Here’s what happened this week in Arizona history
A collection of interesting – and sometimes unusual – events that have occurred this week in Arizona history.
On that date in 1879, the Law and Order Committee hanged two men convicted of murder in Phoenix Square.
On that date in 1921, Cave Creek flooded the entire western end of Phoenix. Two feet of water engulfed the State Capitol.
On that date in 1928, five members of a Maricopa ranch family died when a power line fell in their front yard.
On this date in 1930, a route from Tucson to Yuma via Ajo was proposed and engineers began the investigation.
On that date in 1933, the Southern Pacific Railway offered a round trip ticket from Phoenix to Tucson for $ 2.45.
On this date in 1935, Phoenix rang the city bells in tribute to Will Rogers, cowboy comedian, killed in a plane crash.
On this date in 1882, two killers were hanged from a tree in the street of the village of Globe.
On this date in 1928, John Solomon Warner, son of Solomon Warner who started the territory’s first flour mill in 1855, died.
On this date in 1928, Ross Santee, author, artist and cowboy, published his first self-illustrated complete book, “Cowboy”.
On that date in 1929, a woman from the Willcox ranch killed 13 rattlesnakes in the yard of her house with a shovel and hoe.
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On that date in 1989, an 81-year-old Bullhead City woman was mutilated to death by her two pet Dobermans while she was walking them. The woman apparently slapped one of the animals, causing the attack.
On this date in 1893, the Arizona Republican reported that a group of Mesa, camping at Willow Springs in the Superstition Mountains, claimed to have killed a 79-foot-long rattlesnake with 97 rattles.
On this date in 1886, Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood, accompanied only by two Chiricahua scouts, entered a hostile Apache camp in the Sierra Madre mountains south of the Mexican border and persuaded Geronimo to surrender to General Nelson A. Miles.
On that date in 1993, the high temperature was only 85 degrees, breaking a record set in 1903 for the lowest high temperature on that date. In 1903 the temperature was 93 degrees. It also ended the record 76-day streak of temperatures of 100 degrees or more. The old record for 100 consecutive degree days was 64, set in 1989.
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The “Earth Thermometer” sculpture shows the temperature near I-10 and Warner Road in Tempe in May 2021.
On this date in 1921, the postmaster of Ruby, Arizona, and his wife were murdered by bandits.
On this date in 1936, a Parker high school, completed five days earlier, was struck by lightning and set on fire.
On this date in 1852, William Cornell Greene, owner of Greene Cattle Co. and Greene Cananea Copper Co., was born.
On this date in 1893, a court reporter from Phoenix invented and filed the patent on a central space bar that would be thumb-operated for typewriters.
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Vintage typewriters at Mesa Typewriter Exchange.
On this date in 1928, cyclonic rains lasting nine minutes caused damage to Phoenix $ 250,000.
On that date in 1915, four passengers were killed and 16 were injured when a train crashed on the Date Creek Bridge.
On that date in 1925, the Picacho Dam ruptured and thousands of acres near Picacho and Randolph were inundated.
On this date of 1929, the airship Graf Zeppelin flies over Tucson for its round-the-world tour. The citizens watched from their rooftops the bells of Saint-Augustin Cathedral ringing.
On this date in 1868, Theodore Dodd, the first Navajo agent after Fort Sumner, issued the agency’s first trade license to Lehman Spiegelberg of Santa Fe to trade at the Fort Defiance agency or any location of his choice on the reservation.
By this date in 1920, the gathering of Pancho Villa and his army was completed. The men surrendered their weapons and ammunition, received three months’ wages and transportation to their homes.
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