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5 Fun Facts About February 13 In Utah History

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1. In 1861, the Utah Territorial Legislature passed a law making it illegal to sell or give alcoholic drinks to Native Americans. This law was a reflection of the prevalent prejudices of the time against the indigenous people of Utah.

2. On February 13, 1886, the Salt Lake Herald reported on a case of alleged animal cruelty where a man had viciously beaten a horse. The newspaper called attention to the need for animal protection laws in Utah.

3. In 1923, the state legislature passed a law requiring all schoolteachers to take a loyalty oath to the United States and the State of Utah. This was part of a wave of such laws passed throughout the country in the wake of World War I and fears of communist infiltration.

4. February 13, 1943 marked the opening of the Japanese internment camp in Topaz, Utah. Over 11,000 Japanese-Americans were forcibly relocated there during World War II, a dark chapter in Utah's history.

5. In 1985, the Timpanogos Cave National Monument was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The caves, located in American Fork Canyon, are home to unique stalactites, stalagmites, and other formations that attract thousands of visitors each year.
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