May 13: Today in Arizona history

2013-05-13T07:00:00Z May 13: Today in Arizona historyArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

1846: President James K. Polk declares a state of war exists between the United States and Mexico.

1920: The city of Tucson charges that Phoenix is holding up its census figures until it could learn Tucson's population — and then boost their numbers to put Phoenix ahead.

1929: A forest fire, which had burned for days in the Patagonia Mountains, is finally put out — just in time to save the town of Harshaw.

Also in 1929: Barney Oldfield, famous racing driver, narrowly escapes death when his car overturns on the highway near Winslow after hitting a road scraper.

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