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5 Fun Facts About August 19 In Arkansas History

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1. On August 19, 1862, the Civil War Battle of Devil's Backbone took place in Arkansas. Confederate General Thomas Hindman's army fought against Union General James Blunt's army, resulting in a Confederate victory.

2. Arkansas became a state on June 15, 1836, but on August 19, 1977, the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

3. On August 19, 1936, baseball legend Hank Greenberg hit his famous 50th home run of the season, tying Babe Ruth's record. Greenberg played for the Detroit Tigers and was born in New York City, but spent part of his childhood in Little Rock.

4. In 1958, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) was founded in Madison, Wisconsin. However, on August 19, 1974, AFSCME Local 965 was recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for University of Arkansas employees.

5. On August 19, 1948, the Ozark Folk Festival was founded in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This festival celebrates the music, art, and culture of the Ozarks region, and has been held annually ever since.
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