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5 Fun Facts About April 26 In Utah History

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1) In 1847, the Mormon pioneers led by Brigham Young arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, establishing the first permanent settlement in Utah.

2) On April 26, 1916, the United States Congress passed the National Park Service Organic Act, which established the National Park Service to manage and protect national parks and monuments.

3) In 1954, the Utah State Capitol building was completed, after more than five years of construction. It is one of the most recognizable buildings in the state.

4) On April 26, 1962, the first of 129 underground nuclear bomb tests was conducted at the Nevada Test Site, just over the border from Utah. These tests were controversial and raised concerns about the effects of radiation on nearby communities.

5) In 1978, the University of Utah's College of Nursing became the first in the nation to offer a master's degree in geriatric nursing, recognizing the increased need for healthcare professionals trained to care for an aging population.
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