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5 Fun Facts About December 29 In Utah History

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1. Utah's First Intercollegiate Football Game was played on December 29, 1892.
The University of Utah football team played against the Agricultural College of Utah (now known as Utah State University) in Logan, Utah. Utah won the game with a score of 12-0.

2. The Salt Lake Temple was dedicated on December 29, 1893.
The dedication ceremony marked the end of forty years of construction on the iconic temple and symbol of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

3. Gary Gilmore, infamous murderer and subject of Norman Mailer's "The Executioner's Song," was executed on December 29, 1977.
Gilmore was the first person to be executed in the United States after the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

4. The Sundance Film Festival opened in Park City, Utah on December 29, 1978.
The festival has since become one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, featuring emerging filmmakers and established artists alike.

5. The Uinta Basin Railway was authorized by the US Congress on December 29, 2019.
The railway, which will stretch from the Uinta Basin in northeastern Utah to the Union Pacific mainline in Utah County, is expected to boost regional economic growth by improving transportation of goods and resources.
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