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5 Fun Facts About July 9 In Arizona History

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1. The Battle of Big Dry Wash took place on July 9, 1882. This was a significant event in the Apache Wars, as a group of Apaches led by Nana successfully ambushed a larger force of American soldiers, killing 10 and wounding 13.

2. On July 9, 1913, the USS Arizona was launched at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. This battleship would go on to serve in both World War I and World War II, before being sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

3. Arizona officially became a state on February 14, 1912, but it wasn't until July 9 of that year that the first governor, George W.P. Hunt, took office. Hunt would go on to serve as governor of Arizona for a total of seven terms, more than any other governor in the state's history.

4. The first commercial flight from Phoenix, Arizona took place on July 9, 1928. The flight, operated by Varney Airlines, flew from Phoenix to Douglas, Arizona and back, carrying mail and a few passengers.

5. On July 9, 2011, the Wallow Fire, the largest wildfire in Arizona's history, was declared fully contained. The fire had started on May 29 of that year and burned over 800 square miles, including much of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
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