1982: KOOL-TV (Channel 10) news anchor Bill Close is held hostage while on the air in Phoenix.

1983: A southern Arizona church group gets into a fatal shootout with sheriff's deputies in Miracle Valley.

1983: The National Guard breaks up a year-long strike at the Clifton-Morenci copper mine.

1985: Arizona's Legislature votes to increase the drinking age from 19 to 21.

1986: Artist Keith Haring creates a 125-foot mural in downtown Phoenix.

1986: Within months of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station opens west of Phoenix as the nation's largest such facility.

1987: The Harmonic Convergence brings thousands of people to Sedona.

1987: Glenn Beck moves to Phoenix to work as a DJ on Top 40 station Y-95 (KOY-FM).

1987: Pope John Paul II performs Mass at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

1987: Restaurant owner Jack Durant dies, leaving his house to an English bulldog named Humble.

1987: Arizona State University beats Michigan to win the Rose Bowl.

1988: Barry Goldwater tells CNN's Larry King that he believes the government is withholding information about UFOs.

1988: Governor Evan Mecham is impeached for being an embarrassment to the state.

1988: Former Governor Bruce Babbitt runs for president, loses.

1989: Two "artists" are arrested in Phoenix for destroying a yucca plant resembling the Virgin Mary.

1989: The Keating 5 savings and loan scandal includes two Arizona politicians — U.S. Senators Dennis DeConcini and John McCain.

1990: A massive Phoenix police sting dubbed "AzScam" hits the jackpot, nailing several members of the Legislature.

1991: Nine Buddhists are murdered execution-style at a West Phoenix monastery. Initially, the wrong suspects were charged with the killings.

1991: Biosphere 2 begins experiment sealing eight people from the world for two years. This lasts several days.

1992: Flights to the moon promised earlier by travel agent Joe Arpaio (before he was sheriff) fail to take off as promised.

1992: Charles Barkley arrives in Phoenix to play basketball, announces he's no role model. (He's right!)

1992: A drunken teenager dies after the saguaro he shot near Fountain Hills falls and crushes him.

1992: Arizona becomes the only state in which voters approve Martin Luther King Day.

1993: Nordstrom's Last Chance clearance center, the only one in the nation, opens for business in Phoenix.

1995: Timothy McVeigh of Kingman is charged in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building that killed 168 people. McVeigh later was executed.

1995: Grand Canyon National Park closes for the first time due to a federal budget crisis.

1997: Governor J. Fife Symington III is convicted on seven felony counts of bank fraud and forced to resign from office.

1997: Thousands (including Symington) see strange lights in the night sky over Phoenix; "Phoenix Lights" conspiracy theories abound.

1997: The University of Arizona beats Kentucky to win the NCAA men's basketball championship.

1998: Linda McCartney dies at McCartney Ranch in Tucson at age 56.

1999: Dan Quayle, who spent much of his childhood in Arizona and is currently a Paradise Valley resident, runs for president, loses.

1999: Arizona becomes the first state to have five women — the so-called Fab Five — in top offices.

2000: Gannett buys the Arizona Republic from the Pulliam family.

2000: U.S. Senator John McCain runs for president, loses.

2001: President Bill Clinton pardons former Governor Symington as belated thanks for a Cape Cod drowning rescue.

2001: Hani Hanjour flies on a plane into the Pentagon on September 11. He received flight training in Phoenix.

2001: The Arizona Diamondbacks beat the New York Yankees in the one of the greatest World Series ever played.

2002: Arizona State University tops Playboy's list of the nation's top party schools.

2002: Baseball great Ted Williams' head is frozen at Alcor Cryonics lab in Scottsdale.

2003: Lori Piestewa of Window Rock is the first woman and first Native American to die in the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

2003: Mormon housewife Stephenie Meyer of Glendale has a dream that leads to the best-selling Twilight book series/empire.

