Arizona History – May 8th

Saturday, May 8th

On this date in 1913, U.S. deputy marshals seized a Curtiss biplane which was being shipped from Tucson to Nogales in five wooden crates loaded on a flat bed wagon. The owners of the plane claimed they intended to use it for experimental purposes, but U.S. officials suspected it was being smuggled into Mexico to aid Sonoran troops in the revolution against the Mexican government.

On this date in 1920, a huge supply of machine gun ammunition intended for Mexican Revolutionists was shipped from Tucson to Nogales in coffins, but the shipment was tracked to an undertaking parlor and seized by the U.S. Marshals service.

On this date in 1929, the town of Buckeye was incorporated. It had originally been called Sidney, but the name was changed to Buckeye because most of the early settlers came from Ohio.

On this date in 1929, Constable Pickens of Mesa demonstrated a high degree of civic pride when he testified in a court case that Mesa moonshine whiskey was of much better quality than that of Gilbert.

On this date in 1950, Alexander John Chandler, the first veterinary surgeon for the territory of Arizona and the man for whom the city of Chandler is named, died.

On this date in 2013, a jury finds Jodi Arias guilty of first degree-murder in the 2008 killing of Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home.

(Phot : Vintage Buckeye, AZ)

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