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5 Fun Facts About February 16 In Arkansas History

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1. On February 16, 1864, the Confederate army retired from Little Rock, Arkansas after Union forces occupied the city during the Civil War.

2. In 1914, Arkansas became the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to call for women's suffrage when the state legislature passed a resolution on February 16.

3. The Arkansas Constitutional Convention met on February 16, 1868, in Little Rock to draft a new state constitution following the end of the Civil War.

4. February 16, 1950, marked the beginning of the "Big Shootout," a high school basketball game between the undefeated and mostly white Eagles of all-white Horace Mann High School and the undefeated and mostly black Central High School Tigers. This game became a symbol of the fight for integration in Arkansas schools.

5. On February 16, 1925, the Aladdin Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas, hosted a meeting of notorious gangsters, including Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and Frank Costello. The meeting was said to have been called to discuss illegal gambling operations and criminal activity.
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