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74Mil BC    In the Manson Impact a meteorite hit what is now Manson Iowa at an estimated 60,000 mph and formed a crater 24 miles wide with an impact 3 1/2 miles deep.
    (SFEC, 7/5/98, p.A10)

1804        Aug 20, Charles Floyd died, the only fatality of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. In 1901 a memorial was erected at his gravesite in Sioux City, Iowa.
    (MC, 8/20/02)(Internet)

1811        Feb 3, Horace Greeley was born. He popularized the phrase "Go west, young man," which was spoken to Josiah Grinell, who went west to Iowa, became a Congregational minister and founded Grinell College. Robert Noyce, developer of the microchip and founder of Intel, graduated from Grinell.
    (HNPD, 2/3/99)(WSJ, 10/26/00, p.W12)

1830        Jul 15, 3 Indian tribes, Sioux, Sauk & Fox, signed a treaty giving the US most of Minnesota, Iowa & Missouri.
    (MC, 7/15/02)

1838        Jun 12, The Iowa Territory was organized.
    (AP, 6/12/97)

1839        Iowa’s Supreme Court ruled against slavery.
    (Econ, 4/11/09, p.31)

1846        Feb 26, William Frederick Cody, aka "Buffalo Bill," was born in LeClaire, Scott County, Iowa. He was a "Wild West" frontiersman-turned-showman. Three weeks after the disaster at the Little Bighorn, Buffalo Bill claimed he had taken ‘the first scalp for Custer!’
    (HN, 2/26/98)(AP, 2/26/98)(MesWP)

1846        Dec 28, Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.
    (AP, 12/28/97)

1849        Winterset, Iowa, was founded. 
    (SFC, 7/11/03, p.A2)

1851        Apr 14, Morgan Earp was born in Marian County, IA.
    (MesWP)

1861        Dec 4, Lillian Russell, singer and actress, was born Helen Louise Leonard in Clinton, Iowa. She performed in burlesque and light opera, debuting in Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore in 1879. Russell was praised for her voluptuous beauty and was frequently photographed. Women everywhere tried to emulate her plump physique by buying potions and corsets to accentuate their curves. Although Russell was the ideal beauty of her time, her 186-pound figure--which she kept by eating without restraint--would be quite a departure from today's standard of beauty. Russell later wrote a newspaper column on health, beauty and love, and she died in 1922.
    (HNPD, 12/3/98)

1869        Iowa’s Supreme Court ordered the state’s schools to be desegregated..
    (Econ, 4/11/09, p.31)

1871        Jun 3, Jesse James and his gang robbed Obocock Bank in Corydon, Iowa, of $15,000.
    (MC, 6/3/02)

1871        Jul 3, Jesse James robbed a bank in Corydon, Iowa, of $45,000.
    (MC, 7/3/02)

1871        Jul 25, A carrousel was patented by Wilhelm Schneider in Davenport, Iowa.
    (SC, 7/25/02)

1873        Jul 21, At Adair, Iowa, more than seven years after the Liberty holdup, the James-Younger gang made their first train robbery. See 1866 for the 1st US train robbery.
    (OGA, 11/24/98)(HN, 7/18/00)

1873        Aug 26, Lee De Forest (d.1961), inventor of the audion vacuum tube, was born in Council bluffs, Iowa. He is considered the father of radio.
    (WUD, 1994 p.379)( http://www.britannica.com)

1874        Aug 10, Herbert Clark Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, was born in West Branch, Iowa.
    (AP, 8/10/97)

1877        William Voss and his brothers Fred and John Voss established the Voss Bros. Manufacturing Co. in Davenport, Iowa. Voss had invented one of the first washing machines with early models operated by a hand crank or foot pedal. Voss motor-driven machines were introduced in 1905. during the Depression Voss washing machines sold for $39.95.
    (SFC, 1/21/09, p.G4)

1883        Apr 25, Elsa Maxwell, writer (Jack Paar Show), was born in Keokuk, Iowa.
    (SS, 4/25/02)

c1883        In Iowa the Roseman Bridge was constructed. It was later featured in the 1995 film "The Bridges of Madison County."
    (SFC, 7/11/03, p.A2)

1885        Jan 4, Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed what is believed to have been the first appendectomy; the patient was 22-year-old Mary Gartside.
    (AP, 1/4/00)

1896            Nov 14, Mamie G. Doud Eisenhower (d.1969), 1st lady (1953-61) of Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), was born in Boone, Iowa.
    (www.whitehouse.gov/history/firstladies/me34.html)

1887        Mar 3, The anti-Catholic American Protective Association formed in Clinton, IA.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1892        Feb 13, Grant Wood, painter (American Gothic), was born in Eldon, Iowa. Wood studied at the University of Iowa, taught there and made Iowa the focus of his paintings.  His is considered one of America's first 'regionalist' painters. His most famous work 'American Gothic', often spoofed, is a painting of the puritanical farmer and his wife or daughter.
    (HN, 2/13/01)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.E3)

1894        Dec 30, Amelia Jenks Bloomer (76), suffragist, died in Council Bluffs, Iowa; she had gained notoriety for wearing a short skirt and baggy trousers that came to be known as "bloomers."
    (AP, 12/30/02)

1894        Andrew Clemens (b.1857), deaf sand artist, died. He created pictures in attractive bottles using natural color sands from Iowa.
    (SFC, 5/24/06, p.G3)

1895        Sep 18, D.D. Palmer of Davenport, Iowa, founded the 1st "college" of chiropractic near a duck farm in Iowa.
    (MC, 9/18/01)

1900        Dec 2, John Hossack (b.1841), an Iowa farmer and a prosperous citizen of Warren County, was killed in his bed from two blows with an ax. His wife was accused of the murder. In 1927 Susan Gaspell (1876-1948), American novelist and playwright, authored “A Jury of Her Peers," a short story based on his murder trial.
    (Econ, 2/21/09, p.83)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Jury_of_Her_Peers)

