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5 Fun Facts About October 24 In Iowa History

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Here are 5 interesting facts about October 24 in Iowa history:

1. In 1868, the town of Decorah was incorporated as a city. Decorah, located in northeast Iowa, is now known for its Norwegian heritage, Luther College, and the annual Nordic Fest.

2. On October 24, 1876, William B. Allison was elected to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate. He would go on to serve for six consecutive terms, making him Iowa's longest-serving senator.

3. In 1910, the first airplane flight in Des Moines was made by James Deeds. His flight lasted about five minutes and covered a distance of a little over a mile.

4. On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley performed at the RKO Orpheum Theater in Davenport as part of his first tour of the Midwest. The audience reportedly went wild, and the performance helped cement Presley's status as a rising star.

5. Finally, on October 24, 2018, the Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team played its first regular-season game under new head coach Fran McCaffery. The Hawkeyes defeated the Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos, 77-63, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
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