Arizona History – December 30th

Wednesday, December 30th

On this date in 1853, under the terms of the Gadsden Purchase, the U.S. agreed to pay Mexico $10 million for 45,535 square miles of land below the Gila from the Rio Grande to the Colorado River.

On this date in 1911, the Federal Court sat for the last time in Tombstone. After adjourning there the court was scheduled to reopen in Phoenix under a new judge to be appointed by President William Howard Taft.

On this date in 1916, as a result of a very close, contested election, Thomas E. Campbell, Republican, and George W.P. Hunt, Democrat, both took oaths of office as Governor of Arizona — after which Hunt refused to vacate the Governor’s office and Campbell opened a temporary office in his home.

On this date in 1929, the annual meeting of the Arizona Pioneers’ Historical Society was held in the Society’s new quarters in the University of Arizona stadium building.

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