1866: The Rev. Charles M. Blake holds the first Presbyterian Church service in Arizona in a log cabin in Prescott.

1881: Marshall Virgil Earp of Tombstone is shot in the back and crippled for life.

1903: A fire starts in the furnace room of the Arizona State Capitol. Because of the distance of the building from the nearest fire hydrant, nearly an hour elapses before firefighters are able to turn their hoses on the blaze. The only loss is two and a half cords of cedar firewood.

1921: Aviator Samuel Davis, namesake of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, dies in a plane crash.

1929: It is announced that military airplanes will be used to make serial photographs of the ancient irrigation canals of the Gila and Salt River Valleys before all traces of them are destroyed by modern farming and irrigation.

1971: "Today" show host Savannah Guthrie is born in Tucson.

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