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5 Fun Facts About May 9 In Utah History

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1. Pioneer Day. May 9th commemorates the landing of the first group of pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. The day is now officially known as Pioneer Day in Utah and is celebrated with parades, fireworks, and other festivities.

2. Golden Spike Ceremony. On May 9, 1869, the final spike was driven into the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah, connecting the East and West coasts of the United States for the first time. The event is known as the Golden Spike Ceremony and is also celebrated each year.

3. Utah Statehood. May 9, 1896, marks the day Utah became the 45th state in the United States. The state's admission followed a long struggle with the federal government over issues such as polygamy and state sovereignty.

4. First National Park. On May 9, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson established Zion National Park in Utah, making it the state's first national park. Utah is now home to five national parks, and Zion remains one of the most popular attractions in the state.

5. Monumental Change. On May 9, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order dramatically reducing the size of two national monuments in Utah – Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. The move was controversial and sparked legal challenges from environmental groups and Native American tribes.
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