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5 Fun Facts About May 14 In Arkansas History

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1. On May 14, 1832, Arkansas Territory held its first gubernatorial election. William S. Fulton, who had been serving as the territory's delegate to Congress, was elected as the first governor of Arkansas Territory.

2. On May 14, 1945, just days after the German surrender in Europe, a B-25 bomber crashed into the side of a mountain in the Ozarks, killing all 13 men on board. The crash site is now a hiking destination and memorial.

3. On May 14, 1958, the city of Jonesboro was hit by a devastating tornado that killed 35 people and injured hundreds more. The tornado was one of the deadliest in Arkansas history, and caused millions of dollars in damage.

4. On May 14, 1970, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that the state's anti-mask law was unconstitutional. The law, which had been on the books since the 1920s, had been used to suppress civil rights demonstrations.

5. On May 14, 1998, then-Governor Mike Huckabee signed into law a bill designating the Ozark chinquapin tree as Arkansas's official state tree. The Ozark chinquapin, a type of chestnut tree native to the region, had been nearly wiped out by a blight in the early 20th century.
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