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5 Fun Facts About November 1 In Iowa History

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1) On November 1, 1846, Iowa officially became the 29th state in the United States. Prior to this, Iowa had been a territory since 1838.

2) In 1913, the first highway bridge across the Mississippi River was opened in Clinton, Iowa. The bridge connected Iowa and Illinois and was named the Clinton-Galena Bridge.

3) On November 1, 1918, the deadly Spanish flu epidemic reached Iowa, resulting in over 6,000 deaths in the state. The epidemic had a significant impact on Iowa's population and economy.

4) In 1944, the Iowa Hawkeyes football team defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 26-6 in a nationally televised game on November 1. This victory helped solidify Iowa's reputation as a football powerhouse.

5) November 1, 1991 marked the beginning of a historic multi-day snowstorm that blanketed much of Iowa with record levels of snow. Dubbed the "Halloween Blizzard," the storm caused widespread power outages and transportation disruptions throughout the state.
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