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5 Fun Facts About April 7 In Iowa History

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1. On April 7, 1857, the Iowa State Agricultural Society was established in Iowa City, Iowa. The society was responsible for promoting agricultural development and education throughout the state.

2. April 7, 1862, marked the beginning of the Battle of Shiloh during the American Civil War. Over 3,000 Iowans fought in the battle, with more than 800 losing their lives.

3. The town of Fonda, Iowa, was incorporated on April 7, 1899. Fonda is known for being the hometown of Hawkeye Pierce, the fictional character from the popular TV series M*A*S*H.

4. On April 7, 1913, the Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines was officially dedicated. The building, which took over a decade to construct, is known for its impressive dome and murals depicting Iowa history.

5. In 1945, Iowa native Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox on April 7. Feller, known as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, grew up in Van Meter, Iowa.
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