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5 Fun Facts About August 20 In Arkansas History

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1. On August 20, 1934, the notorious criminal and bank robber George "Machine Gun" Kelly was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee, ending a nationwide manhunt. Kelly and his wife had been hiding out in Hot Springs, Arkansas, before fleeing to Memphis.

2. In 1962, the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock became the first hospital in the state to perform a successful kidney transplant. The patient, a 29-year-old woman, went on to live for more than 20 years after the procedure.

3. On August 20, 1987, a major train derailment occurred in Judsonia, Arkansas, when a section of track gave way due to flooding. Seven Union Pacific railroad cars carrying hazardous chemicals fell into the Little Red River, causing a massive environmental disaster.

4. The town of Searcy, Arkansas, was founded on August 20, 1837. Originally named White Sulphur Springs, the town was renamed after Richard Searcy, a prominent lawyer and politician in the area.

5. On this day in 2014, former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker published his memoir, "Jim Guy Tucker: The Memoir." The book chronicles Tucker's life in politics, including his time as governor and his later legal troubles, which resulted in a conviction for fraud and conspiracy.
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