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5 Fun Facts About January 31 In Utah History

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1. On January 31, 1863, Brigham Young became the first governor of the Utah Territory. He held the position until 1855 when the territory was replaced by the state of Utah.

2. In 1955, January 31 marked the end of the worst snowstorm to hit Salt Lake City in over 20 years. The storm, which started on January 27, dumped over 26 inches of snow on the city, causing widespread disruption and damage.

3. On January 31, 1911, the first electric streetcar ran in Salt Lake City. The streetcar system operated in the city until 1946, when it was replaced by buses.

4. January 31, 1971, marked the opening of the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City. The center hosted a variety of events over the years, including political conventions, trade shows, concerts and sporting events.

5. On January 31, 1945, a train carrying war materials derailed in the small town of Henefer in Summit County, Utah. The resulting explosion caused extensive damage to the town and nearby areas, killing three people and injuring dozens more.
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