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5 Fun Facts About January 22 In Iowa History

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1. Iowa Statehood
January 22, 1847, was a significant day for Iowa as it was admitted as the 29th state in the United States. Iowa's statehood marked its transition from a territory to a state.

2. Des Moines Register
On January 22, 1915, The Des Moines Register newspaper published its first issue. The Des Moines Register is now the largest newspaper in Iowa serving the information needs of Iowans.

3. Harriet Tubman in Iowa
Harriet Tubman, a prominent American abolitionist and political activist, visited Cedar County, Iowa on January 22, 1868. During her visit, she spoke at a church in Tipton to raise funds to support the efforts of the Underground Railroad.

4. Amelia Earhart in Iowa
Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, visited Cedar Rapids, Iowa on January 22, 1936, and delivered her speech on "Aviation for Women."

5. Farm Crisis
On January 22, 1985, farmers in Iowa and other parts of the United States faced a crisis due to low prices for their crops and high interest rates on their loans. This crisis marked one of the toughest times in Iowa's history wherein farmers were forced to sell their farms and declare bankruptcy.
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