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5 Fun Facts About April 25 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1914, the Arkansas National Guard was called into service by Governor George Washington Donaghey during a labor dispute in Batesville.

2. On April 25, 1927, a tornado destroyed the town of Rock Springs, Arkansas, killing 18 people and injuring many more.

3. In 1961, civil rights leader James L. Farmer Jr. spoke at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas on April 25, urging students to become active in the civil rights movement.

4. On April 25, 1996, a gunman opened fire on a group of tourists at a campground near Jasper, Arkansas, killing two people and injuring several others.

5. Arkansas celebrated its 100th anniversary of statehood on April 25, 1936, with a statewide celebration that included parades, pageants, and speeches.
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