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5 Fun Facts About August 26 In Iowa History

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1. In 1922, a tornado swept through the town of Ankeny, Iowa, causing extensive damage and killing one person. The tornado, which was part of a larger outbreak that affected several states, had wind speeds estimated at up to 150 mph.

2. On August 26, 1959, the first Iowa State Fair butter cow sculpture was unveiled. The tradition of creating a butter cow, which is now one of the fair's most popular attractions, began in 1911.

3. In 1971, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a ruling that effectively legalized abortion in the state. The decision was based on a woman's right to privacy under the state constitution, and was hailed as a landmark for reproductive rights.

4. August 26, 1999, was the opening day of the Iowa State Fair's new Cultural Center, which was designed to showcase the history and heritage of Iowa's many ethnic groups. The center features exhibits, performances, and demonstrations from a variety of cultural traditions.

5. On August 26, 2003, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack signed a bill into law that recognized same-sex relationships with many of the same legal protections as marriage. The law, which was the first of its kind in the Midwest, was seen as a major milestone for gay rights in the state.
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