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5 Fun Facts About June 6 In Utah History

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1. The first recorded white man in Utah: On June 6, 1776, a Spanish Franciscan friar named Silvestre Vélez de Escalante became the first recorded white man to enter Utah. Escalante and his party were mapping a route from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Monterey, California, when they crossed into Utah near what is now Page, Arizona.

2. The birth of the Utah National Guard: On June 6, 1894, the Utah National Guard was officially recognized by the federal government. The Guard was established to protect Utah from raids by Ute and Navajo Indians, as well as to provide assistance during natural disasters and other emergencies.

3. The dedication of the Logan Temple: On June 6, 1884, the Logan Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was dedicated. The temple, located in Logan, Utah, was the second temple built in Utah and was completed after nearly ten years of construction.

4. Death of a Utah Jazz legend: On June 6, 2000, Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone announced his retirement from the NBA. Malone spent 18 seasons with the Jazz, becoming the team's all-time leading scorer and making the All-Star team 14 times.

5. The creation of Canyonlands National Park: On June 6, 1964, Canyonlands National Park was established by an act of Congress. The park, located near Moab, Utah, is known for its dramatic canyons, spires, and other natural formations carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries.
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