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5 Fun Facts About February 25 In Arizona History

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1. On February 25, 1928, the Hoover Dam project officially began construction. The dam provided hydroelectric power, flood control, and irrigation water to millions of people and was considered an engineering marvel.

2. In 1942, Executive Order 9066 was implemented, leading to the forced internment of thousands of Japanese Americans living in Arizona. This order was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and led to a dark chapter in American history.

3. On February 25, 1952, the University of Arizona basketball team upset the top-ranked team in the nation, UCLA. This was a significant victory for the Wildcats and helped to establish their basketball program as a powerhouse in the coming years.

4. In 1954, Arizona became the first state in the nation to develop a comprehensive mental health system. This was a significant step forward in addressing mental health concerns and providing care for those in need.

5. On February 25, 2009, Arizona's governor signed a bill into law that allowed individuals with concealed carry permits to carry firearms in bars and restaurants. This controversial law sparked a debate about the role of guns in public places and the potential dangers of allowing firearms in establishments that serve alcohol.
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