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5 Fun Facts About October 21 In Arizona History

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1. In 1878, the first issue of the Arizona Sentinel was published in Yuma, becoming one of the first newspapers in the territory. It continued to publish until 1909.

2. In 1899, Elizabeth Jane Cochran, better known as Nellie Bly, arrived in Bisbee to cover a mining strike for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World newspaper. Her reporting brought national attention to the plight of striking miners and their families.

3. In 1929, the first air mail flight left from Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport, bound for Los Angeles. The flight marked a major milestone in the development of commercial aviation in Arizona.

4. In 1959, Arizona State University's first library building, the Charles Trumbull Hayden Memorial Library, was dedicated. It served as the main campus library until the construction of the larger Hayden Library in 1965.

5. In 1983, the Papago Freeway (Interstate 10) officially opened in Phoenix, providing a modern east-west transportation corridor through the city. The freeway's construction was part of a larger regional transportation plan aimed at reducing congestion and improving mobility.
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