1900        A group of hobos from Chicago began convening on an annual basis in Britt, Iowa. They called themselves Tourists Union No. 63. In 1933 the Britt Chamber of Commerce began sponsoring their annual National Hobo Convention.
    (SFC, 1/26/04, p.B4)

1901        Nov 18, George Horatio Gallup, American journalist and statistician, was born in Jefferson, Iowa.
    (HN, 11/18/98)(MC, 11/18/01)

1902        May 18, Meredith Willson (Wilson), composer and lyricist (The Music Man), was born in Mason City, Iowa.
    (HN, 5/18/01)(SSFC, 2/14/04, p.D12)

1903        Mar 1, Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, jazz cornetist (In a Mist), was born in Iowa.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1904         Mar 1, Glenn Miller (d.1944), big band leader of the 1930s and 1940s, was born in Clarinda, Iowa.
    (AP, 3/1/04)

1904        Feb 4, MacKinlay Kantor, novelist (Andersonville), was born in Webster City, Iowa.
    (MC, 2/4/02)

1905        Harry Harlow (d.1981), psychologist, was born in Fairfield, Iowa.
    (CW, 6/03, p.51)

1906        Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson (d.2002) was born in Ladora. She later became a newspaperwoman and wrote the 1st 23 Nancy Drew children’s mysteries under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.
    (WSJ, 5/30/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/31/02, p.A13)

1907        May 26, John Wayne, American actor, was born as Marion Michael Morrison in Winterset, Iowa. He became famous for his western and World War II movies.
    (HN, 5/26/99)(AP, 5/26/07)

1909        Dec 12, Mildred Linton (d.2003) was born in Ottumwa, Iowa. She became a film star in the 1930s under the name Karen Morley.
    (SFC, 4/21/03, p.B5)

1914        Mar 25, Norman Borlaug (d.2009), later agricultural scientist and Nobel Prize winner (1970), was born on a farm near Cresco, Iowa.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Borlaug)(WSJ, 9/5/06, p.D8)(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A7)

1914        Sep 7, James Alfred Van Allen (d.2006), physicist, was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. In 1958 he discovered the two radiation belts surrounding the Earth, which were named after him.
    (HN, 9/7/98)(SFC, 8/10/06, p.B7)

1918        Jul 4, Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren, twin sisters who became famous columnists, were born in Sioux City, Iowa, as Esther P. (Landers) and Pauline E. (Abbie) Friedman. Their "advice" columns are syndicated in more than 1,000 newspapers. Esther Friedman died in 2002 at age 83.
    (IB, 12/7/98)(SSFC, 6/23/02, p.A10)

1922        Jan 24, Christian K. Nelson of Onawa, Iowa, patented the Eskimo Pie. The product reportedly saved the Iowans dairy business during the Great Depression.
    (AP, 1/24/98)(SFEC, 4/11/99, Z1 p.8)

1923        Apr 17, Harry Reasoner, American broadcast journalist, was born in Dakota City, Iowa.
    (HN, 4/17/98)(MC, 4/17/02)

1923        Jun 27, Paul F. Conrad, cartoonist (Pulitzer 1964, 71, 84), was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
    (SC, 6/27/02)

1925        Aug 12, KMA-AM in Shenandoah, IA, began radio transmissions.
    (SC, 8/12/02)

1925        Oct 23, Johnny Carson (d.2005), American television personality who hosted the "Tonight Show," was born in Corning, Iowa.
    (HN, 10/23/98)(SFC, 1/24/05, p.A7)

1926        Jun 7, Dick Williams, choral director (Andy Williams Show), was born in Wall Lake, Iowa.
    (SC, 6/7/02)

1928        Grant Wood, American artist, encountered the German art movement Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), while supervising the production of a stained-glass window he had designed for the Cedar Rapids Veterans Memorial Building.
    (Sm, 3/06, p.39)

1930        Dec 3, Andy Williams, singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show), was born in Wall Lake, Iowa.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1930        Grant Wood, American painter, completed his "American Gothic." His sister and a Cedar Rapids, Iowa dentist were his models. It is at the Art Institute of Chicago. Wood’s biography, "Artist in Overalls: The Life of Grant Wood" by John Duggleby, was published in 1996. He also painted "Dinner for Threshers" now at the de Young Museum in SF. In 2005 Steven Biel authored “American Gothic, A Life of America’s Most Famous Painting."
    (T&L, 10/80, p. 58)(SFC, 6/9/96, DB p.11)(WSJ, 11/5/96, p.A20)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.E3)

1931        Jul 27, Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota destroyed thousands of acres of crops.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1937          The 1st special purpose digital computer with regenerative memory was invented by John Vincent Atanasoff at Iowa State College. The Atanasoff–Berry Computer (ABC), one of the first electronic digital computing devices, was conceived. The machine was not programmable, being designed only to solve systems of linear equations. It was successfully tested in 1942.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atanasoff%E2%80%93Berry_Computer)(SFC, 12/12/01, p.A27)

1938        Nov 13, Jean Seberg, actress (Breathless, Paint Your Wagon), was born in Marshaltown, Iowa.
    (MC, 11/13/01)

1938        Tennessee Williams (26) completed his play "Spring Storm," while at the Univ. of Iowa. The play dealt with the "unconscious cruelty of the sexual struggle in youth."
    (SFEC, 11/14/99, DB p.35)(WSJ, 2/16/00, p.A24)

1939        John Atanasoff created the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC) in the basement of the physics building at Iowa State College, which did not file patents. Physics Prof. John Mauchly took many of his ideas and filed a patent on over 100 ideas revolving around the computer in 1947. The patent, granted in 1964, claimed the Mauchly had invented the computer. This was disproved in 1973, following a 2-year court battle. In 2010 Jane Smiley authored “"The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer."
    (SSFC, 10/24/10, p.F3)

