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5 Fun Facts About January 27 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1894, the Arkansas State Capitol was destroyed by fire. The building was reconstructed and reopened in 1912.

2. In 1930, Arkansas Governor Harvey Parnell was sworn into office. He served as governor from 1930 to 1933.

3. In 1968, the Arkansas River flooded, causing extensive damage throughout the state. Over 14,000 homes were destroyed, and more than 1,000 people were killed or injured.

4. In 1990, Mike Huckabee was sworn in as Arkansas Governor. He served as governor for a total of 11 years, from 1996 to 2007.

5. In 2013, the Little Rock Nine were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their courageous efforts to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock in 1957. The Little Rock Nine were a group of African American students who were the first to attend Central High School after the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision.
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