There was no operating church in Arizona when Salpointe’s party of four — three priests and a teacher — came from New Mexico in 1866. Salpointe, newly named vicar general of the Arizona missions, was their leader. He was a Frenchman who had arrived in America as a missionary six years earlier. Within two years of his arrival in Tucson, Arizona’s status in the church was elevated to a vicariate apostolic and Salpointe was named bishop. His territory stretched east to El Paso and north to Utah. Over the next 15-plus years, he oversaw the establishment of many parishes and schools — Prescott, Phoenix and Tombstone among them. He eventually became archbishop of Santa Fe, but returned to Tucson after his retirement.

Courtesy of The University of Arizona Library Special Collections (Arizona, Southwestern and Miscellaneous Photograph Collection/Folder 120: S-Sans)

1825: John Baptiste Salpointe, the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Arizona, is born.

1898: University of Arizona baseball players challenge a team of Tucson businessmen in one of the city's first baseball games. The businessmen beat the college boys, 25-23. (from "The book of Tucson firsts" by Larry Cox)

1943: The first Tucson chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous — which consisted of two members — meets. (according to "The book of Tucson firsts" by Larry Cox)

1984: "Tucson Weekly" premieres. The 12-page publication, started by Doug Biggers and Mark Goehring, brings in approximately $600 of advertising revenue.

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