April 4: Today in Arizona history

2013-04-04T07:00:00Z April 4: Today in Arizona historyArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

1917: Fire caused by a kerosene lamp destroys all but two buildings in the mining town of Ajo. Citizens save a phonograph from a burning store and play "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" as the city burns.

1930: The Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind is closed for lack of funds. The school's teachers were owed three months' back pay.

1988: Arizona Governor Evan Mecham is removed from office after an impeachment trial in the state Senate. He is convicted of obstruction of justice and misuse of government funds charges. Rose Mofford becomes Arizona's first woman governor following Mecham's impeachment conviction.

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