April 26: Today in Arizona history

2013-04-26T07:00:00Z April 26: Today in Arizona historyArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

1890: The Tombstone Epitaph publishes a story of two cowboys who claim they came upon a “winged dragon,” a snake-like bird with head resembling an alligator and a 92-foot-long body and a wing span of 160 feet.

1901: Arizona outlaw Black Jack Ketchum is hanged in Clayton, New Mexico. The rope broke and Ketchum's head came off.

1925: A monument honoring Charles D. Poston as the "Father of Arizona" is dedicated on Poston Butte, near Florence. Poston was the first delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Arizona Territory.

1940: The University of Arizona baseball team hosts University of New Mexico at Randolph Park — now named Hi Corbett Field — in the first collegiate night game played in Tucson. UA pitcher Ken Heist, throwing in his final collegiate game, strikes out 21 batters — it remains a program record.

2009: Carondelet Neurological Institute opens in Tucson.

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