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5 Fun Facts About June 2 In Arkansas History

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1. On June 2, 1926, the Arkansas Gazette became the first newspaper in the state to use a radio facsimile machine to receive news photos by radio waves. This allowed for faster printing and distribution of photos in the newspaper.

2. In 1941, on June 2, Camp Joseph T. Robinson, a military training facility located in North Little Rock, became the site of the Army Air Corps' first glider training detachment. This marked a significant advancement in the use of gliders in military operations during World War II.

3. On June 2, 1976, the Arkansas State Highway Commission voted to officially name part of State Highway 5 the "Glen Campbell Highway" in honor of the famous singer and Arkansas native. Campbell had a hit song titled "Highwayman" and often referenced his love of the road in his music.

4. In 1982, on June 2, former Arkansas Governor Winthrop Rockefeller was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. Rockefeller was recognized for his contributions to politics, philanthropy, and civil rights.

5. On June 2, 2011, the city of Little Rock officially renamed a section of West Markham Street as "President Clinton Avenue" in honor of former President Bill Clinton, who served as Governor of Arkansas from 1979-1981 and again from 1983-1992 before being elected President. The street runs through the downtown area and includes several significant landmarks and buildings, including the Clinton Presidential Library.
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