NATIONAL UTAH DAY
The Beehive State is recognized during National Utah Day on May 31.
As the 45th state to gain statehood, Utah is home to The Great Salt Lake, a deeply rooted Native American heritage, and a far-reaching desert history.
Travel in the footsteps of Utah’s namesake, the Utes, or the Shoshone, Navajo or Goshute. Follow the trails of early explorers or Mormon settlers. They all lived among the natural arches and bridges formed long ago. These architectural wonders of nature are a cornerstone of Utah.
Find treasure everywhere you look. From the sunrise to the spiraling cliffs and the bejeweled night sky. Catch an unobstructed view of the Milky Way for miles or schedule a trip just in time for a meteor shower. Utah significantly less light pollution to make viewing spectacular!
Discover why some still believe the world flat by visiting Bonneville Salt Flats. Home of land speed records and a barren environment, the salt flats were once part of a much larger lake. The Great Salt Lake is one of its remnants.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate the 45th state to join the union. Explore the history and people of Utah. Follow the trails of the pioneers and discover a wealth of heritage in one place. Use #NationalUtahDay to share on social media.
In 2017, National Day Calendar began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. There’s so much more to explore!
Pocatello - Shoshone Chief - (1815 - October 1884)
Chief Pocatello led the Northwestern Shoshones during Mormon and western settlement. During that time, food sources became scarce due to the increased activity and population. Pocatello’s band would raid settlers for food, though the Mormons would peacefully provide relief. Other settlers would call in troops, which eventually led to violence, a treaty, and removal to Fort Hall Reservation.
Hoskininni - Navajo Chief - (1862 - 1912)
Chief Hoskininni became a legend for avoiding capture during a scorched earth campaign led by Kit Carson. He led his family into the remote wilderness of Monument Valley near Navajo Mountain. When the military released the Navajo from prison several years later, Hoskinnini and his family came out of hiding.
Florence Ellinwood Allen - Judge - (March 23, 1884 - September 12, 1966)
On November 2, 1920, Florence Ellinwood Allen became the first woman in the United States elected to a judicial office. She was elected to the judgeship of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. But she wouldn’t stop there. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated her for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for which the U.S. Senate unanimously approved. Allen became the first woman appointed and confirmed to a federal appeals court judgeship.
Harvey Fletcher - Physicist - (September 11, 1884- July 23, 1981)
Credited with inventing the hearing aid, Harvey Fletcher was a physicist known for his research and development of electronics. His innovations advanced the telephone, radio and television industries.
Lester Wire - Inventor - (September 3, 1887 - April 14, 1958)
Traffic Sergeant Lester Wire invented the first electric traffic signal to resolve the congestion in the streets of Salt Lake City. His birdhouse shaped signal light called a semaphore, had red and green lights directing traffic which were manually operated during peak times. Wire never patented his invention, but he was the Traffic Sergeant of the Salt Lake City Police Department, so there’s plenty of documentation. Wire enlisted in the ambulance corps during World War I and went on to become a detective with the Salt Lake Police Department.
Alma Richards - Olympic track & field athlete - (February 20, 1890 - April 3, 1963)
High jumper, Alma Richards, earned Utah’s first Olympic gold medal during the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games. Richards would go on to become a decathlete and compete in the 1915 AAU championships.
Natacha Rambova - Author/Designer - (January 19, 1897 - June 5, 1966)
Costume and set designer, Natacha Rambova, was born Winifred Kimball Shaughnessy. Rambova’s vision and quality were under-credited. A woman before her time, she fell into the shadows of her husbands, Theodore Kosloff and Rudolph Valentino.
Frank Zamboni - Inventor - (January 16, 1901 - July 27, 1988)
Frank Zamboni was the type of person who didn’t give up. The inventor of the ice-resurfacing machine, called the Zamboni, went through four different prototypes before submitting his first design for a patent. But he didn’t stop there. He continued perfecting the design to create the smoothest ice for skaters. The modern-day Zambonis make glass-like surfaces for rinks around the world.
Philo Farnsworth - Inventor - (August 19, 1906 - March 11, 1971)
Credited with producing the first electronic image via television, Philo Farnsworth would spend years in legal battles defending his accomplishment. The talented scientist went on to make advancements in radio, television and telephone systems.
Fawn M. Brodie - Biographer - (September 15, 1915 - Janauary 10, 1981)
Biographer, Fawn M. Brodie, first broached the founder of her former religion in No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith. Brodie would continue to tackle notable subjects throughout her career such as Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History and Richard Nixon: The Shaping of HIs Character.
Nolan Bushnell - Engineer - (February 5, 1943 - )
Nolan Bushnell kickstarted an industry with a simple array of pixels bouncing a digital ball between paddles. Bushnell’s first computerized video game led to the founding of Atari and a home video gaming obsession that creates graphic novels, films and much more in the realm of science fiction.
Marie Osmond - Singer - (October 13, 1959 -)
Marie Osmond gained success in the 1970s and 1980s as a solo country music artist. Alongside her brother, Donny Osmond, she hosted the television show, Donny & Marie.
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