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5 Fun Facts About August 5 In Iowa History

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1. On August 5, 1892, the notorious outlaw Frank James surrendered to the authorities in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Frank James was the older brother of Jesse James and was a member of the James-Younger Gang, which was responsible for numerous bank and train robberies throughout the Midwest in the late 1800s.

2. On August 5, 1922, the first corn-husking contest was held in Shelby County, Iowa. The contest was designed to encourage farmers to improve their corn-husking skills and was a popular event in Iowa for many years.

3. On August 5, 1954, Burlington, Iowa was hit by a massive tornado that caused extensive damage and claimed the lives of 8 people. The tornado was rated as an F4 on the Fujita scale, which measures the intensity of tornadoes.

4. On August 5, 1983, the Iowa State Fair opened in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa State Fair is one of the largest and most well-known state fairs in the country and features a wide variety of attractions, including concerts, carnival rides, and food vendors.

5. On August 5, 2008, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in Iowa. The ruling made Iowa the third state in the country to allow same-sex marriage and was seen as a major victory for the LGBTQ+ community.
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