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5 Fun Facts About October 27 In Arkansas History

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1. On October 27, 1941, the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students, entered Little Rock Central High School for the first time. This event marked a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement and led to the eventual desegregation of schools across the United States.

2. In 1958, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus ordered the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine black students from attending Little Rock Central High School. This decision was met with outrage and condemnation from across the country and ultimately led to the intervention of federal troops.

3. On October 27, 1970, Arkansas resident Edith Irby Jones was appointed to the U.S. National Commission on Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases. Jones was the first African-American woman to serve on a presidentially-appointed commission.

4. In 1975, the Arkansas Razorbacks football team defeated the Texas Longhorns 31-10 in what is known as the "Big Shootout." This victory secured Arkansas' first Southwest Conference championship in 16 years and remains one of the most iconic moments in Razorbacks football history.

5. On October 27, 2018, country music legend Garth Brooks performed a sold-out concert at the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Brooks has a strong connection to the state, having attended Oklahoma State University on a track scholarship and often performing in the area early in his career.
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