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5 Fun Facts About October 22 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1879, the first Arkansas State Fair was held in Little Rock. The fair was originally organized to showcase and promote agriculture in the state.

2. The Arkansas Razorbacks football team played their first game on October 22, 1894, against the Fort Smith High School team. The Razorbacks won the game with a score of 32-0.

3. On October 22, 1912, the Central High School in Little Rock was established. The school is known for its role in the Civil Rights Movement when nine African American students were denied admission in 1957, leading to a standoff between Governor Orval Faubus and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

4. The Ozark National Forest was established on October 22, 1908, by President Theodore Roosevelt. The forest covers nearly 1.2 million acres in northern Arkansas and is known for its scenic drives, hiking trails, and outdoor recreation opportunities.

5. Arkansas native and actress Mary Steenburgen was born on October 22, 1953. Steenburgen has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including "Back to the Future III," "Step Brothers," and "The Last Man on Earth," and has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performances.
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