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5 Fun Facts About July 22 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1975, Arkansas Governor David Pryor signed a law requiring mandatory seat belt use for all front seat passengers, making Arkansas one of the first states to enact such legislation.
2. In 1993, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism launched the "Arkansas Tourist Town" program, which recognized cities and towns across the state for their efforts in promoting tourism and providing engaging visitor experiences.
3. The Arkansas State Capitol building, located in Little Rock, was completed and dedicated on July 22, 1915. The building features a neoclassical architectural style and its dome stands at 230 feet tall.
4. In 1965, the Arkansas Gazette newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service for its coverage of the Little Rock Central High School integration crisis, which occurred in 1957.
5. On July 22, 1864, Confederate guerilla leader William C. Quantrill and his men attacked the town of Hot Springs, Arkansas, burning several buildings and stealing from merchants before retreating to safety. The raid was one of many violent acts committed during the Civil War in Arkansas.
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