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5 Fun Facts About September 16 In Arizona History

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1. Arizona became a state: September 16, 2021 marks the 109th anniversary of Arizona's admission to the Union as the 48th state. It was on this day in 1912 that President William Howard Taft signed the proclamation declaring Arizona a state.

2. Geronimo surrendered: On September 16, 1886, the Apache leader Geronimo surrendered to U.S. Army General Nelson A. Miles. The surrender marked the end of a long and brutal conflict between the U.S. government and the Apache people, as well as the end of Geronimo's career as a warrior.

3. Arizona State Fair opens: The Arizona State Fair, one of the largest and oldest state fairs in the country, traditionally begins in mid-September, with opening day falling on or around September 16. The fair features concerts, carnival rides, livestock exhibitions, and a wide variety of food and drink vendors.

4. The Hoover Dam dedicated: On September 16, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt traveled to the site of the Hoover Dam (located on the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada) to dedicate the monumental engineering feat. In his speech, Roosevelt praised the workers who had built the dam and described it as "a great example of American skill, American determination, and American cooperation."

5. Howard Hughes sets a speed record: On September 16, 1935, aviation pioneer Howard Hughes set a world speed record by flying his Hughes H-1 (a custom-built racing airplane) at a speed of 352.39 miles per hour over a course in Santa Ana, California. The achievement earned Hughes widespread acclaim as a daring and innovative pilot, and helped cement his legacy as one of the most important figures in the history of aviation.
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