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5 Fun Facts About November 16 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1957, the infamous Little Rock Nine entered Central High School, marking a pivotal moment in the fight for desegregation in Arkansas. The nine African American students had been selected to integrate the all-white school, but faced intense backlash and violence from white protesters.

2. On November 16, 1989, the Ouachita Baptist University Choir performed for President George H.W. Bush at the White House. The choir had won numerous awards and acclaim for their performances, and their visit to Washington D.C. was a highlight of their tour.

3. In 1914, the Ozark National Forest was established in Arkansas. Covering over one million acres of land, the forest is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including several endangered species.

4. The town of Helena, Arkansas, was founded on November 16, 1833. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Helena played a significant role in both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement.

5. Arkansas native Johnny Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on November 16, 1980. The singer-songwriter was known for his distinctive voice and poetic lyrics, and remains a beloved figure in the world of American music.
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