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5 Fun Facts About January 14 In Utah History

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1. Utah Marks Its Statehood Day: January 14, 1896, is a significant day in Utah's history, as it marked the day when the state became one of the United States of America. This day is observed as Utah's Statehood Day to celebrate the state's admission to the Union.

2. Inauguration of Brigham Young: On January 14, 1849, Brigham Young, the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was inaugurated as the first governor of the Utah Territory, which included present-day Utah, Nevada, parts of Colorado and Wyoming, and small portions of Arizona, New Mexico, and Idaho.

3. Utah Valley University Established: On January 14, 1941, the state of Utah established the Central Utah Vocational School (CUVS) in Orem, which is now known as Utah Valley University. It was initially set up to train soldiers for World War II, but later evolved into a full-fledged university.

4. First Trolley Line in Logan, Utah: On January 14, 1909, the first streetcar or trolley line was inaugurated in Logan, Utah. It ran on a 1.5-mile route from Logan's city center to Utah State University.

5. First Woman Speaker of Utah House of Representatives: On January 14, 2019, Rep. Brad Wilson nominated Rep. Becky Edwards as the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives in Utah's history. Edwards, who was a Republican, served as the Speaker Pro Tempore from 2015-2018 before assuming the top leadership position.
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