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5 Fun Facts About October 8 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1896, the first Arkansas State Fair was held in Hot Springs. The fairgrounds were located on what is now the site of the Hot Springs Mall.

2. On October 8, 1922, Daisy Bates, a prominent civil rights leader and newspaper publisher, was born in Huttig, Arkansas. Bates is best known for her role in the Little Rock Nine crisis, when she assisted nine African American students in integrating Central High School in Little Rock.

3. In 1957, the Little Rock Nine crisis came to a head when Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus ordered the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the nine black students from entering Central High School. President Dwight D. Eisenhower eventually intervened by federalizing the National Guard and sending in troops from the 101st Airborne Division.

4. On October 8, 1970, Arkansas Razorback football icon Frank Broyles coached his final game. Broyles, the winningest coach in Razorback history, retired after a 14-year career that included a national championship in 1964.

5. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Arkansas, causing widespread flooding in the state. Ivan was responsible for 39 deaths in the United States and caused over $18 billion in damage.
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