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5 Fun Facts About May 31 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1864, a Confederate force led by General Sterling Price launched an unsuccessful attack against Union troops at the Battle of Jonesboro. The battle was fought near the site of present-day Jonesboro, Arkansas and resulted in heavy losses for the Confederate side.

2. On May 31, 1879, the first electric streetcar service in Little Rock began operation. The streetcars were a major technological advancement at the time and provided a much faster and more efficient means of transportation than previous methods.

3. In 1906, the Ozark National Forest was established in Arkansas. The forest covers over a million acres and provides habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals, including several endangered species.

4. On this day in 1960, the town of Corning, Arkansas was hit by a tornado that caused widespread damage and several fatalities. The tornado was part of a larger outbreak that affected several states in the region.

5. In 2008, the Arkansas State Capitol building was illuminated in blue in honor of Arkansas native and former President Bill Clinton. The color blue was chosen because it represents the Democratic Party, which Clinton is a member of.
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