Arizona history Nov. 8-14

November 4, 2020 GMT

Sunday, Nov. 8

On this date in 1864, the Territorial Legislature adopted the Howell Code as the legal system for the Territory and created the four original counties of Pima, Mojave, Yuma and Yavapai.

On this date in 1887, Gen. Nelson A. Miles visited Tucson to receive a hero’s welcome and a ceremonial sword worth $1,000 for having ended the Geronimo war.

On this date in 1906, a student prank at the University of Arizona ended in the explosion of a field gun and panic in the women’s dormitory.

On this date in 1918, the Phoenix Chapter of the Red Cross issued a desperate appeal for nurses and workers as the number of influenza cases soared and deaths mounted.


On this date in 1929, automatic voting machines were used in a Tucson election for the first time.

On this date in 2011, Russell Pearce, the Republican state senator who championed Arizona’s illegal immigration law, is ousted in a recall election.

On this date in 2011, Bil Keane, creator of the “Family Circus” comic strip, dies at age 89 at his home in Paradise Valley.

Monday, Nov. 9

On this date in 1871, the White Mountain and Fort Apache Indian Reservations were established.

On this date in 1921, a fire caused $150,000 of extensive damage in the Nogales business district.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

On this date in 1871, the first Homestead Entry filing in Arizona was made by Nathan Bowers.

On this date in 1905, public schools in Tucson were reported to be so crowded that two pupils were assigned to each seat.

On this date in 1923, 100 samples of bootleg liquor were seized by federal men in Arizona. Government laboratory tests on the samples showed that all were poisonous.

On this date in 1993, Gov. Fife Symington, Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, former major-league catcher Joe Garagiola and several prominent businessmen gathered outside the America West Arena as Phoenix Suns president Jerry Colangelo outlined his plan to get a Major League Baseball franchise for Phoenix.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

On this date in 1851, Yuma Indians attacked Camp Independence at Yuma Crossing and sank Jaeger’s ferry. The camp’s half-starved garrison held out until December before withdrawing.

On this date in 1873, the telegraph line between Yuma and Prescott was completed.

On this date in 1897, four miners had a gun battle over mining claims near Prescott. Two were killed and two were wounded.

On this date in 1897, Anton Grossetta opened the Tucson Opera House.


On this date in 1898, the first motion picture was shown in Tucson. It was the 14-round Fitzsimmons-Corbett fight and was shown at the Tucson Opera House.

On this date in 1909, men in Arizona and New Mexico stole so many horses from the Navajo Reservation that the agency superintendent designed a new tribal brand.

On this date in 1919, special agents from the Department of Justice opened a drive on Globe’s moonshining industry. They issued 115 warrants and seized 10,000 gallons of moonshine.

On this date in 1926, an attempt by train robbers to cause a head-on collision between the Golden State Limited and the Sunset Express on the Southern Pacific line near Gila Bend was foiled by an alert engineer.

On this date in 1930, the Arizona Republican newspaper changed its name to the Arizona Republic.

Thursday, Nov. 12

On this date in 1859, a flock of 46,000 sheep was driven through Tucson, headed for California.

On this date in 1868, Lt. Joseph C. Ives, topographical engineer and early explorer of the Colorado River, died.

On this date in 1923, the cornerstone of the Mormon Temple at Mesa was laid.

On this date in 1930, Don Lorenzo Hubbell, pioneer Indian trader at Ganado, Coconino County sheriff and member of the 17th Territorial Legislature and the 1st State Senate, died.

Friday, Nov. 13

On this date in 1903, the Arizona Banker’s Association was organized in Phoenix.

On this date in 1913, the townspeople of Mesa assisted officers in the search for the killers of the Mesa Town Marshal Henry S. Peterson. The manhunt ended successfully at Date Creek.

On this date in 1929, Gov. John C. Phillips prevented eastern scientists from excavating footprints of dinosaurs found in the rocks on the Navajo Reservation for removal to eastern museums.

Saturday, Nov. 14

On this date in 1891, Gov. Nathan O. Murphy made his annual report to Washington in which he recommended that all Indian reservations — with the possible exception of the Navajo lands — be turned over to white men for sale and settlement.

On this date in 1931, Tucson, the “Sunshine City,” awoke to a thick, morning fog.


The spelling of Bil Keane’s first name has been corrected in the story summary.