Arkansas in History

Arkansas: Little Rock

Historical Events

  • 1808-11-10 Osage Treaty / Treaty of Fort Clark, Osage Nation cedes territory in Missouri and Arkansas to the US
  • 1819-03-02 Territory of Arkansas organized
  • 1831-12-25 Louisiana & Arkansas are first states to observe Christmas as holiday
  • 1836-06-15 Arkansas becomes 25th state of the Union
  • 1859-02-28 Arkansas legislature requires free blacks to choose exile or slavery
  • 1861-02-12 State troops seize US munitions in Napoleon, Arkansas, during the US Civil War
  • 1861-04-23 Arkansas troops seize Ft Smith
  • 1861-05-06 Arkansas & Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th states to secede from US
  • 1862-07-06 Skirmish at Devall's Bluff, Arkansas (106 casualties)
  • 1862-07-12 Federal troops occupy Helena, Arkansas
  • 1862-07-15 CSS Arkansas vs USS Cardondelet & Queen of the West engage at Yazoo R
  • 1862-08-06 Confederate ironclad "Arkansas" is badly damaged in Union attack
  • 1862-11-28 Battle at Cane Hill, Arkansas (475 casualties)
  • 1863-01-09 -Jan 11th] Battle of Arkansas Post, AR (Ft Hindman)
  • 1863-01-11 Union forces capture Arkansas Post, or Ft Hindman, Arkansas
  • 1863-07-04 Failed Confederate assault on Helena Arkansas (640 casualties)
  • 1863-08-01 Battle of Little Rock, Arkansas; start of Chattanooga campaign
  • 1863-09-01 Federal troops reconquer Fort Smith Arkansas
  • 1863-09-27 Jo Shelby's cavalry in action at Moffat's Station, Arkansas
  • 1864-03-29 Union General Steeles troops reach Arkadelphia Arkansas
  • 1864-03-30 Skirmish at Mount Elba, Arkansas
  • 1864-04-02 Skirmish at Spoonville/Antoine, Arkansas
  • 1864-04-03 Skirmish at Okolona, Arkansas
  • 1864-04-04 Skirmish at Elkin's Ford (Little Missouri River), Arkansas
  • 1864-04-15 General Steeles' Union troops occupies Camden, Arkansas
  • 1864-04-25 Battle of Marks' Mill, Arkansas (Camden Expedition)
  • 1864-04-29 -30] Skirmish at Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas
  • 1864-04-30 Battle of Jenkin's Ferry, Arkansas; Gen W R Scurry is killed
  • 1865-05-11 Confederate Brigadier General Meriwether Jeff Thompson surrenders at Jacksonport, Arkansas
  • 1868-01-07 Arkansas constitutional convention meets in Little Rock
  • 1868-06-22 Arkansas re-joins the US
  • 1869-03-13 Arkansas legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan law
  • 1905-02-13 -29°F (-34°C) Pond, Arkansas (state record)
  • 1919-09-30 Race riot at Elaine Arkansas
  • 1921-03-04 Hot Springs National Park created in Arkansas

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1931-02-03 Arkansas legislature passes motion to pray for soul of H L Mencken after he calls state "apex of moronia"

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken

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1936-04-01 Charles "Lucky" Luciano" is arrested in Arkansas on a criminal warrant from New York

  • 1936-08-10 120°F (49°C) at Ozark, Arkansas (state record)
  • 1956-10-14 Patty Berg wins LPGA Arkansas Golf Open
  • 1957-09-04 Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, calls out National Guard to stop 9 black students from entering a Little Rock high school
  • 1957-09-23 White mob forces 9 black students who had entered a Little Rock high school in Arkansas to withdraw
  • 1957-09-25 300 US Army troops guard 9 black kids return to Central High School in Arkansas

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1958-05-08 US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock, Arkansas

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1958-06-23 US Federal judge rules race separation must end in 2½ years in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1965-08-09 Fire in Titan II silo in Searcy Arkansas, 53 die
  • 1968-05-15 A tornado strikes Jonesboro Arkansas at 10 PM, killing 36
  • 1968-11-12 Epperson v. Arkansas in US Supreme Court declares Arkansas law banning teaching evolution in public schools unconstitutional
  • 1977-10-15 Arkansas' Steve Little kicks a record tying 67 yard field goal
  • 1981-09-12 Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982
  • 1982-01-05 Arkansas judge rules against obligatory teaching of creation
  • 1982-05-13 Terri Lea Utley, 20 (Arkansas) crowned 31st Miss USA
  • 1982-12-03 35.7 cm rainfall at Big Fork, Arkansas (state record)
  • 1985-04-20 ATF raid on The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas.
  • 1987-12-28 In Arkansas R Gene Simmons kills 2, later bodies of 14 of his relatives are found at his home near Dover Ark
  • 1989-07-23 Winds gust to 85 MPH at Fort Smith, Arkansas

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1996-05-28 U.S. President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1998-03-24 Jonesboro massacre: Two students, ages 11 and 13, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are dead and ten are wounded.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1802-10-16 Isaac Murphy, Governor of Arkansas (1864-68) (d. 1882)
  • 1851-12-21 Thomas Chipman McRae, American politician, 34th Governor of Arkansas (d. 1929)
  • 1880-02-10 Jesse G Vincent, Arkansas, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine
  • 1886-01-03 John G Fletcher, US, poet (Epic of Arkansas)
  • 1896-02-25 John Little McClellan, Sheridan Arkansas, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark)

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1908-07-08 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), born in Brinkley, Arkansas (d. 1975)

Musician Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan
  • 1910-01-07 Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas (d. 1994)
  • 1912-10-27 Conlon Nancarrow, Texarkana Arkansas, composer (Soundings 4)

