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5 Fun Facts About October 9 In Utah History

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1. Utah Statehood Day
October 9th marks Utah Statehood Day, celebrating the day that Utah became the 45th state of the United States in 1896.

2. National Indigenous Peoples Day
In 2017, the Utah State Legislature recognized October 9th as National Indigenous Peoples Day. This day honors the contributions and cultures of Native Americans in Utah and throughout the nation.

3. Construction of the Salt Lake Temple began
The Salt Lake Temple, one of the most recognizable landmarks in Utah, began construction on October 9th, 1853. It was completed 40 years later in 1893.

4. Utah Jazz’s first win as an NBA franchise
On October 9th, 1979, the Utah Jazz won their first game as a franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They beat the Denver Nuggets 114-109 in their inaugural season.

5. The Great Utah ShakeOut
The Great Utah ShakeOut is an annual event in which Utah residents participate in earthquake drills and preparedness exercises. It is held on October 9th each year to commemorate the anniversary of the 1962 magnitude 5.2 earthquake that shook the state.
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