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5 Fun Facts About March 29 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1865, the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry took place near Cotton Plant, Arkansas. The Confederate army's attempt to stop Union troops from crossing the Saline River ultimately failed, leading to Union control of the state.

2. On March 29, 1879, former Arkansas governor and senator James P. Clarke was born in Yazoo County, Mississippi. Clarke would go on to serve as Arkansas governor from 1895 to 1905 and as a U.S. senator from 1903 until his death in 1916.

3. In 1902, the Arkansas State Legislature voted to permanently locate the state's capital in Little Rock. Prior to this decision, the state capital had moved several times, with the last move to Little Rock occurring in 1821.

4. On March 29, 1975, the Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball team won the NCAA national championship by defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 92-76 in the championship game. It remains the only NCAA men's basketball championship in school history.

5. In 2016, Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill prohibiting cities and counties in the state from passing anti-discrimination ordinances that specifically protect LGBT individuals. The law faced widespread backlash and led to calls for boycotts of the state.
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