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5 Fun Facts About July 12 In Iowa History

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1. In 1974, Iowa suffered its deadliest tornado outbreak on July 12. The outbreak produced 27 tornadoes, killing 3 people and injuring 200 others.

2. On July 12, 1917, the Waterloo Hawks baseball team won a game against the Waterloo Athletics with a final score of 16-0. This was the largest victory for the Hawks at the time.

3. In 1893, the first electric streetcar line in Cedar Rapids began operation on July 12. The line ran from downtown Cedar Rapids to the city's east side.

4. On July 12, 1853, the state of Iowa established the Iowa Institute for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb (now known as the Iowa School for the Deaf) in Council Bluffs. The school was the first of its kind west of the Mississippi River.

5. July 12, 1988, is known as "Black Tuesday" in Iowa history. On this day, a severe windstorm called a derecho swept across the state, causing widespread damage and leaving 11 people dead. The storm caused an estimated $300 million in damage and was one of the most destructive weather events in Iowa's history.
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