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5 Fun Facts About August 22 In Iowa History

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1. the state of Iowa was officially admitted to the Union on August 22, 1846. Iowa became the 29th state in the United States after a long period of territorial status.

2. The infamous "Kinnick Wave" was first started on August 22, 2017, during an Iowa Hawkeyes football game at Kinnick Stadium. Fans started waving to children in the nearby University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, an inspiring and emotional tradition that has continued to this day.

3. On August 22, 1864, a bloody Civil War battle was fought at Jonesboro, Georgia. Several Iowa regiments fought in the battle, including the 9th, 11th, and 13th Iowa Infantry. The battle was a crucial Union victory that led to the fall of Atlanta.

4. August 22, 1922, saw the birth of Iowa native and legendary Hollywood actor, Len Cariou. Cariou's notable roles include Sweeney Todd in the original Broadway production, as well as the role of Hickey in the 1995 television adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh."

5. August 22, 1966, marks the day that the notorious "Villisca Ax Murders" case was reopened by a grand jury. The murders, which occurred in 1912, involved the brutal killing of eight people in the small town of Villisca, Iowa. The case remains unsolved.
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