1. In 1890, the first Corn Palace was opened in Sioux City, Iowa. This unique building was constructed entirely of corn and used to promote the local agricultural industry.
2. On October 14, 1960, John F. Kennedy campaigned in Des Moines, Iowa, on his way to winning the presidency. His speech focused on agriculture and the importance of Iowa's farmers.
3. In 1925, the first bridge across the Mississippi River at Davenport, Iowa, was opened to traffic. This landmark structure was an important transportation link between Iowa and Illinois.
4. On October 14, 1853, the first freight train arrived in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This event marked the beginning of the railroad era in Iowa and helped to fuel the state's growth.
5. On this day in 1917, Lieutenant Erwin R. Bleckley of Wichita, Kansas, received the Medal of Honor for his heroic acts during World War I. Bleckley was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Service and died while attempting to deliver crucial messages to troops behind enemy lines. He is buried in Emerson, Iowa.
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