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5 Fun Facts About November 24 In Iowa History

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1. In 1880, the first electric streetcar in Iowa began operating in Des Moines. The streetcar ran from the downtown area to the State Fairgrounds and was powered by electricity from a nearby power station.

2. In 1931, the State Historical Society of Iowa was created. The organization collects, preserves, and shares Iowa's history through events, educational programs, and exhibits.

3. On November 24, 1942, the USS Iowa, a battleship named after the state, was launched. The ship served in World War II, the Korean War, and was even used to transport President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

4. In 1974, a 27-year-old man named Terry Branstad was elected as Iowa's youngest governor. Branstad went on to serve as governor for a total of six terms, making him the longest-serving governor in U.S. history.

5. On November 24, 1993, the first annual Festival of Trees and Lights was held in Des Moines. The festival is a fundraiser for Blank Children's Hospital and features a display of decorated trees, holiday entertainment, and children's activities.
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