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5 Fun Facts About April 19 In Arkansas History

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1. The Arkansas Equal Suffrage Amendment was ratified on April 19, 1917, making Arkansas the twelfth state to grant women the right to vote.

2. On April 19, 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed by Timothy McVeigh, a former soldier who had ties to Arkansas. The tragedy resulted in the deaths of 168 people, including 19 children.

3. In 1960, Governor Orval Faubus signed into law the "Acts of Littering" bill, which made littering a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment. The law went into effect on April 19 of that year.

4. On April 19, 1882, the Arkansas State Guard was created by the Arkansas General Assembly. The Guard was responsible for assisting in the maintenance of law and order within the state, as well as responding to emergencies and disasters.

5. The Ozark National Forest, which spans over 1.2 million acres across Arkansas, was officially established by the United States Forest Service on April 19, 1908. The forest is home to numerous hiking trails, camping sites, and recreational activities for visitors to enjoy.
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