President Eisenhower ordered Regular Army troops from the 101st Airborne into the small Arkansas town of Little Rock.  The segregationist state governor Orval Faubus had called in the Arkansas National Guard to physically prevent nine African American students from attending the local high school.  The intervention of federal troops allowed the students admittance to the school but not acceptance.  The Little Rock Crisis later came to be seen as one of the opening struggles of the Civil Rights Movement

On this day in 1957

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