Arizona in History

Historical Events

  • 1848-02-02 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War: US acquires Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million
  • 1848-05-30 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo between US and Mexico comes into force, giving New Mexico, California and parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Colorado to the US in return for $15 million

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1853-06-24 US President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square-miles (76,800 square km) from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico)

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US 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
  • 1861-03-16 Arizona Territory votes to leave the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1862-01-18 Confederate Territory of Arizona forms

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1862-02-21 Texas Rangers win Confederate victory at Battle of Valverde, Confederate Arizona (now New Mexico)

Frontiersman Kit Carson
Frontiersman
Kit Carson
  • 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
  • 1881-02-05 Phoenix, Arizona incorporates

The Gunfight at OK CorralThe Gunfight at OK Corral

1881-10-26 Gunfight at the OK Corral: The most famous shootout in the Wild West occurs, between lawmen (including Wyatt Earp) and the Cowboys, with Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton killed
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All guns blazing in the legendary gunfight between the Earp brothers and the Cowboys
All guns blazing in the legendary gunfight between the Earp brothers and the Cowboys
  • 1888-07-04 1st organized rodeo competition held, Prescott, Arizona

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1894-05-24 Lowell Observatory, Arizona, first begins observations of Mars with an eighteen-inch telescope, leads its builder Percival Lowell to conclude there are canals on Mars

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Astronomer
Percival Lowell
  • 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
  • 1917-01-16 "Zimmermann Telegram" is sent from Germany to Mexico, stating in the event of the US entering World War I on the allied side, Mexico would be given Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Intercepted by British intelligence and partially deciphered by the next day. It's release in March shifts US public opinion in favor of war against Germany.
  • 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

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1935-09-30 The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, is dedicated by FDR

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 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

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1961-03-25 Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1965-06-08 MLB Draft: Kansas City Athletics A's select Arizona State University outfielder Rick Monday #1; inaugural MLB Draft
  • 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)
  • 1971-01-07 -40°F (-40°C) in Hawley Lake, Arizona (state record)

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1971-10-03 American tennis star Billie Jean King becomes first female athlete to win $100,000 in prize money in a single year; wins the $4,000 Virginia Slams Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1971-12-27 1st Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arizona State beats Florida State, 45-38
  • 1972-12-23 2nd Fiesta Bowl: #15 Arizona State beats Missouri, 49-35

  • 1973-12-21 3rd Fiesta Bowl: #10 Arizona State beats Pittsburgh, 28-7
  • 1975-12-26 5th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #6 Nebraska, 17-14
  • 1977-12-25 7th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Penn State beats #15 Arizona State, 42-30
  • 1979-12-25 9th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats Arizona, 16-10
  • 1980-07-07 Jineane Ford of Arizona replaces Shawn Weatherly (Miss Universe) as the 29th Miss USA
  • 1981-04-22 More than $3.3 million is stolen from the First National Bank of Arizona in Tucson in the then largest US bank robbery in history
  • 1983-01-01 12th Fiesta Bowl: #11 Arizona State beats #12 Oklahoma, 32-21
  • 1985-12-09 Phoenix, Arizona, gets 3" of snow
  • 1987-01-01 73rd Rose Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #4 Michigan, 22-15
  • 1987-04-18 Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save unconscious skydiver near Coolidge, Arizona
  • 1988-01-20 Arizona committee opens hearing on impeachment of Gov Evan Mecham
  • 1988-02-05 Arizona House of Reps vote to impeach Republican Governor Evan Mecham
  • 1989-07-20 93°F, highest overnight low ever recorded in Phoenix Arizona
  • 1990-06-25 120°F in Phoenix Arizona
  • 1990-06-26 122°F in Phoenix Arizona
  • 1991-03-31 Danny Bonaduce attacks a transvestite prostitute in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1991-05-04 US politician Mo Udall, Representative for Arizona (1961-91), resigns due to Parkinson disease
  • 1991-09-26 2 year experimental Biosphere 2 in Oracle Arizona begins
  • 1992-06-06 America West Arena opens in Phoenix, Arizona; home court of NBA Phoenix Suns
  • 1994-01-01 23rd Fiesta Bowl: #16 Arizona beats #10 Miami, 29-0
  • 1995-03-19 Arizona outside of Phoenix begins using new telephone area code 520
  • 1996-01-19 NHL Board of Governors approves sale of Winnipeg Jets, officially clearing the way for the team to move to Phoenix, Arizona in time for 1996-97 season
  • 1996-07-01 Canadian NHL franchise Winnipeg Jets officially moves to Arizona, renamed the Phoenix Coyotes
  • 1997-01-01 83rd Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #2 Arizona State, 20-17
  • 1997-03-13 Phoenix lights seen at night over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. Now a hotly debated controversy.
  • 1997-03-31 59th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Arizona beats Kentucky, 84-79 (OT); Wildcats' first title in first title game
  • 1997-11-18 Arizona Diamondbacks & Tampa Bay Devil Rays expansion draft
  • 1998-03-31 Expansion clubs, Tampa Bay and Arizona both suffer bad losses in their MLB debuts; Devil Rays lose, 11-6 to the Detroit Tigers and the Diamondbacks fall, 9-2 to Colorado Rockies
  • 1998-04-05 The Arizona Diamondbacks record their first win in team history with a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Phoenix, AZ; ends second-worst start ever (0-5) by an expansion team
  • 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; Blue Devils' 3rd title; forward Shane Battier MOP
  • 2001-11-04 Arizona beats New York Yankees, 3-2 in Game 7 at Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix for Diamondbacks' first Baseball World Series; Arizona pitchers Randy Johnson & Curt Schilling co-MVP's
  • 2004-05-18 Arizona Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson becomes 16th pitcher to throw a perfect game (2-0 vs Atlanta)
  • 2007-07-27 Two 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. 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
  • 2014-06-27 NHL Coyotes franchise changes geographic name from "Phoenix" to "Arizona" after change of ownership
  • 2014-12-31 44th Fiesta Bowl: #20 Boise State beats #10 Arizona, 38-30

