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5 Fun Facts About July 31 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1903, the Arkansas State Fair Association was incorporated. The Arkansas State Fair is still held annually in Little Rock and is one of the state's largest events.

2. On July 31, 1952, President Harry Truman signed the McCarran-Walter Act, which allowed for the deportation of immigrants suspected of being "subversive" or "dangerous" to the security of the United States. The act also abolished discrimination against immigrants based on race and national origin.

3. In 1970, the Ozark National Forest was created in Arkansas. Covering over 1 million acres, the forest is a popular destination for outdoor recreation and features numerous trails, campgrounds, and waterfalls.

4. On July 31, 1971, the city of Jonesboro in northeastern Arkansas experienced a deadly tornado outbreak. The tornadoes killed 16 people and caused extensive damage to the area.

5. In 2012, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in Bentonville, Arkansas. The museum, which was founded by Walmart heiress Alice Walton, features a collection of American art from the colonial period to the present day and has become a major cultural attraction in the state.
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