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5 Fun Facts About November 5 In Iowa History

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1. In 1856, the state of Iowa went Republican.
On November 5, 1856, Iowa became the first state in the nation to choose a Republican presidential candidate. This was a significant event because it signaled the growing strength of the Republican party in the lead up to the Civil War.

2. The first football game in Iowa was played on November 5, 1889.
The University of Iowa played against Grinnell College in the first football game to be held in Iowa. While the game ended in a 24-0 win for Iowa, the event marked the beginning of what would become a beloved pastime in the state.

3. A devastating tornado hit Charles City on November 5, 1961.
On this day, an F5 tornado hit the town of Charles City, killing 13 people and injuring over 450. It remains one of the deadliest tornadoes in Iowa history.

4. Iowa City became the first American city to create a public library on November 5, 1896.
The Iowa City Public Library was established on November 5, 1896, making Iowa City the first city in the United States to create a publicly funded library. Today, the library remains a vital resource for the community.

5. The Iowa State Capitol building was dedicated on November 5, 1884.
After over a decade of planning and construction, the Iowa State Capitol building was officially opened to the public in 1884. Attended by thousands of Iowans, the dedication was a significant moment in the state's history. Today, the Capitol remains an iconic landmark and seat of government in Iowa.
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