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5 Fun Facts About January 19 In Iowa History

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1. In 1852, the first railroad bridge over the Mississippi River was completed in Clinton, Iowa. The bridge connected the city to Illinois and facilitated transportation of goods and people.

2. The iconic Field of Dreams movie site was sold on January 19, 2011, to a group of investors led by baseball legends Wade Boggs and Roger Clemens. The site, located near Dyersville, Iowa, has since been turned into a tourist attraction, with guided tours and baseball games hosted on its field.

3. On January 19, 1915, the Iowa State Capitol building caught fire and was nearly destroyed. The blaze began in the House of Representatives chamber and quickly spread to the dome and other sections of the building. Despite the extensive damage, the Capitol was rebuilt and stands as an architectural marvel to this day.

4. The famous Iowa baseball player and manager, Cap Anson, was born on January 19, 1852. Anson played for several teams during his career, including the Chicago White Stockings (now the Chicago Cubs). He was known for his advanced tactics on the field, including using a catcher's mask and moving his infielders around depending on the batter.

5. On January 19, 1977, the movie "Black Sunday" premiered in Des Moines, Iowa. The film, directed by John Frankenheimer, tells the story of a terrorist attack on the Super Bowl using blimps filled with explosives. Despite its controversial subject matter, the movie was a box office success and remains a cult classic today.
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