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5 Fun Facts About May 27 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1937, the Arkansas River flooded after heavy rains hit the region, causing widespread devastation. The disaster remains one of the worst natural disasters in Arkansas history, with over 40,000 people displaced by the flooding.

2. On May 27, 1896, a massive tornado swept through the town of Gurdon, Arkansas, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The tornado killed 14 people and left many more injured, making it one of the deadliest tornadoes in Arkansas history.

3. On May 27, 1961, civil rights activists staged a sit-in at a segregated drugstore in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. The demonstration, which was part of a broader effort to end racial segregation in the South, ended in the arrests of 26 protesters.

4. In 1904, the first ever Arkansas State Fair was held in Little Rock. The fair has since become an annual tradition, drawing thousands of visitors from around the state and showcasing the best of Arkansas agriculture and industry.

5. On May 27, 1992, the Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, making it the first state in the South to do so. The landmark decision paved the way for the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015.
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