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5 Fun Facts About November 23 In Iowa History

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1. On November 23, 1871, the first official game of American football was played in Iowa. The two teams from Princeton and Rutgers competed in front of a crowd of 100 spectators, marking the birth of what would eventually become one of the most popular sports in the United States.

2. November 23, 1915, saw the construction of the first bridge connecting Iowa and Nebraska. The South Omaha Bridge, also known as the Veterans Memorial Bridge, spans the Missouri River between Council Bluffs, Iowa and South Omaha, Nebraska.

3. Iowa's state flag was adopted on November 23, 1921. The design features a bald eagle carrying a ribbon that reads "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain", representing Iowa's commitment to freedom and independence.

4. November 23, 1931, marked the day that Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow robbed a bank in Stuart, Iowa. The notorious criminals were known for their string of robberies and murders across the South and Midwest during the Great Depression.

5. On November 23, 2008, an F-2 tornado tore through the town of Keokuk, Iowa, causing significant damage to homes and businesses. Fortunately, no fatalities were reported, but the tornado served as a reminder of the destructive power of severe weather in the Midwest.
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