1. In 1863, the Battle of Arkansas Post began. The Union army, under the command of General John McClernand, attacked the Confederate fortifications on the Arkansas River. The battle ended the next day with a Union victory and marked a significant turning point in the campaign to control the Mississippi River.
2. In 1891, William Jefferson Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas. He would go on to become the 42nd President of the United States, serving two terms from 1993-2001. Clinton remains a prominent figure in Arkansas politics and is the namesake of the state's largest airport, the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
3. In 1928, the Hollywood Wax Museum opened in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The museum features lifelike wax figures of famous celebrities and has become a popular tourist attraction over the years.
4. In 1951, the Ozark National Forest was established. Covering over 1.2 million acres of the Ozark Mountains, the forest features scenic vistas, hiking trails, and numerous recreational opportunities.
5. In 2013, Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr resigned from office amid a campaign finance scandal. Darr admitted to using campaign funds for personal expenses and was fined $11,000 by the state Ethics Commission. His resignation sparked a power struggle within the state's Republican Party and led to the appointment of a new lieutenant governor.
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