1941        Sep 11, Charles A. Lindbergh sparked charges of anti-Semitism with a speech in Des Moines, Iowa, in which he blamed "the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration" for trying to draw the United States into World War II. Lindbergh had joined the America First Committee which opposed US entry into the war.
    (SFEC, 11/15/98, Par p.29)(USAW, 5/19/02, p.26)(AP, 9/11/08)

1942        Feb 12, Painter Grant Wood (b.1892), creator of "American Gothic" (1930), died in Iowa City, Iowa, a day before his 51st birthday.
    (AP, 2/12/02)

1942        Jul 20, The first detachment of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), later known as WACs, began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
    (HN, 7/20/02)(AP, 7/20/02)

1943        Oscar Hartzell (68), former Illinois farmer, died in a prison hospital with assets of 10 cents. At the turn of the century he had sold to some 100,000 Midwesterners pieces of the purported $100 billion estate of Sir Francis Drake. He was tried and convicted of mail fraud in Sioux City, Iowa. In 2002 Richard Rayner authored "Drake’s Fortune."
    (WSJ, 5/17/02, p.W11)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.M1)

1944        Nov 9, The 455-foot Red Oak Victory ship was launched from Richmond, Ca. It was named after an Iowa town with the highest number of casualties per capita in WW II. The Victory ships were successors of the Liberty ships.
    (SFC, 9/16/98, p.A20)

1945        Mar 14, Sgt. 1st Class Marvin Steinford, a native of Iowa, was part of a 10-man crew of a B-17 bomber which was hit, while returning to its base in Italy from a mission over Hungary. In 2004 his remains were found in a grave in the town on Zirc in western Hungary, where he had been buried with 26 Soviet soldiers. In 2009 his remains were returned to the US.
    (AP, 8/4/09)

1948        Jun 2, Jerry Mathers, actor (Beaver-Leave It To Beaver), was born in Sioux City, Iowa.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1949-1951    In Middletown the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant under the Atomic Energy Commission was the home of the only nuclear assembly plant in the US. Worker health was not monitored. Nuclear operations were moved to Texas in the 1970s.
    (SFC, 7/31/00, p.A3)

1954        In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, brothers Martin and Matthew Bucksbaum started what later became General Growth Properties Inc. by building a shopping center to house one of their family’s grocery stores in Cedar Rapids. General Growth Properties went public in 1972. In 2008 the company stock fell below $1 as it struggled under $27 billion in debt. In 2009 the company filed for bankruptcy.
    (WSJ, 12/9/08, p.A12)(SFC, 4/17/09, p.C2)

1957        Dec 19, The musical play "The Music Man," starring Robert Preston, with book and songs by Meredith Willson, opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theater for 1,375 performances. Mason City, Iowa, Willson's home town, unveiled Music Man Square in 2002
    (AP, 12/19/97)(MC, 12/19/01)(SSFC, 2/14/04, p.D12)

1959         Feb 3, A plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, claimed the lives of rock- and-roll stars Buddy Holly (22), Ritchie Valens (17) and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson (28). They had just finished performing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. Buddy Holley and the Crickets had 2 hit songs "Oh Boy" and "Maybe Baby," Valens had the 2-sided hit "Donna" and "La Bamba," Richardson was popular for his song "Chantilly Lace."
    (AP, 2/3/97)(WSJ, 2/25/99, p.A16)

1970        Cheryl Brown, Miss Iowa, became the first African-American finalist in the Miss America beauty pageant.
    (www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/missamerica/peopleevents/e_inclusion.html)

1973-1977    Edward Mezvinsky served as a US Representative. In 2001 he was indicted in Philadelphia for defrauding clients in a $10.4 million scheme to meet personal and business losses.
    (SFC, 3/23/01, p.A4)

1976        Jan 19, In the Iowa caucus Jimmy Carter won with 28% of the vote. The rest went to Birch Bayh (13%), Fred R. Harris (10%), Morris Udall (6%) and “Uncommitted" (37%).
    (http://correntewire.com/post_iowa_perspective)

1977        Jul 22, In Iowa John Schweer, a retired white police officer, was murdered. In 1978 Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee, both black men, were wrongfully convicted and served 25 years in prison before they were freed in 2003. Both men filed suits in 2005 against prosecutors and police officers of Council Bluffs. In 2012 a jury failed to reach a verdict and a judge declared a mistrial.
    (http://tinyurl.com/9xeb75v)(SFC, 10/29/12, p.A6)(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A7)

1980        Jan 21, In the Iowa Republican caucus George H. W. Bush beat Ronald Reagan 32% to 30%. Reagan went onto win the nomination and the presidency.
    (http://correntewire.com/post_iowa_perspective)

1980        Iowa became the first state to make redistricting largely apolitical.
    (Econ, 6/18/11, p.33)

1981        Jan 12, In Iowa Richard Huntbach (85) and wife Goldie (77) were found shot to death in their home in Waterloo. On May 10, 2012, Jack Wendell Pursel (66) turned himself in to police and confessed to the killing saying he had become a Christian. Months after the Waterloo killings, Pursel began serving a 21-year sentence for two sex offenses; however, he was paroled in 1992. He was completely discharged from his sentence in September of 1995. On June 7, 2012 Pursel pleaded guilty to the Waterloo murders and was sentenced to life in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7pbnbaf)(SFC, 6/8/12, p.A8)

1982        Sep 5, Johnny Gosch (12) disappeared while delivering newspapers in Des Moines, Iowa. His was one of the first faces of missing children to appear on milk cartons. In 1997 he briefly contacted his mother, but feared for his life and declined to give details about his location.
    (SFC, 9/2/06, p.A5)

