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5 Fun Facts About October 10 In Utah History

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1. In 1978, the LDS Church announced a new policy allowing Black men to receive the priesthood, which was previously restricted based on race. This announcement was made during the church's semiannual general conference held on October 10.

2. On October 10, 1919, Utah Senator Reed Smoot introduced a resolution in Congress proposing the creation of a Department of Education at the federal level. This resolution laid the groundwork for the eventual establishment of the Department of Education in 1979.

3. The first known visit by Europeans to what is now Utah occurred on October 10, 1776, when Spanish Franciscan missionary Father Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and his companion, Father Francisco Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, entered the state while exploring territories to the west of Santa Fe.

4. On October 10, 1963, the LDS Church dedicated the new Salt Lake Temple Visitors' Center, which provides information and exhibits about the history and teachings of the LDS Church. The center is located near Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

5. October 10, 2002, marked the opening of the Legacy Parkway in Davis County, Utah. The Parkway is a 14-mile long highway that provides a bypass for the heavily congested I-15 corridor north of Salt Lake City. The Legacy Parkway also includes an 11-mile multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists.
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