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5 Fun Facts About November 27 In Arizona History

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1. In 1895, Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park was established, protecting the natural wonder for generations to come. Today, it draws millions of visitors from around the world each year.

2. In 1913, Arizona became the 48th state of the United States, joining the union after a lengthy struggle for statehood. The capital city of Phoenix was chosen as the capital of the new state.

3. In 1940, the USS Arizona was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor, killing more than 1,000 sailors and Marines. The wreckage remains at the bottom of the harbor to this day, and is now part of the World War II Valor In The Pacific National Monument.

4. In 1976, the Tonto National Forest was designated as a National Forest, protecting nearly 3 million acres of Arizona's diverse landscape. The forest contains numerous hiking trails, campgrounds, and recreational opportunities.

5. In 2019, Arizona State University became the first university in the United States to offer a degree program in esports, a rapidly growing industry that involves competitive video gaming. The program combines courses in business, computer science, and game design to prepare students for careers in the esports world.
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