- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sunday, Feb. 8

On this date in 1881, Gila County was created from parts of Maricopa and Pinal Counties.

On this date in 1913, the University of Arizona unconditionally prohibited ragtime dancing and said all social functions must end by 11:30 p.m.

On this date in 1932, Winnie Ruth Judd was found guilty of murder by a jury of twelve men at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix.

On this date in 1935, Albert Steinfeld, a pioneer Tucson merchant, died.

On this date in 1988, Gov. Evan Mecham is removed from office after the state Senate convicted him of obstructing justice and misusing $80,000 in state funds allegedly funneled to his Pontiac dealership to keep it afloat.

Monday, Feb. 9

On this day in 1891, the Arizona Press Association was organized in Tucson.

On this day in 1922, a Los Angeles drilling company began exploring the Elgin-Sonoita district of Santa Cruz County for oil and gas deposits.

On this date in 1953, Arizona ends school segregation.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

On this day in 1857, the Greek camel driver Hadji Ali arrived in the United States with a shipload of camels destined to open the first wagon road along the 35th parallel across Arizona.

On this day in 1922, the State Loan Board announced that all farm loans made by the state would be discontinued until $580,000 which had been loaned in error, was repaid.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

On this day in 1821, J. Ross Browne, the artist and author who wrote about his extensive travels in Arizona, was born in Dublin, Ireland.

On this day in 1922, the Maricopa County Chamber of Commerce met for the first time in Phoenix.

Thursday, Feb. 12

On this day in 1871, Maricopa County was created by carving 5.4 million acres out of the original four counties: Pima, Yuma, Mohave and Yavapai.

On this day in 1913, the Arizona Mining Engineering Society was announced during a conference at the University of Arizona.

Friday, Feb. 13

On this date in 1896, 50 armed men gathered at Bowie, Arizona, to prevent the entry of prizefighters from Texas after a federal law was passed banning prizefights.

Saturday, Feb. 14

On this date in 1830, Anson P.K. Safford, the third territorial governor and founder of Arizona’s public school system, was born.

On this date in 1908, Emilio Carillo, a pioneer settler of Tucson and owner of Rossi’s Cafe and a ranch at Tanque Verde, died.

On this date in 1912, President William Howard Taft signed the Statehood Bill making Arizona the 48th state of the United States.

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