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May 21: Today in Arizona history

May 21: Today in Arizona history

1931: Border patrolmen discover the skeleton of a 25,000-year-old mammoth near Hereford.

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May 20: Today in Arizona history

May 20: Today in Arizona history

1862: The advance guard of the California Column reaches Tucson under the command of Lt. Col. Joseph West and establishes Camp Lowell.

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May 19: Today in Arizona history

1892: A stage coach line is established between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.

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May 18: Today in Arizona history

May 18: Today in Arizona history

1910: John Gardner, Pima County census enumerator, reports that as he entered a Yaquai village in northern Pima County all the Indians quickly vanished. His total count for the village was one female.

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May 17: Today in Arizona history

1900: An Arizona and New Mexico Railroad freight train crashes through a bridge near Clifton. Three people are killed and nine injured.

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May 16: Today in Arizona history

May 16: Today in Arizona history

1898: Arizona barbers raise their prices to an unheard of high for a shave — 25 cents.

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May 15: Today in Arizona history

1899: The Phoenix Daily Herald runs an ad by a local contractor asking residents why they continue to spend $5, $10 or $15 a month on rent when they could own a lot in the heart of Phoenix for $65 to $200.

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May 14: Today in Arizona history

May 14: Today in Arizona history

1884: The first Arizona Industrial Exposition is held in Phoenix.

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May 13: Today in Arizona history

1846: President James K. Polk declares a state of war exists between the United States and Mexico.

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May 12: Today in Arizona history

1886: Fire destroys Grand Central pumphouse in Tombstone, causing the mines to flood and shutting down all mining operations.

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May 11: Today in Arizona history

May 11: Today in Arizona history

1889: A band of masked men ambushes Major J.W. Wham and his military escort carrying a $26,000 army payroll to Fort Thomas. The payroll was stolen and eight soldiers were wounded.

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May 10: Today in Arizona history

1863: The Pioneer Mining District on Lynx Creek is formed after five members of the party led by Captain Joseph Walker discover gold along Lynx Creek.

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May 9: Today in Arizona history

May 9: Today in Arizona history

1540: Captain Juan Hernando de Alarcon leaves Acapulco, Mexico to sail north until he reached the headwaters of the Gulf of California, thus becoming the first white man to explore beyond the mouth of the Colorado River.

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May 8: Today in Arizona history

May 8: Today in Arizona history

1900: President William McKinley spends a day in Phoenix, then makes a whistle-stop in Tucson. But he fails to mention the possibility of statehood for Arizona.

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May 7: Today in Arizona history

1872: The first lawyers are admitted to practice law in Maricopa County.

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May 6: Today in Arizona history

May 6: Today in Arizona history

1896: The Bisbee Daily Review newspaper is established.

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May 5: Today in Arizona history

1910: Tucson citizens celebrate the opening of the Tucson-West Coast of Mexico Railroad.

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May 4: Today in Arizona history

1883: Andrew W. Holbrook becomes the first Pima County Sheriff's Department employee to die in the line of duty. Head jailer at the Pima County Jail, Holbrook is shot in the back by one of two prisoners attempting to escape. Though gravely wounded, he holds the jail's door closed until help …

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May 3: Today in Arizona history

1882: President Chester A. Arthur warns Arizona that he would place it under martial law unless it shows more respect for law and order. The warning was directed chiefly at Cochise County.

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May 2: Today in Arizona history

May 2: Today in Arizona history

1872: Two earthquake shocks are felt in Yuma at 5:45 p.m.

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May 1: Today in Arizona history

May 1: Today in Arizona history

1859: Father Joseph P. Machebeuf is named the first American Catholic priest in Arizona.

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April 30: Today in Arizona history

April 30: Today in Arizona history

1871: Six Americans, 48 Mexicans and 92 Papago Indians from Tucson kill 118 Aravapia Apaches — mostly women and children — who had surrendered to the Army at Camp Grant, a military outpost north of Tucson. It becomes known as the Camp Grant Massacre. Twenty-seven Apache children were kidnapp…

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April 29: Today in Arizona history

1904: The first meeting of the Arizona Automobile Association opens in Tucson with a parade and a visit to the San Xavier Mission.

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April 28: Today in Arizona history

April 28: Today in Arizona history

1700: Father Eusebio Francisco Kino writes in his diary that work had begun on the foundations of the first church at Mission San Xavier del Bac.

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April 27: Today in Arizona history

1887: At Pantano, east of Tucson, outlaws pull the first train robbery recorded in Arizona history.

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