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5 Fun Facts About July 19 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1877, the Arkansas Democrat newspaper reported on the first recorded baseball game in the state, between a team from Fort Smith and one from Little Rock. Fort Smith emerged victorious with a score of 60-26.

2. On July 19, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Hot Springs to unveil a plaque commemorating the Arkansas White House, a resort where several presidents had stayed. The plaque can still be seen today at the site of the former resort.

3. In 1957, Governor Orval Faubus famously called in the Arkansas National Guard to block nine black students from entering Little Rock Central High School. This event, known as the Little Rock Nine crisis, thrust Arkansas into the national spotlight as a symbol of the struggle for civil rights.

4. On July 19, 1961, the remains of outlaw Bill Doolin were discovered in the town of Lawson, Arkansas. Doolin was a notorious member of the Wild Bunch gang and had been on the run from the law for years before he was killed in a shootout with U.S. marshals.

5. In 2019, Arkansas marked its 182nd year of statehood on July 19. The state was admitted to the Union on this day in 1836 as the 25th state. Today, Arkansas is known for its natural beauty, diverse geography, and rich cultural heritage.
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