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5 Fun Facts About April 21 In Arkansas History

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On April 21, a number of noteworthy events have occurred throughout Arkansas's history. Here are five interesting facts about this date:

1. In 1918, a WWI training camp was established in Eberts Field at Lonoke County, Arkansas. Soldiers were trained to fly and maintain aircraft before deploying to Europe to serve in the war.

2. Actress and singer Patti Page was born in Claremore, Oklahoma, on April 8, 1927, but she grew up in Arkansas. She rose to fame in the 1950s as the "Singing Rage," producing hits like "Tennessee Waltz" and "Doggie in the Window."

3. On April 21, 1967, the Arkansas Assembly voted unanimously to admit African American lawyer George Howard Jr. to the bar, ending his three-year legal battle to be allowed to practice law.

4. A fierce storm hit Arkansas on April 21, 2011, killing 16 people and causing millions of dollars in damage. The storm system spawned numerous tornadoes, hail, and strong winds, particularly in the Little Rock and Eureka Springs areas.

5. In 1934, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, notorious bank robbers and outlaws, led a gang that included a number of Arkansas natives. The group stole cars, committed robberies, and engaged in shootouts with police, with a notorious incident occurring on April 21, 1934, in which two Texas Highway Patrol officers were killed.
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