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5 Fun Facts About June 7 In Utah History

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1. On June 7, 1909, the famous aviator Glenn H. Curtiss completed the first successful heavier-than-air flight in Utah. He flew for about two and a half miles at an altitude of about 500 feet.

2. June 7, 1917, was the day when the United States officially declared war on Austria-Hungary during World War I. Many young men from Utah were drafted into the military and sent to fight on the Western Front.

3. The historic Park City Utah Olympic Welcome Ceremony was held on June 7, 2002, in Park City. This event marked the beginning of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, which were the first Winter Games to be held in the United States since 1980.

4. On June 7, 1928, the Navy destroyer USS Utah was launched at the New York Navy Yard. The ship was named after the state of Utah and served in the Pacific Fleet before being sunk at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941.

5. The Utah Shakespeare Festival, one of the largest and oldest Shakespeare festivals in North America, held its first season on June 7, 1962, in Cedar City. The festival has since become a popular cultural event, attracting tourists and theater enthusiasts from around the world.
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