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5 Fun Facts About July 8 In Arkansas History

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1. On July 8, 1926, the city of Little Rock celebrated the opening of its first airport, Adams Field. Named after the mayor at the time, the airport originally consisted of a single runway and a small terminal building. Today, it serves as the largest airport in Arkansas, with over 2 million passengers annually.

2. On July 8, 1932, the famous outlaw and bank robber, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, was arrested in Little Rock by FBI agents. Kelly had been on the run for months, but was ultimately captured after a tip from a local citizen. He was later sentenced to life in prison and died behind bars in 1954.

3. July 8, 1950 marked the beginning of the Korean War, which would last for three years and claim the lives of over 33,000 American soldiers. Arkansas played an important role in the conflict, with many local troops serving in the war effort.

4. On July 8, 1989, the city of Fayetteville hosted the first ever Walmart Shareholders Meeting. The event was attended by over 10,000 people and included speeches from Walmart executives, as well as a performance by country music legend, Dolly Parton.

5. Finally, July 8, 2017 saw the opening of the Little Rock Technology Park, a state-of-the-art facility designed to foster innovation and collaboration among Arkansas startups and entrepreneurs. The park features over 100,000 square feet of office and lab space, and aims to promote economic growth and development in the region.
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