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5 Fun Facts About November 28 In Utah History

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1. In 1892, Utah's first public library, the Salt Lake City Public Library, opened its doors to the public.

2. On November 28, 1966, Robert Smith, a veteran of the Vietnam War, became the first black player to participate in a football game at the University of Utah.

3. In 1941, the historic Union Pacific Depot in Salt Lake City, which had been serving passengers since it was constructed in 1909, was closed to the public following the decline of rail travel and the rise of automobile transportation in the 20th century.

4. On this day in 2008, the Utah Utes football team, led by quarterback Brian Johnson, completed an undefeated regular season with a win over rival Brigham Young University, earning a spot in the BCS bowl game Fiesta Bowl.

5. In 1857, the Mountain Meadows Massacre occurred near Cedar City, where more than 120 members of a wagon train from Arkansas were killed by Mormon settlers and Native American allies. This tragic event remains one of the most controversial and dark moments in Utah's history.
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