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5 Fun Facts About January 9 In Utah History

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1. The First Official Day of Statehood: January 9, 1896, marked the first official day of statehood for Utah, making it the 45th state in the Union. In honor of the occasion, Utahns celebrated with fireworks, parades, and other festivities.

2. The Creation of the Mighty Five National Parks: On January 9, 1971, President Richard Nixon signed a bill creating five new national parks in Utah, collectively known as the "Mighty Five." The parks include Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion.

3. The Utah Jazz Play Their First Game: On January 9, 1979, the Utah Jazz played their first NBA game in New Orleans, Louisiana, against the Jazz. Despite losing the game, the Jazz went on to become a major force in the NBA and a beloved Utah institution.

4. The First Winter Olympics in the United States: On January 9, 2002, the 19th Winter Olympic Games opened in Salt Lake City. It was the first time the Winter Olympics had been held in the United States since the 1980 games in Lake Placid, New York.

5. The Birth of Philo Farnsworth: On January 9, 1906, inventor Philo Farnsworth was born in Beaver County, Utah. Farnsworth is credited with inventing the first fully electronic television system and is considered one of the pioneers of modern television technology.
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