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5 Fun Facts About January 18 In Utah History

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1. In 1904, the first winter carnival was held in Salt Lake City. It featured ice skating, skiing, and other winter sports.

2. In 1918, the Spanish Flu Pandemic reached Utah. Over 3,000 people died in the state, and many businesses and public gatherings were shut down to slow the spread of the disease.

3. In 1956, the first commercial nuclear power plant in the United States was opened in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. Although this event did not take place directly in Utah, it marked a major step forward in the development of nuclear energy, which has had a significant impact on the state in later years.

4. In 1993, the Utah Museum of Natural History officially opened its doors to the public. The museum, located on the University of Utah campus, houses millions of artifacts and specimens related to Utah and the surrounding region.

5. In 2012, Utah Governor Gary Herbert declared January 18th to be "Martin Luther King, Jr. Day" in the state. This was a significant moment for Utah, which had previously been one of only a few states that did not officially recognize the holiday. Today, Utahans observe the holiday with various events and activities throughout the state.
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