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
  • 1862-03-06 Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas (Elkhorn Tavern)
  • 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 Carondelet & Queen of the West engage at Yazoo River
  • 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)
  • 1863-01-10 General McClernand's Union troops surround Fort Hindman, Arkansas
  • 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
  • 1864-03-23 Encounter at Camden, 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
  • 1864-04-18 Battle of Poison Springs, Arkansas (Camden Expedition)
  • 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; General W R Scurry is killed
  • 1864-06-06 Battle of Lake Chicot, Arkansas (Dutch Bayou)
  • 1865-05-11 Confederate Brigadier General Meriwether Jeff Thompson surrenders at Jacksonport, Arkansas

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1866-04-02 US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 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 journalist H. L. Mencken, after he calls the state the "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)
  • 1952-03-21 -22] Tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky cause 343 deaths
  • 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
  • 1958-09-12 US Supreme Court orders the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas to integrate

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1962-07-02 Sam Walton opens his first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas

Entrepreneur and Founder of Walmart Sam Walton
Entrepreneur and Founder of Walmart
Sam Walton
  • 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 US Supreme Court: Epperson v. Arkansas, court declares unconstitutional Arkansas law banning teaching evolution in public schools
  • 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

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  • 1802-10-16 Isaac Murphy, Governor of Arkansas (1864-68) (d. 1882)
  • 1815-10-24 John Edwards, American politician (US Representative Arkansas) Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1894)
  • 1851-12-21 Thomas Chipman McRae, American politician, 34th Governor of Arkansas (d. 1929)

Person of interestDouglas MacArthur

1880-01-26 Douglas MacArthur, American General in World War II, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1964)

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1880-02-10 Jesse G Vincent, Arkansas, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine
  • 1880-03-21 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1971)
  • 1886-01-03 John G Fletcher, American poet (Epic of Arkansas)
  • 1888-04-09 Florence Price, American composer (Wanamaker Prize 1932) and 1st African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1953)
  • 1889-12-22 Minor Watson, American actor (Woman of the Year, Viva Cisco Kid), born in Marianna, Arkansas (d. 1965)
  • 1896-02-25 John Little McClellan, Sheridan Arkansas, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark)
  • 1898-09-22 Katherine Alexander, American actress, born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 1977)
  • 1899-03-06 Jay C Flippen, American actor (Jet Pilot, The Killing, Thunder Bay), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1971)
  • 1902-02-09 Chester Lauck, American actor (Dreaming Out Loud, 2 Weeks to Live), born in Allene, Arkansas (d. 1980)
  • 1902-03-09 Edward Durell Stone, American architect (US Embassy, New Delhi), born in Fayetteville, Arkansas (d. 1978)
  • 1902-09-06 Morgan Beatty, news anchor (Du Mont Evening News), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1902-11-19 Trevor Bardette, American actor (Refugee, None Shall Escape), born in Nashville, Arkansas (d. 1977)
  • 1903-11-02 Travis Jackson, American baseball player (NY Giants), born in Waldo, Arkansas (d. 1987)
  • 1904-03-04 Chief Tahachee [Jeff Davis Tahchee Cypert], Cherokee stage and film actor, born in James Mill, Arkansas (d. 1978)
  • 1904-11-14 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1963)
  • 1905-04-09 J. William Fulbright, American senator from Arkansas, known for opposition to the Vietnam War), born in Sumner, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1907-09-09 Truman "Pinky" Tomlin, American singer and actor (Sing While You're Able, With Love and Kisses), born in Eros, Arkansas (d. 1987)

Person of interestLouis Jordan

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

Musician Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan
  • 1908-11-13 C. Vann Woodward, American historian and educator, born in Vanndale, Arkansas (d. 1999)
  • 1910-01-07 Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas (d. 1994)
  • 1910-02-17 Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (El Dorado, Big Sky, Apache Uprising), born in Gravelly, Arkansas (d. 1979)
  • 1912-10-27 Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (Soundings 4), born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1997)

Person of interestDon Hutson

1913-01-31 Don Hutson, American football player and the first NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1997)

