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5 Fun Facts About April 26 In Michigan History

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1. In 1962, a tornado outbreak occurred in Michigan, causing severe damage across the state. Over 30 tornadoes were reported, with one particularly devastating storm hitting the town of Gobles, killing 17 people.

2. On April 26, 1956, the Detroit Tigers played their first game at the newly constructed Tiger Stadium. The stadium would go on to become a beloved landmark in Detroit, hosting many memorable games and events over the years.

3. Michigan native and automobile industry pioneer Ransom Olds was born on April 26, 1864. Olds is credited with founding the Oldsmobile brand and developing the first mass-produced automobile assembly line.

4. The Battle of Frenchtown, a key battle in the War of 1812, took place in southern Michigan on January 22, 1813. However, it was on April 26 of that year that the British burned the town of Frenchtown to the ground, leaving many American soldiers and civilians dead or injured.

5. On April 26, 1933, the Michigan Legislature passed a law establishing Michigan State University as the state's first agricultural college. The institution, now known as Michigan State University, has since grown into a leading research university with a wide range of academic programs.
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