- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sunday, June 21

On this date in 1860, the original Baca Float Grants were made by act of Congress.

On this date in 1867, Pauline Weaver, who had come to Arizona in 1839 and became a guide, scout, trapper and hunter, died at Camp Lincoln at the age of 70.

On this date in 1913, an entire herd of goats drowned in an irrigation ditch in Tucson when they were driven from the Tucson Mountains by thirst and stampeded into the ditch at the smell of water.

On this date in 1922, Arizona’s first licensed broadcasting station, KFAD, went on the air in Phoenix.

On this date in 1936, A.J. Eddy of Yuma developed the first home evaporative cooler.

Monday, June 22

On this date in 1854, the first steamer on the Colorado River, The Uncle Sam, sank at Pilot Knob.

On this date in 1857, the U.S. Government signed a contract with James E. Birch for semi-monthly mail and passenger service from San Antonio, Texas, to San Diego via Tucson. The line became known as the “Jackass Mail” because the passengers had to ride mules from Fort Yuma to the coast.

On this date in 1892, the Casa Grande Ruins were declared a national monument by President Benjamin Harrison.

On this date in 1930, a cloudburst dropped 2 inches of rain on Tucson, and was immediately followed by hurricane force winds that ripped roofs off houses.

Tuesday June 23

On this date in 1844, Mary Bernard Aguirre was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She married Ephifanio Aguirre, a Santa Fe trader, and came with him to Tucson where she became one of the first school teachers, and the mother of several sons who became prominent in mining and ranching in southern Arizona.

On this date in 1881, a barrel of whiskey exploded in a Tombstone saloon, starting a fire which destroyed the business section of the town.

On this date in 1906, the final survey was completed for the narrow-gauge railway from Patagonia to Mowry.

On this date in 1926, a two-state search for Aimee Semple McPherson, a colorful Los Angeles evangelist who had been missing since May 18, ended when she staggered into Douglas with a tale of kidnapping, torture, ransom demands and imprisonment somewhere in the desert.

On this date in 2013, aerialist Nik Wallenda completed a tightrope walk that took him a quarter-mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona. Wallenda performed the stunt on a 2-inch-thick steel cable, 1,500 feet above the river on the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon.

Wednesday, June 24

On this date in 1874, the first female postmistress in Arizona was appointed at Walnut in Yavapai County.

On this date in 1888, Kingman was destroyed by fire.

On this date in 1902, Charles D. Poston, “Father of Arizona,” died in poverty in Phoenix.

On this date in 1910, five Papago Indians were seriously burned during the observance of San Juan’s Day near Menager’s Oasis. A large quantity of explosive powder was accidentally ignited, injuring three children and two adults.

Thursday, June 25

On this date in 1895, the Peralta-Reavis claims to 12,750,000 acres of land in Arizona and New Mexico were declared fraudulent by the U.S. District Court in Santa Fe. James A. Reavis was later convicted of perjury and sentenced to two years in the penitentiary.

Friday, June 26

On this date in 1869, Leopoldo Carrillo opened Arizona’s first commercial ice cream saloon in Tucson.

On this date in 1933, Tucson bakers raised the price of pound loaves of bread from eight to nine cents.

Saturday, June 27

On this date in 1881, 30,000 pounds of gunpowder exploded in Zeckendorf’s powder magazine at the edge of Tucson, smashing windows and dishes and damaging buildings all over town. Churches were quickly filled with people who feared the end of the world was at hand.

On this date in 1921, a fire destroyed the mining town of Oatman with the loss estimated at $500,000.

On this date in 1926, a shoulder blade of a huge prehistoric animal was discovered at Arivaca.

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