Sunday, November 8th
On this date in 1864, the Territorial Legislature adopted the Howell Code as the legal system for the Territory and created the four original counties of Pima, Mojave, Yuma and Yavapai.
On this date in 1887, Gen. Nelson A. Miles visited Tucson to receive a hero’s welcome and a ceremonial sword worth $1,000 for having ended the Geronimo war.
On this date in 1906, a student prank at the University of Arizona ended in the explosion of a field gun and panic in the women’s dormitory.
On this date in 1918, the Phoenix Chapter of the Red Cross issued a desperate appeal for nurses and workers as the number of influenza cases soared and deaths mounted.
On this date in 1929, automatic voting machines were used in a Tucson election for the first time.
On this date in 2011, Russell Pearce, the Republican state senator who championed Arizona’s illegal immigration law, is ousted in a recall election.
On this date in 2011, Bil Keane, creator of the “Family Circus” comic strip, dies at age 89 at his home in Paradise Valley.