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5 Fun Facts About February 11 In Iowa History

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1. On February 11, 1873, the Iowa State Capitol building caught fire and burned down. The original building, built in 1857, was replaced by the current Capitol building, which was completed in 1886.

2. William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody was born on February 11, 1846, in Le Claire, Iowa. He was a famed American soldier, bison hunter, and showman who became famous for his Wild West shows.

3. On February 11, 1947, the University of Iowa Men's Basketball team played their highest-scoring game in school history. They defeated the University of Minnesota by a score of 108-70.

4. In 1965, on February 11, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Iowa City for a speech at the University of Iowa. His speech focused on the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for racial equality.

5. On February 11, 2019, a blizzard hit Iowa, bringing heavy snow and strong winds. The storm caused widespread power outages and travel disruptions, leading Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to declare a state of emergency.
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