On July 24, 1847, after walking 1031 miles, Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers reached the Salt Lake Valley in Utah.  Fleeing persecution, they took that difficult journey and in the years that followed, 70,000 men, women and children charted similar paths to the West.  They uprooted their lives and took an incredible leap of faith into the unknown.

Do you have pioneer ancestors in your family history?

Other notable events that happened on this day:

  • 1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, was forced to abdicate and was replaced by her 1 year old son, James VI
  • 1802 – Alexandre Dumas was born in Paris, France
  • 1862 – 8th President of the United States, Martin Van Buren died in Kinderhook, New York
  • 1897 – Pilot Amelia Earhart was born in Santa Fe, Kansas
  • 1911 – Explorer Hiram Bingham III rediscovered Machu Picchu
  • 1980 – Actor and comedian Peter Sellers died in London, England

What happened in YOUR family on this day in history?  Check your anniversaries and find out!  Any births, deaths or marriages? Share their profiles on social media so your family can remember your ancestors too!

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