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5 Fun Facts About September 13 In Iowa History

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1. On September 13, 1969, the Iowa Hawkeyes football team defeated the Iowa State Cyclones in a thrilling 44-7 victory. The win came just two weeks after the Hawkeyes had lost their season opener to the University of Houston, and helped kick off a nine-game winning streak that would lead them to a Big Ten championship.

2. September 13, 1851, marked the opening of the first Iowa State Fair in Fairfield. Over the course of the four-day event, more than 7,000 people attended to showcase their agricultural products, participate in horse races and other competitions, and socialize with their fellow Iowans.

3. In 1985, September 13 marked the beginning of the "women's strike for peace" in Des Moines. Inspired by a similar march in Argentina, the strike called for the end of the Cold War and the reduction of military spending, and drew hundreds of women from across the state to protest in front of the Iowa State Capitol.

4. On September 13, 2020, Iowa native and wrestling superstar Seth Rollins won the WWE Universal Championship at the Payback pay-per-view event. Rollins defeated former champion Bray Wyatt in a hard-fought match that lasted almost 17 minutes, cementing his place as one of the top talents in the professional wrestling world.

5. Finally, on September 13, 1923, the famed circus elephant Gypsy Rose Lee was born in the town of Seattle, Iowa. Though she would go on to become a world-famous burlesque dancer and actress, her early years in the Hawkeye State helped shape her independent spirit and fierce determination to succeed in the entertainment industry.
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