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5 Fun Facts About February 14 In Arizona History

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1. Arizona became a state on February 14, 1912. The date was chosen to coincide with Valentine's Day.
2. In 1933, the first airplane was flown into the Grand Canyon on February 14 in an effort to create a national park. This eventually led to the establishment of Grand Canyon National Park in 1919.
3. February 14, 1876, is the birthday of Arizona's first state historian, James H. McClintock. He authored several books on Arizona history and played a major role in preserving the state's history.
4. The famous western outlaw, Wyatt Earp, was born on February 14, 1848. Earp lived in Arizona and famously participated in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone.
5. On February 14, 1912, Arizona's first female Supreme Court justice, Lorna Lockwood, was born. Lockwood was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 1960 and served until 1975. She was also the first woman to run for governor in Arizona.
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