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5 Fun Facts About November 13 In Utah History

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1. In 1851, Brigham Young founded the University of Deseret (now the University of Utah) in Salt Lake City. It was the first higher education institution established in Utah.

2. On November 13, 1861, the First Transcontinental Telegraph in the United States was completed in Salt Lake City. This important communication line allowed for quicker transmission of news and information between the East and West coasts.

3. In 1913, the State of Utah officially ratified the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which allowed for the direct election of United States Senators by the people of each state.

4. In 1945, the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir gave their first national radio broadcast on the CBS network. The choir has since become one of the most well-known and respected musical groups in the world.

5. On November 13, 1985, a massive landslide occurred in the town of Thistle, Utah, caused by heavy rainfall and snowmelt. The resulting blockage of the Spanish Fork River caused significant damage to local infrastructure and forced the evacuation of the entire town for several years. The disaster led to the construction of the Thistle National Monument to commemorate the event and its impact on the local community.
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