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5 Fun Facts About July 1 In Utah History

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1. Statehood Day - July 1, 1896, marked Utah's official admission into the Union as the 45th state. The day is celebrated as Statehood Day with various events and activities throughout Utah.

2. The First Pioneer Day - On July 1, 1847, Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley, marking the beginning of the settlement of Utah by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This day is celebrated as Pioneer Day and is a state holiday in Utah.

3. The Reservation Termination Act - On July 1, 1953, the US Congress passed the Indian Termination Policy, also known as the Reservation Termination Act. The act sought to end the government's recognition and support of native tribes and forcibly assimilate them into mainstream society. This act had a significant impact on the Native American community in Utah and throughout the country.

4. The Utah State Capitol Building - On July 1, 1916, the Utah State Capitol Building was dedicated. The building serves as the seat of government for the state of Utah and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Salt Lake City.

5. The Utah State Song - On July 1, 1949, Utah adopted "Utah, This is the Place" as its official state song. The song was written by Sam and Gary Francis and celebrates the Mormon pioneers' arrival in Utah and the establishment of the state.
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