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1979
Mel Zuckerman and his wife Enid opened Canyon Ranch, America’s first total vacation and fitness resort, on an old dude ranch in Tucson, Arizona. By 2007 it was recognized as a premium health-spa of choice for the super rich.
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1980 Jun 20
Lake Powell, straddling the Arizona-Utah border behind the Glen Canyon Dam, completed its fill, which began in 1963
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1980
Hispanics in Phoenix Arizona, numbered about 15% of the population. By 2005 the number reached 42%.
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1981 Apr 22
In the largest US bank robbery, more than $3.3 million was stolen in Tucson Ariz. 4 men were later arrested for the robbery.
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1982
In Arizona Karl LeGrand, a German citizen, stabbed to death a bank manager during a bungled robbery attempt with his brother Walter LaGrand. Karl was convicted and died by lethal injection Feb 24, 1999. Walter was executed a week later. A UN court in 2001 upheld that the US violated international law in the case.
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1983
1984
Twelve Navajo weavers in Arizona completed the 26x28 foot "Little Sister" rug. It was a smaller version of a larger rug woven in 1976, and recorded as the largest Navajo rug in the world. In 1997 the rug was put up for auction to raise funds for a community health clinic.
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1984 Jan 13
Arizona inmate Robert Henry Moormann beat, stabbed and suffocated his adoptive mother, Roberta Moormann (74), who allegedly sexually abused him into adulthood. He was out of prison in Florence on furlough for another crime, the kidnapping and molesting of an 8-year-old girl in 1972. Robert Henry Moormann was executed in 2012.
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1984
The Biosphere project in Oracle, Arizona, began and was designed to last 100 years.
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1984
Charles Keating, Arizona land developer, bought Lincoln Savings & Loan. He then proceeded to loot the institution’s federally protected deposits by booking phony profits on sham land and securities transactions and fooled auditors and investors about the failing health of Lincoln and its parent American Continental Corp. He was convicted on state charges in 1991 and federal charges in 1993. The federal charges were overturned in 1996.
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1987 Apr 18
In Arizona Gregory Robertson made a 200-mph free fall to save Debbie Williams, who had collided with a fellow diver at around 9,000 feet and was knocked unconscious.
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1987 Aug 29
Academy Award-winning actor Lee Marvin died in Tucson, Ariz., at age 63.
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1988 Jan 8
An Arizona state grand jury indicted Gov. Evan Mecham (1924-2008) and his brother, Willard, on charges of concealing a campaign loan. Both were later acquitted on these charges.
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1988 Jan 20
An Arizona House committee opened hearings on the possible impeachment of Gov. Evan Mecham.
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1988 Feb 5
The Arizona House impeached Gov. Evan Mecham, setting the stage for his conviction in the state Senate.
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1988 Mar 15
NFL owners approved the move of the St Louis Cardinals to Phoenix.
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1988 Apr 4
The Arizona Senate convicted Gov. Evan Mecham of two charges of official misconduct, and removed him from office. Mecham was the first U.S. governor to so censured in nearly six decades.
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1988 Jun 16
Impeached and ousted Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham and his brother, Willard, were found innocent by a Phoenix jury of concealing a $350,000 campaign loan.
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1988
Mo Udall, Arizona state representative, authored "Too Funny to be President."
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1989
The Univ. of Phoenix began teaching online.
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1991 May 4
Morris K. Udall (d.1998), (Rep-D-Ariz), resigned due to Parkinson's disease.
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1991 Aug 10
Nine Buddhists were found slain at their temple outside Phoenix, Arizona. Two teen-agers were later arrested; one pleaded guilty to murder, the other was convicted of murder.
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1991 Sep 26
In Oracle, Arizona, 4 men and 4 women began a two-year self-sufficiency stay inside a $150 million, sealed-off structure on 3.15 acres known as Biosphere 2.
