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5 Fun Facts About November 26 In Arizona History

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1. On November 26, 1784, Jose Joaquin Moraga discovered the "Valley of Heart's Delight," which later became known as the Santa Clara Valley. This area is now a part of modern-day San Jose, California, but at the time was part of Spanish-controlled Arizona.

2. In 1910, on November 26th, the first radio station in Arizona, KDKB (now KFYI), began broadcasting in Phoenix. The station played music and provided news and sports updates, and remained on the air for over 50 years.

3. The Arizona Republic, one of the state's largest newspapers, was first published on November 26, 1890. The paper began as a weekly publication before becoming a daily newspaper in 1895.

4. On November 26, 1919, the Grand Canyon National Park was officially dedicated by President Woodrow Wilson. The park, which was established in 1919, covers 1,217,262 acres and draws millions of visitors each year.

5. In 1983, on November 26th, the Arizona Wildcats football team upset the Arizona State Sun Devils 17-12 in what became known as the "Toilet Bowl" game. The game was played on a muddy field due to heavy rain, and both teams struggled to move the ball effectively. Despite the conditions, the Wildcats scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to secure the victory.
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