1983        Jan 14, In Iowa Terry Branstad (b.1946) began serving as governor and continued to 1999 after which he became president of Des Moines Univ. In 2011 he began serving a 5th term as governor of Iowa.
    (Econ, 10/19/13, p.34)

1984        The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (d.2008), a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to transcendental meditation, held his Taste of Utopia conference in Fairfield, Iowa.
    (AP, 2/6/08)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.95)

1984        Ted Waitt started Gateway Computer at his grandmother’s Iowa farmhouse.
    (SFC, 5/20/05, p.C2)

1985        Ted Waitt co-founded Gateway Computer in an Iowa farmhouse.
    (WSJ, 3/1/00, p.A1)

1986        Nov 29, Actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.
    (AP, 11/29/97)

1986        Rambling Rudy Phillips (1911-2004) was crowned King of the Hobos at the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa.
    (SFC, 1/26/04, p.B4)

1987        Aaron Rubashkin, a Lubuvitcher Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, reopened an abandoned slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. In 2000 Stephen G. Bloom authored "Postville: A Clash of cultures in Heartland American."
    (SSFC, 12/24/00, BR p.4)

1989        Mar 1, Prairie Meadows racetrack in Polk County near Des Moines, Iowa, opened for business. It lost money until it was converted to a casino in April, 1995.
    (WSJ, 6/24/96, B1,11)

1989        Jul 19, In Iowa 112 people were killed when a United Air Lines DC-10 crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City; 184 other people survived. In 2014 Laurence Gonzales authored “Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival."
    (AP, 7/19/08)(SSFC, 7/27/14, p.N2)

1990        The World Food Prize was endowed by Iowa businessman John Ruan in honor of Norman Borlaug, father of the "Green Revolution."
    (SFC, 10/15/97, p.A15)

1991        Sep 15, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin entered the Democratic presidential race, promising to "take back government from the privileged few."
    (AP, 9/15/01)

1991        Nov 1, Univ. of Iowa graduate student Gang Lu (27) of China killed 4 members of his department, another university employee and himself. He was reportedly angry that his doctoral dissertation was not nominated for an academic award.
    (SFC, 4/3/12, p.A12)

1992        Feb 10, In the Iowa caucus favorite son Tom Harkin won with 76% of the vote. The rest went to “Uncommitted" (12%), Paul Tsongas (4%), Bill Clinton (3%), Bob Kerrey (2%), and Jerry Brown (2%). Clinton ended up winning the Democratic nomination and the presidency.
    (http://correntewire.com/post_iowa_perspective)

1993        Apr 19, South Dakota Gov. George S. Mickelson (52) died in an Iowa plane crash.
    (AP, 4/19/97)

1993        Jul 11, In Des Moines, Iowa, severe flooding shut down a water system serving 250,000 residents.
    (AP, 7/11/98)

1993        Jul 14, President Clinton visited flood-stricken Iowa for the second time in 10 days, telling flood victims to "hang in there."
    (AP, 7/14/98)

1993        Jul 21, More rain set back cleanup and recovery efforts in parts of the Midwest; Transportation Secretary Federico Pena examined flood damage along the Mississippi in Keokuk, Iowa.
    (AP, 7/21/98)

1993        Jul, The flood in Davenport crested at a record 22.6 feet.
    (SFC, 4/25/01, p.A5)

1993        Aug 2, In a dramatic scene shown on national television, Jessica, a 2 1/2-year-old girl at the center of a custody battle, was removed from the Michigan home of Jan and Roberta DeBoer and turned over to her biological parents, Dan and Cara Schmidt of Iowa.
    (AP, 8/2/98)

1994        The Winnebago nation gave Lance Morgan $9.7 million from its Iowa casino to start a new venture. Morgan formed Nebraska-based Ho-Chunk Inc.
    (Econ, 4/5/08, p.71)

1997        Nov 23, Iowa septuplet mom Bobbi McCaughey left the hospital and returned home while her seven babies stayed behind in intensive care.
    (AP, 11/23/98)

1997        Dec 20, In Cambodia Theng Bunma, business tycoon and accused drug trafficker, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Iowa Wesleyan College via the manipulations of Ted Sioeng, an Indonesia-born businessman. Sioeng was at the heart of the "donorgate" scandal over China’s attempt to influence the 1996 US elections.
    (WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A22)

1997        Iowa passed a Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
    (SFC, 12/16/03, p.A9)

1999        Jan 15, Gov. Tom Vilsack began his office. He called for a new motto to replace: "Iowa, you make me smile."
    (WSJ, 1/14/99, p.B1)

1999        Feb 10, Timothy Schultz (21) and Sarah Elder (20) of Des Moines split a $10.6 million Powerball lottery prize.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A3)

1999        May 16, Tornadoes swept through western Iowa and 2 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/17/99, p.A3)

1999          Aug 14, Gov. George Bush won the Iowa Straw Poll with Steve Forbes 2nd and Elizabeth Dole 3rd.
    (SFEC, 8/15/99, p.A1)

1999        Sep 6, In Richland the house of Jerry Usovsky exploded during a party and 7 people were killed.
    (SFC, 9/7/99, p.A5)

1999         Sep 9, The College of Agriculture at Iowa State Univ. received a record $80 million donation. At least part of it came from the estate of Raymond and Mary Baker of Des Moines. Mr. Baker was a director of research at Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l.
    (SFC, 9/10/99, p.A2)

1999        Oct 14, Democrat and Republican leaders in Iowa announced plans to move the caucuses to Jan 24.
    (SFC, 10/15/99, p.A3)

1999        Dec 23, In Keokuk, Iowa, a house fire left 3 children and 3 firemen dead. Dave McNally (48), Jason Bitting (29) and Nate Tuck (39) were caught in a flashover.
    (SFC, 12/24/99, p.A5)

