May 11: Today in Arizona history

2013-05-11T07:00:00Z May 11: Today in Arizona historyArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

1889: A band of masked men ambushes Major J.W. Wham and his military escort carrying a $26,000 army payroll to Fort Thomas. The payroll was stolen and eight soldiers were wounded.

1910: The Maricopa-Phoenix train is held up about eight miles from Maricopa. Two bandits relieve all the passengers of their valuables and one passenger is struck over the head with a revolver.

1934: Tucson's first city hall building, which was built in 1881, is destroyed by fire.

2002: Joseph Bonanno Sr., the former boss of one of New York City's five original Mafia families and a longtime Tucson resident, dies.

The 97-year-old native of Sicily, who led the Brooklyn-based Bonanno Family for more than three decades before he lost power in the 1960s, dies of natural causes at St. Mary's Hospital.

He is buried in Holy Hope Cemetery following a funeral attended by more than 400 people at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

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

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