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5 Fun Facts About January 20 In Utah History

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1. In 1896, Utah was admitted as the 45th state in the United States. This was a significant moment in Utah history as it marked the end of the long struggle for statehood for the territory. The State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City was completed just in time for Utah's admission to the Union.

2. In 1917, Utah became the 24th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. This was a major milestone in the history of women's rights in the United States.

3. In 1927, a record-breaking snowstorm hit Utah, dumping over 50 inches of snow in just 24 hours. The snowfall paralyzed the state, causing widespread power outages and disrupting transportation. The snowstorm is still considered one of the biggest natural disasters in Utah history.

4. In 1966, Utah established the Sundance Film Festival, which has since become one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. The festival is held annually in Park City and showcases the best in independent film.

5. In 2017, Utah hosted the Outdoor Retailer trade show for the last time. The show, which had been held in Salt Lake City for over 20 years, moved to Denver, Colorado due to controversy over Utah's stance on public lands and environmental issues. This marked the end of an era for the outdoor industry in Utah.
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