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5 Fun Facts About December 7 In Iowa History

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1. Iowa's role in World War II was marked on December 7, 1941, the day Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Iowans were drafted into the military and sent to fight in the war, with some losing their lives on the battlefield.
2. On December 7, 1837, Iowa became the 29th state to join the union. It took several years to achieve statehood due to disputes over its boundaries and disagreement on whether to allow slavery.
3. The Iowa DOT was created on December 7, 1904, to oversee the state's transportation infrastructure. Today, the department is responsible for maintaining a network of highways and bridges that connect communities throughout Iowa.
4. The infamous "Day of Infamy" marked a turning point for many Iowans, who were inspired to join the fight against fascism and defend American ideals. The state's contributions to the war effort included building military equipment and serving in combat overseas.
5. December 7 is also recognized as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, a time to honor the sacrifice of the men and women who lost their lives in the attack. Each year, Iowans participate in ceremonies and events to pay tribute to the fallen and remember their service.
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