Louisiana Purchase (all of Iowa is included in the Louisiana Purchase) bought for a total of 15 million, under 3 cents an acre
First School in Iowa
Berryman Jennings taught in a log cabin in Lee country in southeast Iowa. Paid privately by parents who wanted their kids to have an education.
First Christian Church in Iowa
Methodist Church becomes first Christian Church in Iowa
Iowa Territory Established
With a population of 22,859, Iowa is allowed to appoint a governor, Robert Lucas becomes first territorial governor.
Iowa Band to Iowa
After graduating from Andover Theological Seminary, 8 Congregationalists enter Iowa to start churches, schools, and colleges.
Iowa Admitted to Union
Iowa becomes the 29th state in America.
All Native American Indian claim to Iowa land is officially gone after the Sioux Cession in northwest Iowa.
Iowa's Constitution Goes Into Effect
Old constitution of 1846 is trashed and a new constitution is drawn up starting from scratch. There have been 36 amendments
Iowa Board of Immigration Formed
Iowa created this board in order to encourage immigration from Europe to Iowa. Brochures are printed in English, Dutch, German, Swedish, and Danish.
Women Suffrage Convention Held
Organized by Joseph A. Dugdale to start women's suffrage in Iowa.
Herbert Hoover Born
Only Iowan born president is born in West Branch, Iowa.
Iowa First Nationally in Corn Production
For the first time, Iowa produced the most corn of any state.
Grant Wood Born
Grant Wood born in Iowa--most famous artist from Iowa, popular for "American Gothic"
George Washington Carver Transfers to Iowa State
George Washington Carver transfers from Simpson College to Iowa State for five years he was the only black student. Later became first black to earn a Master's degree as well as the first black faculty member.
Maytag enters Iowa
Maytag begins in Newton Iowa start producing washing machines.
Buxton Native co-founds NAACP
In 1905, J.E. Buxton from Buxton Iowa co-founded the Niagra movement which became the NAACP in 1909
Iowan First American Casualty of WWI
Pvt. Merle Hay is one of 3 men killed simultaneously by an explosion in France.
Iowa's First Female Secretary of State
Viola Babcock Miller was a result of early Iowan women's suffrage movements, by 1935 she helped create and then headed the Iowa State Patrol increasing from 50 officers in 1935 to 150 by 1938.
Iowan Develops First Computer
Atanasoff-Berry Computer is the first electronic digital computer built at Iowa State University.
First Television Broadcast in Iowa
Reached approximately 400 homes in the Quad-Cities.
Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man" performs Broadway
Iowan Native Meredith Wilson from Mason City gets his first Broadway start with, "The Music Man"
Amana Corporation Creates FIrst Microwave
Iowa company, Amana Corporation sold the first countertop microwave oven.
Iowan Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Borlaug wins the prize for his work creating strains of disease-resistant wheat in Mexico and India as well as increased the food supply in third world countries.
The beginning of the annual bike race across Iowa.
Field of Dreams Filmed in Iowa
Field of Dreams is filmed in Dyersville Iowa.
Iowan Wins the Masters
Zach Johnson from Cedar Rapids and Drake graduate won the Masters.