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5 Fun Facts About April 23 In Arkansas History

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April 23 is a date that has had significant moments in Arkansas history. Here are five interesting facts about April 23 in Arkansas history:

1. Arkansas became the 25th state to ratify the 19th Amendment on April 23, 1919, giving women the right to vote.

2. On April 23, 1957, Governor Orville Faubus signed Act 17, which authorized the closing of Little Rock Central High School to prevent the integration of African American students.

3. President Bill Clinton signed the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 on April 23, which required insurance companies to cover reconstructive surgery following mastectomies.

4. On April 23, 2007, the deadliest tornado outbreak in Arkansas history occurred, resulting in 13 deaths and numerous injuries.

5. The prestigious Pulitzer Prize-winning Arkansas Gazette newspaper published its final edition on April 23, 1991, after 144 years of operation, due to financial troubles.
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