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5 Fun Facts About January 30 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1864, Union Army General Frederick Steele led a successful raid on the Confederate stronghold of Arkadelphia during the Civil War. The raid marked a significant victory for the Union Army in Arkansas.

2. In 1934, Bonnie and Clyde were believed to have robbed a bank in Ruston, Louisiana, and then made their way to Arkansas. They were later spotted in Hot Springs, Arkansas, but managed to elude police.

3. On January 30, 1948, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech entitled "Birth of a New Age" in Little Rock, Arkansas. The speech emphasized the need for peaceful protest and nonviolent resistance in the fight for racial equality.

4. In 1984, the Arkansas Razorbacks won their first-ever SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Championship. Led by head coach Eddie Sutton and future NBA player Alvin Robertson, the Razorbacks defeated the Kentucky Wildcats in the championship game.

5. On January 30, 2009, two pilots were killed when their small plane crashed in a rural area of Perry County, Arkansas. The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but investigators speculated that heavy fog may have played a role.
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