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5 Fun Facts About February 28 In Arizona History

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1. Arizona Statehood Day: February 28 marks the anniversary of Arizona becoming the 48th state in the United States in 1912. This day is celebrated as Arizona Statehood Day.

2. The Miracle of Maricopa: On February 28, 1919, a severe hailstorm devastated farms and orchards across Maricopa County. Many crops were ruined and farmers faced financial ruin. However, the following day, warm weather returned, causing the hailstones to melt and providing much-needed moisture to the parched earth. Farmers called it the Miracle of Maricopa.

3. Opening of London Bridge: On February 28, 1971, London Bridge was officially opened in Lake Havasu City. The bridge was purchased by Robert McCulloch in 1968 and transported from London to Arizona to become a tourist attraction.

4. University of Arizona Basketball Tramples ASU: On February 28, 1988, the University of Arizona basketball team beat Arizona State University 105-71 in one of the most lopsided wins in the intrastate rivalry’s history. This game is known as the “blowout in Tempe.”

5. Former Arizona Governor Rose Mofford’s Birthday: Rose Mofford, Arizona’s first female governor, was born on February 28, 1922. She served as governor from 1988-1991 and was known for her dedication to public service and commitment to education. Mofford passed away in 2016 at the age of 94.
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