1854: Albert Steinfeld, who became one of Tucson's most prominent businessmen and civic leaders, is born in Hanover, Germany.

1883: Felix G. Hardwick claims a $500 reward offered by the Arizona Territorial Legislature for the first bale of cotton to be produced in Arizona.

1914: Swollen by a week of rain, the Santa Cruz River floods its valley and flows a mile and a half wide at Amado.

1929: Bishop Daniel Gercke dedicates the bells of the little chapel at St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson.

1944: Twenty-five German prisoners of war escape from a Phoenix camp. All area captured.

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