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Iowa - Notable Historical Events

Jesse JamesJun 3, 1871

Buddy HollyFeb 3, 1959

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Iowa - Historical Events
Date Event
1830-07-15

Indian tribes, Sioux, Sauk & Fox, sign fourth Treaty of Prairie du Chien giving the US most of Minnesota, Iowa & Missouri

1838-06-11

Iowa Territory is organized

1838-06-12

Iowa Territory forms

1846-12-28

Iowa becomes 29th state

1847-02-25

State University of Iowa is approved

1851-09-22

The city of Des Moines, Iowa was incorporated as Fort Des Moines.

1856-06-09

500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts.

1860-06-03

Comanche, Iowa, completely destroyed by one of a series of tornadoes

1863-06-20

1st bank chartered in US (National Bank of Davenport Iowa)

1863-06-29

Very 1st First National Bank opens in Davenport, Iowa

1870-02-03

US state of Iowa ratifies the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution allowing suffrage for all races & colour

1871-06-03

Jesse James & his gang robs Obocock Bank (Corydon Iowa), of $15,000

1871-07-03

Jesse James robs bank in Corydon, Iowa ($45,000)

1871-07-25

Carousel patents by Wilhelm Schneider, Davenport, Iowa

1873-07-21

Jesse James & James Younger gang's 1st train robbery (Adair Iowa)

1879-05-10

Meteor falls near Estherville, Iowa

1882-05-23

6" of snow falls in eastern Iowa

1882-06-16

17" hailstones weighing 1.75 lbs fall in Dubuque Iowa

1882-06-17

Tornado kills 130 in Iowa

1885-01-04

Dr W W Grant of Iowa, performs 1st appendectomy (on Mary Gartside, 22)

1887-03-03

American Protective Association forms (anti-Catholic) in Clinton Iowa

1893-07-06

The small town of Pomeroy, Iowa, is nearly destroyed by a tornado that kills 71 people and injures 200.

1895-09-18

Daniel David Palmer of Davenport, Iowa gives the first chiropractic adjustment

1901-03-25

55 die as Rock Island train derailed near Marshalltown, Iowa

1912-01-12

-47°F (-44°C), Washta, Iowa (state record)

1915-10-23

1st national horseshoe throwing championship (Kellerton, Iowa)

1921-04-11

Iowa imposed 1st state cigarette tax

1922-01-24

Eskimo Pie patented by Christian K Nelson of Iowa (not an Eskimo)

1922-04-28

WOI (Ames, Iowa) country's 1st licensed educational radio station

1924-04-15

WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmissions

1931-07-27

Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebr & SD destroyed thousands of acres of crops

1932-05-09

WOC-AM in Davenport Iowa merges with WHO to become WHO-WOC

1934-05-21

Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes first US city to fingerprint its citizens

1934-07-20

118°F (48°C), Keokuk, Iowa (state record)

1934-11-11

WOC-AM in Davenport Iowa splits from WHO-WOC & becomes KICK-AM

1935-03-17

KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa call sign is given to KWCR

1936-08-18

106.5°F-Hottest afternoon ever in Iowa

1939-12-06

5th Heisman Trophy Award: Nile Kinnick, Iowa (HB)

1946-06-09

19 guests at Canfield Hotel die in fire (Dubuque, Iowa)

1956-03-23

18th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: SF beats Iowa 83-71

1959-02-03

"The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake Iowa.

1959-08-05

42.4 cm rainfall in Decatur Co, Iowa (state record)

1960-08-18

1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Richardson, Texas

1970-02-28

KIIN (now KUN) TV channel 12 in Iowa City, IA (PBS) 1st broadcast

1978-06-20

1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton

1979-02-21

2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period

1986-01-01

Iowa's All-American running back, Ronnie Harmon, fumbles the ball 4 times in his last game-the Rose Bowl

1989-04-19

Gun turret explodes on USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors

1989-07-19

United Airlines DC-10 crashes at Sioux City Iowa, kills 112

1989-09-11

KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa changes call letters to KGGO

1991-11-01

Three faculty, and one staff member of the department of physics and astronomy, were killed, along with one administrator, when physics graduate student Gang Lu went on a shooting rampage at the University of Iowa.

1992-08-25

Jamie Solinger, of Iowa, crowned 10th Miss Teen USA

1993-04-19

South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crashed lands in Iowa.

1995-06-27

Mason City Iowa's TV news personality Jodi Huisentruit disappears

1996-09-28

Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)

1997-11-19

In Des Moines, Iowa, Bobbi McCaughey gives birth to septuplets in the second known case where all seven babies were born alive. They would go on to become the first set of septuplets to survive infancy, with all seven alive in 2007.

