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5 Fun Facts About December 17 In Arkansas History

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1. Arkansas became a state on December 17, 197 years ago in 1836. Prior to its statehood, Arkansas was a territory named Missouri Territory.

2. President Bill Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas on August 19, 1946. However, on December 17,1998, President Clinton made history as the second U.S. president to be impeached by the House of Representatives following the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

3. In 1819, the Arkansas Gazette was established, which made it the first newspaper in Arkansas. The newspaper was published on December 17 of that year and initially cost $6 per year.

4. On December 17, 1969, the last issue of the Arkansas Gazette was published before it merged with the Arkansas Democrat to form the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The Gazette was the oldest continuously published newspaper west of the Mississippi River.

5. In 1862, the Battle of Prairie Grove took place on December 7, but it was the aftermath on December 17 that made history in Arkansas. This day marked the end of Confederate General Thomas Hindman's offensive campaign in the state during the American Civil War. Although the Confederacy had some successes, they were ultimately unable to capture any significant Union force or territory.
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