The Jordan River is a stream, about 51 miles (82 km) long, in the U.S.
state of Utah. Regulated by pumps at its headwaters at Utah Lake, it
flows northward through the Salt Lake Valley and empties into the Great
Salt Lake. Four of Utah's five largest cities—Salt Lake City, West
Valley City, West Jordan and Sandy—border the river. More than a
million people live in the Jordan Subbasin, which is the part of the
Jordan River watershed that lies within Salt Lake and Davis counties.
During the Pleistocene, the area was part of Lake Bonneville. Members
of the Desert Archaic Culture were the earliest known inhabitants of
the region; an archaeological site found along the river dates back
3,000 years. Mormon pioneers led by Brigham Young were the first
European-American settlers, arriving in July 1847 and establishing
farms and settlements along the river and its tributaries. The growing
population, needing water for drinking, irrigation, and industrial use
in an arid climate, dug ditches and canals, built dams, and installed
pumps to create a highly regulated river.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Blackbeard the pirate was killed in battle by a boarding party of
British sailors off the coast of North Carolina, ending his reign of
terror in the Caribbean.
The Cutty Sark , one of the last sailing clippers ever to be built, was
launched at Dumbarton in Scotland.
Hours after John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, Lyndon
B. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One as the 36th President of
the United States.
Two days after the death of Francisco Franco, Juan Carlos I was
declared King of Spain according to the law of succession promulgated
Massive protests started in cities across Ukraine, resulting from
allegations that the Ukrainian presidential election between sitting
Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and leader of the opposition coalition
Viktor Yushchenko was rigged.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (chiefly US, slang) A person who is imprisoned.
2. (chiefly US, slang) A soldier who is required to perform menial
work on the grounds of a military base
Wikiquote quote of the day:
It is well known to all experienced minds that our firmest convictions
are often dependent on subtle impressions for which words are quite too
coarse a medium.
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