Below are five interesting facts about November 30 in Iowa history:
1. In 1894, Frank Gotch, a famous professional wrestler, won his first match in Des Moines, Iowa. Gotch would go on to become the world heavyweight wrestling champion and is regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.
2. On November 30, 1967, an explosion in a coal mine in Farmington, West Virginia, shocked the nation and led to the passage of the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act. The tragedy prompted the government to establish stricter safety regulations for coal mines, and Iowa coal miners also benefited from these regulations.
3. In 1993, the Iowa Hawkeyes football team won their first Big Ten championship in 13 years, after a pivotal win against the University of Wisconsin. Iowa went on to play in the Rose Bowl and finished the season with a 10-1 record.
4. November 30 is also the birthday of Mark Appel, a pitcher from Houston, Texas, who was selected first overall in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft by the Houston Astros. Appel played baseball at Stanford University and is one of the most highly touted prospects in recent history.
5. In 1900, Iowa State University hosted the first-ever meeting of the American Society of Agronomy. The organization was founded to promote the scientific study of crops and soil, and Iowa's fertile farmland has long been an important part of the state's economy.
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