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5 Fun Facts About June 14 In Iowa History

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1. The birth of Harriet Harlan, the first woman elected to the Iowa Legislature, occurred on June 14, 1825, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her family later moved to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, where she became involved in politics and social reform efforts.

2. On June 14, 1870, the first woman suffrage meeting was held in Des Moines, Iowa. Participants discussed the need for women's right to vote and organized efforts to promote suffrage in Iowa.

3. One of Iowa's most notable events, the "Great Tornado" of 1974, occurred on June 14. The tornado devastated several towns in eastern Iowa, including Oelwein, Maynard, and Charles City, killing 13 people and causing millions of dollars in damage.

4. The first NCAA Women's College World Series was held in Omaha, Nebraska, on June 14, 1982, with the University of California, Los Angeles winning the championship. The tournament has since become a popular annual event, often held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, since 1990.

5. On June 14, 2005, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples were entitled to the same legal protections and benefits as opposite-sex couples. Iowa became the third state in the U.S. to allow same-sex marriage, following Massachusetts and Connecticut. However, the decision was met with controversy and opposition from some groups in Iowa and nationwide.
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