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5 Fun Facts About November 23 In Arizona History

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1. On November 23, 1917, Native American activist and World War I veteran Carlos Montezuma died in Chicago. Montezuma, a member of the Yavapai Apache tribe and a graduate of the University of Illinois, was a co-founder of the Society of American Indians, the first national organization advocating for Native American rights.

2. On November 23, 1944, the first air-to-air combat between a jet-powered aircraft and a propeller-driven aircraft took place over the skies of Arizona. A German Messerschmitt Me 262, the first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft, engaged a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber operated by the US Army Air Forces.

3. The Phoenix Zoo, one of the largest non-profit zoos in the United States, opened on November 23, 1962. The zoo is located on 125 acres in Papago Park and is home to over 3,000 animals representing more than 400 species.

4. On November 23, 1978, the first Navajo Tribal Council elections to include women were held. The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American reservation in the United States, spanning over 27,000 square miles across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

5. The Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona was established on November 23, 1981. The park is known for its stunning red sandstone formations and offers hiking trails, picnic areas, and guided tours.
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