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5 Fun Facts About August 18 In Arkansas History

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1. On August 18, 1936, the Arkansas State Capitol building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by architect George Mann and completed in 1915, the Capitol serves as the seat of government for the state.

2. The Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball team played their first game at Ray Winder Field in Little Rock on August 18, 1932. The team has a long history in the state and continues to play today at Dickey-Stephens Park in nearby North Little Rock.

3. On August 18, 1956, Little Rock was thrust into the national spotlight when Governor Orval Faubus called out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the integration of Central High School. The ensuing crisis would last for months and involve the intervention of President Eisenhower and the 101st Airborne Division.

4. The Arkansas Arts Center was dedicated on August 18, 1963. Located in Little Rock's MacArthur Park, the Center features a world-class collection of art and hosts a variety of exhibitions, educational programs, and performances throughout the year.

5. August 18, 1994, marked the opening of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. The library houses the official records and artifacts of President Clinton's time in office and is also home to the Clinton School of Public Service.
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