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5 Fun Facts About July 9 In Arkansas History

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1. On July 9, 1937, the Arkansas State Capitol Building was officially dedicated. The building was designed in the neoclassical style and features a dome modeled after the United States Capitol.

2. In 1964, Arkansas native Glen Campbell recorded his signature song "Gentle on My Mind" in Los Angeles. The song, written by John Hartford, won four Grammy Awards and has been covered by numerous artists.

3. On July 9, 1972, the Arkansas Razorbacks won their first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship in track and field. The team was led by sprinter and future Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith.

4. The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board was established on July 9, 1947, to regulate the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages in the state. The board is responsible for issuing licenses to businesses and enforcing regulations.

5. On July 9, 1951, the Arkansas Power and Light Company (AP&L) announced plans to construct a nuclear power plant near Russellville. The plant, known as Arkansas Nuclear One, began operating in 1974 and remains in operation today.
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