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2015-02-01 Super Bowl XLIX, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ: New England Patriots beat Seattle Seahawks, 28-24; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2018-03-18 First fatal accident involving an Uber self-driving car hitting a pedestrain in Tempe, Arizona
  • 2018-05-02 E. coli outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, reports the first fatality with 121 cases across 25 US states

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2018-08-29 John McCain is only the third person to lie in state at the Arizona state capital rotunda in Phoenix

US Senator John McCain
US Senator
John McCain
  • 2019-01-31 US border agency seizes its biggest ever fentanyl bust, nearly 254 pounds hidden in Tractor-trailer in Nogales, Arizona
  • 2019-06-17 Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, Kate Gallego apologies for local police threatening to shoot African American family after their four-year shoplifted a doll
  • 2020-03-30 Three out of four Americans now ordered to stay home due to coronavirus COVID-19 as states of Virginia, Maryland, Arizona and Florida issue lockdowns

Famous Birthdays

  • 1874-09-13 Henry F. Ashurst, American Democratic politician (U.S. Senator from Arizona), born in Winnemucca, Nevada (d. 1962)

Person of interestWarner Baxter

1889-03-29 Warner Baxter, American actor (In Old Arizona, Cisco Kid), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1951)

  • 1889-11-09 Harry "Snub" Pollard, Australian actor (Don't Shove, Arizona Days), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1962)

Person of interestAlexander Patch

1889-11-23 Alexander Patch, American WWII general (Guadalcanal Campaign, Operation Dragoon), born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona (d. 1945)