1999-07-11

20th US Seniors Golf Open: at Des Moines GC, W Des Moines, Iowa

2006-04-13

Powerful tornadoes rip through Iowa City, Iowa.

2016-02-02

Ted Cruz Wins Republican Caucuses in Iowa

2016-02-03

Donald Trump: Ted Cruz 'stole' Iowa caucuses

2016-11-04

Iowa Police Arrest Suspect in 'Ambush' Killings of 2 Officers

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Iowa - Notable Birthdays

Herbert HooverAug 10, 1874

George GallupNov 18, 1901

Harry ReasonerApr 17, 1923

Ashton KutcherFeb 7, 1978

Elijah WoodJan 28, 1981

Iowa - Birthdays
Date Event
1805-09-25

Henry P Scholte, Dutch/US vicar/founder (Pella colony in Iowa)

1813-12-20

Samuel Jordan Kirkwood, (Gov-Iowa)/US Sect of Interior (1881-82)

1820-08-26

James Harlan, (Rep-Iowa)/US Secretary of Interior (1865-66)

1846-02-26

William F "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Davenport Iowa, killed 4000 buffaloes

1852-05-18

Gertrude Käsebier, Des Moines, Iowa, pioneering American photgrapher

1857-09-08

Ida Henrietta Hyde, Davenport Iowa, American physiologist who invented the micro-electrode. She was the first woman allowed to do research at Harvard Medical School and to be elected to the American Physiology Society.

1874-08-10

Herbert Hoover, West Branch Iowa, (R) 31st US President (1929-1933), (d. 1964)

1875-05-06

William Daniel Leahy, Iowa, 5 star admiral/chief of staff (1949)

1879-09-06

Neal Rev Dodd, Iowa, actor (You Belong to Me)

1883-04-25

Elsa Maxwell, Keokuk Iowa, writer (Jack Paar Show)

1887-07-01

Charles D Brown, Iowa, actor (Barefoot Boy, Disbarred, Night Editor)

1888-05-17

Selmer Jackson, Iowa, actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp)

1893-02-26

William Frawley, Burlington, Iowa, American actor (I Love Lucy, Bub-My 3 Sons)

1895-03-03

Juanita Hansen, Iowa, actress (Fast Company, Broadway Love)

1896-03-16

Conrad Nagel, Keokuk Iowa, actor (Celebrity Time)

1897-10-29

Hope Emerson, Hawarden Iowa, actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn)

1901-11-18

George Gallup, Jefferson Iowa, public opinion pollster (Gallup Poll)

1902-05-18

[Robert] Meredith Willson, Mason City Iowa, composer (Music Man)

1903-01-31

Gardner Cowles, Iowa, publisher/founder (Look Magazine)

1903-03-10

Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, Davenport, Iowa, American jazz cornetist, considered one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s

1904-02-04

MacKinlay Kantor, Webster City Iowa, novelist (Andersonville)

1906-05-11

Kent Taylor, [Louis Weiss], Iowa, actor (Boston Blackie, Rough Riders)

1907-04-04

Nathan M Pusey, Iowa, educator (Natl Ass for Social Sciences-1963)

1907-09-15

Jack Bailey, Hampton Iowa, TV host (Queen for a Day)

1907-11-20

Fran Allison, LaPorte City Iowa, actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie)

1909-07-18

Harriet Hilliard Nelson, Des Moines, Iowa, American singer/actress (Ozzie & Harriet, Follow the Fleet)

1909-12-21

George Ball, Iowa, lawyer/undersecretary of state

1910-09-19

Margaret Lindsay, Dubuque Iowa, actress (Take a Guess)

1911-04-05

Gordon Jones, Alden Iowa, actor (Mike the Cop-Abbott & Costello)

1912-03-19

Russ Case, Hamburg Iowa, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show)

1913-03-15

MacDonald Carey, Sioux City Iowa, actor (One Life to Live, Dream Girl)

1915-05-28

Scott McKay, Pleasantville Iowa, actor (Stage Door)

1915-06-03

Iris Meredith, Sioux City Iowa, actress (Son of Davy Crockett)

1917-08-25

Don Defore, Cedar Rapids Iowa, actor (George-Hazel, Ozzie & Harriet)

1918-07-04

Abigail Van Buren, [Mrs Morton Phillips], Sioux City Iowa, columnist

1918-07-04

Ann Landers, Sioux City Iowa, twin sister/advice columnist

1918-07-04

Pauline Phillips, Sioux City, Iowa, advice columnist (Dear Abby), (d. 2013)

1918-10-27

Paul Dixon, Earling Iowa, Ohio talk show host (Paul Dixon Show)

1918-10-30

Robert Feller, Van Meter Iowa, MLB pitcher (Cleveland Indians, led AL in strikeouts 7 times)

