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5 Fun Facts About April 7 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1909, Arkansas Governor George Washington Donaghey signed a bill establishing the Arkansas School for the Deaf in Little Rock. The school still exists today and provides education and resources for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the state.

2. On April 7, 1947, the University of Arkansas basketball team won its first NCAA championship by defeating the University of Southern California in the final game. This victory helped put Arkansas on the map as a contender in college basketball.

3. The city of Eureka Springs was incorporated on April 7, 1880. Located in the Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs is known for its Victorian architecture, natural hot springs, and thriving arts scene.

4. In 1865, the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry took place near the town of Sheridan in Grant County. Union forces under General Frederick Steele clashed with Confederate troops under General Sterling Price, resulting in a Union victory and an end to the Confederate Army's attempt to recapture Little Rock.

5. On April 7, 1959, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus signed the Arkansas Fair Housing Act into law, making it illegal to discriminate in the sale, rental, or financing of housing based on race, religion, or national origin. The act was a landmark step in the fight for civil rights in the state.
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