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5 Fun Facts About February 11 In Arkansas History

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1. On February 11, 1820, Arkansas became a territory of the United States. This paved the way for it to become a state later on.

2. The first public school in Arkansas opened on February 11, 1845, in Little Rock. This marked a significant milestone in the state's education system.

3. Baseball legend and Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson was born on February 11, 1937, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He played his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles.

4. On February 11, 1996, several tornadoes struck central Arkansas, causing widespread damage and claiming 17 lives. This remains one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in the state's history.

5. The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, which has been entertaining audiences for over 40 years, opened its doors on February 11, 1976. It has been a cornerstone of the state's performing arts scene ever since.
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