LDS History, 1988

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-- During 1988
Often informally representing the United States abroad, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was an official cultural ambassador in its 1988 concert tour of New Zealand and Australia celebrating the Australian Bicentenary. (1)

[Third Parties in Utah] In 1988 a businessman and former Republican party candidate Merrill Cook organized the Independent Party of Utah. Championing tax reduction and reducing government spending, Cook polled 136,651 votes for Governor, 21 percent of the total vote cast, attracting support from both Republicans and Democrats. (2)

[Utah Education] The burden on Utah taxpayers for the support of education is significant; however, but in spite of a vigorous campaign waged to cut taxes in 1988, the electorate defeated tax limitation proposals by a wide margin. Historically, the establishment and perpetuation of schools in Utah has been contingent not only on aspirations and ideals but, on the availability of suitable personnel, facilities, and, most importantly, financial support. (3)

[Utah Historical Society] In 1988 the Society started monthly historic sites tours and began a computerized guide to manuscript holdings in Utah. (4)

[Utah Republican Party] During the 1970s and 1980s, Utah stayed firmly in the national Republican orbit, and GOP presidential candidates would carry the state by large majorities in each election from 1968 through 1988. (5)

[Utah Republican Party] Utah gave the highest plurality of any state to presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, the latter proving to be immensely popular among Utah Republicans. In 1988 incumbent Republican Governor Norman Bangerter was reelected in a come-from-behind victory over highly favored Democratic challenger Ted Wilson, former mayor of Salt Lake City. (5)

[Utah Socialist Party] The Socialist party returned to the Utah ballot in 1988 when its presidential ticket of Willa Kenoyer and Ron Ehrenreich was listed on the ballot as independent. (6)

In 1988 the Mormon Church owned 51 percent of ZCMI's stock. (7)

-- Jan 09, 1989
[U.S. Religious History] Decided: Dodge v. Salvation Army
Can religious organizations receiving federal, state, and local government funding discriminate against people whose religion they don't like? A district court in Mississippi ruled "no," finding in favor of a pagan and against the Salvation Army. (8)

-- Jan 19, 1989
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs at the inauguration of President George H.W. Bush, who calls the choir a ―National Treasure. (9)

-- During January 1989
[Mormon Tabernacle Choir] The choir performs at the inauguration of President George H.W. Bush, who calls it a national treasure. (10)

-- Feb 24, 1989
In Utah a 150-million-year-old fossil egg, still inside the mother, was found by CAT scan to contain the oldest dinosaur embryo. (11)

-- Apr 1, 1989-2
The Second Quorum of the Seventy was created and all General Authorities serving under a five-year call were sustained as members, along with another eight newly called General Authorities. (12)

1 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Mormon Tabernacle Choir,
2 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Third Parties in Utah,
3 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Utah Education,
4 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Utah Historical Society,
5 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Utah Republican Party,
6 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Utah Socialist Party,
7 - Utah History Encyclopedia: ZCMI,
8 - Cline, Austin, History of American Religion: Timeline
9 - Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007,
10 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Newsroom,
11 - Ratnikas, Algis, TimelinesDb,
12 - Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,

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