Today in Arizona History

August 21, 2019 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Aug. 25

On this date in 1893, The Arizona Republican reported that a party from Mesa, camping at Willow Springs in the Superstition Mountains, claimed to have killed a rattlesnake 79 feet (24 meters) long with 97 rattles.

On this date in 1886, Lt. 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 Gen. Nelson A. Miles.

On this 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 (34 Celsius). It also ended the record-breaking streak of 76 days of temperatures 100 degrees (38 Celsius) or more. The old record for consecutive 100-degree (38-Celsius) days was 64, set in 1989.


Monday, Aug. 26

On this date in 1921, the postmaster at Ruby, Arizona, and his wife were murdered by bandits.

On this date in 1936, a Parker high school, completed five days previously, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.

On this date in 1852, William Cornell Greene, owner of Greene Cattle Co. and of Greene Cananea Copper Co., was born.

On this date in 1893, a Phoenix court reporter invented and applied for the patent on a center space bar which would be operated by the thumb for typewriters.

On this date in 1928, cyclonic rains lasting nine minutes did $250,000 damage in Phoenix.

Tuesday, Aug. 27

On this date in 1915, four passengers were killed and 16 were injured when the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix train crashed through the Date Creek bridge.

On this date in 1925, Picacho Dam broke and thousands of acres in the vicinity of Picacho and Randolph were flooded.

On this date in 1929, the airship Graf Zeppelin sailed over Tucson on its world girdling journey. Citizens watched from their rooftops as the bells of St. Augustine Cathedral were rung.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

On this date in 1868, Theodore Dodd, first agent to the Navajos after Fort Sumner, issued the first trading license at the agency to Lehman Spiegelberg of Santa Fe to trade at the Fort Defiance Agency or at any place of his choice on the reservation.

On this date in 1920, the mustering out of Pancho Villa and his army was completed. The men surrendered their arms and ammunition, were given three months of pay and transportation to their homes.


Thursday, Aug. 29

On this date in 1905, James H. Tevis, who settled the town of Teviston, now known as Bowie, died. Also on this date, Dr. Richard A. Harvill, former President of the University of Arizona, was born.

On this date in 1935, four passengers were drowned when the bus on which they were riding was swamped by a seven-foot wall of water in an underpass near Dragoon, Arizona.

On this date in 1987, Lee Marvin, a tough-guy actor who won an Academy Award in 1966 for his role in “Cat Ballou” and played an unwanted part in a landmark palimony suit that set a precedent for legal cases involving property rights for unmarried couples, died at a Tucson hospital at age 63.

Friday, Aug. 30

On this date in 1881, troops from Fort Apache, under the command of Gen. Eugene A. Carr, arrested the Apache Medicine Man Noch-ay-del-klinne in his camp at Clibicue Creek, thus setting off a battle in which the Medicine Man, several soldiers and Apache Indians were killed.

On this date in 1913, G.W. Caywood, returning from a cross-country auto trip, found the last leg of his journey from Phoenix to Tucson the most difficult. It required 36 hours to drive, the time being spent mostly digging out of flooded arroyos.

Saturday, Aug. 31

On this date in 1886, Jacob Himblin, Mormon missionary, scout and explorer who was in charge of colonization along the Little Colorado River and served as guide to Maj. John Wesley Powell over the Lee’s Ferry route, died.

On this date in 1896, Territorial Gov. Benjamin J. Franklin received cuts, bruises and loosened teeth when the train on which he was riding was damaged as a result of a broken coupling.

On this date in 1902, Thomas Rynning was sworn in in Bisbee as Captain of the Arizona Rangers.

On this date in 1936, an enraged burro attacked and critically injured a woman near Ash Fork. The burro knocked the woman down, pawed and bit her.