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5 Fun Facts About December 10 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1917, the Great War (World War I) was still raging in Europe and the United States had recently entered the conflict. On December 10, 1917, the Arkansas National Guard's Second Infantry Regiment was mustered into federal service, soon to be sent overseas to fight in the war.

2. On December 10, 1939, the city of Little Rock welcomed a new landmark with the opening of the Joseph Taylor Robinson Memorial Auditorium. The art deco building was dedicated to the late U.S. Senator Joseph T. Robinson, who had died earlier that year.

3. In 1948, future President Bill Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas. Although his actual birthdate was August 19, Clinton often celebrated his birthday on December 10, the day his mother named as his official birthday on legal documents.

4. On December 10, 1965, the University of Central Arkansas in Conway was granted university status by the Arkansas legislature, changing its name from State College of Arkansas to its current name.

5. In 2004, the city of Eureka Springs in northwest Arkansas made national news when its city council passed an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The move was seen as a progressive step in a state that had previously been slow to adopt non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals.
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