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  • 16th April 1868
    The University of Arkansas, located in Fayetteville, is established as the first public university in the state, providing accessible higher education opportunities.

  • 16th April 1921
    Arkansas native and musician Roy Orbison is born in Vernon, Texas. He later becomes a legendary figure in the music industry, known for his distinctive voice and timeless hits.

  • 16th April 1924
    Arkansas native and actor Henry Mancini is born in Cleveland, Ohio. He later achieves immense success as a composer, winning multiple Academy Awards for his iconic film scores.

  • 16th April 1929
    Arkansas native and musician Ed Bruce is born in Keiser, Arkansas. He later gains recognition for his contributions to country music, writing hits for various artists and enjoying a successful solo career.

  • 16th April 1935
    Arkansas native and musician Bobby Nichols is born in Malvern, Arkansas. He later becomes known for his skill as a guitarist, performing with various bands and contributing to the music scene.

  • 16th April 1947
    Arkansas native and musician Gerry House is born in Charleston, West Virginia. He later gains fame as a country music radio personality and songwriter, leaving a lasting impact on the industry.

  • 16th April 1953
    Arkansas native and musician Monty Holmes is born in Russellville, Arkansas. He later achieves success as a country music singer and songwriter, known for his heartfelt lyrics and soulful performances.

  • 16th April 1959
    Arkansas native and musician Al Green is born in Forrest City, Arkansas. He later becomes a renowned soul singer and songwriter, earning multiple Grammy Awards for his influential music.

  • 16th April 1963
    Arkansas native and musician Jimmy Osmond is born in Canoga Park, California. He later gains fame as a member of the Osmonds, achieving success as a singer and performer.

  • 16th April 1966
    Arkansas native and musician Ester Mae "Big Mama" Thornton passes away. She was a pioneering blues singer and songwriter, known for her powerful voice and influential recordings.

  • 16th April 1971
    Arkansas native and musician Selena Quintanilla is born in Lake Jackson, Texas. She later becomes known as the "Queen of Tejano Music," achieving widespread acclaim for her talent and contributions to Latin music.

  • 16th April 1974
    Arkansas native and musician Billy Dean is born in Quincy, Florida. He later achieves success as a country music singer and songwriter, known for his chart-topping hits and soulful performances.

  • 16th April 1986
    Arkansas native and musician Tracy Lawrence releases his debut album "Sticks and Stones," launching his successful career in country music and earning critical acclaim.

  • 16th April 1990
    Arkansas native and musician Barrett Baber is born in Marion, Arkansas. He later gains fame as a country music singer and songwriter, known for his powerful vocals and heartfelt lyrics.

  • 16th April 1992
    Arkansas native and musician Brad Paisley releases his debut album "Who Needs Pictures," marking the beginning of his successful career in country music and earning him widespread recognition.

  • 16th April 1998
    Arkansas native and musician Isaac Hanson marries his longtime girlfriend Nicole Dufresne, celebrating their love and commitment in a joyful ceremony.

  • 16th April 2001
    Arkansas native and musician Justin Moore releases his debut single "Back That Thing Up," marking the start of his successful career in country music and earning him widespread acclaim.

  • 16th April 2005
    Arkansas native and musician Glen Campbell is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, honoring his legendary career and contributions to the genre.

  • 16th April 2010
    Arkansas native and musician Tori Howard releases her debut single, garnering praise for her soulful voice and captivating performances, launching her promising music career.

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