Sandra Day O’Connor was born in El Paso, Texas, on March 26, 1930, the daughter of Harry A. Day and Ada Mae Wilkey Day. Her parents owned and operated the Lazy B Ranch, a cattle ranch of nearly 200,000 acres located near the Arizona-New Mexico border that had been established by her grandfather, Henry Clay Day, in rhe 1880s, three decades before Arizona became a state. After Sandra was born in an El Paso hospital, she and her mother returned to a home that still lacked electricity and running water. There she spent her early childhood years.