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5 Fun Facts About September 17 In Utah History

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1. Utah's Constitution Day - September 17 is celebrated in Utah as Constitution Day. It was on this day in 1850 that the first Utah State Constitution was adopted, paving the way for Utah's statehood 46 years later.

2. First Public University - On September 17, 1850, the University of Deseret, now known as the University of Utah, was founded. It was the first public institution of higher education in the State of Utah.

3. Birth of David O. McKay - On September 17, 1873, David O. McKay was born in Huntsville, Utah. He served as the ninth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1951 to 1970, and was instrumental in the church's growth and expansion worldwide.

4. Sophia Packard & Harriet Giles - On this day in 1891, Sophia Packard and Harriet Giles, founders of the Brigham Young Academy, announced the formation of a new women's college, which would later become known as Brigham Young University. The school has grown to become the largest religious university in the country.

5. Completion of Glen Canyon Dam - On September 17, 1963, the Glen Canyon Dam was completed near Page, Arizona, which is just south of the Utah state line. The dam was built on the Colorado River to create Lake Powell, a popular destination for boaters and tourists in Utah and Arizona.
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