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5 Fun Facts About January 22 In Utah History

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1. In 1906, the town of Bingham was struck by a devastating avalanche, burying several homes and claiming the lives of at least 7 people.

2. In 1917, the controversial film "The Birth of a Nation" was shown in Salt Lake City, sparking protests from civil rights groups who criticized the movie's glorification of the Ku Klux Klan.

3. In 1958, the Utah State Capitol building was declared a National Historic Landmark, recognizing its architectural significance and importance in the state's history.

4. In 2008, a major earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale struck the town of Wells in western Utah, causing damage to buildings and roads but fortunately resulting in no fatalities.

5. In 2020, the Utah Jazz honored former player and coach Jerry Sloan by retiring his number 4 jersey during a special ceremony at the team's arena in Salt Lake City. Sloan, who passed away later that year, is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in NBA history.
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