Jan. 13: Today in Arizona history

2013-01-13T07:00:00Z Jan. 13: Today in Arizona historyArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 13, 2013 7:00 am  • 

1862: Jefferson Davis signs a bill that recognizes Arizona as a Confederate territory. It takes effect on Feb. 14, 1862 — exactly 50 years before Arizona receives statehood.

1921: John Goldstrom, a reporter for The Arizona Republic arrives in San Francisco after being flown from New York on a transcontinental mail plane. Goldstrom's experiences include sky-sickness, subzero temperatures in an open plane, blizzards, forced landings with damage to the plane and being lost in a desert sandstorm for 17 hours without water. The trip takes 13 days, 6 hours, and 35 minutes.

1929: Former Tombstone lawman Wyatt Earp dies in Los Angeles at the age of 80. Actor Tom Mix is said to have weaped openly at Earp's funeral.

Also in 1929: The 60-member Tucson Symphony Orchestra holds its first performance in the Tucson High School auditorium under the direction of Belgium-born conductor Camil Van Hulse.

1953: The Gene Autry-owned KOPO, the city's CBS affiliate, goes on air on Channel 13. This marks Tucson's first TV transmission, originating in studios nestled among motor lodges at 115 W. Drachman St.

Five years later, the call letters of both the radio and TV stations are changed to KOLD, to mesh with Autry's holdings in Phoenix, KOOL radio and TV. For more than 20 years, operators were to answer the Tucson station's phone with "Good morning/afternoon/evening, it's cold in Tucson."

Want to share an important event from Tucson's history? Email it to krumore@azstarnet.com.

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