Arizona History – December 14th

Monday, December 14th

On this date in 1889, a Tucson jury acquitted all the defendants in the Wham robbery case. The robbery had taken place on May 11, 1889 when Army Paymaster Joseph Washington Wham was held up by a band of men near Cedar Springs and robbed of $28,345.10.

On this date in 1899, the Board of Regents authorized the first bond issue for the University of Arizona.

On this date in 1918, the city of Nogales reported 500 cases of influenza.

On this date in 1926, a band of Yaqui Indians south of the border near Nogales stripped a group of four cowboys of all but their underwear, shook hands with them politely and departed, leaving them to walk back to their ranch.

On this date in 1929, the city of Nogales, Sonora, was thrown open to gambling for 48 hours, with the city operating craps, roulette and blackjack games to raise funds for a $10,000 icing plant.

On this date in 2010, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in a shooting on the U.S. side of the border. Two guns found at the scene revealed the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling investigation in Arizona conducted by the U.S. Justice Department.

(Photo : Yaqui Indians)

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