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5 Fun Facts About May 7 In Arkansas History

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1. On May 7, 1818, the Arkansas Territory was created by an act of Congress, paving the way for Arkansas statehood in 1836.

2. In 1963, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent nine African American students from entering Little Rock's Central High School. This sparked a crisis that ultimately led to President Eisenhower sending federal troops to enforce the Supreme Court's desegregation order.

3. On May 7, 1995, a massive tornado struck the town of Jarrell, Texas, killing 27 people and destroying numerous homes and businesses. Many Arkansans participated in the relief effort, providing aid and supplies to the devastated community.

4. Country music star Glen Campbell was born on May 7, 1936, in Delight, Arkansas. He rose to fame in the 1960s with hits like "Gentle on My Mind" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," and continued to perform and record until his death in 2017.

5. May 7, 1945, is known as "Victory in Europe Day" or VE Day, marking the end of World War II in Europe. Many Arkansans served in the war effort, fighting overseas and participating in the homefront campaign to support troops and conserve resources.
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