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5 Fun Facts About August 20 In Arizona History

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1. Arizona Statehood Day: August 20, 2021 marks the 109th anniversary of Arizona becoming the 48th state in the United States on August 20, 1912. The day is celebrated as Arizona Statehood Day.

2. Establishment of the Grand Canyon National Park: August 20, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act that would turn the Grand Canyon area into a national park. The Grand Canyon National Park attracts millions of visitors each year and is a staple of Arizona tourism.

3. Loretta Lynn's First Professional Performance: August 20, 1959, country music legend Loretta Lynn gave her first professional performance in Casa Grande, Arizona. That performance was the start of a legendary career that spanned more than five decades.

4. Establishment of Fort Huachuca: August 20, 1877, Fort Huachuca was established in Southern Arizona to help protect and support settlers in the area. The fort is still in operation today and serves as home to the U.S Army Intelligence Center.

5. Rattlesnake Ranch: August 20, 1925, Pauline Weaver opened Rattlesnake Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona, as a tourist destination. The ranch was home to rattlesnakes that were the subject of education and entertainment. Today, the ranch is no longer in operation, but the history of rattlesnake ranch lives on.
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