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5 Fun Facts About April 17 In Arizona History

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1. In 1905, Arizona's first governor, George W. P. Hunt, signed a bill that allowed for women to serve on juries in the state. This made Arizona the first state in the nation to grant equal jury rights to women.

2. On April 17, 1918, the town of Bisbee experienced a major fire that destroyed a large portion of its downtown area. Despite the damage, the town was able to rebuild and today is known for its historical architecture and mining heritage.

3. In 1947, the Arizona State University Board of Regents voted to create a four-year college in Tempe, which eventually became the main campus of Arizona State University.

4. On April 17, 1964, the Phoenix Suns were granted a franchise in the NBA. The team played their first game in 1968 and has since become one of the most successful sports franchises in Arizona.

5. In 2006, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano signed a bill that made Arizona the first state in the country to establish a voluntary registry for living wills and other advance directives. The law was designed to give individuals more control over their medical decisions in the event of a serious illness or injury.
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