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5 Fun Facts About March 16 In Arizona History

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1. Arizona Statehood Day - March 16, 1912, marks the day when Arizona attained statehood and officially became the 48th state of the United States.

2. Luke Air Force Base was Established - On March 16, 1941, Luke Field was officially designated as Luke Air Force Base. The base is located near the town of Glendale in Maricopa County, Arizona.

3. Grand Canyon National Park Approved - On March 16, 1919, Grand Canyon National Park was established in northwestern Arizona. The park, which covers over 1.2 million acres, is a major tourist destination.

4. First Phoenix Open Golf Tournament - On March 16, 1932, the first Phoenix Open golf tournament was held at the Phoenix Country Club. The tournament was won by the famous golfer Horton Smith.

5. Charles Keating Jr.'s Conviction Reversed - On March 16, 1996, the conviction of Charles Keating Jr., an Arizona businessman and former chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, was reversed on appeal. Keating had been convicted of charges related to the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s.
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