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5 Fun Facts About February 2 In Iowa History

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1. Groundhog Day - In 1993, Puxatony Phil, the famous groundhog from Pennsylvania who predicts the arrival of spring, visited Iowa for the first time. He was brought to the state for an event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

2. Iowa Wildcats - On February 2, 1882, the University of Iowa's football team played a game against the Iowa City YMCA. Instead of being called the Hawkeyes, they were referred to as the "Wildcats". The name didn't stick, and they eventually became the Hawkeyes.

3. Iowa's 29th Governor - Robert D. Blue was born on February 2, 1898, in Eagle Grove, Iowa. He served as Iowa's 29th governor from 1945 to 1949.

4. Iowa Caucus - The Iowa Caucus, which is the first major event in the U.S. presidential election cycle, has taken place on February 2 in the past. In 1988, it was held on this date, and both parties had a very close race. On the Democratic side, Dick Gephardt won by only two percentage points, and on the Republican side, Bob Dole won by less than a percentage point.

5. First Pint-Sized Dairy Queen - On February 2, 1950, the first Dairy Queen store opened in Ames, Iowa. It was unique, as it only served soft-serve ice cream in 3-ounce cups. It quickly became a popular spot for students at Iowa State University.
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