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5 Fun Facts About February 24 In Arkansas History

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1. On February 24, 1864, the Union captured Little Rock, Arkansas during the Civil War. The city had been the capital of the Confederate state of Arkansas since 1863.
2. In 1903, the Arkansas State Legislature passed a law changing the state's official nickname from "The Bear State" to "The Wonder State" on February 24.
3. On February 24, 1928, a tornado struck the town of Camden, Arkansas, killing 22 people and injuring many more. The storm caused significant damage to the town's infrastructure and left many homes and businesses destroyed.
4. In 1965, the Arkansas House of Representatives approved resolutions to establish a state flag and to set aside February 24 as "Flag Day" in Arkansas. The state flag, adopted later that year, features a blue field with a white diamond and 25 white stars to represent Arkansas being the 25th state to join the Union.
5. On February 24, 2006, the Arkansas State Capitol Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The building, located in Little Rock, was completed in 1915 and is considered a good example of neoclassical architecture. It has served as the state capitol for over 100 years.
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