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5 Fun Facts About February 26 In Iowa History

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1. In 1863, the state of Iowa established the first state-supported school for the deaf, which later became the Iowa School for the Deaf. The school, located in Council Bluffs, continues to provide education and services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

2. On February 26, 1919, Iowa became the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The amendment was officially adopted on August 18, 1920, after enough states had ratified it.

3. In 1933, Bonnie and Clyde, the notorious outlaws, were involved in a shootout with law enforcement officers near Dexter, Iowa. The couple fled the scene and later committed more crimes before being apprehended and killed in a police ambush in Louisiana in 1934.

4. On February 26, 1949, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team defeated Ohio State 83-71 to win their first Big Ten Conference Championship. The Hawkeyes went on to make their first appearance in the NCAA tournament that year.

5. In 2013, a meteorite exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, causing widespread damage and injuries. It was later discovered that a fragment of the meteorite had landed in the small town of Tison, Iowa, making it the only known piece of the Chelyabinsk meteorite to have been found in the United States.
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