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5 Fun Facts About July 21 In Arizona History

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1. In 1982, the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA) acquired superstar guard, Walter Davis. Davis spent 11 seasons in Phoenix, earning three All-Star nods and helping lead the team to their first NBA Finals appearance in 1976.

2. On July 21, 1899, the town of Jerome, AZ was officially incorporated. Located in Yavapai County, Jerome was once a major copper mining town and today is a popular tourist destination known for its historic buildings and stunning views from Cleopatra Hill.

3. In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts returned to Earth after their historic moon landing mission. The command module, which carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins safely back to Earth, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24. Arizona played a crucial role in the mission, as the lunar module was built and tested at the Grumman Aerospace Corporation facility in Tucson.

4. On July 21, 1869, the first issue of The Arizona Miner newspaper was published in Prescott. The paper covered local and national news, as well as mining industry developments, and ran for over 40 years.

5. In 2003, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded second baseman, Junior Spivey, to the Milwaukee Brewers for center fielder, Scott Podsednik. Podsednik played just one season with the Diamondbacks before being traded again, but made a major impact during the team's run to the 2005 National League Championship Series.
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