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5 Fun Facts About August 5 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1930, the Arkansas State Capitol building was dedicated in Little Rock. The building, designed in the Beaux Arts style, took 16 years to complete and cost $2.2 million dollars.

2. On August 5, 1957, the Little Rock Nine, a group of African American students, made history by attempting to enter Little Rock Central High School for the first time. They were met with opposition from angry mobs and the Arkansas National Guard, but eventually were able to attend the school under federal protection.

3. In 1985, Arkansas governor Bill Clinton announced the formation of the Arkansas School-to-Work program, which aimed to provide vocational training and job skills to high school students. The program was eventually adopted by several other states.

4. On August 5, 1994, the Arkansas Razorbacks football team won its first ever SEC title by defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 13-6 in the SEC Championship game. The Razorbacks went on to play in the national championship game that season, but lost to the University of Southern California.

5. In 2006, the Arkansas River flooded, causing extensive damage to several communities in the state. The flooding was caused by heavy rains from a stalled frontal system, and the resulting damage was estimated to cost over $1 billion dollars.
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