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Opposite of infamy: Arizona to dedicate its WWII memorial (access required)

Gun barrels from the USS Arizona (left) and the USS Missouri have taken their spots for display to the public in Wesley Bolin Plaza. The World War II artifacts will be unveiled to the public Dec. 7, ending a two-year effort by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett to save the gun barrels from the scrap heap. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

One day after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, thrusting the United States into World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt told the nation that Dec. 7, 1941, was “a date which will live in infamy.”

Seventy-two years later, on Dec. 7, 2013, at an event that represents the opposite of infamy — appreciation, honor and respect — Arizona dedicates its World War II memorial at the east end of Wesley Bolin Plaza. It features two huge gun barrels resting side by side — one from the USS Arizona and the other from the USS Missouri, symbolically representing the beginning and the end of World War II.

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Telephones in Tucson (access required)

In 1881, five years after Scottish-born inventor Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the first electrical transmission of speech, the newfangled apparatus called a telephone was introduced to Tucson. That same year, amid considerable public curiosity, a small exchange opened its doors on April 1.

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