utah War
  • 1871-10-02 US Mormon leader Brigham Young arrested for bigamy
  • 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
  • 1890-10-06 General Conference of the Latter-day Saints 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 2019-04-04 US Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pledges to roll back anti-LGBT policies, including not baptizing children of gay parents
  • 2019-11-04 Nine members of a US Mexican Mormon family, including six children, shot and killed in attack by criminal gang in Northern Mexico

Famous Birthdays

Joseph Smith

1805-12-23 Joseph Smith Jr, American founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Sharon, Vermont (d. 1844)

  • 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, born in Mantua, Ohio (d. 1901)
  • 1814-10-27 Daniel H. Wells, Mormon leader and 3rd Mayor of Salt Lake City, born in Trenton, New York (d. 1891)
  • 1838-11-13 Joseph F. Smith, 6th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Far West, Missouri (d. 1918)
  • 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)
  • 1859-03-12 Abraham H. Cannon, Mormon apostle (d. 1896)
  • 1870-04-04 George Albert Smith, American religious leader, 8th President of Latter-day Saints, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1951)
  • 1873-09-08 David O. McKay, 9th President of Latter-day Saints, born in Huntsville, Utah (d. 1970)
  • 1895-03-28 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Latter-day Saints (1973-1985), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1985)
  • 1895-10-21 J Delos Jewkes, American light opera, vaudeville, choral (Mormon Tabernacle), film and television bass singer, and actor (Stars And Stripes Forever; The Music Man; The Andy Griffith Show), born in Orangeville, Utah (d. 1984)
  • 1899-03-28 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of Latter-day Saints, born in Clifton, Idaho (d. 1973)
  • 1899-08-04 Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of Latter-day Saints and US Secretary of Agriculture, born in Whitney, Idaho (d. 1994)
  • 1907-11-14 Howard William Hunter, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Boise, Idaho (d. 1995)
  • 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)
  • 1969-10-19 (Randolph Severn) "Trey" Parker [III], American actor, animator and composer (South Park; The Book of Mormon), born in Conifer, Colorado
  • 1971-05-26 Matt Stone, American actor, animator and producer (South Park, The Book of Mormon), born in Houston, Texas

Famous Deaths

Joseph Smith

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

  • 1856-07-09 James Strang, American Mormon splinter group leader, dies of his wounds three weeks after being attacked by disaffected members at 43
  • 1891-03-24 Daniel H. Wells, Mormon leader and 3rd Mayor of Salt Lake City, dies at 76
  • 1896-07-19 Abraham H. Cannon, American Mormon apostle (b. 1859)
  • 1901-10-10 Lorenzo Snow, 5th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), dies at 87
  • 1951-04-04 George Albert Smith, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies
  • 1970-01-18 David O. McKay, 9th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, dies at 96
  • 1971-07-25 Leroy Robertson, American pianist, composer ("Oratorio from the Book of Mormon"; "Trilogy for Orchestra"), and educator (Brigham Young, 1925-48; University of Utah, 1948-62), dies at 74
  • 1972-07-02 Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., 10th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), dies at 95
  • 1973-12-26 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 74
  • 1984-07-17 J Delos Jewkes, American light opera, vaudeville, choral (Mormon Tabernacle), film and television bass singer, and actor (Stars And Stripes Forever; The Music Man; The Andy Griffith Show), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • 1985-11-15 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1973-1985), dies at 90
  • 1992-08-14 Flora Benson, American wife of Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 91
  • 1994-05-30 Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and US Secretary of Agriculture, dies at 94
  • 1995-03-03 Howard Hunter, US leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1994-95), dies at 87
  • 2018-01-02 Thomas Monson, 16th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 90