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5 Fun Facts About November 10 In Arkansas History

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1. On November 10, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation that made Arkansas the 13th U.S. state to be officially readmitted to the Union following the Civil War. This proclamation marked the end of a long and tumultuous period of reconstruction for the state.

2. In 1944, American novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner William Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi, but spent much of his childhood and early adult life in Oxford, Arkansas, and is considered by many to be one of the most important American writers of the 20th century.

3. On November 10, 1969, the Razorbacks of the University of Arkansas defeated the Texas Longhorns by a score of 15-14 in what has become known as the "Big Shootout." The game was played in Austin, Texas, and was one of the most highly anticipated college football contests of the season. The Razorbacks went on to win the national championship that year.

4. In 1978, prominent Arkansas attorney and civil rights activist Scipio Africanus Jones was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter. Jones was born into slavery and went on to become one of the most successful attorneys in the state, defending numerous African American clients in high-profile cases.

5. On November 10, 1986, former Arkansas governor and future President Bill Clinton was re-elected to a second term in office. Clinton, who had been elected governor in 1978 at the age of just 32, would go on to serve two more terms before being elected President of the United States in 1992.
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