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5 Fun Facts About June 30 In Utah History

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1. On June 30, 1890, President Wilford Woodruff of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the "Manifesto," officially ending the practice of polygamy within the church. This announcement was significant not only for Utah but also for the entire nation, as it led to Utah being granted statehood in 1896.

2. The Utah Jazz, a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah, made their first-ever draft pick on June 30, 1979. They selected power forward Larry Knight with the 21st overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft.

3. June 30, 2005, marked a significant milestone for the state of Utah as the first section of the Legacy Parkway—a freeway connecting the cities of Salt Lake and Davis—opened to traffic. This project was nearly a decade in the making and aimed to alleviate traffic congestion and improve air quality in the area.

4. On June 30, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln appointed John W. Dawson as the first governor of Utah Territory. Dawson served as governor for only one year but was instrumental in establishing the first official census of Utah Territory.

5. The Utah Shakespeare Festival, one of the largest and oldest Shakespeare festivals in North America, opened for its 25th season on June 30, 1991. Since then, the festival has attracted thousands of visitors each year and has become a staple of the Cedar City community.
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