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5 Fun Facts About February 20 In Arkansas History

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1. On February 20, 1873, the Arkansas State Legislature approved legislation to establish a State Agricultural and Mechanical College in Fayetteville. The school, now known as the University of Arkansas, remains a major institution of higher learning in the state.

2. In 1923, Arkansas native Hattie Caraway was appointed to fill a vacant seat in the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in that body. She went on to win a special election in 1932 and was reelected twice, serving a total of 14 years.

3. On February 20, 1906, a deadly tornado struck the town of Bald Knob, Arkansas, killing at least 55 people and injuring dozens more. It remains one of the deadliest tornadoes in state history.

4. Arkansas native and civil rights leader Daisy Bates was born on February 20, 1914. She played a key role in the Little Rock Nine crisis of 1957, when nine African-American students were integrated into Little Rock Central High School.

5. The 1971 film "A Gunfight" was partially filmed in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and starred Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash. The movie is notable for featuring a soundtrack entirely composed by Cash.
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