1999        In Iowa artist Ray (Bubba) Sorensen II began painting a Memorial Day tribute to US servicemen and servicewomen with a stirring tableau painted on a large granite boulder which stands next to Highway 25. He created new murals annually on the rock.
    (www.ticz.com/homes/users/bob/On-A-Rock/On-A-Rock.htm)

2000        Jan 24, In the Iowa Caucuses Vice Pres. Al Gore won over Bill Bradley 63 to 35%; Texas Gov. George W. Bush won over Steve Forbes 41 to 30%.
    (SFC, 1/25/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 7, In US presidential elections Iowa chose Al Gore by a margin of 4,000 votes.
    (Econ, 8/14/04, p.29)

2000        Austin Decoster, Iowa hog farmer, acknowledged being a habitual violator of polluting Iowa’s rivers and streams. He was the first Iowa farmer to be branded with the official label. In 2010 his Iowa egg farming operations were involved in the recall of some 380 million eggs.
    (SFC, 8/28/10, p.A6)

2001        Mar 18, An Amtrak train bound for the Bay Area derailed in Iowa and 1 person was killed with 96 injured.
    (SFC, 3/19/01, p.A1)

2001        Apr 12, Tornadoes killed at least 4 people in Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma.
    (WSJ, 4/13/01, p.A1)

2001        Apr 24, The Mississippi crested at 22.5 feet in Davenport. The 1993 flood record was 22.6 feet.
    (SFC, 4/25/01, p.A5)

2001        Aug 30, Leticia Aguilar (31) was found dead with her 5 children at her home in Sioux City. A 7th victim, Ronal Fish (58) was also found. Adam Matthew Moss (24) was arrested the next day and charged in the murders. Moss pleaded guilty on Sep 25 and was sentenced to 7 consecutive life terms.
    (SFC, 9/1/01, p.A4)(SFC, 9/26/01, p.C12)

2001        Sep 6, The state Supreme Court struck down a law that gave grandparents the right to spend time with their grandchildren.
    (SFC, 9/7/01, p.D4)

2002        May 3, In rural Iowa and Illinois and 6 people were injured when 6 of 8 pipe bombs were detonated in what was called a case of domestic terrorism. Suspect Luke Helder was later found incompetent to stand trial.
    (SFC, 5/4/02, p.A3)(AP, 5/3/07)

2002        May 7, Lucas John Helder (21) of Pine Island, Minn., was arrested following a car chase near Lovelock, Nevada, and charged for the recent series of mailbox pipe bombs. Helder said he was trying to make a "smiley face" pattern on the map of his bombings. His series of rural mailbox bombings left six people wounded in Illinois and Iowa. Helder has since been found incompetent to stand trial.
    (SFC, 5/8/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/02, p.A3)(AP, 5/7/07)

2002        Oct 13, In Iowa up to 11 bodies of suspected Mexican immigrants were found in a Union Pacific rail car. The car had left Matamoros, Mexico, in June, and had been parked in Oklahoma since mid-June.
    (SFC, 10/16/02, p.A3)

2003        Mar 12, In Iowa David England, president of Des Moines Area Community College, was arrested along with his wife, son and daughter for conspiracy to manufacture and deliver marijuana.
    (SSFC, 3/23/03, p.C4)

2003        Apr 1, A cloned Javan banteng was born by a beef cow in Iowa. Only 3-5,000 cattle-like bantengs remained worldwide.
    (SFC, 4/8/03, p.A3)

2003        Jun 28, The Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium opened in Dubuque, Iowa.
    (SSFC, 9/14/03, p.C12)

2003        Iowa introduced its Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH) program. It urged hunters to donate surplus venison to local food banks.
    (WSJ, 11/20/06, p.A1)

2003        Ted Townsend, an Iowa meat-packing tycoon, gave $3,000 in campaign contributions to Republican Senator Chuck Grassley. In 2004 Grassley secured a $50 million from the federal budget for an indoor rainforest promoted by Townsend.
    (Econ, 1/28/06, p.29)

2004        Jan 19, In the Iowa caucus John Kerry led the Democrats with 38%, John Edwards was 2nd with 32%, Howard Dean was 3rd with 18% and Dick Gephardt 4th with 11%. Entrance polls showed that economic issues held top priority.
    (SFC, 1/20/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/21/04, p.A1)

2004        May 8, A storm in Charles City, Iowa, caused an estimated $3 million in damages as hail the size of marbles to baseballs rained down on homes and vehicles.
    (USAT, 5/18/04, p.17A)

2005        Mar 22, Iowa enacted a law requiring an ID check and signature before the sale of cold remedies containing an ingredient for methamphetamine.
    (WSJ, 3/23/05, p.A1)

2005        Mar 24, Jetseta Gage (10) was abducted from her home in Cedar Rapids. On Mar 28 Roger Paul Bentley (37), a registered sex offender, was charged with 1st degree murder and kidnapping.
    (SFC, 3/29/05, p.A3)

2005        Apr 6, Frank Conroy (69), novelist and director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, died in Iowa City.
    (WSJ, 5/18/05, p.D14)

2005        Jul 4, Iowa’s Gov. Tom Vilsack gave all Iowa’s ex-prisoners the right to vote.
    (Econ, 7/25/05, p.23)

2005        Nov 12, Tornadoes hit central Iowa and left one person dead.
    (SSFC, 11/13/05, p.A13)

2006        Feb 11, It was reported that the town of Hull was one of many in central Iowa whose groundwater has been contaminated by farm chemicals. It pinned hopes for its future water supply on the new Lewis and Clark Rural Water System, due to open in 2018. The system planned to pump Missouri River water across South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.
    (Econ, 2/11/06, p.33)

