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5 Fun Facts About February 1 In Arizona History

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1. On February 1, 1865, the territory of Arizona was officially established. It was originally part of the New Mexico Territory until it became its own separate entity.

2. In 1913, Arizona became the 48th state of the United States on February 1. Its entry into the Union was delayed due to disagreements over issues such as the recall of judges and the ability to elect Senators by popular vote.

3. On February 1, 1929, the Grand Canyon was designated a national park by Congress. It is one of the most iconic natural landmarks in Arizona and attracts millions of visitors each year.

4. In 1993, the Super Bowl was held in Arizona for the first time. The game was played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, and the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 52-17.

5. On February 1, 2013, the city of Prescott, Arizona suffered a tragic loss when 19 firefighters were killed battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. The firefighters were part of a group known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots and their sacrifice is remembered each year on this day.
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