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5 Fun Facts About June 23 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1862, a Civil War skirmish occurred in Searcy County, Arkansas. Confederate forces under General Thomas Hindman attacked a Union troop led by Colonel Marcus La Rue Harrison. The Union forces were able to repel the Confederate attack and hold their position.

2. On June 23, 1944, the U.S. Army Air Forces conducted a bombing raid on a Japanese-run prisoner of war camp in Osaka, Japan. The raid resulted in the deaths of over 300 American prisoners of war, as well as hundreds of Japanese civilians.

3. In 1962, Governor Orval Faubus ordered the National Guard to prevent the integration of Little Rock Central High School. The move was a direct challenge to a federal court ruling that ordered the integration of the school, and it sparked national outrage and widespread protests.

4. On June 23, 1972, four men associated with President Richard Nixon's re-election campaign were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. This scandal eventually led to Nixon's resignation in 1974.

5. In 1984, the Arkansas State Capitol building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The building was completed in 1915 and features a distinctive neoclassical design. It has been the seat of government in Arkansas since its construction.
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