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5 Fun Facts About December 18 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1961, Arkansas became the final state to repeal its Sunday blue laws, which prohibited certain activities on Sundays, such as selling alcohol and hunting.

2. On December 18, 1913, the Arkansas Rice Milling Company was incorporated in Stuttgart, Arkansas, laying the foundation for the town's reputation as the Rice Capital of the World.

3. The Arkansas State Capitol building was completed on December 18, 1914, after four years of construction. It remains a historic landmark and popular tourist attraction in Little Rock.

4. Jazz musician Al Hibbler, known for his hit songs "Unchained Melody" and "After the Lights Go Down Low," was born in Little Rock on December 18, 1915.

5. The USS Arkansas, a battleship commissioned in 1911 and serving in both World Wars, was decommissioned on December 18, 1946. Its bell and mast are now on display at the Arkansas State Capitol.
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