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5 Fun Facts About February 17 In Utah History

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1. The Utah State Capitol Building was officially opened to the public on February 17, 1916. The building, which sits atop a hill overlooking Salt Lake City, was designed by local architect Richard K.A. Kletting and features a neoclassical style with an iconic copper dome.

2. On February 17, 1863, Brigham Young, the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, issued a call for volunteers to serve in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The call was met with mixed response, with some members of the church choosing to stay neutral or fight for the Confederacy.

3. The University of Utah men's basketball team defeated the University of Alabama 110-87 on February 17, 1979, in a game that set a new NCAA record for the most points scored by a single team in a single game at the time. The record was later broken in 1992 by Loyola Marymount University.

4. The city of Tooele was officially incorporated on February 17, 1853. The city, located west of Salt Lake City, was originally settled by Mormon pioneers and was named after the nearby Tooele Valley.

5. The Utah Shakespeare Festival, one of the largest and oldest Shakespearean festivals in North America, was founded on February 17, 1962, in Cedar City, Utah. The festival, which attracts national and international talent, features multiple plays and performances throughout the summer months.
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