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5 Fun Facts About September 20 In Iowa History

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1. In 1838, the first issue of "The Iowa Territorial Gazette and Advertiser" was published in Burlington, Iowa. This weekly newspaper was one of the earliest in the territory and provided a valuable source of news and information for Iowa residents throughout the early years of the state's history.

2. On September 20, 1863, Confederate raiders under the command of William Quantrill attacked the town of Corydon, Iowa. The raiders burned much of the town and killed several residents before being driven off by Union soldiers.

3. In 1881, Iowa State University opened its doors to students for the first time. The university, located in Ames, Iowa, was founded as the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm and has since grown into a major research institution with over 36,000 students.

4. September 20, 1894, marked the opening of the Cherokee Strip Land Run in Oklahoma Territory. Many Iowans were among the tens of thousands of homesteaders who rushed to claim land in the newly opened territory, which was part of the historic Cherokee Nation.

5. In 1923, the first radio station in Iowa, WOC, went on the air in Davenport. The station, which was owned by the local newspaper, began broadcasting news, music, and other programs to listeners in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Today, WOC is part of the iHeartMedia network and continues to be an important source of news and entertainment for the Quad Cities region.
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