Today in Arizona History

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 45 of 45

1848-02-02 - Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican War; US acquires Texas California, New Mexico & Arizona for $15 million
1848-05-30 - Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million
1853-06-24 - Gadsden Purchase 29,670-square-mile (76,800 square km) from Mexico (now southern Arizona and New Mexico) for $10 million signed by President Franklin Pierce
1856-11-17 - On the Sonoita River in present-day southern Arizona, the United States Army establishes Fort Buchanan in order to help control new land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase.
1861-02-13 - First military action to result in Congressional Medal of Honor, Arizona
14th US President Franklin Pierce14th US President Franklin Pierce 1861-03-16 - Arizona Territory votes to leave the Union (US Civil War)
1862-01-18 - Confederate Territory of Arizona forms
1863-02-24 - Arizona Territory created
1868-06-01 - Treaty of Bosque Redondo is signed allowing the Navajos to return to their lands in Arizona and New Mexico.
1871-04-30 - The Camp Grant Massacre of Apaches in Arizona Territory, perpetrated by white & Mexican adventurers; 144 die
1911-02-06 - 1st old-age home opened in Prescott, Arizona
1912-02-14 - Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th state
1912-07-19 - A meteorite of estimated 190kg mass explodes over Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona, causing approximately 16,000 pieces of debris to rain down on the town.
1912-11-05 - Arizona, Kansas & Wisconsin vote for female suffrage
1917-07-12 - The Bisbee Deportation occurs as vigilantes kidnap and deport nearly 1,300 striking miners and others from Bisbee, Arizona.
1919-02-26 - Congress forms Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
1929-01-20 - 1st feature talking motion picture taken outdoors, "In Old Arizona"
1929-02-08 - KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions
1930-03-04 - Coolidge Dam in Arizona dedicated
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1935-09-30 - The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, is dedicated by FDR
1953-07-26 - Arizona Governor John Howard Pyle orders an anti-polygamy law enforcement crackdown on residents of Short Creek, Arizona, which becomes known as the Short Creek Raid.
1960-03-15 - National Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona dedicated
1961-03-25 - Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona
1968-04-18 - London Bridge is sold to US oil company (to be erected in Arizona)
1970-09-04 - -5) 29.0 cm rainfall at Workman Creek, Arizona (state record)
1985-12-09 - Phoenix, Arizona, gets 3" of snow
1988-01-20 - Arizona committee opens hearing on impeachment of Gov Evan Mecham
1988-02-05 - Arizona House of Reps vote to impeach Republican Gov Evan Mecham
1989-07-20 - 93°F, highest overnight low ever recorded in Phoenix Arizona
1990-06-25 - 120°F in Phoenix Arizona
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley 1990-06-26 - 122°F in Phoenix Arizona
1991-09-26 - 2 year experimental Biosphere 2 in Oracle Arizona begins
1995-03-19 - Arizona outside of Phoenix begins using new telephone area code 520
1997-03-13 - The Phoenix lights were seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. They are now a hotly debated controversy.
1997-03-31 - 59th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Arizona beats Kentucky 84-79 (OT)
1997-11-18 - Arizona Diamondbacks & Tampa Bay Devil Rays expansion draft
1999-02-24 - The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany's legal action to attempt to save him.
2000-04-08 - Nineteen US Marines are killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona.
2001-04-02 - 63rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Arizona 82-72
2001-11-04 - MLB World Series: Arizona Diamondbacks defeat New York Yankees to win 4-3
2004-05-18 - Arizona Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson becomes 16th pitcher to throw a perfect game (2-0 vs Atlanta)
2007-07-27 - Phoenix News Helicopter Collision: News helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase; there were no survivors. This was the first known incidence of two news helicopters colliding in mid-air, and the worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history.
2011-01-08 - Attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona at a Safeway grocery store kills 6 and wounds 13, including Giffords
2013-06-30 - 19 fire fighters are killed controlling a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona
NFL Quarterback Tom BradyNFL Quarterback Tom Brady 2015-02-01 - Super Bowl XLIX: New England Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. MVP: Tom Brady who becomes only the 3rd quarterback to win 4 Superbowls.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 29 of 29

