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5 Fun Facts About June 14 In Utah History

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1. Utah becomes a state: On June 14, 1896, Utah officially became the 45th state of the United States. After years of controversy and debate over the role of the Mormon Church in Utah politics, the state was granted statehood with some restrictions.

2. The Utah War begins: On June 14, 1857, Mormon leader Brigham Young declared martial law in Utah and began preparing his followers for a potential war with the U.S. government. This conflict, known as the Utah War, eventually escalated into a series of armed confrontations and raids that lasted for several years.

3. Pioneer Day: June 14 is also known as Pioneer Day in Utah, a state holiday that celebrates the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. This event marked the beginning of the settlement of Utah by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

4. Historic Utah fires: On June 14, 2002, the Hayman Fire started in Colorado and eventually spread to Utah, becoming one of the largest and most destructive wildfires in the state's history. On the same day in 2007, the Brian Head Fire ignited in southern Utah, burning over 70,000 acres and destroying several homes and structures.

5. Utah Jazz NBA Finals appearance: On June 14, 1998, the Utah Jazz played Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls. Despite a valiant effort by Jazz stars Karl Malone and John Stockton, the Bulls won the game and the championship. It remains the only NBA Finals appearance by the Utah Jazz in franchise history.
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