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5 Fun Facts About August 27 In Michigan History

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1. In 1928, the Michigan State Police was established on August 27th by Governor Fred W. Green. This law enforcement agency is responsible for maintaining law and order throughout the state of Michigan.

2. On August 27, 1967, race riots broke out in the city of Detroit. The riots lasted for five days and resulted in the deaths of 43 people, with over 1,000 injured and more than 7,200 arrests.

3. In 1955, Michigan State University accepted its first African American student, Elliott McCoy. McCoy went on to become an accomplished academic and an advocate for civil rights and diversity on college campuses.

4. On August 27, 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building in New York City, killing 14 people, including the three crew members. One of the passengers aboard the plane was Michigan native Betty Lou Oliver, who survived the crash with serious injuries.

5. Michigan's Mackinac Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, opened to the public on August 27, 1957. This iconic bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac, connecting the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan.
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