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5 Fun Facts About February 17 In Arizona History

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1. Apache Wars Begin - On February 17, 1861, the Apache Wars began in Arizona. The conflicts between the Apaches and American settlers would last for decades, with significant violence and bloodshed.

2. Arizona Statehood - February 17, 1912, is the day Arizona became a state. This momentous occasion is celebrated annually as Arizona Statehood Day.

3. Tragic Crash - In 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building, killing 14 people. One of the victims was Arizona resident Betty Lou Oliver, who survived the initial impact but was severely injured.

4. Haunted Hotel Reopens - On February 17, 2005, the legendary Jerome Grand Hotel in Jerome, Arizona, reopened its doors after years of being abandoned. The hotel is said to be haunted by several ghosts, including a former bellboy named Claude Harvey.

5. Baseball Spring Training - Many Major League Baseball teams begin their spring training in Arizona in the month of February. The Cactus League, which hosts these games, brings millions of visitors to the state each year and is a significant source of economic activity.
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