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PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Jan. 14

On this day in 1868, the Military Division of the Pacific announced the establishment of Camp Willow Grove to protect the road from Fort Mohave to Fort Whipple.

On this day in 1921, an automobile was placed on trial in Superior Court in Prescott for being in violation of the prohibition law.

Monday, Jan. 15

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On this day in 1916, heavy rains caused statewide flood conditions.

On this day in 1921, seven passenger cars of the Southern Pacific eastbound 110 were derailed about 1 mile east of Vail.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

On this day in 1900, the Gila Valley Bank, predecessor of the Valley National Bank, opened its doors in Solomonville.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

On this day in 1805, Spanish troops, commanded by Lt. Antonio Narbona, invaded Canyon de Chelly, killing 93 Navajo warriors and 45 women and children. The bones of the slain were left in the cave where they were killed. The area became known as the Canyon de Muerto.

On this day in 1877, Gov. Anson P.K. Safford signed the bill moving the Territorial capitol from Tucson to Prescott.

On this day in 1888, the first Pullman train arrived in Tucson.

On this date in 1912, the last remaining parts of the old scaffold used in the Cochise County Courthouse yard at Tombstone were cut up for kindling wood. The scaffold had been built in 1884 by C.J. Ulmer for the hanging of the Bisbee murderers.

Thursday, Jan. 18

On this day in 1854, the General Jessup river steamer was the first to reach the Black Canyon on the Colorado River.

On this day in 1862, Confederacy President Jefferson Davis signed the Enabling Act, making Arizona a Confederate Territory.

On this day in 1927, the Tucson Daily Star announced that Senor Juan Evaristo Anchondo had developed a self-lighting cigarette which was ignited by briskly rubbing the tip over a striking surface on the package.

On this day in 1952, the Great Seal of the Navajo Tribe was adopted by the Tribal Council. The winning entry was submitted by John Claw, Jr.

Friday, Jan. 19

On this day in 1895, the Nogales Oasis newspaper noted that in Phoenix, “there are now several restaurants offering a square meal for the sum of 15 cents.”

On this day in 1921, the Phoenix police chief issued an order that all pedestrians on the street after 8 p.m. were to be stopped and searched for concealed weapons in an effort to combat crime.

On this day in 1926, Margaret Rowe Clifton, author of Arizona’s state song, died.

Saturday, Jan. 20

On this day in 1862, the Colorado River started rising. Two days later, it rose 3 feet in three hours, reaching its peak on Jan. 23. Fort Yuma became an island and Colorado City, now Yuma, was washed away.

On this day in 1889, Burton C. Mossman, who was to become the first captain of the Arizona Rangers, arrived in Holbrook to become manager of the Aztec Land and Cattle Co., better known as the Hashknife Ranch.

On this day in 1912, 44 delegates representing every labor organization met in Phoenix and formed the Arizona State Federation of Labor.

On this day in 1912, work also began on the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad terminal in Tucson.

On this day in 1961, Stewart Udall became the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and the first Arizonan to serve in a president’s cabinet.

On this day in 2009, former Gov. Janet Napolitano was confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer became the new governor.