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in History
Don Hutson
  • 1913-09-03 Alan Ladd, American actor (Shane, Carpetbaggers), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 1964)
  • 1913-09-11 Paul "Bear" Bryant, American college football coach (Alabama), born in Moro Bottom, Arkansas (d. 1983)
  • 1914-02-16 Jimmy Wakely, country vocalist (5 Star Jubilee), born in Mineola, Arkansas
  • 1914-11-11 Daisy Bates, publisher/head (Arkansas NAACP)
  • 1914-11-28 Gertrude Jeannette, African American taxi driver, playwright and film and stage actress (Shaft, Cotton Comes to Harlem), born in Urbana, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • 1915-03-27 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1915-12-04 Allan Jackson, newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • 1919-08-13 Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (Cathedral of Tomorrow), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2007)
  • 1920-02-27 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer (Blues Alley All Star Band), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • 1920-08-08 James "Jimmy" Witherspoon, American jump blues singer (Ain't Nobody's Business), born in Gurdon, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • 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, American politician (Rep-R-AR, 1967-93 ), born in Harrison, Arkansas (d. 2015)
  • 1923-03-26 Clifton Williams, American composer (The Ramparts, Sinfonians), born in Traskwood, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • 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, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975-99), born in Charleston, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1925-10-05 Gail Davis, American actress (Annie Oakley), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • 1926-04-10 Johnnie Tillmon, civil rights activist (National Welfare Rights Association), born in Scott, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • 1927-02-12 Anne Gillis [Alma Conner], American actress (Faline-Bambi, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Men), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • 1927-05-31 Red Holloway [James], Helena, Arkansas, jazz tenor saxophonist, (d. 2012)
  • 1927-11-26 John Carter, American actor (Scarface, The Hoax, Badlands, Max-Falcon Crest), born in Center Ridge, Arkansas (d. 2015)
  • 1928-07-16 Ray Thornton, American politician (Democratic U.S. Representative for Arkansas), born in Conway, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1928-07-28 Joe Jackson, American talent manager and patriarch of the Jackson family, born in Fountain Hill, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • 1929-03-23 Albert H Crews, American chemical and aeronautical engineer and USAF astronaut (X-20 Dyna-Soar program), born in El Dorado, Arkansas
  • 1930-04-03 Wally Moon, American baseball player, born in Bay, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • 1930-05-27 William S Sessions, Arkansas, director of FBI
  • 1930-11-09 Charlie Jones, American sportscaster (Almost Anything Goes), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 2008)

Person of interestJohnny Cash

1932-02-26 Johnny Cash, American country singer (I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue), born in Kingsland, Arkansas (d. 2003)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • 1932-03-27 [Herman] Junior Parker, American blues singer and musician (Mystery Train), born in Bobo, Mississippi (d. 1971)

Person of interestSonny Liston

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
  • 1932-07-19 Buster Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1996)
  • 1933-07-30 Ben Piazza, American actor (Blues Brothers, Ben Casey, Dallas), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1991)
  • 1933-08-13 Jocelyn Elders, 15th US Surgeon General (1993-94) 1st African American holder, born in Schaal, Arkansas
  • 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
  • 1934-11-21 Laurence Luckinbill, actor (Delphi Bureau, Ike), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 1935-06-06 Bobby Mitchell, American NFL running back and wide receiver (Browns, Redskins), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Person of interestGlen Campbell

1936-04-22 Glen Campbell, American actor and singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), born in Delight, Arkansas (d. 2017)

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • 1936-07-31 Bonnie Brown, country singer (The Browns), born in Sparkman, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1936-08-24 Kenny Guinn, American businessman and politician, born in Garland, Arkansas (d. 2010)
  • 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 William Edwin "Ed" Bruce, American country singer (Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys), born in Keiser, Arkansas
  • 1940-05-26 Levon Helm, Elaine Arkansas, American musician (The Band), (d. 2012)
  • 1940-10-13 Pharoah Sanders, American jazz saxophonist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1941-03-04 John Hancock, American actor (Black Marble, Traxx, Houston Knights), born in Hazen, Arkansas (d. 1992)
  • 1941-12-09 Dan Hicks, American singer-songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1942-02-28 Frank Bonner, actor (WKRP, Hoax, You Can't Hurry Love), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1942-03-06 Ben Murphy, Jonesboro, Arkansas, American actor (Name of the Game, Alias Smith and Jones)
  • 1942-05-08 Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood [Euclid James Sherwood], American rock musician (Mothers Of Invention), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2011)
  • 1942-06-19 Willie Frazier, AFL/NFL tight end (Houston Oilers), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2013)
  • 1942-08-14 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2004)
  • 1942-11-13 Beth Brickell, actress (Gentle Ben), born in Camden, Arkansas
  • 1942-12-07 Alex [Alexander] Johnson, American professional baseball player, born in Helena, Arkansas (d. 2015)
  • 1943-01-23 Gil Gerard, actor (Buck Rogers in 25th Century), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1943-06-06 Ken Hatfield, American football player and coach, born in Helena, Arkansas
  • 1945-01-15 Vince Foster, American lawyer (d. 1993), born in Hope, Arkansas
  • 1945-06-19 Robert Franklin Palmer Jr., American writer, musicologist, and musician (Deep Blues), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1946-04-13 Al Green, American soul singer (Let's Stay Together), born in Forest City, Arkansas
  • 1946-04-16 Margot Adler, American journalist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2014)

Person of interestBill Clinton

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
  • 1946-09-10 James R Hines, American athlete, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Dumas, Arkansas
  • 1949-08-11 Tim Hutchinson, (Rep-R-Arkansas)
  • 1951-04-05 Roosevel Ferguson, Arkansas, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1953-10-08 Ricky Lee Phelps, American singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Paragould, Arkansas

Person of interestJohn Grisham

1955-02-08 John Grisham, American writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief), born in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Writer John Grisham
John Grisham
  • 1955-08-04 Billy Bob Thornton, American actor (Sling Blade), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • 1955-08-24 Mike Huckabee, US politician (Governor of Arkansas (R) 1996-2007), Presidential candidate, born in Hope Arkansas
  • 1955-09-21 Rebecca Balding, actress (Carla-Lou Grant, Soap), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1956-05-28 Susie Diane Owens, Arkansas City Kansas, playmate (March, 1988)

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)
  • 1995-02-09 J. William Fulbright, American senator from Arkansas, known for opposition to the Vietnam War), dies at 89
  • 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