Today in Arizona History
Events 1 - 37 of 37
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.
1861-03-16 - Arizona Territory votes to leave the Union
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
1912-02-14 - Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th state
1912-07-19 - A meteorite with an estimated mass of 190 kg explodes over the town of 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
1935-09-30 - The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, is dedicated.
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
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley 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
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 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.
1997-11-18 - 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 Marines are killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona.
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
Birthdays 1 - 25 of 25
1889-03-29 - Warner Baxter, Columbus OH, actor (In Old Arizona, Cisco Kid)
1889-11-09 - Snub Pollard, Melbourne Australia, actor (Don't Shove, Arizona Days)
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)
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, (Rep-R-Arizona)
1943-06-28 - Ed Pastor, (Rep-D-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)
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)
Weddings 1 - 6 of 6
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
2011-08-18 - American Idol's first-ever blind finalist Scott MacIntyre (26) weds Christina Teich in Scottsdale, Arizona
Deaths 1 - 8 of 8
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)