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5 Fun Facts About August 14 In Arkansas History

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1. On August 14, 1832, a treaty was signed between the United States government and the Cherokee Nation, known as the Treaty of New Echota. This treaty ceded the Cherokee's lands east of the Mississippi River in exchange for territory in modern-day Oklahoma. The agreement was highly controversial and led to the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their homeland, known as the Trail of Tears.

2. August 14, 1912, marked the opening of the Arkansas State Fair, an annual event that showcases agriculture, livestock, and industry in the state. The fair has been held every year since, with the exception of a few years during World War II.

3. In 1936, on August 14th, African-American boxer Joe Louis fought at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock. Louis, who would later become one of the greatest heavyweight boxers in history, defeated his opponent, Jack Sharkey, by a technical knockout in the third round.

4. On August 14, 1959, the town of Heber Springs experienced a tragic flash flood that killed 20 people. The flood was caused by heavy rainfall that caused Greers Ferry Lake to overflow, sending a wall of water down the Little Red River and into the town.

5. August 14, 2001, marked the dedication of the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, located in North Little Rock. The cemetery honors Arkansas veterans and their families and is the final resting place for more than 8,000 veterans.
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