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1991 Dec 4
Charles Keating, Arizona land developer and chairman of Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, was convicted on 17 counts of securities fraud in state court. Keating was one of the most controversial figures in the savings and loan scandals of the late 1980s. Keating's sales personnel persuaded depositors to put their money into high-risk junk bonds.
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1991
The US RVing Women organization, based in Apache Junction, Az., was founded as a support group for women travelers touring the country on their own.
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1991
Three men challenged the Virgil Earp law in Tombstone, Arizona, that forbade carrying guns in the city limits.
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1991
Charles Keating, Arizona land developer, was found guilty of fraud in state court.
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1992 Mar 7
Democrat Bill Clinton picked up additional victories in the South Carolina primary and the Wyoming caucuses, while fellow Democrat Paul Tsongas won the Arizona caucuses. President George H.W. Bush won the Republican primary in South Carolina.
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1992 Apr 10
Financier Charles Keating Jr. was sentenced in Los Angeles to nine years in prison for swindling investors when his Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed. He had acquired Lincoln Savings in 1984 through his Phoenix-based American Continental. The convictions were later overturned.
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1992 Sep 18
Ross Perot's name was submitted for the 50th state ballot -- Arizona -- on the same day that Perot hinted on NBC's "Today" show that he might throw his hat into the presidential ring, after all.
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1992
The Virgil Earp law in Tombstone, Arizona, was repealed on the grounds that it was superceded by state law that allowed people to carry guns without a permit.
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1993 Apr 23
Labor leader Cesar Chavez (b.1927) died in San Luis, Ariz. He founded the United Farm Workers Union on his birthday Mar 31, 1962. In 1996 a 2-hr documentary of his life was made: "The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Struggle." In 2011 Frank Bardacke authored “Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Movement.” In 2014 Miriam Pawel authored “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez.”
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1993 Sep 26
Eight people emerged from the glass dome of Biosphere Two in the Arizona desert after being sealed inside for two years in an experiment dogged by setbacks and controversy. In 2006 Jane Poynter, one of the participants, authored “The Human Experiment, Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2.”
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1993 Dec 6
Don Ameche (85), actor (Cocoon), died in Scottsdale, Ariz., of prostate cancer.
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1993
Charles Keating, Arizona land developer, was found guilty by a federal jury on 73 counts of racketeering, fraud, and conspiracy and sentenced to 12 years. His son was also convicted on 64 counts that alleged many of the same crimes. Federal charges were overturned in 1996.
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1993
Guillermo Gaede, an Intel engineer, used his computer to tap into plans for the Pentium & 486 chip manufacturing process and video taped the information. He sent the info his former employer Advanced Micro Devices who notified federal authorities. He claimed to have been double-crossed by the FBI and also to have passed info from AMD to Cuba, China, North Korea and Iran. He was arrested in Phoenix on Sep 23, 1995.
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1993
An international competition rated Phoenix, Az., and Christchurch, New Zealand, as the world’s best governed cities.
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1994 Jan 14
In Phoenix, Ariz., Shane Stant, who admitted to being the "hit man" in the clubbing assault on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, surrendered to authorities.
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1994 Mar 6
In Arizona a 2nd 7-member crew entered the Biosphere 2. Their mission was cut short under management problems and reorganization.
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1994
Arizona toughened its insanity defense law by replacing the plea phrase “not guilty by reason of insanity” to “guilty except insane.”
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1995 Aug 26
Evelyn Wood (86), speed reading guru, died in Tucson, Arizona. The Salt Lake City school teacher, began popularizing her “Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics” in the late 1950s after seeing her graduate-school professors speed-read through a paper.
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1995 Sep 23
Guillermo Gaede, an Intel engineer, was arrested in Phoenix. He had used his computer to tap into plans for the Pentium & 486 chip manufacturing process and video taped the information in May 1993. He sent the info to his former employer Advanced Micro Devices who notified federal authorities. He claimed to have been double-crossed by the FBI and also to have passed info from AMD to Cuba, China, North Korea and Iran.
