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5 Fun Facts About April 27 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1909, the Arkansas Industrial University (now the University of Arkansas) became the first college in the southern United States to offer a course in aviation. The course was taught by John C. Futrall and included lectures on airships, aeroplanes, and other related topics.

2. On April 27, 1953, the city of Little Rock was hit by a catastrophic tornado that killed 13 people and injured over 150 others. The tornado also caused widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure throughout the city.

3. In 1961, the Arkansas State Capitol building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The building, which was completed in 1915, is considered one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in the United States.

4. On April 27, 1991, former Arkansas Governor Winthrop Rockefeller was posthumously inducted into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame. Rockefeller was an avid aviator and helped to establish the Little Rock Municipal Airport (now the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport) in the 1930s.

5. In 2014, the Arkansas River Trail was completed, connecting over 40 miles of trails throughout central Arkansas. The trail, which includes pedestrian and bicycle paths, provides access to many of the state's most popular parks and natural areas, including the Big Dam Bridge and Pinnacle Mountain State Park.
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