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5 Fun Facts About April 10 In Iowa History

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1. In 1967, Heavy rainfall in Iowa resulted in significant flooding in many areas. One of the worst-hit cities was Cedar Rapids, where residents had to be evacuated due to the rising waters of the Cedar River.

2. On April 10, 1906, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case Pollock v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Co., which declared the federal income tax law unconstitutional. The decision was later overturned by the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which authorized Congress to levy an income tax.

3. In 1946, Iowa became the first state in the nation to establish a statewide system of community colleges. The state currently has 15 community college districts serving more than 100,000 students each year.

4. On April 10, 1976, Iowa State University student Steven R. Scholes was killed by a campus protestor during a demonstration against American involvement in Cambodia. The incident sparked controversy and led to increased security measures on college campuses across the country.

5. In 1925, Iowa native and famed pilot Clyde Cessna completed the first non-stop flight from New York to Los Angeles. Cessna went on to found the Cessna Aircraft Company and designed several popular models of private planes.
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