2006        Apr 13, It was reported that Iowa had counted at least 515 cases of mumps this year, where it had previously averaged 5 cases per year. Another 100 cases were reported in Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Illinois.
    (SFC, 4/1/06, p.A3)(SFC, 4/12/06, p.A14)

2006        Apr 14, Tornadoes hit the campus of the Univ. of Iowa in Iowa City. One person was killed outside of town.
    (WSJ, 4/15/06, p.A1)

2006        Aug 9, Dr. James Van Allen (b.1914), American physicist, died in Iowa. He helped launch the US space program and in 1958 discovered the radiation belts surrounding Earth following readings from the Explorer I satellite.
    (SFC, 8/10/06, p.B7)

2006        Oct 10, The Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, became the 4th Catholic diocese in the US to file for bankruptcy amid the clergy abuse scandal, following the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, and the dioceses of Tucson, Arizona and Spokane, Washington. Since 2004, the Diocese of Davenport has paid more than $10.5 million to resolve dozens of claims filed against priests, including a $9 million settlement reached with 37 victims. The lawsuits accused 11 priests of sexually assaulting children since the 1950s and blamed church leaders for covering it up. The cost of the Catholic sex abuse cases nationwide has risen to about $1.5 billion since 1950, according to figures compiled from studies by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
    (WSJ, 10/11/06, p.A1)(http://preview.tinyurl.com/2h36vd)

2006        Oct 14, In Bonaparte, Iowa, Shawn Bentler (22) killed his parents and 3 sisters (14,15,17) at their home.
    (SFC, 10/16/06, p.A13)(AP, 10/14/07)

2006        Nov 30, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (55) launched his campaign for the US presidency. He ended his bid Feb 23, 2007, due to what he called financial constraints.
    (SFC, 12/1/06, p.A6)(WSJ, 2/24/07, p.A1)

2007        Jan 17, A US snow and ice storm was blamed for at least 64 deaths in nine states. These included 20 deaths in Oklahoma, 9 in Missouri, 8 in Iowa, 4 in New York, 5 in Texas, 4 in Michigan, 3 in Arkansas, and 1 each in Maine and Indiana.
    (AP, 1/17/07)(SFC, 1/18/07, p.A3)

2007        Apr 25, US federal authorities arrested John P. Tomkins (42) of Dubuque, Iowa, a man suspected of mailing dud pipe bombs to financial companies in Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., and threatening letters that were signed "The Bishop."
    (AP, 4/25/07)

2007        Aug 11, Republican Mitt Romney (b.1947) won the first test of the 2008 White House race, using a big wallet and broad organization to muscle aside a field of rivals in a low-turnout Iowa straw poll. Mike Huckabee (b.1955), former governor of Arkansas, came in second.
    (Reuters, 8/11/07)(WSJ, 8/13/07, p.A5)

2007        Aug 31, In Iowa Polk County Judge Robert Hanson cleared the way gay marriage when he ruled that a state law allowing marriage only between a man and woman violated the constitutional rights of due process and equal protection. County attorney John Sarcone said the county would appeal to the state Supreme Court, and he immediately sought a stay that would prevent gay couples from seeking a marriage license until the appeal is resolved.
    (AP, 8/31/07)

2007        Oct 28, Iowa Democrats voted to move their leadoff precinct caucuses to Jan 3. Republicans had picked the same date earlier this month.
    (SFC, 10/30/07, p.A5)

2007        Dec 8, Talk show host Oprah Winfrey publicly endorsed Barack Obama for president during appearances in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
    (AP, 12/8/08)

2007        Dec 13, Democratic presidential hopefuls meeting in Johnston, Iowa, called for higher taxes on the highest-paid Americans and on big corporations in an unusually cordial debate.
    (AP, 12/13/08)

2008        Jan 3, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee won the Iowa caucuses as the candidates move on to New Hampshire. Obama won with 38% over Edwards at 30% and Hillary Clinton at 29%. Overall, Clinton leads with 175 delegates, including superdelegates, followed by Obama with 75 and Edwards with 46. Huckabee won 34% with Romney at 25%. Huckabee scored 30 delegates and Romney got 7.
    (AP, 1/4/08)

2008        Mar 24, In Iowa City, Iowa, a woman and her 4 children were found dead. The burned body of Steven Sueppel (42), the husband and father, was found soon after in a wrecked van. Sueppel had been indicted last month on charges of stealing some $560,000 from Hills Bank and Trust, where he was vice president and controller.
    (SFC, 3/25/08, p.A2)

2008        May 12, US immigration agents arrested more than 300 people at Agriprocessors Inc, a kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa, amid an ongoing investigation into identification theft, fraudulent use of Social Security numbers, and for illegal immigrants.
    (Reuters, 5/12/08)

2008        May 25, Powerful storms packing large hail, heavy rain and tornadoes made for a deadly Memorial Day weekend across the nation's midsection, killing at least seven people in Iowa and a 2-year-old child in Minnesota. 222 homes were destroyed in Iowa.
    (AP, 5/26/08)(SFC, 5/28/08, p.A2)

2008        Jun 8, Iowa schoolteachers John (55) and Nancy (49) Vogel set off with their two twins (10), Daryl and Davy, on a 3-year bicycle trip from Alaska to Argentina. They expected to complete the trip in March, 2011.
    (SSFC, 8/15/10, Par p.8)(http://familyonbikes.org/blog/)
2008        Jun 8, Wicked weekend storms pounded the US from the Midwest to the East Coast, forcing hundreds of people to flee flooded communities, spawning tornadoes that tore up houses and killing at least eight people in Indiana (1), Michigan (6), Connecticut (1). Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency in 29 counties and President Bush declared a major disaster in 29 Indiana counties, freeing up aid. Iowa Gov. Chet Culver declared an emergency in nearly a third of the state's 99 counties.
    (AP, 6/8/08)

