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EVENTS IN UTAH'S HISTORY

1952

Six-mile Duchesne Tunnel is completed for irrigation.

 

1953

Ansel Adams creates a photo essay on the Mormons in Utah for Life Magazine.

 

1956 

Congress creates Colorado River Storage Project.

 

1957

Utah Division of Thiokol is opened on October 17; it is later called Wasatch Division.

 

1958

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area recognized.

 

1963

Flaming Gorge Recreation Area recognized (is turned over to the U.S. Forest Service in 1968).

 

1964

Flaming Gorge Dam on the Green River is dedicated. Arizona's Glen Canyon Dam creates Lake Powell the nation's second largest artificial lake.

 

1965

Canyonlands National Park is opened.

Golden Spike National Historical Site recognized.

 

1971

Capitol Reef National Monument gains National Park status.

 

1977

Utah firing squad makes Gary Gilmore first person executed in the United States for almost ten years.

 

1978

Arches National Monument gains National Park status.

 

1979

New Orleans Jazz move to Salt Lake City and become the Utah Jazz.

 

1981

In H.L. vs. Matheson, the U.S. Supreme Court approves a Utah parental notification law in regard to abortion. The law requires an abortionist to notify the parents of a minor girl who is still living at home as her parent's dependent when an abortion is scheduled.

 

1982

Barney Clark receives the first permanent artificial heart at the University of Utah and it functions for 112 days.

Jon M. Huntsman forms Huntsman Chemical Corporation in Salt Lake City.

 

1983

Record snowfall causes spring flooding and State Street becomes a river for weeks while the Great Salt Lake overflows its shores, destroying crops and covering roads and highways.

 

1985

Jake Garn, is first U.S. Senator to fly in space.

 

1990

The population of Salt Lake City is 159,936.

 

1995

Salt Lake City is announced as the site for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

 

1996

Overcrowded highways along the Wasatch Front force the governor and Legislature to address raising taxes to pay for rebuilding of I-15 in northern Utah in time for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is created by President Clinton.

Utah celebrates its 100's birthday of Statehood. The year is filled with parades, balls, county histories and other activities to celebrate Utah's entrance into the Union.

 

1997

Utah celebrates its Sesquicentennial anniversary (150 year) since the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley. This event included a variety of local activities plus the reenactment of the pioneer wagon trail from Winter Quarters to the Salt Lake Valley.

The $1.325 billion bid is awarded to Wasatch Constructions to reconstruct 17 miles of I-15, the main corridor around Salt Lake City.

10,500 seat E Center opens as the home of the Utah Grizzlies.

 

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.

 

2002

In February the Winter Olympics took place in Utah venues.

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