Arizona History – March 31st

Wednesday, March 31st

On this date in 1877, an epidemic of scarlet fever was reported in Prescott following the deaths of three children.

On this date in 1997, the University of Arizona men’s basketball team wins the state’s first ever NCAA basketball championship.

On this date in 2014, Charles H. Keating Jr., the notorious financier who served prison time and was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s, dies at the age of 90.

On this date in 1998, the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate the first regular season game in franchise history in front of 50,179 fans at a crowded Bank One Ballpark. The Diamondbacks lost to Colorado 9-2.

(Photo : Charles H. Keating Jr)

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