May 23: Today in Arizona history

2013-05-23T07:00:00Z May 23: Today in Arizona historyArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 23, 2013 7:00 am  • 

1868: Col. Christopher "Kit" Carson, who directed the campaign against the Navajos which resulted in their surrender and the exile of about half the tribe to Fort Sumner between 1864 and 1868, dies at Fort Lyon, Colo., just nine days before the June 1 signing of the treaty which allowed the Navajos to return to their homeland.

1918: The Tucson Opera House downtown goes up in flames. The blaze is seen as far away as Mission San Xavier del Bac. It starts when a piece of film sticks in the projector and the hot light burns it.

1919: The Secretary of the Arizona Livestock Board reports Cochise County is swarming with cattle rustlers.

1927: One person dies and several are injured when two Santa Fe trains crash near Flagstaff.

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