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5 Fun Facts About August 29 In Arkansas History

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1. On August 29, 1929, the Arkansas State Capitol building was officially dedicated in Little Rock. The building, designed in the neoclassical style, took over 16 years to complete and is known for its impressive dome.

2. In 1958, on August 29, Daisy Bates, who was a civil rights activist and mentor to the Little Rock Nine, began publishing the Arkansas State Press newspaper. The paper focused on issues of racial equality and was a vital voice in the struggle for civil rights in Arkansas.

3. On August 29, 1912, the New Light Baptist Church was founded in Little Rock. The church was originally located on 7th Street and played an important role in the spiritual and social lives of the African American community in the city.

4. In 1986, on August 29, Arkansas native Bill Clinton gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The speech launched Clinton onto the national stage and helped to propel his eventual rise to the presidency.

5. On August 29, 1942, the battle of Makin Island took place in the Pacific Theater of World War II. One of the soldiers who fought in the battle was Arkansas native Billie D. Harris, who would later receive the Medal of Honor for his actions on the island.
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