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5 Fun Facts About September 20 In Utah History

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1. Utah's First Newspapers Were Printed on September 20, 1850.
On this day, the first two newspapers in Utah were published: the Deseret News and the "Provo News" (now known as the "Provo Daily Herald"). The Deseret News was founded by LDS church leader Brigham Young, and it quickly became a voice for the Mormon community and the territorial government.

2. Utah's First Telephone Line Was Installed on September 20, 1878.
On this day, the first telephone line in Utah was installed between the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper office and a nearby telegraph office. At the time, telephones were a new technology, and people were still figuring out how they worked and what they could be used for.

3. The Great Salt Lake Flood of 1983 Began on September 20.
This devastating flood occurred when heavy rainfall combined with high spring runoff to overwhelm the Great Salt Lake's natural outflow channels. It caused millions of dollars in damage and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

4. The Utah State Fair Begins Each Year on September 20.
The Utah State Fair has been a beloved annual event since its inception in 1856. From livestock shows and carnival rides to food vendors and entertainment, the fair attracts people from all over the state and beyond.

5. September 20, 2018, Marked the First Day of Medical Marijuana Sales in Utah.
In November 2018, Utah voters passed a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana. Nearly a year later, on September 20, 2019, the state's first medical cannabis dispensary opened its doors to customers. This marked a significant turning point for Utah's cannabis laws and the patients who rely on the plant for relief.
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