Here are five interesting facts about November 12 in Iowa history:
1. On November 12, 1864, during the American Civil War, a group of approximately 150 men from various Native American tribes attacked the town of Camden in western Iowa. The attack was repelled by Union soldiers stationed in the town, resulting in 13 casualties among the Native American attackers and one Union soldier.
2. In 1895, a blizzard swept through Iowa on November 12, causing widespread damage and claiming numerous lives. The storm was particularly devastating for farmers, who lost many livestock animals and suffered significant crop damage.
3. The Iowa State Fairgrounds, located in Des Moines, was officially dedicated on November 12, 1886. The fairgrounds have since hosted countless events, including the annual Iowa State Fair, which is one of the largest state fairs in the United States.
4. On November 12, 1918, the state of Iowa officially recognized the national holiday of Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of World War I. Armistice Day later became Veterans Day, a holiday honoring all American veterans, and is still observed on November 11 each year.
5. Iowa-born actor, writer, and producer Tom Arnold was born on November 12, 1959. Arnold grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa and went on to achieve success in the entertainment industry, appearing in numerous films and television shows and producing several hit television series.
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