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5 Fun Facts About January 6 In Iowa History

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1. Statehood Day: January 6 is celebrated as Statehood Day in Iowa. It honors the day Iowa became the 29th state in the Union on January 6, 1846.

2. Football Tradition: January 6 is also significant for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team. In 2010, the Hawkeyes played in the Orange Bowl on January 6, which was the first time they had played in a BCS bowl game since 2003.

3. Cold Weather Records: Iowa is known for its harsh winters, and January 6 has seen some of the coldest temperatures on record. On January 6, 1912, the temperature in Elkader, Iowa dropped to -47°F, which is the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state.

4. Birthdays: Several notable Iowans were born on January 6th including Christian Petersen, a prominent sculptor who created many of the statues on the Iowa State University campus, and Ray A. Young Bear, a poet who has won several awards for his work.

5. Tractor History: On January 6, 1908, the first successful tractor was tested in Clayton County, Iowa. The tractor was designed by Charles W. Hart and Charles H. Parr, and it revolutionized agriculture by making it easier for farmers to plow their fields. The tractor was manufactured by the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company, which would later become John Deere.
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