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5 Fun Facts About November 16 In Arizona History

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1. On November 16, 1901, the Grand Canyon National Park was first established as a forest reserve. It later became a national park on February 26, 1919. The Grand Canyon is one of the most visited natural wonders in the world, attracting over six million visitors every year.

2. On November 16, 1911, Elizabeth Peratrovich was born in Petersburg, Alaska. She would later become a civil rights advocate and is known for her work on behalf of the Alaska Native people. In 1988, the Alaska Legislature designated February 16 as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, in honor of her contributions to the state.

3. On November 16, 1928, Phoenix Union High School opened its doors. The school would eventually become Central High School, and would produce numerous notable alumni including songwriter Jimmy Webb, astronaut Frank Borman, and actor David Spade.

4. On November 16, 1942, the Phoenix Indian School closed its doors. The school had been in operation since 1891, and was one of the first off-reservation boarding schools for Native American children. Over the years, the school faced criticism for its assimilationist policies and treatment of students.

5. On November 16, 2013, the Arizona State Sun Devils football team defeated the Oregon State Beavers 30-17 in front of a home crowd at Sun Devil Stadium. The win helped propel the Sun Devils to the Pac-12 Championship Game later that year.
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