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5 Fun Facts About April 10 In Michigan History

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1. In 1837, the Michigan state constitution was adopted, paving the way for Michigan to become the 26th state in the United States on January 26, 1837.

2. On April 10, 1941, controversial Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa was appointed as the president of Local 299 in Detroit, Michigan. Hoffa would go on to become the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one of the most powerful unions in the country, and his disappearance in 1975 remains a mystery to this day.

3. In 1980, the Michigan legislature passed the Bottle Bill, which required a 10-cent deposit on all beverage containers, including glass, plastic, and aluminum. The law was designed to encourage recycling and reduce litter, and it remains in effect today.

4. On April 10, 2000, the Detroit Red Wings set an NHL record with their 62nd win of the season, breaking the previous record set by the Montreal Canadiens in 1977-78. The Red Wings went on to win the Stanley Cup that year, their third in six seasons.

5. In 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan switched its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River as a cost-cutting measure. The move would prove disastrous, as the river water was not properly treated and caused lead to leach from old pipes into the water supply. The resulting public health crisis has had far-reaching consequences, including the indictment of government officials and ongoing efforts to rebuild the city's infrastructure.
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