On Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1927, the contract was awarded to Sumner-Sollitt Co. of Chicago for the construction of the U.S. Veterans Hospital in Tucson.

On this date in 1929, the final game of the Arizona League baseball race between Bisbee and Miami ended in a riot on the diamond after the umpire refused to call the game on account of darkness.

Thursday, Sept. 18

On this date in 1925, Gov. George W.P. Hunt warned the federal government that Arizona owned all the game within its borders and that included all National Forest lands.

On this date in 1925, the federal government withdrew two sections of Tucson land and designated them as the site of an airfield for the city.

On this date in 1929, the first case of bubonic plague ever found in Arizona was reported in Yuma.

Friday, Sept. 19

On this date in 1880, the Fort Mohave Indian Reservation was established by executive order.

On this date in 1923, the U.S. Biological Survey reported that 100 mountain lions had been killed in one year in a drive to wipe out predatory animals.

On this date, the town of Hayden suffered heavy damage from hail and wind. Ten houses were washed away.

On this date in 1925, Tucson was hit by a tornado and an inch of rain fell in 10 minutes. A total of 2 1/2 inches of rain fell in three days.

On this date in 1929, well-known Santa Cruz County rancher, Roy Sorrels, was killed by lightning as he rode an inspection tour around his ranch 12 miles northeast of Nogales on the Patagonia Road.

On this date in 1929, Tom A. Bullock, Arizona pioneer rancher and horseman, died at age 93. With his brother, Ed, Bullock had owned the Lexington Stables in Tucson and had raced a string of horses at mining camps throughout southern Arizona.

On this date in 1985, medical reporter Charles Thornton of The Arizona Republic was killed while on assignment with an Afghanistan freedom fighter group that was ambushed by Soviet-supported troops.

Saturday, Sept. 20

On this date in 1927, Leo, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion, was being flown from San Diego to New York when the Ryan monoplane with its specially constructed cage of glass over steel bars, crashed in the Mogollon Rim, 60 miles north of Roosevelt Lake. Pilot Martin Jenson found his way to the Apache Lodge and cowboys located the wreckage and rescued Leo.

On this date in 1929, for the first time the waters of the Coolidge Dam produced electric power when Supervisor Theodore Rose opened the gates into the turbine which started the generators.

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