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5 Fun Facts About July 8 In Iowa History

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Below are five interesting facts about July 8 in Iowa history:

1. In 1846, the first issue of the Iowa Territory's first newspaper, "The Iowa Capitol Reporter," was published in Burlington.

2. In 1875, the first passenger train arrived in Spencer, signaling the arrival of the railroad in the town.

3. In 1934, the "Baby Face" Nelson gang robbed a bank in Mason City, resulting in a shootout that left a police officer and two gang members dead.

4. In 1953, the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway held its first race, marking the beginning of an annual racing tradition that continues to this day.

5. In 1967, the National Rivers and Harbors Congress held their annual meeting in Dubuque, highlighting the importance of Iowa's waterways to its economy and culture.
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