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5 Fun Facts About February 27 In Iowa History

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1. In 1917, the first Iowa National Guard troops were called into federal service for World War I. Many Iowans served in the war effort on the Western Front, and their contributions are memorialized in monuments and museums throughout the state.

2. On February 27, 1933, a devastating tornado tore through the small town of New Hartford, killing 12 people and injuring many more. The storm destroyed dozens of homes and businesses, and the community worked tirelessly to rebuild in the aftermath.

3. Iowa native and baseball legend Bob Feller was born on February 27, 1918. Feller grew up in Van Meter and went on to pitch for the Cleveland Indians, earning 266 wins and 2,581 strikeouts over his 18-year career.

4. In 1970, Iowa became the first state in the nation to create a statewide deposit law for beverage containers. This program, known as the "bottle bill," encourages recycling and has been credited with reducing litter and protecting natural resources.

5. On February 27, 2013, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a law allowing the use of cannabis-derived CBD oil to treat epilepsy in children. This was an early example of a growing movement to legalize medical marijuana in the state, and paved the way for further legislative changes in the years that followed.
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