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5 Fun Facts About March 30 In Utah History

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1. On March 30, 1856, a group of handcart pioneers from England arrived in Salt Lake City. Despite severe winter weather and dwindling supplies, the group managed to make it to their destination, setting a precedent for future pioneer groups.

2. The University of Utah was founded on March 30, 1850 as the University of Deseret. It was the first institution of higher education in Utah and was later named the University of Utah in 1892.

3. On March 30, 1866, the first telegraph line was completed in Utah, connecting Salt Lake City to the rest of the nation. This allowed for quicker communication and a stronger economy, as businesses could now keep in touch with suppliers in real time.

4. In 1983, March 30 was officially recognized as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" in Utah. This day serves as a reminder to honor and thank the brave men and women who served in the Vietnam War.

5. On March 30, 2012, the Utah Jazz retired the jersey of Deron Williams, who played for the team from 2005-2011. Williams was a three-time NBA All-Star and helped lead the Jazz to several playoff appearances during his tenure.
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