Today in Arizona History
PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Jan. 28
On this date in 1874, the town site of Safford was located by C.M. Ritter.
On this date in 1887, the first train robbery in Arizona history took place when two masked men took $20,000 from the Southern Pacific passenger train 17 miles (27 kilometers) east of Tucson.
On this date in 1889, a bill which moved the territorial capitol from Prescott to Phoenix was signed.
On this date in 1996, the Super Bowl was played for the first time in Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.
Monday, Jan. 29
On this date in 1892, Abraham Harlow Peeples, who came to Arizona in 1863 and with Pauline Weaver organized a prospecting expedition which discovered the Rich Hill gold placers, died.
On this date in 1949, the project known as “Operation Haylift” began on the Navajo Reservation as a result of a blizzard which left 35 inches (89 centimeters) of snow in the northwestern portion of the reservation.
Tuesday, Jan. 30
On this date in 1897, a woman’s suffrage bill was introduced in the Territorial Legislature and referred to the Committee on Mines and Mining.
On this date in 1947, Joaquin Lopez became the first Papago Indian to be ordained a minister in the Protestant church.
On this date in 1947, the housing situation in Tucson was reported to be so critical that 2,000 people were sleeping in cars, trucks, tents and in bus and railroad depots.
Wednesday, Jan. 31
On this date in 1813, John C. Fremont, the fifth territorial governor of Arizona, was born.
On this date in 1884, the Arizona Pioneers’ Historical Society held its organizational meeting in Tucson.
On this date in 1890, the Empire Ranch started a drive of 1,000 head of cattle to California to escape the high freight rates of $7 per head.
Thursday, Feb. 1
On this date in 1875, Pinal County was created by an act of the 8th Territorial Legislature from parts of Maricopa and Pima Counties.
On this date in 1913, the Pima County Board of Supervisors authorized the purchase of split logs to be placed with persons living along Speedway Boulevard so they would be handy for use after a hard rain to drag the road.
On this date in 1935, the 3-million-pound gate at Boulder Dam was closed and Lake Mead began to fill.
On this date in 2004, a two-week standoff at Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis in Buckeye comes to an end when inmates Ricky Wassenaar and Steven Coy, who held a corrections officer hostage, surrender.
On this date in 2009, the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23 at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Florida.
Friday, Feb. 2
On this date in 1871, the name of the military post originally established as Camp Ord, and later called Camp Magellan, was changed to Camp Apache.
On this date in 1896, the Graham County Guardian began publication in Safford.
Saturday, Feb. 3
On this date in 1876, an expedition of 50 men and their families left Salt Lake City and found the first four Mormon settlements along the Little Colorado River.
On this date in 1913, the Arizona Daily Star announced the entire 5th U.S. Cavalry had been moved to Fort Huachuca. With the arrival of the 5th, the 9th Cavalry which had been stationed there, was assigned to patrol duty with detachments stationed at Nogales, Warren, Naco, Douglas and the Slaughter Ranch.
On this date in 1913, a band of 15 wolves, driven from the mountains by deep snow, menaced ranchers near Prescott.
On this date in 1915, the city of Casa Grande was incorporated.
On this date in 1936, seven workmen burned to death and 13 more were injured in a fire which burned the workers dormitory at the Parker Dam site.