Iowa City in History

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 1970-02-28 KIIN (now KUN) TV channel 12 in Iowa City, IA (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 2006-04-13 Powerful tornadoes rip through Iowa City, Iowa.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1903-07-05 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), born in Iowa City, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1935-09-24 Paul Eells, American sportscaster ("Voice of the Razorbacks"), born in Iowa City, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1938-03-07 Janet Guthrie, American professional race car driver (1st woman to race in Indie 500 and Daytona 500), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1950-04-14 Randolph Powell, actor (Alan-Dallas, Logan's Run), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1962-02-25 Cammy Ciarelli, WPVA volleyballer (Best of Beach-2nd-1995), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1962-04-17 Nancy Hogshead, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1968-01-22 Brian Jones, American sports radio and television host and former NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1968-07-24 Laura Leighton [Miller], American actress (Melrose Place, Pretty Little Liars), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1970-02-11 Jason Allyn Scott, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1970-09-29 Luke Bodensteiner, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1971-02-15 Jim Butler, US table tennis player (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1972-08-29 Michael Roan, American football tight end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1976-02-24 Zach Johnson, American golfer (Masters 2007, British Open 2015), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1983-02-15 Ashley Tesoro, American actress and singer, born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1991-07-01 Michael Wacha, American MLB pitcher (All Star 2015), born in Iowa City, Iowa