1. In 1819, Arkansas became a territory of the United States, marking its first step towards statehood. The Arkansas Territory was created out of pieces of the Louisiana Territory and the Missouri Territory.
2. The Battle of Fayettville took place on November 3, 1862, during the Civil War. Confederate troops attacked Union soldiers in the town of Fayetteville, but were ultimately defeated.
3. Arkansas native Daisy Gatson Bates played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement by helping nine black students integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957. On November 3 of that year, the students returned to school after being prevented from entering on their first attempt.
4. On November 3, 1992, Arkansas became the first southern state to elect a woman to the United States Senate. Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun defeated incumbent Republican senator Charles Percy.
5. In 2015, an EF3 tornado hit the town of Dumas on November 3, causing significant damage and injuring several people. The tornado was part of a larger severe weather outbreak that affected several states in the Midwest and South.
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