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5 Fun Facts About February 2 In Arizona History

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1. Groundhog Day: February 2nd marks Groundhog Day, a holiday when people across the country wait with bated breath to see whether Punxsutawney Phil will predict an early spring or 6 more weeks of winter. In Arizona, however, we don't have groundhogs. Instead, we have prairie dogs, but they don't make predictions about the weather.

2. Statehood Day: February 14th, 1912 is the day that Arizona became the 48th state, but did you know that it was actually on February 2nd of that year when President William Howard Taft signed the proclamation that made it official? It's known as Statehood Day in Arizona, and it's a time to celebrate our state's unique culture and history.

3. Grand Canyon National Park: One of the most iconic attractions in Arizona is the Grand Canyon, which became a national park on February 26th, 1919. But did you know that it was actually first established as a forest reserve on February 20th, 1893? It wasn't until years later that it was designated a national park.

4. Arizona State University: Arizona State University is one of the largest universities in the country, with multiple campuses and online programs. It was founded on February 26th, 1885 as the Territorial Normal School at Tempe, but it has gone through several name changes and expansions over the years.

5. Super Bowl XLIX: On February 1st, 2015, the New England Patriots faced the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, which was held at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It was a dramatic game that came down to the wire, with the Patriots ultimately winning 28-24. It was the second Super Bowl to be held in Arizona, with the first being Super Bowl XXX in 1996.
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