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5 Fun Facts About April 15 In Arkansas History

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1. On April 15, 1912, the tragic sinking of the Titanic occurred, which had a profound impact on Arkansas. The ship's wreckage was later discovered by renowned diver, Jim Eckert, who was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

2. In 1920, on April 15, the city of Piggott was hit by a tornado that caused extensive damage, including the destruction of several homes and buildings.

3. On April 15, 1947, the Arkansas Travelers baseball team made their debut in Little Rock, Arkansas. The team has since become a beloved institution in the state, and has won several league championships over the years.

4. In 1964, on April 15, Mary Beth Byrd was born in Arkansas. Byrd went on to become a contestant on season 19 of "The Voice," and made it to the top 9 before being eliminated.

5. On April 15, 2014, the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship program underwent significant changes, including a reduction in funding and tighter eligibility requirements. The changes were controversial, and were met with widespread protests from students and educators across the state.
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