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5 Fun Facts About September 8 In Iowa History

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1) On September 8, 1891, Susan La Flesche Picotte became the first Native American woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. She graduated from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania before returning to Nebraska, where she served as a physician for her tribe, the Omaha.

2) In 1904, the Iowa State Fair experienced one of its biggest crowds to date, with over 75,000 attendees on September 8th alone. The fairgrounds featured a large variety of exhibitions, including livestock shows, agricultural displays, and entertainment events.

3) On September 8, 1918, Iowa Governor William L. Harding mobilized the Iowa National Guard in response to the ongoing World War I. Over 11,000 soldiers from Iowa would serve in the war effort, with many participating in major battles such as the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France.

4) In 1925, the city of Des Moines, Iowa was hit by a devastating tornado on September 8th, causing widespread destruction and several fatalities. The tornado was later estimated to have been an F4 on the Fujita scale, with winds reaching up to 260 MPH.

5) On September 8, 1949, the V G Men's Clothing store in Sioux City, Iowa became the first store in the state to accept payments through a newly-developed credit card system called Diners Club. The system was created by businessman Frank McNamara and allowed customers to charge their purchases at participating merchants.
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