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5 Fun Facts About February 7 In Iowa History

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1. On February 7, 1893, the Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines was officially completed, after nearly 15 years of construction. The building is known for its gold-domed roof and impressive architecture, and continues to serve as the home of Iowa's government.

2. In 2008, on February 7, the town of Parkersburg, Iowa was devastated by an EF5 tornado, with winds over 200 miles per hour. The tornado destroyed much of the town, including countless homes and businesses. 9 people lost their lives in the disaster.

3. February 7, 1984 marked the start of the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Iowa-born speed skater Eric Heiden famously won 5 gold medals at the games, breaking world records in every race.

4. On February 7, 1979, Iowa became the first state to approve the use of automatic cameras to catch red-light runners. The first two cameras were installed in the city of Davenport, and by 2019, the technology was in use in at least 14 cities across the state.

5. In 2009, on February 7, the Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team upset the third-ranked Purdue Boilermakers, winning 72-67. The win helped propel the Hawkeyes to a successful season, finishing with a record of 23-12.
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