1918-11-03

Bob Feller, Van Meter, Iowa, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indian, 3 no-hitters)

1920-03-05

Virginia Christine, Stanton, Iowa, American actress (Mrs Olson, Tales of Wells Fargo)

1920-04-13

Ken Nordine, Cherokee Iowa, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz)

1920-08-13

Neville Brand, Griswold, Iowa, American actor (DOA, Eaten Alive)

1921-01-27

Donna Reed, Denison Iowa, (From Here to Eternity, Wonderful Life)

1922-01-18

Constance Moore, Sioux City Iowa, actress (Window on Main Street)

1922-02-10

Harold Hughes, Ida County Iowa, Governor of Iowa (D) and US Senator

1922-02-10

Neva Patterson, Iowa, actress (Governor & JJ, Doc Elliot, Nichols)

1922-06-26

Frances Rafferty, Sioux City Iowa, actress (December Bride)

1923-04-17

Harry Reasoner, Dakota City Iowa, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS)

1923-07-28

Mary Jane Odell, Iowa, secretary of state

1924-06-27

Paul F Conrad, Cedar Rapids Iowa, US cartoonist (Pulitzer 1964, 71, 84)

1925-10-23

Johnny Carson, Corning Iowa, comedian (Tonight Show, Who Do You Trust)

1926-04-04

Cloris Leachman, Des Moines Iowa, actress (Phyllis, High Anxiety)

1926-04-30

Cloris Leachman, Des Moines Iowa, actress (Last Picture Show, Phyllis)

1926-06-07

Dick Williams, Wall Lake Iowa, choral director (Andy Williams Show)

1926-08-15

Georgiann Johnson, Decorah Iowa, actress (Marge-Mr Peepers)

1926-10-17

Julie Adams, Waterloo Iowa, actress (Yancy Derringer, Code Red)

1927-08-30

Bill Daily, Des Moines, Iowa, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show)

1927-12-03

Andy Williams, Wall Lake Iowa, singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show) (d. 2012)

1931-08-13

Betsy Duncan, Girl from Iowa

1932-03-16

Ronnie Walter Cunningham, Creston Iowa, Col USMC/astronaut (Apollo 7)

1933-09-17

Charles E Grassley, (Sen-R-Iowa, 1981- )

1935-07-17

P D Q Bach, [Peter Schickele], Iowa, composer (5th of Beethoven)

1936-03-27

Jerry Lacy, Sioux City Iowa, actor (Play it Again Sam)

1938-03-02

Simon Estes, Centerville Iowa, bass/baritone (Wonton, Don Carlos)

1938-11-13

Jean Seberg, Marshaltown Iowa, actress (Breathless, Paint Your Wagon)

1939-09-27

Jim Ross Lightfoot, (Rep-R-Iowa, 1985- )

1939-11-19

Thomas Harkin, (Sen-D-Iowa, 1985- )

1940-01-31

Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)

1940-03-10

David Rabe, Dubuque Iowa, playwright (Streamers)

1940-12-24

Sharon Farrell, Sioux City, Iowa, American actress (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless)

1942-10-15

James A Leach, (Rep-R-Iowa, 1977- )

1942-11-01

Marcia Wallace, Creston Iowa, actress (Carol-Bob Newhart Show), (d. 2013)

1944-09-23

Loren J Shriver, Iowa, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 51-C, STS 31, STS 46)

1946-07-10

Sue Lyon, Davenport Iowa, actress (Lolita, Night of the Iguana)

1946-09-26

Mary Beth Hurt, [Mary Supinger], Iowa, actress (Garp, Interiors)

1946-11-17

Terry E. Branstad, Governor of Iowa

1947-10-01

Stephen Collins, Des Moines Iowa, actor (Star Trek I, Tattingers)

1948-06-02

Jerry Mathers, Sioux City Iowa, actor (Beaver-Leave It To Beaver)

1948-06-29

Fred Grandy, Sioux City IA, (Rep-R-Iowa, 1986- )/actor (Love Boat)

1948-10-25

Dan Gable, Waterloo Iowa, 68kg freestyle wrestler (Oly-gold-72)

1949-05-01

Douglas Barr, Cedar Rapids Iowa, actor (Howie-Fall Guy)

1950-01-28

David Carl Hilmers, Iowa, Col USMC/astronaut (STS 51-J, 26, 36, 42)

1950-03-07

Mark Pinter, Decorah Iowa, actor (Behind the Screen, Another World)

1950-04-14

Randolph Powell, Iowa City Iowa, actor (Alan-Dallas, Logan's Run)

1950-07-13

George D "Pinky" Nelson, Iowa, PhD/astro (STS 41C, STS 61-C, STS-26)

1951-08-19

Randi Oakes, Randalia Iowa, actress (Officer Bonnie Clark-CHiPs)

