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5 Fun Facts About April 6 In Arkansas History

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1. On April 6, 1905, a devastating tornado struck the town of Benton, Arkansas, killing 41 people and causing extensive damage to buildings and homes. The tornado was one of the deadliest in Arkansas history.

2. In 1959, the Arkansas State Legislature passed the first piece of civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. The bill, which was signed into law on April 6, prohibited segregation in Arkansas public schools.

3. On April 6, 1878, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that African American voters could not be prevented from voting due to their race. The decision struck down a state law that had been used to disenfranchise Black voters in Arkansas.

4. Arkansas native Johnny Cash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 6, 1992. Cash, known for his distinctive baritone voice and rebellious spirit, had a career spanning over five decades and was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

5. On April 6, 1865, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered his forces to Union General William T. Sherman at Bennett Place in Durham, North Carolina. The surrender effectively ended the Civil War in the eastern theater and set the stage for the eventual surrender of all Confederate forces.
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