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5 Fun Facts About January 18 In Iowa History

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1. Birth of Iowa's First Governor: On January 18, 1789, the first Governor of Iowa, Ansel Briggs was born in Vermont. He took office in 1847 as the first governor of the State of Iowa.

2. Iowa's First Female Mayor: On January 18, 1870, Anna B. Lawther was born in Dubuque, Iowa. She became the first female mayor of Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1922.

3. Tower Hill State Park Established: On January 18, 1935, Tower Hill State Park was established near Spring Green, Iowa. The park's main feature is the historic shot tower that was used to make lead shot from 1832-1860.

4. Birth of a Famous Wrestler: On January 18, 1962, Terry Gene Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan, was born in Augusta, Georgia. Hogan would later spend much of his wrestling career based in Iowa.

5. Iowa State University Basketball Record: On January 18, 2014, the Iowa State University basketball team set a school record by hitting 17 three-pointers in a single game against the University of Oklahoma. The Cyclones won the game 87-82.
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