2008         Jun 11, In rural western Iowa four boys were killed when a tornado hit. They were among the elite of the Boy Scouts of America to attend a special week-long leadership development seminar put on by the Mid-America Council.
    (www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,366264,00.html)(AP, 6/13/08)

2008        Jun 13, In Iowa the Cedar River crested at nearly 32 feet, 12 feet higher than the old record set in 1929. Water submerged more than 400 blocks of Cedar Rapids, threatened the city's drinking supply and forced the evacuation of a downtown hospital.
    (AP, 6/14/08)

2008        Jun 18, Floodwaters breached two levees in western Illinois and threatened more Mississippi River towns in Missouri after inundating much of Iowa for the past week. One official estimated up to 47 square miles could be flooded.
    (AP, 6/18/08)

2008        Jun 24, In Iowa a railroad bridge collapsed into the flooded Iowa River near Columbus Junction, dropping a locomotive and its engineer into the water.
    (AP, 6/25/08)

2008        Oct 30, In Iowa US federal agents arrested Sholom Rubashkin, a former senior executive of the Agriprocessors, a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, for employing illegal immigrants for commercial gain and helping them secure fake documents. A day earlier Iowa labor authorities levied some $10 million in fines against Agriprocessors for labor violations. On Nov 12, 2009, Rubashkin was convicted on 86 of 91 financial fraud charges.
    (WSJ, 10/31/08, p.A3)(SFC, 11/13/09, p.A8)

2008        Nov 14, In Iowa police again arrested Sholom Rubashkin, former chief executive of Agriprocessors Inc., a Postville slaughterhouse, on new charges of bank fraud. In 2010 Rubashkin (51) was sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay $27 million in restitution for his conviction on fraud charges.
    (WSJ, 11/15/08, p.A2)(SFC, 6/22/10, p.A4)

2009        Apr 3, The Iowa Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling finding that the state's same-sex marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples, making Iowa the third state where gay marriage is legal.
    (AP, 4/3/09)

2009        Apr 27, Iowa counties began processing same-sex marriage applications.
    (WSJ, 4/27/09, p.A1)

2009        Jun 24, Ed Thomas, Iowa high school football coach, was shot at Aplington-Parkersburg High School while training in the school weight room. Thomas soon died of his wounds and former student Mark Becker (24) was arrested for the murder.
    (www.iowa.gov/government/ag/latest_news/releases/july_2009/Mark_Becker.html)

2009        Sep 16, Sen. Max Baucus brought out the much-awaited Senate Finance Committee version of an American health-system remake, a landmark $856 billion, 10-year measure that starts a rough ride through Congress without visible Republican backing. The 6 committee members received an average $74,600 from health industry lobbyists through June. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, led the group with $223,600. Baucus, D-Montana, was 2nd with $141,000.
    (AP, 9/16/09)(SSFC, 9/20/09, p.A1)

2009        Oct 12, Don Young of Des Moines, Iowa, won the 39th Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival with his 1,658-pound pumpkin. It broke the year-old record of 1,528 pounds. His first prize of $9,948 came out to $6 per pound. The world record had just been set on Oct 10 in Ohio by a 1,725-pound Atlantic giant pumpkin.
    (SFC, 10/13/09, p.C1)(SSFC, 10/11/09, p.A14)

2009        Dec 9, A blizzard dumped over a foot of snow across much of the Midwest and New England. Nearly 19 inches fell in Madison, Wis., 16 inches was reported in Des Moines, Iowa. At least 16 deaths were blamed on the storm.
    (SFC, 12/10/09, p.A17)

2010        Jul 4, In Bellevue, Iowa, a pair of runaway horses, in harness to a wagon, crashed into a Fourth of July parade float and collapsed, ending a rampage that injured 24 people and killed wagon passenger Janet Steines.
    (AP, 7/5/10)(SFC, 7/6/10, p.A4)

2010        Jul 24, In Iowa the Lake Delhi dam in Delaware County gave way under the rising Maquoketa River decimating the 9-mile long lake and adjacent property values.
    (SFC, 7/27/10, p.A6)

2010        Aug 11, In Iowa 3 nights of heavy rainfall caused creeks and rivers to swell, forcing hundreds of residents from their homes and killing a 16-year-old girl when three cars were swept away by a torrent of water on a rural road.
    (AP, 8/12/10)

2010        Aug 18, The US FDA said some 380 million eggs have been recalled nationwide due to salmonella contamination. Officials soon confirmed that over 2,000 people had been sickened by salmonella from May to July and over 500m eggs were recalled. The affected eggs were all traced back to two farms in Iowa.
    (SFC, 8/19/10, p.C3)(Econ, 9/4/10, p.32)

2010        Oct 15, Mike Ehredt (49) a US Army veteran of Hope, Iowa, completed a coast to coast jog in Rockland, Maine. He had placed a flag in the ground every mile to honor military personnel killed in Iraq. He averaged about 29 miles a day with 4 days off.
    (SFC, 10/16/10, p.A4)

2010        Nov 2, Iowa (Terry Branstad), Kansas (Sam Brownback), Maine (Paul LePage), Michigan (Rick Snyder), New Mexico (Susana Martinez), Ohio (John Kasich), Oklahoma (Mary Fallin), Pennsylvania (Tom Corbett), Tennessee (Bill Haslam), Wisconsin (Scott Walker), Wyoming (Matt Mead) all replaced the Democratic governors with Republicans. Snyder (R) defeated Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) by bragging about his managerial skills.
    (Econ, 11/6/10, p.45)

2010        Iowa’s Supreme Court struck down a ban on gay marriage. Anti-gay-marriage groups targeted three judges and all 3 lost their seats.
    (Econ, 11/24/12, p.32)

2011        Apr 10, In Iowa a large tornado destroyed some 100 homes in the small town of Mapleton.
    (SFC, 4/11/11, p.A4)

