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5 Fun Facts About September 14 In Utah History

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1. On September 14, 1847, the pioneers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints arrived in Salt Lake Valley, establishing a permanent settlement in what is now Salt Lake City. This event marked the end of a months-long journey across the plains and mountains of the American West.

2. September 14, 1895, marks the birthday of Maria Tallchief, a famous Native American ballerina who grew up on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma. Tallchief became the first American-born dancer to perform with the Paris Opera Ballet and later founded the Chicago City Ballet.

3. In 1923, the first BYU-Utah football game was played on September 14, with BYU winning 16-0. This rivalry has continued for almost a century, with the two teams playing against each other annually.

4. On September 14, 1978, the first-ever conference on women's issues in Utah was held in Salt Lake City, with over 800 women in attendance. This event sparked a broader conversation about women's rights and gender equality in the state.

5. September 14, 2017, marks the one-year anniversary of a wildfire that swept through parts of southern Utah, burning over 70,000 acres and causing millions of dollars in damage. The Brian Head Fire was eventually brought under control, but it remains one of the largest wildfires in Utah history.
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