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5 Fun Facts About June 11 In Iowa History

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1. In 1915, the Iowa State Capitol building was officially dedicated. Built in the Beaux-Arts style, the building stands as an iconic symbol of the state's political power.

2. In 1945, the Iowa State Fairgrounds served as the site of a war bond rally attended by retired General Douglas MacArthur. The event was one of many held throughout the country to support the war effort in the final months of World War II.

3. In 1992, the Iowa Cubs baseball team played their first game at their new home stadium, then known as Sec Taylor Stadium. The team, a Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, has since become a beloved local institution.

4. In 2008, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex couples seeking marriage rights, making the state one of the first in the country to legalize same-sex marriage.

5. In 2012, the town of Arcadia was re-designated as the "official" Twinkie capital of the world after Hostess Brands, the makers of the iconic snack cake, went bankrupt and shut down production. The town had long been home to a Hostess factory and had even erected a giant Twinkie-shaped statue in honor of the beloved treat.
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