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5 Fun Facts About September 29 In Arkansas History

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1. On September 29, 1950, the first black lawyer in Arkansas, Scipio Africanus Jones, passed away in Little Rock. Jones was known for representing the "Scottsboro Boys," nine young black men who were falsely accused of raping two white women in Alabama in 1931.

2. In 1789, the first white man to explore the area around present-day Arkansas City, William Dunbar, crossed the Arkansas River on September 29. Dunbar was accompanied by George Hunter, and their exploration led to the discovery of a large mineral deposit, sparking interest in the region.

3. On September 29, 1839, the first post office in Fort Smith was established. Fort Smith became a significant location in the American Southwest during the 19th century due to the presence of a military fort, a federal courthouse, and a major trading post.

4. The Arkansas Razorbacks football team played their first-ever game on September 29, 1894, losing to Fort Smith High School 0-16. The Razorbacks are now one of the most prominent college football programs in the country with a fervent fan base.

5. Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States who was born in Hope, Arkansas, celebrated his 39th birthday on September 29, 1980, while serving as the Governor of the state. Clinton would go on to serve two terms as President from 1993-2001.
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