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5 Fun Facts About December 7 In Arkansas History

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1. Arkansas played a significant role in the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A week prior, a Japanese spy, Takeo Yoshikawa, had been spying on the naval base and sending regular, coded reports back to Tokyo from a hotel room in Honolulu. One of his final transmissions before the attack is thought to have been sent from a radio transmitter in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

2. On December 7, 1955, the Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball team was sold to a group of Little Rock businessmen for $75,000. The team would go on to win numerous league championships and produce several major league players over the next several decades.

3. December 7, 1965, marked the opening of the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. The center has hosted numerous national and international art exhibits and boasts a permanent collection of over 15,000 works of art.

4. On December 7, 1982, the University of Arkansas football team, led by future NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Quinn Grovey, defeated the University of Georgia Bulldogs 20-14 in the Cotton Bowl Classic. It was the first major bowl game win for the Razorbacks in almost 20 years.

5. In 2015, on the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in North Little Rock opened a new exhibit focused on the USS Arkansas, a battleship that was present at Pearl Harbor during the attack. The exhibit features artifacts from the ship and interactive displays that give visitors a sense of what life was like for the crew during the attack and throughout the ship's history.
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