US WWII General Alexander Patch
US WWII General
Alexander Patch
  • 1890-04-17 Arthemus "Art" Acord, American silent film actor and rodeo champion (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists), born in Glenwood, Utah (d. 1931)
  • 1891-02-12 Max Terhune, American actor (Arizona Stagecoach, Hit the Saddle, Range Justice), born in Franklin, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • 1891-02-26 Alan Bridge, PA, actor (North of Arizona, Badmen of the Hills)
  • 1897-07-12 Fred Enke, American College basketball coach (University of Arizona 1925–1961, record 522–344), born in Olmsted County, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • 1905-10-07 Andy Devine [ Andrew Vabre Devine], American character actor (Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, Stagecoach), born in Flagstaff, Arizona (d. 1977)
  • 1908-04-29 Jack Williamson, American sci-fi author (Cometeers), born in Brisbee, Arizona Territory (d. 2006)
  • 1908-08-06 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), born in Globe, Arizona (d. 1997)
  • 1910-11-14 Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (Love That Bob, That Girl), born in Prescott Arizona (d. 2001)
  • 1911-02-20 Robert Guyn McBride, composer (Mexican Rhapsody), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1911-04-16 Christine McIntyre, American actress and singer (The Three Stooges, The Rangers' Round-Up), born in Nogales, Arizona (d. 1984)
  • 1914-05-01 John Henry Lewis, American boxer (World Light-Heavyweight champion 1935-38), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 1974)
  • 1914-06-05 Stan Jones, American songwriter, composer and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), born in Douglas, Arizona (d. 1963)
  • 1916-09-18 John Jacob Rhodes, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona), born in Council Grove, Kansas (d. 2003)
  • 1917-01-07 Ulysses Simpson Kay, American composer (Of New Horizons: Overture), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 1995)
  • 1917-11-01 Zenna Henderson, American sci-fi author (Anything Box), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 1983)
  • 1920-01-31 Stewart L. Udall, US Secretary of Interior (1961-69), born in St Johns, Arizona
  • 1920-11-13 Jack Elam, American actor (The Dakotas, East Street, Rio Lobo), born in Miami, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • 1920-12-31 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), born in Willcox, Arizona (d. 1999)
  • 1922-04-22 Charles Mingus, American jazz bassist (Pithecanthropus Erectus), born in Nogales, Arizona (d. 1979)
  • 1922-06-10 Rose Mofford, American politician, 1st female Governor of Arizona (1988-1991), born in Globe, Arizona (d. 2016)
  • 1922-06-15 [Morris] Mo Udall, American politician (Rep-D-AZ, 1961-91), born in St Johns, Arizona (d. 1998)
  • 1922-07-11 Eugene "Gene" Evans, American actor (My Friend Flicka, Johnny Ringo, Alamo), born in Hollbrook, Arizona (d. 1998)
  • 1923-01-12 Ira Hayes, Pima Native American soldier, born in Sacaton, Arizona (d. 1955)
  • 1923-04-17 Solly Hemus, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2017)
  • 1925-09-26 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), born in Glendale, Arizona (d. 1982)
  • 1925-10-09 Robert Finch, American politician (8th U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare), born in Tempe, Arizona (d. 1995)
  • 1926-04-14 Liz Renay [Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins], American actress (Desperate Living), born in Chandler, Arizona (d. 2007)

Person of interestCesar Chavez

1927-03-31 Cesar Chavez, American farm labor leader (United Farm Workers), born in Yuma, Arizona (d. 1993)

Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez
Civil Rights Activist
Cesar Chavez
  • 1927-04-04 Bob Stump, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • 1929-11-30 Joan Ganz Cooney, founder of the Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1930-01-27 Esteban Edward Torres, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-99), born in Miami, Arizona
  • 1930-03-11 Bobby Winkles, American College Baseball Hall of Fame coach (Arizona State University) and manager (California Angels, Oakland A's), born in Tuckerman, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1930-09-30 Ben Cooper, American western actor (Rose Tattoo, Outcast, Arizona Raiders), born in Hartford, Connecticut

Person of interestBarbara Eden

1931-08-23 Barbara Eden, American actress (Dream of Jeannie), born in Tucson, Arizona

Actress Barbara Eden
Actress
Barbara Eden
  • 1932-06-14 Joe Arpaio, American former sheriff of Maricopa County (1993-2016), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1936-05-10 Jayne Cortez, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, poet (I see Chano Pozo), (d. 2012)

Person of interestJohn McCain

1936-08-29 John McCain, American war hero and Republican politician (Rep-Arizona, 1983-2018, Presidential nominee 2008), born in Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone (d. 2018)

