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5 Fun Facts About February 13 In Iowa History

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1. On February 13, 1864, a group of approximately 200 Dakota Indians attacked settlers in the town of Spirit Lake, Iowa. The attack resulted in the deaths of 38 settlers, including men, women, and children.

2. In 1893, on February 13, the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines burned down. The fire was caused by faulty electrical wiring, and despite the efforts of firefighters, the building was completely destroyed.

3. February 13, 1926, marked the opening of the first air mail delivery service in Iowa. The service was operated by a company called Western Air Express and delivered mail from Chicago to Omaha with stops in Des Moines and Council Bluffs.

4. On February 13, 1971, the University of Iowa's art museum was robbed of several valuable paintings. The stolen art included works by famous artists such as Rembrandt, Picasso, and Matisse. The thieves were eventually caught and the paintings were recovered.

5. In 2014, on February 13, a massive snowstorm hit Iowa, causing widespread power outages and forcing many businesses and schools to close. The storm dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas and was one of the largest snowstorms to hit the state in recent years.
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