Tag Archives: 1950-1980

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visits Salt Lake City

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One of the most notable events that took place in early Utah history was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visiting Salt Lake City in 1961. Given that the majority of Utah’s population was Mormon, and Mormons did not allow Black folk in their religion, Dr. King’s visit was a pivotal event in Utah history. Many people blindly followed Brigham Young in their racist beliefs, and this visit opened their minds.

Philo Farnsworth

 Reproduction and use by permission from Utah State History.

Philo Farnsworth invented the first, all-electronic television system.

Philo Farnsworth was a technical prodigy from an early age. An avid reader of science magazines as a teenager, he became interested in the problem of television and was convinced that mechanical systems that used, for example, a spinning disc would be too slow to scan and assemble images many times a second. Only an electronic system could scan and assemble an image fast enough, and by 1922 he had worked out the basic outlines of electronic television.

In 1923, while still in high school, Farnsworth also entered Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, as a special student. However, his father’s death in January 1924 meant that he had to leave Brigham Young and work to support his family while finishing high school.

BYU Students Petition for Vietnam War

L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.

On campuses throughout the United States in the late 1960s, the agony of the Vietnam War resulted in flag burnings, student strikes, destruction of campus property, protest riots, and other unrest. While protest demonstrations were absent on BYU campus, the issues, nevertheless, were keenly felt and were the subject of intensive discussion. These students set up a table asking for signatures on a petition in support of U.S. policies in Vietnam.