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5 Fun Facts About January 25 In Arizona History

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1. On January 25, 1911, Arizona's statehood was officially declared. After years of fighting for statehood, Arizona had finally achieved statehood status and joined the United States as the 48th state.
2. In 1971 on January 25th, the infamous "Ponderosa Fire" burned down the historic Prescott courthouse in Yavapai County. The fire, which started in the nearby Ponderosa Pine forest, destroyed the courthouse and many important records and artifacts.
3. On January 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France, and Arizona's Olympic history began. Over the years, Arizonans have competed and won medals in various Winter Olympic events, such as skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating.
4. In 1863 on January 25th, the Battle of Hazen's Ranch took place during the American Civil War. This battle was fought between Confederate and Union soldiers in Arizona Territory and was one of the westernmost battles of the Civil War.
5. On January 25, 1995, Arizona Diamondbacks, the state's Major League Baseball team, was officially granted a franchise. This was a momentous occasion for Arizona sports fans as it marked the beginning of a new era in Arizona sports history, and the Diamondbacks went on to win the World Series in 2001.
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