1895: Grandview College-Grandview College and Theological Seminary founded.
1898: Still College of Osteopathy-The Still College of Osteopathy was founded. The college was the forerunner of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and is now known as Des Moines University.
1900: Cornerstone was laid for the Main Library at 100 Locust.
1901: The Iowa Negro Bar Association was founded.
1910: Drake Relays-First Drake Relays was held. The Relays are now one of the largest college track and field events in the world.
1920: Iowa women vote for the first time.
1924: The Equitable Building was completed.
1924: WHO radio began broadcasting.
1924: First issue of Better Homes and Gardens released by the Meredith Company.
1925 (August): National Bar Association-During the first quarter of the 20th century, twelve African-American pioneers with a mutual interest in, and dedication to justice and the civil rights of all, helped structure the struggle of the African-American race in America. George H. Woodson, S. Joe Brown, Gertrude E. Rush, James B. Morris, Charles P. Howard, Sr., Wendell E. Green, C. Francis Stradford, Jesse N. Baker, William H. Haynes, George C. Adams, Charles H. Calloway and L. Amasa Knox conceived the National Bar Association (NBA), formally organized in Des Moines, IA on August 1, 1925.
1926: Des Moines Municipal Airport established (located in Altoona near Adventureland).
1928: Salisbury House, built by Carl Weeks of Armand Cosmetics, was completed at a cost of $3 million. Salisbury House is a replica of King's House in Salisbury, England.
1930, May 2: First professional baseball game played under permanent lights. The game was at Western League Park at 6th and Holcomb in Des Moines. The Des Moines Demons defeated Wichita 13-6. Read more about this on our Baseball History in Des Moines page.
1931: 160 acres was purchased for a new airport (Des Moines International) to be located at Fleur and Army Post Roads.
1933: CCC and WPA to build cement walls and balustrades on the Des Moines riverfront.
1937: Drake-Des Moines Symphony was founded (became The Des Moines Symphony in 1967).
1941, December 31: Record snowfall, 19.8 inches in a 24 hour period.
1942: The Women's Army Auxiliary corps (WAAC), later known as the Women's Army Corps, began training at Fort Des Moines No. 3 (the first training center for WAAC). 72,141 women were trained between 1942 and 1946.
1948: The Des Moines Art Center opened. The original building was designed by Eliel Saarinen. Additions to the Art Center include a sculpture wing designed by I.M. Pei (1968) and a three level addition designed by Richard Meier (1984).
1950: WOI tv was Des Moines' first television station.
1954: Record flooding occurs in Des Moines.
1958: Luther T. Glanton (appointed by Governor Loveless) became the first African American judge in Iowa.
1964: Blank Park Zoo opened.
1972: Terrace Hill added to the National Register for Historic Places.
1973: First Des Moines Register Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI).
1978, November 5: Ten people died as a result of a fire at the Younkers branch in Merle Hay Mall.
1979: Pope John Paul II visits Living History Farms.
1982: At a cost of $30 million the Des Moines Skywalk system was official opened.
1987: Iowa State Historical Museum opens at East 6th and Locust.
1987: Construction of Prairie Meadows began in Altoona.
1989: 801 Grand, built by Principal Financial Group, became the tallest building in Iowa.
1993: Record flooding occurred in Des Moines. The Des Moines Water Works was disabled leaving about 250,000 people without water for 20 days.
1997: Preston Daniels became Des Moines' first African American mayor
2002: Iowa State Fair admittance topped the 1 million mark (1,008,174) for the first time.
2006, April 8: Public Library of Des Moines' new Central Library opened at 1000 Grand Ave. Architect David Chipperfield of London designed the building
2008: Record flooding occurred in Des Moines.
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