Cele Peterson's downtown Tucson women's store burned in November of 1956. Cleo Chilikas and Alex Simons were within the building at the time, however, both of them and five other persons survived the blaze. Chilikas's husband, William, and Simons's wife, Emma were at the scene.

Photo by Jack Sheaffer. Courtesy of University of Arizona, Special Collections (The Jack Sheaffer Photograph Collection)

1877: The first Mormon settlers arrive on the San Pedro River to find what is now the town of St. David.

1927: The Colorado River changes course below Yuma and the United States gains 600 acres of Mexican land.

1934: A Thanksgiving Day record low of 23 degrees is recorded in Tucson.

1949: Actor Garry Shandling, who was raised in Tucson and attended the University of Arizona, is born in Chicago.

1956: Firefighters rescue seven in blaze at Cele Peterson's store; $500,000 in damage.

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