Sunday, April 18
On this date in 1924, the Chiricahua National Monument was established.
On this date in 1924, 1,600 motorists were stranded at points of entrance to Arizona because of the embargo on all vehicular traffic due to a hoof and mouth quarantine. The occupants of 115 cars at Needles threatened to overpower Arizona border guards, and Gov. George W.P. Hunt ordered the National Guard readied for duty.
On this date in 1931, construction began on an Army Airways Operations Building at Fly Field in Yuma.
Monday, April 19
On this date in 1859, Fort Mojave was established.
On this date in 1884, Henry Chee Dodge was appointed head Chief of the Navajo Tribe by Agent Riordan.
Tuesday, April 20
On this date in 1825, Charles Poston, “Father of Arizona,” was born.
On this date in 1877, the town of Globe was founded.
On this date in 1920, a gasoline shortage forced many stations to close.
On this date in 1927, the town of Globe celebrated its 50th anniversary with 50,000 people, including Gov. George W.P. Hunt who had first entered Globe in 1881, riding a mule and seeking his fortune.
On this date in 1931, funeral services were held for Mrs. Helen Duett Hunt, wife of Arizona Gov. George W.P. Hunt.
Wednesday, April 21
On this date in 1877, John Clum, with Clay Beauford and his Apache Police Force, arrested Geronimo and 13 other Apaches at Ojo Caliente, New Mexico.
On this date in 1904, Edward Tewksbury, the last survivor of the Graham-Tewksbury feud, died.
On this date in 1917, an agricultural conference meeting at the University of Arizona was startled when Dr. A.E. Vinson recommended slaughtering 25,000 wild burros and grinding the meat to make bologna.
On this date in 1928, Maricopa and Pima counties battled over their boundaries before the State Supreme Court.
Thursday, April 22
On this date in 1919, the government opened its case in the Phoenix trial of two Cocopah Indians charged with the slaying of their tribal medicine man who failed to halt a flu bug.
On this date in 1919, contracts were signed by Pima and Pinal County authorities and the U.S. Forest Service for the construction of a road from Oracle to Soldier’s Camp in the Catalina Mountains.
On this date in 1920, prominent society and club women started a boycott on potatoes to protest the price. Housewives in Phoenix were called and asked to support the boycott and tell five friends to do the same.
On this date in 1938, the head of the Maricopa County Highway Safety squad was tried in Tempe Justice Court on charges of reckless driving.
Friday, April 23
On this date in 1850, Yuma Indians attacked the ferry at the Yuma Crossing. Fifteen people were killed and three reached safety on the western shore.
On this date in 1886, fire destroyed a block of business buildings in Phoenix. The town had no fire department or water works.
On this date in 1919, U.S. Marshals raided two underground stills located in an abandoned mining shaft near Jerome.
On this date in 1919, The Arizona Daily Star reported that tests and experiments were to be conducted for the first time concerning the use of airplanes to spot forest fires and transport firefighters.
On this date in 1983, Buster Crabbe, a former Olympic swimming gold medalist who went to star in movies such as “Tarzan the Fearless,” “Flash Gordon” and “Buck Rogers” in the 1930s and 1940s, died of a heart attack at his Scottsdale home at age 75.
On this date in 2010, Gov. Jan Brewer signs SB1070, a bill that requires local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants, into law.
Saturday, April 24
On this date in 1880, St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson opened, staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph.
On this date in 1909, the town of Wickenburg was incorporated by a vote of 36 to 5.
On this date in 1919, agreement was reached clearing the way for the construction of the Florence diversion dam on the Gila River. The dam was expected to irrigate 62,000 acres of land in the Casa Grande Valley.
On this date in 1925, the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce circulated a straw ballot on the proposition that the name of the Salt River Valley be changed to Roosevelt Valley, but the proposal met with strong opposition.