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The ‘greatest day in all history’: How Utahns reacted to the end of WWI 100 years ago

Editor’s word: This article is a component of a sequence reviewing Utah and U.S. historical past for KSL.com’s Historic segment.

SALT LAKE CITY — One hundred years ago Sunday, other people round the international celebrated what some known as the “greatest day” in international historical past.

That’s as a result of on Nov. 11, 1918, the Great War, later referred to as World War I, ended when the Allies and Germany agreed on a cease-fire to end what was once the bloodiest struggle to date. More than eight.five million squaddies (116,516 of that have been from the U.S., which joined the struggle in 1917) had been killed in motion or died from sicknesses, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. Millions of civilians additionally died from reasons similar to the struggle, together with hunger.

The struggle had an affect on Utahns simply up to it did in other places in the nation. Historian Allan Kent Powell stated that in all, 665 of the 116,516 American troops who died from struggle or illness had been from Utah.

The settlement incorporated forcing German troops to in an instant disarm and withdraw from any enemy territory. All Allied prisoners had been additionally launched as an element of the deal, according to the New York Times.

The settlement on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month wasn’t the whole end to the struggle, which didn’t come till the Treaty of Versailles was once signed on June 28, 1919. In reality, there have been a pair of armistice agreements between Nov. 11, 1918, and June 29, 1919, to extend the peace till the treaty was once signed.

However, the Nov. 11, 1918, settlement in reality signaled the end. So how did Utahns react to the information that day? Well, the headlines from Utah newspapers stated it all.

The ‘greatest day in all history’: How Utahns reacted to the end of WWI 100 years ago
The entrance web page of the night time version of the Deseret News on Nov. 11, 1918. (Photo: Deseret News Archives)

The ‘greatest day in all history’: How Utahns reacted to the end of WWI 100 years ago
The entrance web page of the Salt Lake Herald-Republican on Nov. 11, 1918. (Photo: Utah Digital Newspapers)

The ‘greatest day in all history’: How Utahns reacted to the end of WWI 100 years ago
The entrance web page of the Ogden Standard Daily on Nov. 11, 1918. (Photo: Utah Digital Newspapers)

In its night time version that night time, the Deseret News wrote in a headline above the entrance web page fold, “Glory to God in the Highest and On Earth PEACE” in giant, daring letters. The Ogden Daily Standard exclaimed the “greatest day in all history being celebrated.”

The information got here into Utah in the early morning of Nov. 11, according to the Ogden Daily Standard.

The Salt Lake Herald-Republican reported that the day was once declared a prison vacation by means of Utah Gov. Simon Bamberger and Salt Lake City Mayor W.M. Ferry. The two flanked different native politicians and squaddies from Fort Douglas in a parade down Main Street in birthday celebration.

The Deseret News reported that 1000’s joined in that birthday celebration and that the noise was once “deafening.” The birthday celebration was once rowdy sufficient that seven accidents had been reported that day, together with a girl who fell off a trailer being hauled by means of a automotive in birthday celebration.

But that didn’t deter the temper at all. The town celebrated with “unprecedented enthusiasm.”

“The streets are thronged with joy-mad celebrants. The celebration bears a resemblance to an old-time New Year street carnivals, except that it is being carried on a much larger scale,” the Deseret News wrote in its night time version on Nov. 11, 1918. “Automobiles have been paraded through the main thoroughfares since the early hours of the morning.”

Those automobiles dragged tin cans and other kinds of tin items that clattered alongside the town streets. People sang, honked automotive horns, clattered cowbells. “Impromptu parades” broke out in the streets in different spaces of the county and state.

Some firms even marketed in newspapers that they had been closed for the day in birthday celebration that the struggle ended.

The ‘greatest day in all history’: How Utahns reacted to the end of WWI 100 years ago
Railroad employees at the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot celebrating the World War I armistice on Nov. 11, 1918. (Photo: Utah State History).

Celebrations had been additionally reported in Ogden by means of the Ogden Daily Standard.

“The celebrants included men, women and children from every industry and office and store in the city and with representatives from nearly every family in the city,” the newspaper reported. “It was a carnival spirit which prevailed and the indications are that it will last well into the night and over another day.”

The spirit from Nov. 11, 1918, may well be toned down now, however the day continues to be venerated every yr in the U.S.

It was once firstly celebrated as Armistice Day, which was once first celebrated on the first-year anniversary of the cease-fire settlement. It become a countrywide vacation in 1938, according to History.com. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower renamed the vacation to Veterans Day to honor all troops, residing or useless.The ‘greatest day in all history’: How Utahns reacted to the end of WWI 100 years ago

The ‘greatest day in all history’: How Utahns reacted to the end of WWI 100 years ago Carter Williams, KSL.com

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