2011        Aug 13, In the Iowa Republican straw poll Minnesota congresswoman Michelle Bachmann won with 4,823 votes, Texas Rep. Ron Paul got 4,671. Former Minnesota Gov. Rick Pawlenty received 2,293. His 3rd place finish led him to drop out of the race.
    (AP, 8/14/11)

2011        Nov 21, Robert Burke (43), a former elementary school principal in Dubuque, Iowa, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of producing child pornography involving students at his school. Burke was also fined $25,000.
    (AFP, 11/22/11)

2011        Dec 29, Crawford Shaw, of Bedford, NY, claimed a multimillion dollar Iowa Lottery prize on behalf of a trust, less than two hours before it expired. He later identified the recipient only as a corporation in the country of Belize. On Jan 26, Shaw withdrew his claim on the prize just as mysteriously as he has made it. The payout for the prize would have been $7.5 million cash, or $10.3 million spread over 25 years after taxes.
    (AP, 1/27/12)

2012        Jan 3, Mitt Romney won 25% of the Iowa caucus by eight votes over Rick Santorum. Ron Paul won 21%, Newt Gingrich won 13% and Rick Perry won 10%. Michele Bachmann won just 5% and dropped out the race the next day. A recount of the vote gave the victory to Rick Santorum.
    (ABCNews, 1/4/12)(Econ, 1/28/12, p.25)

2012        Apr 15, In the area of Woodward, Oklahoma, tornadoes killed at least 5 people and left at least 29 injured. At least 8,000 were without power in the region. About 75 tornadoes touched down in Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska.
    (AP, 4/14/12)(SFC, 4/17/12, p.A6)

2012        Jul 5, Steve Cannon (46) of Des Moines, Iowa, completed a 40-day, 1,037-mile run around Lake Michigan. He started and ended his trek at Caray’s Tavern in Chicago.
    (SFC, 7/7/12, p.A5)

2012        Jul 13, Russell Wasendorf Sr. (64), founder of Peregrine Financial Group, was arrested. He admitted stealing at least $100 million from his Iowa-based firm. He was found on July 9 in front of his corporate headquarters in Cedar Falls following an attempted suicide.
    (SFC, 7/18/12, p.D3)(Econ, 7/14/12, p.64)
2012        Jul 13, In Iowa two cousins, aged 9 and 13, disappeared near a popular recreational lake in Evansdale, a city about 110 miles northeast of Des Moines. On Dec 5 it was reported that hunters had found the bodies of the girls in a wooded area of Black Hawk County.
    (AP, 12/6/12)

2012        Aug 6, Thousands of fish were reported dying in the Midwest as the hot, dry summer dries up rivers and causes water temperatures to climb in some spots to nearly 100 degrees. About 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon were killed in Iowa last week as water temperatures reached 97 degrees. Nebraska fishery officials said they've seen thousands of dead sturgeon, catfish, carp, and other species in the Lower Platte River. Illinois biologists said the hot weather has killed tens of thousands of large- and smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Kansas has seen declining water levels that pulled younger, smaller game fish away from the vegetation-rich shore lines and forced them to cluster, making them easier targets for predators. In South Dakota there have been reports of isolated fish kills in its manmade lakes on the Missouri River.
    (AP, 8/6/12)

2012        Sep 1, In Iowa a pilot was killed at an air show in Davenport after his Soviet Cold War era jet crashed into a nearby field.
    (abcNEWS, 9/2/12)

2013        Apr 8, In Iowa Peng Tang (22), a former Univ. of Iowa student from China, was sentenced to up to 17 years in prison for sexually abusing another Chinese student.
    (SFC, 4/9/13, p.A5)

2013        May 1, A jury in Davenport, Iowa, awarded $240 million to 32 mentally disabled turkey processing plant workers for what was described as years of “virtual enslavement" by Texas-based Henry’s Turkey Service.
    (SFC, 5/2/13, p.A5)

2013        May 3, The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the state health deprartment mist list the names of both spouses in a same-sex relationship on a child’s birth certificate.
    (SFC, 5/4/13, p.A4)

2013        May 14, In Iowa a federal judge slashed the May 1 $240 million verdict to $1.6 million  for 32 mentally disabled workers who suffered years of abuse by their caretakers.
    (SFC, 5/15/13, p.A6)

2013        May 19, More than two dozen tornadoes were spotted in parts of Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois. A half-mile wide twister struck near Oklahoma City and at least one person was killed.
    (Reuters, 5/20/13)

2013        May 20, In Dayton, Iowa, Kathlynn Shepard (15) was abducted along with another girl (12). The younger girl escaped and called help. Michael Klunder (42), a registered sex offender was found dead hours later after reportedly hanging himself. Kathlynn’s body was found by a fisherman on June 7 in the Des Moines River.
    (SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A12)

2013        Oct 15, The city of Council Bluffs, Iowa, agreed to pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit with Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee of Omaha, who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 25 years for the 1977 shooting of retired police captain John Schweer.
    (SFC, 10/16/13, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/9xeb75v)

2014        Jan 31, A US federal judge gave Hosam Amara, a former Agriprocessors Inc. manager, a 41-month prison term for exploiting immigrant workers at a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. 389 workers were arrested in a May, 2008, raid at the plant.
    (SFC, 2/1/14, p.A6)

2014        Mar 29, In Iowa a massive fire swept through the former Younkers department store in downtown Des Moines. The building, dating to 1899, was under renovation and would now have to be demolished.
    (SSFC, 3/30/14, p.A11)

2014        Apr 27, A broad tornado killed at least 15 when it sliced through Arkansas at the start of the US tornado season. Two more people were killed died in Iowa and Oklahoma.
    (Reuters, 4/28/14)(Reuters, 4/29/14)

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