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5 Fun Facts About January 8 In Arizona History

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1. On January 8, 1912, Arizona was admitted as the 48th state of the United States of America. This marked the end of Arizona's territorial status and the beginning of statehood.

2. In 1935, Arizona's first commercial airline flight took off from Phoenix Municipal Airport (now known as Sky Harbor International Airport) on January 8. The flight was operated by Maddux Air Lines and traveled to Los Angeles.

3. January 8, 1959, marked the opening of the first McDonald's restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona. This location was the 19th McDonald's restaurant to open in the United States.

4. On January 8, 2008, a record-breaking snowstorm hit Flagstaff, Arizona, with over three feet of snow falling in just 24 hours. This was the largest snowstorm to hit Flagstaff in over 90 years and caused significant traffic disruptions.

5. The Arizona Historical Society was established on January 8, 1864, by Governor John Goodwin. The organization was founded with the mission of collecting and preserving Arizona's history and promoting education about the state's past. Today, the Arizona Historical Society operates museums and other historical sites around the state.
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