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5 Fun Facts About March 28 In Iowa History

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1. In 1846, Iowa became the 29th state to join the United States of America.
2. In 1874, the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi River was completed between Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois.
3. In 1922, the Varsity Theatre opened in Des Moines, Iowa. At the time, it was the largest and most technologically advanced movie theater in the state.
4. In 1953, University of Iowa Professor James Van Allen discovered the Van Allen radiation belt, a zone of energetic charged particles that surrounds the Earth.
5. In 2017, the Iowa State Cyclones women's basketball team advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
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