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5 Fun Facts About August 30 In Michigan History

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1. On August 30, 1913, the Great Lakes Storm of 1913 began to brew. The storm would go on to wreck havoc on the Great Lakes region for three days, killing over 250 people and causing millions of dollars in damages.

2. The Battle of Fort Dearborn occurred on August 30, 1812, during the War of 1812. The battle, which was fought in what is now Chicago, Illinois, resulted in the loss of 52 American lives, including women and children, at the hands of Native American fighters allied with the British.

3. Michigan's Upper Peninsula was officially recognized as the state's separate territory on August 30, 1842. Prior to this, the Upper Peninsula was a part of the Wisconsin Territory and was mostly uninhabited.

4. On August 30, 1968, violence erupted at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Michigan Governor George Romney was one of the few governors who did not send National Guard troops to help control the situation.

5. The Michigan Central Station in Detroit closed its doors on August 30, 1988. The station, which at one time was one of the largest train stations in the world, had fallen into disrepair and was no longer used for passenger service.
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