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5 Fun Facts About June 13 In Iowa History

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1. On June 13, 1865, Iowa was the first state in the Union to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude.

2. June 13, 1914, was the day that celebrated Iowa artist Grant Wood completed his first painting, "Near Sundown," which depicted a farmstead at sunset and helped to establish him as a major figure in the American Regionalist movement.

3. On June 13, 1933, the Iowa Supreme Court upheld a state law that legalized the sale and consumption of 3.2% beer, following the repeal of Prohibition by the federal government. The decision came just two days after the federal government ended its ban on beer with an alcohol content of 3.2% or less.

4. June 13, 1948, marked the birth of actress Linda Goodman, in Iowa City, Iowa. She went on to appear in several popular television shows, including "Magnum, P.I." and "Murder, She Wrote."

5. On June 13, 1960, the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, reached its highest recorded level, as floodwaters ravaged the city and caused more than $100 million in damage. The disaster was the second-largest flood in Iowa history, after the Great Flood of 1993.
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