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1995 Oct 9
Saboteurs pulled 29 spikes from a stretch of railroad track, causing an Amtrak train to derail in Arizona; one person was killed and about 100 were injured.
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1995
An Amtrak crash in Arizona killed one person and injured many.
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1996 Feb 27
Bob Dole won the North Dakota and South Dakota primaries, while Steve Forbes captured Arizona’s winner-take-all primary.
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1996 Jun 13
Arizona Governor Fife Symington was indicted on charges of making false statement to financial institutions and using his office to free himself from a $10 mil loan guarantee.
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1996 Jul 1
Twelve members of an Arizona anti-government group, the Viper Militia, were charged with plotting to blow up government buildings. The group was infiltrated by Drew Nolan, an agent for the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).
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1996 Jul 2
US federal officials announced the arrest of 12 members of a militia unit, called Viper Militia, that had planned to bomb government offices in the Phoenix area. On Dec 19 two members pleaded guilty to explosives and weapons charges. On Dec 27 three more members pleaded guilty.
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1996 Dec 30
The Clinton administration said that doctors who prescribe marijuana could be excluded from Medicare and Medicaid programs and lose the right to prescribe drugs. Voters in California and Arizona had approved measures for medical use of marijuana.
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1996
Passenger train service ended in Phoenix, Az.
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1997 Jan 4
Harry Helmsley (87), self-made billionaire and husband to Leona, died in Scottsdale, Ariz. His vast real estate holdings included the Empire State Building. His entire $1.7 billion estate was left to his wife except for $25k left to a longtime secretary.
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1997 Mar 25
Former President George Bush, 73, parachuted from a plane over the Arizona desert.
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1997 Mar 31
In the US men’s NCAA Basketball finals Arizona beat Kentucky 84-79 in overtime.
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1997 Apr 18
American Rivers Inc., a national conservation group, listed this year’s ten most endangered rivers. Included were the Potomac, San Joaquin, the lower Colorado and the Hudson Rivers.
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1997 May 14
Margaret Lesher (64), inheritor of the Lesher media empire, was reported missing by her new husband, T.C. Thorstenson (39), at Bartlett Lake near Phoenix. She was found drowned.
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1997 Aug 9
An Amtrak train derailed on a bridge near Kingman, Arizona, and 183 of 350 passengers were injured. A flash flood had undermined supports for a small bridge.
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1997 Aug 12
In Arizona a flash flood from a storm 15 miles away killed ten hikers in the Lower Antelope Canyon near Lake Powell. The group leader of the Trek-America outfit, that catered mostly to Europeans, was the only survivor.
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1997 Aug 31
In Phoenix, Az., bounty hunters in search of a bail jumper killed a couple that apparently knew nothing about the sought bail jumper. Chris Foote (23) and Spring Wright (20) were killed by 5 bounty hunters. Matthew Brackney (20), his father David Brackney (45) and Michael Martin Sanders (40) were in custody and 2 others were sought by authorities. Arizona laws allow bounty hunters to break down doors and use guns to bring bail jumpers back to jail without a court order, warrant or license. There were an estimated 2,000 bounty hunters nationwide. Brian Jay Robbins and Ronald Eugene Timms were arrested on Sep 3.
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1997 Aug
In Arizona two jurors in the Symington trial received telephoned death threats and offers of bribes.
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1997 Sep 3
Arizona Gov. Fife Symington, the great-grandson of steel baron Henry Clay Frick, was found guilty by a jury on 7 counts of lying to get millions in loans to shore up his collapsing real estate empire. He was later sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, charged a fine of $60,000, and ordered to serve 5 years of probation. Symington's conviction was overturned in 1999; he was pardoned by President Clinton in January 2001 as prosecutors again pursued the case.
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1997 Sep 5
In Arizona Sec. of State Jane Dee Hull assumed the role of governor, the 3rd current female governor in the US after Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.
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