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5 Fun Facts About June 9 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1929, the city of Pine Bluff experienced a devastating tornado that killed 35 people and caused significant damage to the city. The tornado was classified as an F4 on the Fujita scale and left a path of destruction a mile wide and six miles long.

2. On June 9, 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech to a joint session of the Arkansas legislature in Little Rock. The speech focused on civil rights and urged lawmakers to end segregation and discrimination in the state.

3. In 1978, a race riot erupted at the Cummins Unit prison in Grady, Arkansas. The riot began as a result of tensions between black and white inmates and lasted for several days before order was restored. Several inmates were injured and one was killed during the riot.

4. On this day in 1995, the Arkansas Razorbacks won their first NCAA baseball championship by defeating the University of Southern California. The championship game was played in Omaha, Nebraska and the Razorbacks won 4-3.

5. In 2016, the Arkansas River reached its highest level in 30 years, causing widespread flooding across the state. The flooding was caused by heavy rainfall in the region and resulted in several deaths and significant property damage. The flooding prompted Governor Asa Hutchinson to declare a state of emergency for 47 counties.
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