2005: Scottsdale becomes the first place where one can have one's ashes made into a diamond.

2007: Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces on CNN that it's an honor to be compared to the Ku Klux Klan.

2010: Senate Bill 1070 terrorizes brown-skinned Arizonans and polarizes the nation.

2010: Pause heard round the world, as Jan Brewer attempts to string words together during a gubernatorial debate.

2010: The dam at Tempe Town Lake bursts.

2010: Arizona voters approve a medical-marijuana initiative; smoke shops open immediately.

2011: Jared Loughner guns down 19 people near Tucson, killing a federal judge and seriously injuring U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

2012: Giffords resigns from office, hugs Republican colleagues.

2012: Governor Jan Brewer shakes her finger in President Barack Obama's face during his campaign stop in Chandler.

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sarum
sarum

Passage of the right to work law 'splains alot. Very important to the quality of life in AZ.

Jesus Cristo de Nogales
Jesus Cristo de Nogales

In 2012 help Gustavo Arellano, Steve Gallardo and La Raza bring an end to the illegal Mexican occupation of the US. They want to start a program to help the occupiers return to their home countries. We will make Arizona free of these illegal Mexican occupiers for the next 100 years.
Are you with us?

Skidmark_Mark
Skidmark_Mark

Phoenix New Times is honored to be compared to a skid mark.

Soldierone
Soldierone

No Phoenix Coyotes in 1997? No mention of the first ever white out? No mention of the many hockey greats that were here during the time? Instead you put stupid college sports crap? Arizona must not have done anything great if all its "milestones" are crimes or somethiing bad.

Jesus Cristo de Juarez
Jesus Cristo de Juarez

2012 will be known as the year that Arizona was liberated from the illegal Mexican occupiers. Praise be to God.

tu
tu

aaacccttuuaallyy the people who decided it was "arizona" and decided to stick around are the illegals. there already were people living here. native americans.

J.D. Davis
J.D. Davis

New Times is like a brown skidmark in there own filthy underwear.Your Centennial choices of notable occurences as 2 what made this state great are full of biased overtones,undertones and just tonedeaf. Your so called ignorant uneducated editors and contributors are a discrace 2 this state and what it has accomplished in 100 years + starting back in 1886 as a leftist democratic territory. I was born here 66 years ago & and from a Arizona pioneer family which means I know thousands of people by now that all agree you make us want to vomit. Move to California or Washington where people might believe your style of crap.
Regards...J.D. Davis...New River Arizona

tu
tu

no, russell pierce is a disgrace to this staze. and brewer. oh and so is arpaio and all the bigots who live here :) its called reality, duh! you sound like those tea party people who want to "clean up" the history books in the south because they think negatives put "our forefathers" in a bad spotlight when it comes to native americans, slavery, african americans and minorities. guess what, they were in a bad light and they had no shame! if we ignore history, then chances are it will repeat itself. look at the timeline. even back then white people were blaming latinos and "people of color" for shit. hopefully the next 100 years we'll have less bogotry and less (hopefully none) idiots running the state.

Wsuguess
Wsuguess

this crap is considered milestones? WTF is wrong with u guys

Alvarado9001
Alvarado9001

you forgot Arizona has politicians with highest IQ's.

Jimnbubba
Jimnbubba

Amazing the crap you consider milestones!!

Jimnbubba
Jimnbubba

You forgot that AZ was a Confederate territory !!!

sarum
sarum

Name the related battles that took place on AZ land.

Jesus Cristo de Nogales
Jesus Cristo de Nogales

MAJOR NEWSBREAK: We must work diligently to free the United States of America from illegal Mexican occupation. Join La Raza, Gustavo Arellano and Steve Gallardo in denouncing the US and returning to our true homeland.

issy
issy

TO BAD REPUBLICANS HAVE HURT THIS STATE AND KEEP ALOT OF SECRETS THAT WOULD HELP THE WORKING PEOPLE. YOU WONT BELIEVE WHAT OUR STATE GOV. IS KEEPING FROM US.

