Today in Arizona History
Sunday, Dec. 3
On this date in 1933, Arizonans passed the $1 million mark in income taxes paid — the total was $1,164,000.
On this date in 1933, 15,000 people attended an enormous barbecue in Paradise Valley to celebrate the receipt of a federal grant for the Verde River Project.
Monday, Dec. 4
On this date in 1856, the first Post Office to be opened in Arizona Territory was established at Fort Buchanan in the Sonoita Valley.
On this date in 1871, it rained continuously in Clifton for 30 hours. Resulting floods killed 18 people.
On this date in 1871, the Silver Queen Mine was recorded.
Tuesday, Dec. 5
On this date in 1873, a Telegraph Ball was held in Tucson to celebrate completion of the first military telegraph to the town.
On this date in 1905, there was great public indignation, including mass protest meetings, when President Theodore Roosevelt’s message to Congress recommended joint statehood for New Mexico and Arizona.
On this date in 1907, Henry C. Hooker, pioneer Arizona rancher who established the Sierra Bonita Ranch, died.
On this date in 1923, the first 200 cases of the new crop of grapefruit from the Salt River Valley were sold in England.
On this date in 1929, Paul Geary of Holbrook — former District attorney of Navajo County and Deputy Attorney General of Arizona, past Departmental Commander of the American Legion in Arizona and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Arizona National Guard — died.
Wednesday, Dec. 6
On this date in 1913, the U.S. District Court awarded the 100,000 remaining acres of the Baca Float grant in southern Arizona to the heirs of the original grant.
On this date in 1921, Yuma’s business section was gutted by a $250,000 fire.
On this date in 2012, Arizona’s first legal medical marijuana dispensary opens in Glendale, two years after voters approved the use of the drug to treat certain health problems such as chronic pain and cancer.
Thursday, Dec. 7
On this date in 1875, John Clark brought the first herd of sheep into Arizona by way of Hardy’s Ferry across the Colorado River near the present site of Bullhead City.
On this date in 1875, under an act to raise money for public schools, the Territorial Legislature appropriated $250 for the first public school.
Friday, Dec. 8
On this date in 1883, five men held up the Goldwaters Castanada store in Bisbee, killing four people, including one woman.
On this date in 1899, Sheriff Frank Wattron issued printed invitations to the hanging of convicted murderer George Smiley. The invitations said, “the latest improved methods of scientific strangulation will be employed and everything possible will be done to make the surroundings cheerful and the execution a success.”
On this date in 1906, the Petrified Forest National Monument was established by President Theodore Roosevelt. It became a national park in 1962.
On this date in 1913, Gov. George W.P. Hunt filed a protest with Mexico over the wholesale execution of prisoners of war by Pancho Villa.
On this date in 1929, fire partially destroyed the plant of the Arizona Silver Belt Publishing Co. at Miami. Valuable newspaper files dating back to 1878 were saved.
On this date in 1931, Gov. George W.P. Hunt protested the abandonment of the Army Posts at Douglas and Nogales, claiming that it destroyed Arizona’s sense of security.
Saturday, Dec. 9
On this date in 1875, J. Ross Browne, custom house inspector, Indian agent, traveler and writer who wrote, “A Tour Through Arizona” in 1864, died in Oakland, Calif.
On this date in 1915, the preliminary survey for the Mt. Lemmon road began.
On this date in 1918, the citizens of Mesa started a movement for separation from Maricopa County. They wanted to form a new county taking in Chandler, Gilbert and Tempe.
On this date in 1924, Wapatki National Monument northeast of Flagstaff was established by President Calvin Coolidge.
On this date in 1929, a Phoenix fire captain and another firefighter were fatally injured in a collision between two fire trucks. Four other firefighters were less seriously hurt.