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    (June 15, 1836- )
    25th state to join
    Ninth of eleven states to secede and join the Confederacy
    Seceded: May 6, 1861
    Readmitted: June 22, 1868
    Hernando de Soto explored it for Spain (1541)
    Nickname: Land of Opportunity/Razorback State
    Capital: Little Rock
    Size: 53,104 square miles (ranks 27th)
    Motto: Let The People Rule
    Bird: Mockingbird
    Flower: Apple Blossom
    Tree: Pine
    Song: Arkansas
    The territory was ping-ponged back and forth between France and Spain.
    Although made into a U.S. territory in 1819, it took seventeen years to become a state (1836).
    It entered the U.S. as a slave state (1836).
    The Legislature required free blacks to choose exile or slavery (1859).
    Temperatures have ranged from -29ºF (February 13, 1905) to 120ºF (August 10, 1936).
    The National Guard was called into force school integration (1973).
    A tornado killed 36 in Jonesboro, Arkansas (May 15, 1968).
    They had a law that banned teaching evolution, and it took the Supreme Court to overturn it(1968).
    It took a judge to stop obligatory teaching of creation (January 5, 1982).
    It lead the U.S. in people who never married.
    The first Wal-Mart was opened in Bentonville and made it's founder, Sam Walton, the wealthiest man in the U.S.
    It was part of the Louisiana Purchase.
    The first European settlement was the Arkansas Post, a trading post (1686).
    Tourists love to go to Hot Springs.
    President Bill Clinton, General Douglas MacArthur, jazz great Scott Joplin, vocalist Al Green and poet John G Fletcher were born in Arkansas.
    Along with Louisiana, they are the 1st states to observe Christmas as a holiday (1831).
    Arkansas' legislature passed anti Ku Klux Klan law (1869).
    America's only known diamond mine was found here.
    The TV Show 'Evening Shade' was set in Arkansas.
    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 14 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 22 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 50 Votes: 66.00% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 95 Votes: 87.37% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 21 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 15 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 23 Votes: 47.83% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 58 Votes: 75.86% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 16 Votes: 93.75% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 73 Votes: 64.38% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 130 Votes: 72.31% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 39 Votes: 58.97% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 134 Votes: 65.67% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 433 Votes: 60.51% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 412 Votes: 69.42% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 471 Votes: 65.18% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 799 Votes: 69.71% Annoying
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