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5 Fun Facts About June 1 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1947, the town of Charleston, Arkansas experienced a devastating tornado that killed 16 people and caused widespread destruction. It remains one of the deadliest tornadoes in the state's history.

2. On June 1, 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state admitted to the Union. The state had been a territory since 1819 and had a tumultuous path to statehood, including a dispute over slavery in the constitution.

3. In 1965, Governor Orval Faubus signed the Arkansas Human Rights Act, which prohibited discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and housing based on race, religion, or national origin.

4. The Little Rock Nine, a group of African American students who were the first to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957, received their diplomas on June 1, 1958. The group faced immense opposition and violence during their time at the school, but their bravery helped pave the way for the Civil Rights Movement.

5. June 1, 1999 marked the beginning of a five-year drought in Arkansas, which caused widespread agricultural and economic damage. The drought was particularly severe in the eastern part of the state, and many farmers were forced to sell or abandon their crops.
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