US Senator John McCain
US Senator
John McCain
  • 1936-11-02 Rose Elizabeth Bird, California Supreme Court Justice (1977-87), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 1999)
  • 1938-04-26 Duane Eddy, American guitarist (Peter Gunn, Cannonball), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1938-06-27 Bruce Babbitt, American attorney and politician (47th United States Secretary of the Interior), born in Flagstaff, Arizona
  • 1939-06-26 Chuck [Charles] Robb, American politician, 64th Governor of Virginia, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1941-03-09 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant, conviction on kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery charges, born in Mesa, Arizona (d. 1976)
  • 1941-10-28 Curtis Lee, American singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), born in Yuma, Arizona (d. 2015)
  • 1942-04-25 Jon Kyl, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona (1987-95), born in Oakland, Nebraska
  • 1942-06-28 Jim Kolbe, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1943-05-25 Jessi Colter [Miriam Johnson], American country singer (I'm Not Lisa), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1943-06-28 Ed Pastor, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona), born in Claypool, Arizona
  • 1943-09-10 "Superstar" Billy Graham [Eldridge Coleman], American professional wrestler, WWF Heavyweight Champion (1977-8), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1944-09-25 Doris Matsui, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Poston, Arizona
  • 1946-07-15 Linda Ronstadt, American singer (Different Drum) and actress (Pirates of Penzance), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1947-02-06 Charles Hickcox, American 200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1968), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2010)
  • 1947-07-04 William "Bill" Schnee, American musician, music producer, and audio engineer, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1948-03-09 Jaime Lyn Bauer, American actress (Young & Restless, Centerfold Girls), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1948-05-26 Stevie [Stephanie] Nicks, American singer songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1949-01-15 Howard Twitty, American golfer, course designer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1949-03-23 Karen English, (Rep-D-Arizona)
  • 1949-05-03 Ken Hom, Chinese-American chef, author and BBC TV presenter (OBE for "services to culinary arts" 2009), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1949-08-16 Bill "Sputnik" Spooner, American rock guitarist (The Tubes), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1951-02-21 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes, Grateful Dead), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • 1951-07-24 Lynda Carter, American actress (Wonder Woman, Sky High) and Miss USA (1973), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1951-08-06 Catherine Hicks, American actress (Star Trek IV, Child's Play), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951-08-27 Don Pooley Jr, American golfer (US Senior Open 2002), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1953-01-13 Bob Baffert, American Racing Hall of Fame trainer (Triple Crown 2015, 18), born in Nogales, Arizona
  • 1955-01-06 Sandra Bernhard, American actress (Follow That Bird, King of Comedy), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1955-03-29 Dianne Kay, American actress (Nancy-8 is Enough, Reggie, Glitter), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1955-05-22 Sam Coppersmith, American attorney and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona's 1st district), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1956-05-23 Buck Showalter, American baseball manager (AL Manager of the Year 1994, 2004, 14; NY Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles) and analyst (ESPN, YES network) , born in DeFuniak Springs, Florida
  • 1958-09-13 Ann Dusenberry, American actress (Jaws 2, Lies, Basic Training), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1958-10-13 Dwayne Evans, American 200m runner (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1958-12-30 Steven L Smith, astronaut (STS 68, 82), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1959-03-19 Shelley Burch, actress (One Life to Live, Identity Crisis), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1959-05-16 Mare Winningham, actress (St Elmo's Fire, Turner & Hooch), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1959-07-12 Judi Adams, archer (Olympics 1980, 96), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1960-07-14 Ray Herndon, American singer (McBride & Ride-Can I Count on You), born in Scottsdale, Arizona

Person of interestGabrielle Carteris

1961-01-02 Gabrielle Carteris, American actress (Andrea in Beverly Hills 90210), born in Scottsdale, Arizona

