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5 Fun Facts About April 1 In Iowa History

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1. April 1, 1930: Iowa State Patrol formed
On April 1, 1930, the Iowa State Patrol was formed, making Iowa the first state to create an agency solely dedicated to enforcing traffic laws. The patrol was initially composed of 50 motorcycle officers who were tasked with improving road safety on Iowa highways.

2. April 1, 1973: DMACC founded
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) was founded on April 1, 1973. Today, DMACC serves more than 70,000 students each year across 6 campuses in central Iowa.

3. April 1, 1940: Record snowfall in Iowa
On April 1, 1940, the heaviest snowfall ever recorded in Iowa history occurred. Over 20 inches of snow fell in parts of Iowa, causing widespread travel disruptions and property damage.

4. April 1, 1964: ISU wrestler Dan Gable wins NCAA title
On April 1, 1964, Iowa State University wrestler Dan Gable won his first NCAA wrestling championship, beginning a legendary career that would see him go on to win an Olympic gold medal and become one of the most successful coaches in college wrestling history.

5. April 1, 1992: Iowa floods cause widespread damage
On April 1, 1992, a massive flood struck much of eastern Iowa, causing widespread damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure. The flood was caused by heavy rainfall and snowmelt, and resulted in over $1 billion in damages.
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