1955-02-02

Michael Talbott, Waverly Iowa, actor (Stan-Miami Vice)

1955-04-29

Kate Mulgrew, Dubuque Iowa, actress (Capt Janeway-Star Trek Voyager)

1957-04-13

Gary Kroeger, Cedar Falls Iowa, comedian (SNL, Return of Shaggy Dog)

1958-05-27

Linnea Quigley, Davenport Iowa, actress (Night of Demons, Virgin High)

1959-03-06

Tom Arnold, Iowa, [Mr Roseanne Barr Arnold], actor (Tom, True Lies)

1960-02-09

Peggy A Whitson, Mt Ayr Iowa, PhD/astronaut

1960-06-27

Jim Nussle, (Rep-R-Iowa)

1961-01-05

Curt Bader, Bloomfield Iowa, sprint kayak (Olympics-96)

1961-03-10

Laurel B Clark, Ames Iowa, Lt cmdr USN/astronaut

1961-09-03

Greg Petersen, Iowa City IA, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Klondike-6th)

1962-02-25

Cammy Ciarelli, Iowa City, WPVA volleyballer (Best of Beach-2nd-1995)

1962-04-17

Nancy Hogshead, Iowa City, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984)/model (jockey)

1963-03-09

Kent Ferguson, Cedar Rapids Iowa, diver (Olympics-92, 96)

1963-10-26

Kerri Lynne Rosenberg, Burlington Ia, Miss Iowa-America (1991-top 10)

1964-05-14

James M Kelly, Burlington Iowa, Capt USAF/astronaut

1966-01-25

Chet Culver, American politician, governor of Iowa

1967-05-14

Natasha Elaine Kaiser-Brown, Des Moines Iowa, 400m runner

1968-07-24

Laura Leighton [Miller], Iowa City, Iowa, American actress (Melrose Place, Pretty Little Liars)

1969-07-05

John Oostendorp, Iowa City Iowa, 220 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Oly-96)

1970-02-11

Jason Allyn Scott, Iowa City Iowa, rower (Olympics-1996)

1970-03-01

Lisa Eagen, Harlan Iowa, team handball wing/back court (Olympics-1996)

1970-03-03

Shawn Marie Brogan, Miss USA-Iowa (1997)

1970-03-24

Lara Flynn Boyle, Davenport Iowa, actress (Donna Hayward-Twin Peaks)

1970-06-13

Lance Ringnald, Des Moines Iowa, US gymnist (Olympic-92)

1970-09-29

Luke Bodensteiner, Iowa City Iowa, cross country skier (Olympics-1994)

1971-02-15

Jim Butler, Iowa City Iowa, table tennis player (Olympics-92, 96)

1971-07-09

Jill Simon, Miss Iowa USA (1996)

1972-10-24

Natasha Ann Courter, Davenport Iowa, Miss America-Iowa (1997)

1973-10-26

Brian Smith, Cedar Rapids Iowa, speed skater (Olympics-1994)

1974-07-10

Jennifer Montica Curry, Muscatine Iowa, Miss America-Iowa (1996)

1975-04-10

Eric Den Besten, Bettendorf Iowa, rower (Olympics-1996)

1978-02-07

Ashton Kutcher, Cedar Rapids Iowa, American actor (That 70s Show)

1978-06-13

Allison Dickey, Miss Iowa Teen USA (1996)

1980-09-29

Sarah Sucher, Miss Iowa Teen USA (1997)

1981-01-28

Elijah Wood, Cedar Rapids Iowa, actor (Radio Flyer, Good Son)

1985-9-11

Kristian Day, Templeton Rye: Iowa's Good Stuff

1997-11-19

Alexis May McCaughey, Iowa, septuplets (2)

1997-11-19

Brandon James McCaughey, Iowa, septuplets (5)

1997-11-19

Joel Steven McCaughey, Iowa, septuplets (7)

1997-11-19

Kelsey Ann McCaughey, Iowa, septuplets (4)

1997-11-19

Kenneth Robert McCaughey, Iowa, septuplets (1)

1997-11-19

Natalie Sue McCaughey, Iowa, septuplets (3)

1997-11-19

Nathaniel Roy McCaughey, Iowa, septuplets (6)

Iowa - Weddings
Date Event
1998-08-29

"Baywatch" actress Traci Bingham (30) weds Robb Vallier at First United Methodist Church in Ames, Iowa

Iowa - Deaths
Date Event
1868-08-25

Henry P Scholte, Dutch/US vicar (Iowa), dies at 62

1986-11-29

Cary Grant, actor (Charades), dies in Davenport Iowa at 82

2009-06-24

Ed Thomas, well-known high school football coach from Iowa (b. 1951)


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