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5 Fun Facts About January 11 In Utah History

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1. In 1904, the Salt Lake City and Ogden Railway was completed, connecting the two major cities in northern Utah. This railway was a crucial development for transportation and trade in the area, and helped spur economic growth in the region.

2. In 1990, Salt Lake City hosted the Goodwill Games, an international multi-sport event created by Ted Turner. The games were held in the newly-built Delta Center (now Vivint Arena), and featured competitions in athletics, basketball, diving, gymnastics, swimming, and other sports.

3. On January 11, 1896, Utah was admitted as the 45th state in the United States. This was a significant moment for the state, as it marked the end of a long process of political and cultural struggle for statehood.

4. In 2019, Utah became the first state in the US to lower its legal blood alcohol limit for driving from 0.08 to 0.05. This change was part of a larger effort to reduce the number of drunk driving incidents and improve road safety in the state.

5. The city of Cedar City, Utah is known for hosting the famous Utah Shakespeare Festival, which takes place annually from late June to late October. Founded in 1961, the festival features a range of classic Shakespeare plays, as well as contemporary works and musical performances.
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