Arizona History – August 6th

Thursday, August 6th

On this date in 1873, Vincente Hernandez, keeper of a general store and jewelry shop in Tucson, and his wife were beaten to death and robbed. Two days later a citizens committee hanged the murderers from gallows in the plaza.

On this date in 1879, the first ice-making machine in Arizona began operation in Tucson.

On this date in 1880, the first bar of bullion was turned out from the Bisbee smelter.

On this date in 1891, an earthquake followed by a tidal wave caused extensive damage to the Cocopah Indian villages and lands along the lower Colorado River.

On this date in 1896, the Black Jack Christian gang attempted to rob the International Bank of Nogales, but were defeated by John Dessart, president of the bank, who held off the five armed men until help arrived.

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