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5 Fun Facts About June 24 In Arkansas History

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1. On June 24, 1904, the first electric streetcar was operated in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It ran from the downtown area to the Hot Springs National Park.

2. In 1944, Camp Joseph T. Robinson near Little Rock became a Japanese internment camp, housing over 3,000 Japanese-American civilians who were relocated from the west coast during World War II. On June 24, the first group of 151 Japanese-Americans arrived at the camp.

3. On June 24, 1970, the Arkansas House of Representatives voted to approve the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Arkansas was the 17th state to ratify the amendment, which guaranteed equal rights for women.

4. In 1992, former Arkansas Governor William Clinton attended a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., for his presidential campaign. The event raised $800,000 for Clinton's campaign, with donors including actor Tom Hanks and singer Barbra Streisand.

5. On June 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges. The ruling extended marriage rights to same-sex couples in Arkansas and the rest of the country.
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