  • 1961-01-05 Iris DeMent, American country singer (Our Town), born in Paragould, Arizona
  • 1961-05-06 Clay O'Brien, actor (Weedy-Cowboys), born in Ray, Arizona
  • 1961-09-28 Ed Vosberg, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1961-12-31 Joanna Johnson, American actress (Caroline-Bold & Beautiful), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1962-02-22 Lisa Jacquin, American equestrian show jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1962-04-03 Jennifer Rubin, American actress (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1962-12-31 Heather McCartney, American-British potter & artist, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1963-07-26 Andy Timmons, American guitarist (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1964-04-09 Doug Ducey, American businessman and politician, Governor of Arizona (2015-), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1964-04-14 Jim Grabb, tennis star, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1964-10-31 The Boogeyman [Marty Wright], American professional wrestler, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1965-06-04 Beau Allred, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Mesa, Arizona
  • 1965-10-05 Richey Reneberg, American tennis player (1995 Australian doubles), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1965-10-26 Gil Heredia, American MLB pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Nogales, Arizona
  • 1966-03-22 Martha McSally, American politician (Senator Arizona (R) 2019-), first female American pilot to fly in combat, born in Warwick, Rhode Island
  • 1966-08-06 Billy Mayfair, American golfer (Tour Championship 1995), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1968-01-31 Steve Phoenix, American baseball pitcher (Oakland Athletics), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1968-02-14 Jules Asner, American television personality, born in Tempe, Arizona
  • 1968-05-05 Craig Hendrickson, CFL tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1969-08-06 Mike Budenholzer, American basketball head coach (Milwaukee Bucks 2018-19; Atlanta Hawks 2013-18; NBA Coach of the Year 2015, 19), born in Holbrook, Arizona
  • 1969-09-06 CeCe Peniston, American singer (Finally) and beauty queen (Miss Black Arizona 1989), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1937-02-18 Actress Mary Astor (30) weds film editor Manuel del Campo (23) in Yuma, Arizona

Actress Mary Astor
Actress
Mary Astor

LoveWedding of Interest

1940-12-31 Actress Bette Davis (32) weds New England innkeeper Arthur Farnsworth at 15,000-acre ranch in Lake Montezuma, Arizona

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

LoveWedding of Interest

1949-06-11 Actress Hattie McDaniel (54) weds interior decorator Larry Williams in Yuma, 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

LoveWedding of Interest

1963-09-08 Academy Award-winning actress Geraldine Page (38) weds actor Rip Torn (32) in Pinal, 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
  • 2011-08-18 American Idol's first-ever blind finalist Scott MacIntyre (26) weds Christina Teich in Scottsdale, Arizona

LoveWedding of Interest

2013-01-04 Former World Middleweight champ Jake LaMotta (90) weds his longtime fiancée Denise Baker (62) in Bisbee, Arizona

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • 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

LoveWedding of Interest

2016-06-13 Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps (30) weds former Miss California USA Nicole Johnson (30) in Paradise Valley, Arizona

  • 2017-05-13 Former WNBA player Diana Taurasi (34) weds teammate Penny Taylor (36) in Pheonix, Arizona

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPercival Lowell

1916-11-12 Percival Lowell, American astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto) and founder of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, dies of a stroke at 61

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Astronomer
Percival Lowell
  • 1931-01-04 Arthemus "Art" Acord, American silent film actor and rodeo champion (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists), commits suicide by poison at 40
  • 1962-01-19 Harry "Snub" Pollard, Australian actor (Don't Shove, Arizona Days), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1962-05-31 Henry F. Ashurst, American Democratic politician (U.S. Senator from Arizona), dies at 87
  • 1966-02-17 Gail Kane, actress (White Sister, Arizona), dies at 81
  • 1976-06-13 Don Bolles, American journalist (against Arizona), dies
  • 1978-01-29 Tim McCoy, American actor (Arizona Bound) and soldier, dies at 86
  • 1978-03-04 Wesley Bolin, former Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona (b. 1909)
  • 1985-11-02 Fred Enke, American College basketball coach (University of Arizona 1925–1961, record 522–344), dies at 88
  • 1989-01-16 Trey Wilson, actor (Bull Durham, Twins, Raising Arizona), dies
  • 1990-04-15 Henry Kendrick, American actor (Raising Arizona) dies at 56
  • 1998-05-29 Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate (b. 1909)
  • 1999-12-17 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), dies at 78
  • 2003-06-20 Bob Stump, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, dies at 76
  • 2003-08-24 John Jacob Rhodes, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona), dies at 86
  • 2016-09-15 Rose Mofford, American politician, 1st female Governor of Arizona (1988-1991), dies at 94

Person of interestJohn McCain

2018-08-25 John McCain, American war hero and Republican politician (Rep-Arizona, 1983-2018, Presidential nominee 2008), dies of brain cancer at 81

US Senator John McCain
US Senator
John McCain
  • 2020-04-17 Bobby Winkles, American College Baseball Hall of Fame coach (Arizona State University) and manager (California Angels, Oakland A's), dies at 90