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5 Fun Facts About July 11 In Arizona History

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Here are 5 facts about July 11 in Arizona history:

1. In 1958, Arizona was hit by a massive dust storm that lasted for 20 minutes and covered the cities of Phoenix and Tempe. The storm caused extensive damage to buildings, homes, and cars.

2. On July 11, 1960, construction of the Glen Canyon Dam began on the Colorado River near Page, Arizona. The dam, which took 10 years to complete, created Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States.

3. In 1963, a plane crash occurred near Payson, Arizona, killing all 23 people on board. The plane, a military transport plane, was carrying members of a Marine Reserve squadron from California.

4. On July 11, 1980, the notorious prison escapee and convicted murderer Ted Bundy was extradited from Florida to face trial in Arizona for the kidnapping and murder of a 12-year-old girl in 1978.

5. In 2018, Arizona experienced its largest wildfire in history, the Woodbury Fire, which burned over 123,000 acres in the Superstition Mountains and Tonto National Forest. The fire was sparked by lightning on June 8th but continued to burn for over a month before it was fully contained on July 11th.
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