Hkaufman67
Hkaufman67

i remember from 1954 the Wallace and Ladmo show, but Pat McMahon was the First character as Gold Dust Charley and the Pickle Barrels if one got lucky to appear as a
guest. I can say i was one that appeared one after noon, along with the rest of the Cub
scout group, the Guest start was Annie Oakley...

Fletcherdaryl
Fletcherdaryl

Perhaps you should have put in the date Arizona became a state.

Jesus Cristo de Nogales
Jesus Cristo de Nogales

Be very careful insulting the Mexican Jesus. A pox will be placed upon you after 100 Mexicans are moved into your property.

Serpico1000
Serpico1000

jesus cristo de monterrey is trying to appear like a latino, who does not have any apperance as such, his apperance is more like racist, and doesnot rhyme with cristo.

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Serpico1000
Serpico1000

I think the state of arizona is on life support, the state has nothing to be proud of, when a state or country has unanimous power, t he legislation and it's laws are going to be favorable to the party that has the upper hand politicaly, therefore the minorities in this state will see the balance of VOICE mute, and overrun every time, such is the illegal situation, dont look at the illegal stance of the state, but the situation of the minority, in this case the mexican, mexican-american, or latino, meaninng, central and south american individual, they will always be the whipping boy of the party, as well of the party kiss ass that follows them, and this has been going on for 100 years, so wake up minorities, wise up and fight for your rights, if the constitution of this country is equal, and the state constitution is the same way, FIGHT, FIGHT!!!!!!!

Jesus Cristo de Monterrey
Jesus Cristo de Monterrey

AZ 1070 is not a hate law. It deals with the critical issue of a Mexicn occupation of Arizona. How is that hate. You're here illegally and we want you to go.

The Mexican Whisperer
The Mexican Whisperer

Just go to a Ranch Market on a sundaqy morning,,count how many illegal mexicans pay with their achhs food stamps Visa card..You will change your tune.. It changed mine..

darnell
darnell

1070 does not mention mexicans. It deals with illegals in general. You make yourself sound like a bigot when you single out one race over others.

Milo
Milo

Although I'd like to claim Lori Piestewa as being from my hometown area of Window Rock, she was in fact from Tuba City

Blaker
Blaker

Please... Phoenix tries so hard to be relevant... and the best it can do is Gin Blossoms and Glen Campbell? Let's call it what it is... a cultural black hole in the desert.

lovemyAz
lovemyAz

Raising Arizona (1987) a darkly comedy explaning the Tucson shooting, AZ1070 hate law, and Jan Brewer existance

VangSooo
VangSooo

That dude makes a whole lot of sesne man I mean like wow.
Total-Privacy dot US

Kristopher Casey
Kristopher Casey

Woo HOO! Wallace and Ladmo rocked!
PS- I got 2 Ladmo Bags!!!

Guest
Guest

Very entertaining

Big Red 1
Big Red 1

You left out way too many historic facts and information, Like the Bisbee Deportation during World War 1, Gunfight at the OK corral, United Farm Workers strike against unfair farmers and the grape boycott and others you should have been more informative!

Jimnbubba
Jimnbubba

I find it strange that you list Overland Park ,Kansas as you abode,why the worry on your part about our business here in AZ

StillHungry
StillHungry

The O.K. Corral? Really? Kinda been done to death and beyond. (It also happened before Arizona became a state, and that was the criteria for this timeline.) Hey, they got some great obscure stuff in this piece, and that was kind of the point of it.
(If I have a gripe with it, it's that they didn't include the Power brothers, but that's just a personal nitpick on a very finely done piece.)

StillHungry
StillHungry

Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!! Great job, guys! Eva Dugan, Tom Mix - you really pulled out the interesting characters and events in Arizona history, the stuff that only Arizona history junkies know.
Well done!

 
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