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5 Fun Facts About August 1 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state of the United States of America. The state was admitted into the Union on August 1st, marking an important milestone in Arkansas' history.

2. On August 1st, 1862, the Battle of Prairie Grove took place in northwest Arkansas. The battle is considered one of the most significant in the state's history, as it helped to secure Union control of the region during the Civil War.

3. August 1st is also National Minority Donor Awareness Day in Arkansas. The day is meant to raise awareness about the importance of organ, tissue, and blood donation in minority communities.

4. In 1923, the first Arkansas State Highway Commission was established on August 1st. The Commission was charged with overseeing the construction and maintenance of the state's highway system, which played a significant role in connecting communities across Arkansas.

5. On August 1st, 1957, the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School began with the admission of nine African American students. The event was a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement and remains an important part of Arkansas' history today.
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