1. On January 12, 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state of the United States. The Arkansas territory was established in 1819, and it took 17 more years to gain statehood.
2. In 1913, the University of Arkansas established its School of Agriculture, which is now known as the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. It is one of the oldest and largest programs of its kind in the country.
3. On January 12, 1938, the Arkansas State Capitol building was officially dedicated. The building, which was constructed between 1899 and 1915, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the state.
4. In 1965, Fayetteville native and former Arkansas Razorbacks football player Jerry Jones became the co-captain of the 1965 National Championship team. Jones later went on to become the owner of the Dallas Cowboys.
5. On January 12, 1976, the Fayetteville Public Library officially opened its doors to the public. The library, which was housed in an old grocery store, now has a collection of over 240,000 items and serves more than 45,000 patrons.
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