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5 Fun Facts About May 28 In Arkansas History

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1. On May 28, 1917, the first World War I soldier from Arkansas was killed in action. Private Oscar Hendrix from Little River County was fighting in France when he was struck by a bullet during the battle of Cantigny.

2. In 1934, the infamous criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed and killed by law enforcement officers near Gibsland, Louisiana. Bonnie Parker was born in Rowena, Texas, which is just over the Arkansas border, and the couple had a history of committing crimes in the region.

3. On May 28, 1958, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that school segregation was unconstitutional, but this decision was largely ignored by the state government and schools continued to be segregated for several more years.

4. In 1980, the Arkansas Gazette won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the death penalty in Arkansas, specifically focusing on the case of a man named Ricky Ray Rector. Rector was executed for murder despite significant questions about his mental competence and the legality of the death penalty itself.

5. On May 28, 2013, a deadly tornado ripped through the town of Vilonia, Arkansas, killing 16 people and causing extensive damage. The tornado was part of a larger outbreak that affected multiple states and resulted in more than 40 fatalities overall.
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