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5 Fun Facts About February 10 In Iowa History

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1. In 1927, Iowa experienced a devastating blizzard known as the "Schoolhouse Blizzard" or the "Children's Blizzard." The storm hit on February 10, and more than 200 people died, mostly schoolchildren caught in the storm while walking home.

2. The University of Iowa's famous Iowa Writers' Workshop was founded on February 10, 1936. Over the years, the program has produced some of the most notable writers in contemporary literature, including Flannery O'Connor, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver.

3. On February 10, 1945, the USS Iowa, a battleship named after the state, was commissioned. The ship served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War before being retired and turned into a museum in California.

4. Iowa's own Ashton Kutcher was born on February 10, 1978. The actor and entrepreneur grew up in Cedar Rapids before finding fame on That '70s Show and later starting the venture capital firm Sound Ventures.

5. In 1983, Iowa State University's Jack Trice Stadium was named after Jack Trice, the school's first Black athlete. Trice died after sustaining injuries in a football game against the University of Minnesota in 1923, and the stadium was named in his honor on February 10, 1983.
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