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5 Fun Facts About January 6 In Arizona History

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1. Arizona's Statehood Day: January 6 marks the anniversary of Arizona becoming the nation's 48th state in 1912. The state was originally part of New Mexico Territory until it became its own territory in 1863.

2. Monument Valley Discovered: On January 6, 1933, world-renowned photographer Ansel Adams took his iconic photograph, "Monument Valley, Arizona." The photo captures towering rock structures in the Navajo Nation, and the area has since become a popular tourist destination.

3. Tragedy in Tucson: On January 8, 2011, a mass shooting occurred at a "Congress on Your Corner" event at a Safeway grocery store in Tucson. Six people were killed, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl, and 13 others were injured, including U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords.

4. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Although observed on the third Monday of January, Arizona celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 6 each year.

5. Arizona Coyotes make NHL debut: On January 6, 1996, the Arizona Coyotes (formerly known as the Phoenix Coyotes) played their first NHL game, losing to the San Jose Sharks 4-3. The Coyotes have since become a staple of Arizona's sports scene, playing their home games at Gila River Arena in Glendale.
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