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5 Fun Facts About September 21 In Iowa History

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1. In 1946, the “Iowa House Un-American Activities Committee” was established on September 21. The committee was formed in response to concerns about communism and its influence in the state of Iowa during the Cold War.

2. On September 21, 1961, Cedar Rapids experienced an F2 tornado that caused significant damage to the area. The tornado resulted in one fatality and 37 injuries, as well as the destruction of several homes and buildings.

3. In 1985, the city of Des Moines celebrated the opening of the “World Food Prize” on September 21. The World Food Prize is an international award that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.

4. September 21, 1899, marks the birth of renowned Iowa journalist and author William L. Shirer. Shirer was a foreign correspondent for CBS News who covered important events such as the rise of Nazi Germany and World War II.

5. On September 21, 1976, 41-year-old Mary Lund was named “Governor of Iowa for a Day.” Lund was selected for the position as part of a contest organized by the Iowa Jaycees, and she spent the day touring the state capital and attending official meetings and events.
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