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5 Fun Facts About February 7 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1805, William Dunbar and George Hunter, two Scottish explorers, discovered a hot spring in what is now Hot Springs National Park. This hot spring has been attracting visitors for centuries and is now a popular tourist destination.

2. On February 7, 1864, the Union Army captured Little Rock, the capital city of Arkansas, during the Civil War. This was a significant victory for the Union, as it gave them control of the state's government.

3. In 1936, the Arkansas state flag was officially adopted. The flag features a diamond shape with 25 white stars surrounding a blue central star, representing the state's membership in the United States.

4. On February 7, 1963, Gov. Faubus signed a bill that created the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority. The Authority's mission is to promote research and development in science and technology in Arkansas.

5. In 2008, Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, won the Louisiana Republican primary election on February 7th. This victory helped him to stay competitive in the Republican presidential race, along with Mitt Romney and John McCain.
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