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5 Fun Facts About November 5 In Arkansas History

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Here are five interesting facts:

1. Desegregation begins in Little Rock (1959) – On November 5, 1959, the Little Rock School Board voted to implement a gradual desegregation plan in the city's public schools. This was a significant milestone in the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas as it marked the beginning of the end of the practice of segregation.

2. Helena Race Riot (1868) – On November 5, 1868, a violent race riot erupted in Helena, Arkansas, which resulted in the deaths of several African Americans and the destruction of their homes and businesses. The riot was sparked by a dispute between two white politicians that quickly escalated into a full-blown racial conflict.

3. President Clinton's First Election (1996) – On November 5, 1996, Arkansas native and former Governor Bill Clinton was re-elected for his second term as President of the United States. Clinton won over 70% of the vote in his home state of Arkansas, solidifying his popularity in the region.

4. Arkansas's First Execution (1913) – On November 5, 1913, the first legal execution in Arkansas occurred when J.W. Lightfoot was hanged for the murder of his wife. This marked a significant shift from the earlier practice of lynching in the state.

5. Arkansas Statehood Day (1836) – November 5 is celebrated as Arkansas Statehood Day, as that was the day in 1836 that Arkansas became the 25th state to join the Union. The state was admitted following prolonged debate over the issue of slavery, which ultimately led to Arkansas being admitted as a slave state.
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