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5 Fun Facts About August 10 In Arkansas History

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1. On August 10, 1896, Isaac Charles Parker, the famous “Hanging Judge” of Fort Smith, Arkansas, died. He served as a judge in the Western District of Arkansas from 1875 to 1896 and was known for his harsh sentences, including over 160 death sentences.

2. In 1916, the Arkansas State Flag was adopted on August 10. The flag features a diamond shape with a blue background and multiple symbols representing the state’s history, including a diamond to represent the state’s diamond mining industry and stars for Arkansas’s membership in the Confederacy.

3. On August 10, 1945, the USS Arkansas, a World War II battleship named after the state, was present during Japan’s surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay. The ship was renowned for its role in the Pacific Theater of the war, including supporting the Normandy landings and participating in the Philippines campaign.

4. The Ozark National Forest, located in northwest Arkansas, was established on August 10, 1908. The forest covers over 1.2 million acres and includes multiple recreation areas, hiking trails, and scenic drives.

5. In 2017, Arkansas native and country music superstar Glen Campbell passed away on August 10. Campbell, born in Delight, Arkansas, had a successful music career with hits such as “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman,” and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
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