Arizona History – May 2nd

Sunday, May 2nd

On this date in 1872, two earthquake shocks were felt in Yuma at 5:45 p.m.

On this date in 1873, the first legal hanging in the state is said to have taken place across the street from a school in Yuma. The teacher, not wanting her students to witness the hanging, dismissed classes for the day.

On this date in 1878, the first issue of the Arizona Silver Belt was published at Globe City which contained an editorial suggesting the word “city” be dropped from the town’s name.

On this date in 1913, a gold nugget weighing 29 ounces (0.8 kilogram) and worth over $500 was brought in to Tucson by a man who had found it on the ground after a hard rain.

On this date in 1932, John Clum, Apache Indian agent, Mayor of Tombstone and editor of the Tombstone Epitaph, died at age 80.

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