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Friday, 19 August 2011

Arkansas

Arkansas became the 25th state to enter the Union on June 15, 1836.


In 1932 Hattie Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

Wal-Mart was founded in 1962 by Sam and Bud Walton in Rogers, Arkansas.

Paul McCartney wrote the Beatles song "Blackbird" about the civil rights struggle for blacks after reading about race riots in the US. He penned it in his kitchen in Scotland not long after the federal courts forced the racial desegregation of the Arkansas capital Little Rock's school system.

Bill Clinton was known as the “Boy Governor” when he won election as governor of Arkansas in 1978 at the age of just 32. He served as governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1993.

Arkansas is currently the only U.S. state in which diamonds are mined. This is done by members of the public with primitive digging tools for a small daily fee, not by commercial interests.

It is technically illegal to mispronounce “Arkansas” while in Arkansas. In 1947, in an effort to preserve the heritage upon which it was founded, the state decreed “The only true pronunciation of the name of the state … is that received by the French from the native Indians and committed to writing in the French word representing the sound. It should be pronounced in three syllables, with the final ‘s’ silent,"

The tomato is both the state fruit and state vegetable of Arkansas.

The world’s largest can of spinach is on display in Alma, Arkansas, the ‘Spinach Capital of the World’. It contains a million gallons of spinach.

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