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5 Fun Facts About February 2 In Arkansas History

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1. On February 2, 1889, Arkansas became the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to adopt a statewide prohibition of alcohol. However, the law was largely ignored and eventually repealed in 1933 when national Prohibition ended.

2. In 1903, the capital city of Little Rock was rocked by a major fire that destroyed much of its downtown area, including businesses, homes, and the state capitol building. The blaze started in a perfumery and spread quickly due to high winds. Despite the widespread damage, no lives were lost.

3. February 2, 1922 marked the birth of Beryl Anthony Jr., a prominent politician and attorney who served as a U.S. Representative from Arkansas from 1979 to 1993. He was known for his work on health care, welfare, and civil rights issues.

4. On February 2, 1943, the USS Dorado, a submarine on a training mission, disappeared off the coast of Panama. The ship and its 77-person crew were presumed lost until wreckage was discovered in 2010. The cause of the sinking remains a mystery.

5. February 2, 1978 saw the release of the movie "The Buddy Holly Story," which depicted the life and career of the legendary rock-and-roll musician. Although Holly was born in Texas, he performed extensively in Arkansas and recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, which is just across the border. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.
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