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5 Fun Facts About July 25 In Iowa History

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1. In 1846, newspapers in Davenport reported that the first successful telegraph message in Iowa was sent from Muscatine to Davenport. The message read, "Davenport and Rock Island are now one!"

2. On July 25, 1913, the Iowa State Fair set a single-day attendance record of 115,000 visitors. This was a significant accomplishment considering that the population of Des Moines, where the fair is held, was only around 68,000 at the time.

3. The Hawkeye State Park was dedicated on July 25, 1939. The park, located in the north-central part of Iowa near the town of Elkader, covers more than 240 acres and provides camping, fishing, and hiking opportunities.

4. In 1961, Iowa Governor Norman Erbe signed a bill that allowed communities in the state to issue bonds to fund the construction of municipal swimming pools. This was a significant development in the efforts to expand recreational opportunities for Iowans.

5. On July 25, 1984, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a woman who was fired from her job as a bookkeeper because she was pregnant was entitled to unemployment benefits. The decision was a landmark victory for women's rights in the workplace and helped pave the way for greater protections against pregnancy discrimination.
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