1765: Juan Maria
Antonio de Rivera of Spain, becomes the first European
to visit Utah .
1776: Christian missionaries explored Utah, looking
for a route to California.
1846: Ogden is founded by Miles Goodyear and marked
the first permanent settlement by people of European
descent in Utah.
1847: First Mormon settlers arrived in Utah under
1847: Mormon settlers establish the town of Bountiful.
1848: United States gained control of Utah from
Mexico after the Mexican War .
1849-1850: Mormon settlers petition the U.S. Government
for statehood. At the time, the region was called
Deseret and would have included much of the western
United States. The petition was rejected.
1850: As a result of the Compromise of 1850, the
Utah Territory was created.
1857: Mormon settlers and Paiute Indians massacre a group
of immigrants from Arkansas in what came to be
known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Control
of the region passes between the Mormons and the
U.S. Government repeatedly over the next decade.
1858: Salt Lake City is named capital of the Utah
1869: Transcontinental Railroad linking the Union
Pacific and the Central Pacific was completed at
1896: Utah is admitted as the 45th state after Mormon
leaders agree to ban the practice of polygamy (having
1906: Philo T. Farnsworth II, inventor of the television,
was born in Beaver.
1919: Zion National Park is created.
2002: Salt Lake City hosts the 19th Winter Olympics.