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5 Fun Facts About February 25 In Arkansas History

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1. The Arkansas State Capitol Building was dedicated on February 25, 1915. The state capitol was designed by architect Cass Gilbert and features a dome modeled after the United States Capitol dome.

2. On February 25, 1927, an F4 tornado struck the town of Helena, Arkansas, causing extensive damage and killing 35 people. The tornado was part of the deadliest tornado outbreak in Arkansas history.

3. In 1933, Arkansas Governor Junius Marion Futrell signed a bill designating the apple blossom as the official state flower of Arkansas on February 25.

4. On February 25, 1956, the Arkansas Civil Rights Act was signed into law, making Arkansas the first southern state to enact a civil rights law since Reconstruction.

5. The Arkansas State Police was officially established on February 25, 1935, by Governor J.M. Futrell. The state police was created to assist local law enforcement agencies and enhance public safety throughout the state.
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