1. In 1919, Iowa became the 10th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. This was a major milestone in the women's suffrage movement.
2. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter visited the community of Elma, Iowa to attend the funeral of firefighter James Ellis, who died in the line of duty. This was the first time a sitting U.S. president had attended the funeral of a firefighter.
3. The birthplace of Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States, is located in West Branch, Iowa. The Hoover Birthplace is now a National Historic Site and includes a museum dedicated to his life and legacy.
4. On June 28, 2008, the city of Cedar Rapids was devastated by a catastrophic flood, which caused over $5 billion in damage and displaced tens of thousands of residents. The city has since undergone a significant recovery and revitalization effort.
5. Iowa native Glenn Miller, one of the most popular musicians of the swing era, disappeared on December 15, 1944 while flying over the English Channel during World War II. His music continues to be celebrated and performed around the world today.
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