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5 Fun Facts About March 11 In Utah History

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1. The biggest recorded earthquake in Utah's history occurred on March 11, 1934. Measured at a magnitude of 6.6, the earthquake caused significant damage in the Salt Lake City area.

2. On March 11, 1850, the first Mormon pioneer company arrived in Salt Lake City after a long journey from Winter Quarters, Nebraska. This marked a significant milestone in the settlement of Utah by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

3. In 1958, Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah received its first F-105 Thunderchief aircraft on March 11. The F-105 was a supersonic fighter-bomber that played a key role in the Vietnam War.

4. March 11, 1869 marked the beginning of the transcontinental railroad construction in Utah. The Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met at Promontory Summit, Utah, where the famous "golden spike" was driven to mark the completion of the railroad.

5. On March 11, 1997, Utah Jazz player Karl Malone scored his 20,000th career point in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Malone went on to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and spent most of his career with the Utah Jazz.
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