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5 Fun Facts About September 25 In Arizona History

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1. In 1914, the first airplane arrived in Phoenix. The airplane, a Curtiss biplane, was flown by James Jerome Hamilton, who landed in a dusty field near what is now Sky Harbor International Airport.

2. In 1975, the Hoover Dam Bypass Project was approved by Congress. The project would eventually lead to the construction of the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which spans the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada.

3. In 1990, the Phoenix Suns retired the jersey of Walter Davis. Davis, a high-scoring forward, played for the Suns from 1977 to 1985 and was a six-time All-Star.

4. In 2006, the Phoenix Mercury won their first WNBA championship. Led by star Diana Taurasi, the Mercury defeated the Detroit Shock in the finals.

5. In 2013, the Grand Canyon National Park celebrated its 94th anniversary. The park, which covers over 1.2 million acres and attracts millions of visitors each year, was established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919.
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