1. Iowa Becomes a State: February 14, 1846 marks the day that Iowa became the 29th state in the United States. Prior to statehood, Iowa was a part of the Wisconsin Territory.
2. Historic Blizzard: On February 14, 1899, a massive blizzard hit Iowa, bringing snow drifts up to 20 feet high and leaving behind over 100 deaths. This storm is known as one of the most severe in Iowa history.
3. Titanic Survivor: Margaret Brown, famously known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," was born in Hannibal, Missouri on February 14, 1867. Brown survived the sinking of the Titanic and later moved to Denver, Colorado where she became involved in philanthropy and social reform.
4. Famous Iowa-Born Athlete: Bob Feller, born in Van Meter, Iowa on February 14, 1918, was a baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians for 18 seasons. Feller was known for his fastball and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
5. Herbert Hoover's Presidential Library: On February 14, 1962, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library was dedicated in West Branch, Iowa. Hoover, who was born in West Branch in 1874, served as the 31st President of the United States from 1929-1933. The library houses his presidential papers and artifacts.
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