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5 Fun Facts About January 14 In Iowa History

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1. In 1911, the Iowa State Capitol building was completed on January 14. It took nearly 15 years to construct the building, which features a dome that is plated in 23-karat gold leaf.

2. On January 14, 1938, controversial Iowa Governor Clyde L. Herring passed the first state sales tax law during a special session of the state legislature. The law imposed a 2% sales tax on all retail sales in Iowa.

3. Iowa native and astronaut Peggy Whitson set a record on January 14, 2017, for the most cumulative time in space by an American astronaut. She broke the previous record held by Jeff Williams, with a total of 665 days in space during her career.

4. On January 14, 1945, Iowa State College (now Iowa State University) was designated as one of the six original Land-Grant Institutions in the United States. The Land-Grant Institutions were created under the Morrill Act of 1862 to promote agricultural education and research.

5. In 1915, the Iowa State Association of County Supervisors was formed on January 14. The organization serves as a voice for county governments in Iowa and provides education and advocacy for county supervisors and administrators.
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