Arizona History – August 19th

Wednesday, August 19th

On this date in 1857, the first scheduled mail to go through Arizona arrived in Tucson. It was carried on horseback and left San Antonio, Texas, on July 9, 1857, in the hands of James E. Mason. It didn’t arrive in Tucson until this day because it was delayed by an Indian attack east of El Paso.

On this date in 1875, without firing a shot, Navajos seized the agency at Fort Defiance in protest over the inaction of the commissioner to remove his agent. They also threatened to kill the agent should he return to Fort Defiance from Washington D.C. where he had been when the Navajos took over. The agent, W.F.M. Arny, resigned Aug. 25, 1875.

On this date in 1904, 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain fell in one hour in Globe. Six people drowned, 20 business places were destroyed and railroad bridges were washed away.

On this date in 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominates Sandra Day O’Connor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

(Photo : North of Ft. Defiance, Arizona)

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