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5 Fun Facts About July 29 In Utah History

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1. In 1847, pioneers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints arrived in the Salt Lake Valley after a journey of more than 1,000 miles. This day is now celebrated as Pioneer Day in Utah.

2. In 1899, the first automobile race in Utah took place at the Salt Palace. The race was won by Carl G. Fisher, who later co-founded the Indianapolis 500.

3. In 1918, the Salt Lake City and County Building opened its doors to the public. The building was designed by architect John C. Craig and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

4. In 1943, the United States Army Air Forces established the Ogden Air Depot (now Hill Air Force Base) in northern Utah. The base played a critical role in the development and maintenance of military aircraft during World War II and the Cold War.

5. In 2002, the 19th Winter Olympics began in Salt Lake City. The Games were marred by a bribery scandal involving the selection of the host city, but ultimately proved to be a successful and memorable event.
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