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Apart from the brief visit of the Scandinavians in the early eleventh century, the Western Hemisphere remained unknown to Europe until Columbus's voyage in 1492. However, the native peoples of North and South America arrived from Asia long before, in a series of migrations that began perhaps as early as forty thousand years ago across the land bridge that connected Siberia and Alaska.
Utah History Timeline
Important Dates, Events, and Milestones
Offers a chronological timeline of important dates, events, and milestones in Utah history.
1776 - Fathers Silvestre Velez de Escalante and Francisco Atanasio Dominguez seek a new route from New Mexico to California and explore Utah.
1821 - Mexico wins independence from Spain and claims Utah.
1824 - General William H. Ashley sends trappers to northern Utah and Jim Bridger discovers the Great Salt Lake.
1826 - Jedediah Smith leads the first overland expedition to California.
1832 - Antoine Robidoux builds a trading post in the Uintah Basin.
1841 - Capt. John Bartleson leads first wagon train of settlers across Utah to California.
1843 - John C. Fremont and Kit Carson explore the Great Basin.
1844-45 - Miles Goodyear builds Fort Buenaventura.
1847 - First party of Mormon pioneers arrive in the Salt Lake Valley.
1848 - US wins Mexican War and the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo is signed which cedes Utah to the United States.
1849 - Constitutional convention proposes the State of Deseret which encompasses the entire Great Basin.
1852 - LDS Church authorities publicly acknowledge the doctrine of plural marriage.
1854 - Grasshopper plagues endanger crops.
1856-1860 - Handcarts are used by the pioneers traveling to Utah.
1857-1858 - Brigham Young is removed as governor by President James Buchanan who sends a 2,500-man military force to accompany the new governor Alfred Cumming to the territory, starting the Utah War.
1861 - Telegraph joins in Tooele County.
1861-1862 - Third movement for Statehood begins in December 1861.
1863 - Discovery of silver and lead in Bingham Canyon.
1865-1868 - Ute Black Hawk War last major Indian conflict in Utah.
1871 - Dedication of First Catholic Church in Utah (St. Mary Madeleine).
1873 - Poland Act passed in Congress making it legal to prosecute Mormon for practicing polygamy.
1875 - Holy Cross Sisters open Holy Cross Hospital their first hospital in the U. S.
1879 - First telephone service established in Ogden.
1882 - Edmunds Act passed by Congress making it unlawful to cohabitate.
1887 - The Edmunds-Tucker Act is passed by Congress.
1890 - LDS Church President Wilford Woodruff issues the Manifesto ending church-sanctioned polygamy.
1891 - B'Nai Israel Temple dedicated in Salt Lake City.
1906 - Open pit copper mining starts in Bingham Canyon.
1909 - Discovery of Rainbow Bridge.
1911 - Strawberry Reservoir is completed.
1914 - Auto racing begins on the Bonneville Salts Flats near the Great Salt Lake.
1915 - State Capitol is completed.
1928 - Bryce Canyon National Park is established.
1942-1945 - Topaz (Japanese-American Relocation Camp) operates near Delta.
1943 - Geneva steel plant begins operation in Utah County.
1952 - Six-mile Duchesne Tunnel is completed for irrigation.
1956 - Congress creates Colorado River Storage Project.
1965 - Canyonlands National Park is opened.
1980 - The 4th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, also known as the Fightin' Fuujins, became the US Air Force's first operational Tactical Fighter Squadron in March 1980. The squadron's nickname, "Fuujin", refers to the Okinawan god of wind.
1985 - Jake Garn, is first US Senator to fly in space.
1995 - Salt Lake City is announced as the site for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
1998 - Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah is named chairmen of the new Senate Select Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem.
1999 - On August 11 a tornado ripped through downtown Salt Lake City doing over $100 million of dollars in damage.
February 8-24, 2002, Salt Lake City will host the XIX Olympic Winter Games. Along with more than 2,000 athletes from 85 nations, the world will share in the drama and excitement of 75 medal events in 10 different sports.
State History Timelines
State History Timelines
Chronological timeline of important dates, events, and milestones in United States history from discovery to present
What is the past, and why is it important? How do we learn about events in the past?
Study history will allow students to gain a frame of reference for understanding history and for recognizing that the past is different depending on who is remembering and retelling it.