Arizona History – February 24th

Wednesday, February 24th

On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Territorial Act, creating the Territory of Arizona.

On this date in 1879, Apache County was created from Yavapai County.

On this date in 1897, reports were received from Tucson, Benson, Tombstone and Pantano, describing a brilliant meteor which passed over at a very low altitude.

On this date in 1901, the first Arizona state song, “Hail to Arizona, The Sun Kissed Land,” was sung in public for the first time at the dedication of the new Territorial Capitol.

On this date in 1929, the Pima County Fair was leveled by high winds and closed. Winds of up to 80 mph (129 kph) were recorded.

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