1889-03-29 - Warner Baxter, Columbus OH, actor (In Old Arizona, Cisco Kid)
1889-11-09 - Snub Pollard, Australian actor (Don't Shove, Arizona Days), born in Melbourne, Victoria
1890-04-17 - Art Acord, Glenwood Sevier UT, western actor (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists)
1891-02-12 - Max Terhune, actor (Arizona Stagecoach, Hit the Saddle, Range Justice)
1891-02-26 - Alan Bridge, PA, actor (North of Arizona, Badmen of the Hills)
1911-02-20 - Robert Guyn McBride, Tucson Arizona, composer (Mexican Rhapsody)
1920-11-13 - Jack Elam, Miami, Arizona, American actor (The Dakotas, East Street, Rio Lobo)
1922-04-22 - Charles Mingus, Arizona, jazz bassist (Pithecanthropus Erectus)
1930-09-30 - Ben Cooper, Hartford CT, actor (Rose Tattoo, Outcast, Arizona Raiders)
1932-06-14 - Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona
1936-05-10 - Jayne Cortez, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, poet (I see Chano Pozo), (d. 2012)
1936-08-29 - John McCain, (Rep-R-Arizona, 1983-86)
1942-04-25 - Jon Kyl, Oakland, Nebraska, US Senator (Rep-R-Arizona)
1943-06-28 - Ed Pastor, (Rep-D-Arizona)
1948-05-26 - Stevie [Stephanie] Nicks, American singer songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna), born in Phoenix, Arizona
1949-03-23 - Karen English, (Rep-D-Arizona)
1955-01-07 - Sandra Bernhard, Arizona (Follow That Bird, King of Comedy)
1955-05-22 - Sam Coppersmith, (Rep-D-Arizona)
1958-12-30 - Steven L Smith, Phoenix Arizona, astronaut (STS 68, 82)
1969-07-15 - Christina Novak, Miss Arizona USA (1996)
1970-03-22 - Jason Rouser, Tucson Arizona, 200m/400m runner
1970-10-12 - Kimberly Hoskins, Yuma Arizona, Miss Arizona-America (1991)
1973-07-30 - Cara Jackson, Chandler Arizona, Miss America-Arizona (1996)
1973-10-10 - Jessica Shahriari, Miss USA-Arizona (1997)
1974-02-09 - Amber Valletta, Phoenix, Arizona, American actress and model (Hitch, Revenge)
1975-08-05 - Erin Gingrich, Yuma Arizona, Miss America-Arizona (1997)
1979-07-18 - Julie Gulbrandsen, Miss Arizona Teen USA (1997)
1980-02-01 - Courtney Hamilton, Miss Arizona Teen USA (1996)
Actress Emma StoneActress Emma Stone (1988-11-06) 1988-11-06 - Emma Stone, Scottsdale, Arizona, American actress (Superbad, The Amazing Spider-Man)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 10 of 10

Actress Mary AstorActress Mary Astor (1937-02-18) 1937-02-18 - Actress Mary Astor (30) weds film editor Manuel del Campo (23) in Yuma, Arizona
1940-12-31 - Actress Bette Davis (32) weds New England innkeeper Arthur Farnsworth at 15,000-acre ranch in Lake Montezuma, Arizona
1955-03-17 - Erotic writer Anaïs Nin marries actor Rupert Pole at Quartzsite, Arizona, while still married to her first husband
1957-12-28 - "Rebel Without A Cause" actress Natalie Wood (19) weds actor Robert Wagner (27) at Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona
2004-09-03 - "Baywatch" actress Gena Lee Nolin (32) weds NHL hockey player Cale Hulse (30) at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix, Arizona
2005-11-05 - 2004 Indianapolis 500 racecar driver winner Buddy Rice (29) weds Michelle Noonan in Arizona
2005-11-19 - Indianapolis 500 racer Danica Patrick (23) weds physical therapist Paul Hospenthal in Scottsdale, Arizona
Actress Bette DavisActress Bette Davis (1940-12-31) 2011-08-18 - American Idol's first-ever blind finalist Scott MacIntyre (26) weds Christina Teich in Scottsdale, Arizona
2013-01-04 - Former World Middleweight champ Jake LaMotta (90) weds his longtime fiancée Denise Baker (62) in Bisbee, Arizona
2014-03-15 - "Today" show anchor Savannah Guthrie (42) weds public relations Michael Feldman (45) at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Resort in Tucson, Arizona

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 8 of 8

Astronomer Percival LowellAstronomer Percival Lowell (1916-11-12) 1916-11-12 - Percival Lowell, American amateur astronomer, founder of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona (b. 1855)
1962-01-19 - Snub Pollard, actor (Limelight, Arizona Days), dies of cancer at 72
1966-02-17 - Gail Kane, actress (White Sister, Arizona), dies at 81
1976-06-13 - Don Bolles, US journalist (against Arizona), dies
1978-01-29 - Tim McCoy, actor (Arizona Bound), dies at 86
1978-03-04 - Wesley Bolin, former Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona (b. 1909)
1989-01-16 - Trey Wilson, actor (Bull Durham, Twins, Raising Arizona), dies
1998-05-29 - Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate (b. 1909)


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