1. Arkansas Becomes a State: On September 16, 1836, Arkansas officially became the 25th state to enter the Union.
2. The Conway Riot: In 1886, a political rally in Conway turned violent as Democrats clashed with Republicans. The incident resulted in several injuries and became known as the Conway Riot.
3. Little Rock Nine: On September 16, 1957, nine black students attempted to enter Little Rock Central High School in defiance of segregation laws. The students were initially prevented from entering by the Arkansas National Guard, but later were allowed in with the intervention of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
4. The Founding of Hot Springs National Park: Hot Springs National Park was established on September 16, 1921. The park is known for its natural hot springs and was the first federally protected area in the United States.
5. American Civil War Battles: Arkansas played a significant role in the American Civil War, and several battles took place on September 16 throughout the state. In 1863, the Battle of Bayou Fourche was fought near Little Rock, while the Battle of Devil's Backbone took place in 1864 in northern Arkansas.
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