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1913-01-31 Don Hutson, Pine Bluff Arkansas, first NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers)

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • 1914-11-11 Daisy Bates, publisher/head (Arkansas NAACP)
  • 1915-03-27 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1919-08-13 Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (Cathedral of Tomorrow), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2007)
  • 1922-02-18 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, born in Green Forest, Arkansas, (d. 2012)
  • 1922-05-04 John Paul Hammerschmidt, (Rep-R-AR, 1967-93 ), born in Harrison, Arkansas
  • 1923-03-26 Clifton Williams, Traskwood Arkansas, band master (Sinfonians)
  • 1924-08-29 James W. Wood, American astronaut (Dynasoar), born in Paragould, Arkansas (d. 1990)
  • 1924-12-26 Frank Broyles, American athlete, long time athletic director of the University of Arkansas.
  • 1925-08-12 Dale Bumpers, politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975-99), born in Charleston, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1927-05-31 Red Holloway [James], Helena, Arkansas, jazz tenor saxophonist, (d. 2012)
  • 1928-07-16 Ray Thornton, (Rep-D-Arkansas)
  • 1930-05-27 William S Sessions, Arkansas, director of FBI

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1932-02-26 Johnny Cash, Kingsland Arkansas, American country singer (I Hear the Train Coming)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

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1932-05-08 Sonny Liston, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sand Slough, Arkansas (d. 1970)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1932-05-27 [Herman] Junior Parker, Arkansas, blues vocalist/songwriter (Mystery Train)
  • 1932-07-19 Buster Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1996)
  • 1933-12-15 Jesse Belvin, Texarkana Arkansas, rock vocalist (Mr Easy)
  • 1934-04-01 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Sparkman, Arkansas
  • 1934-08-29 David H Pryor, (Sen-D Arkansas, 1979-97), born in Camden, Arkansas
  • 1936-07-31 Bonnie Brown, country singer (The Browns), born in Sparkman, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1937-10-05 Barry Switzer, football coach (Oklahoma), born in Crossett, Arkansas
  • 1938-05-05 Johnnie Taylor, Crawfordsville, Arkansas, R&B and multi-genre singer (Disco Lady, I Believe in You), (d. 2000)
  • 1938-11-07 Dee Clark, Arkansas, singer (Hambone, Nobody But You)
  • 1939-09-23 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, born in Ozark, Arkansas (d. 1988)
  • 1939-12-29 Ed Bruce, Keiser Arkansas, country singer
  • 1940-05-26 Levon Helm, Elaine Arkansas, American musician (The Band), (d. 2012)
  • 1941-12-09 Dan Hicks, American singer-songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1942-03-06 Ben Murphy, Jonesboro, Arkansas, American actor (Name of the Game, Alias Smith and Jones)
  • 1942-06-19 Willie Frazier, AFL/NFL tight end (Houston Oilers), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2013)
  • 1942-11-13 Beth Brickell, Camden Arkansas, actress (Gentle Ben)
  • 1942-12-07 Alex [Alexander] Johnson, American professional baseball player, born in Helena, Arkansas (d. 2015)
  • 1945-01-15 Vince Foster, American lawyer (d. 1993), born in Hope, Arkansas
  • 1946-04-13 Al Green, Forest City Arkansas, singer (Lets Stay Together)

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1946-08-19 Bill Clinton [William Jefferson], 42nd US President (Democrat, 1993-2001), born in Hope, Arkansas

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1949-08-11 Tim Hutchinson, (Rep-R-Arkansas)
  • 1951-04-05 Roosevel Ferguson, Arkansas, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1955-08-24 Mike Huckabee, US politician (Governor of Arkansas (R) 1996-2007), Presidential candidate, born in Hope Arkansas
  • 1956-05-28 Susie Diane Owens, Arkansas City Kansas, playmate (March, 1988)
  • 1965-09-25 Scottie Pippen, Hamburg, Arkansas, American NBA forward (Bulls, Oly-2 gold-92, 96)
  • 1966-01-17 Karissa Rushing, Benton Arkansas, Miss Arkansas-America (1991)
  • 1970-05-15 Rod Smith, Texarkana, Arkansas, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1971-04-06 Tamara Henry, Miss USA-Arkansas (1997)
  • 1973-09-25 Melonie McGarrah, Rogers Arkansas, Miss America-Arkansas (1997)
  • 1974-08-23 Paula Gaye Montgomery, Cabot Ark, Miss America (Arkansas-3rd-1996)
  • 1975-09-11 Tiffany Parks, Miss Arkansas USA (1996)
  • 1978-04-21 Aimee Delatte, Miss Arkansas Teen USA (1996)
  • 1978-10-10 Brandi Watkins, Miss Arkansas Teen USA (1997)
  • 1979-10-18 Ne-Yo [Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr], Camden, Arkansas, American pop and R&B singer and songwriter

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1904-06-14 Ragtime composer Scott Joplin (35) weds Freddie Alexander (19) in Arkansas

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin

HeartWedding of Interest

1975-10-11 Future US President Bill Clinton (29) weds future US Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham (28) in a Methodist ceremony in their living room in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 2004-05-29 "Party of Five" actor Scott Wolf (35) weds "Real World" cast member Kelley Limp at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 2007-05-06 Evanescence singer Amy Lee (25) weds Josh Hartzler (29) in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 2011-11-12 Actress Tiffany Thornton (26) weds Christopher Carney at Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Famous Deaths

  • 1973-02-22 Winthrop Rockefeller, US governor (Arkansas), dies at 60
  • 1994-12-14 Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas (b. 1910)
  • 2003-01-25 Samuel Weems, Arkansas judge (b. 1936)
  • 2006-07-16 Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas (b. 1948)
  • 2016-01-01 Dale Bumpers, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975-99), dies at 90