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5 Fun Facts About January 6 In Utah History

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1. Utah became a state on January 4, 1896, but the official statehood celebration was held on January 6. The festivities included a parade, speeches, and a ball.

2. On January 6, 1869, Brigham Young, the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away in Salt Lake City.

3. In 1917, a blizzard struck Utah on January 6, dumping up to 3 feet of snow in some areas and causing widespread damage and transportation disruptions.

4. On January 6, 1907, the Utah State Capitol building was dedicated in Salt Lake City. The structure, which features a neoclassical design and a prominent dome, still serves as the seat of Utah's government today.

5. In 2016, a group of armed militants led by Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Among the occupation's supporters were several Utah politicians and activists, who traveled to the site to show their solidarity with the group. The standoff lasted for 41 days before being peacefully resolved.
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