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5 Fun Facts About November 8 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state to join the Union. The state was admitted as a slave state, which played a significant role in the events leading up to the Civil War.

2. November 8, 1864, marked the date of the Battle of Clarkton during the American Civil War. Confederate forces led by General John Marmaduke clashed with Union troops under the command of Brigadier General Egbert Brown. The Union emerged victorious, and the Confederate troops were forced to retreat.

3. The first Arkansas State Capitol building was completed on November 8, 1836. The building, located in Little Rock, served as the seat of Arkansas's government until it burned down in 1911.

4. Arkansas experienced a significant earthquake on November 8, 1906. The magnitude 5.5 quake was felt as far away as Memphis, Tennessee, and caused damage to buildings in the northeastern part of the state.

5. On November 8, 1994, Arkansas became the first state in the country to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. The amendment was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015.
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