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5 Fun Facts About December 15 In Michigan History

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1. In 1837, the state of Michigan was officially admitted to the Union as the 26th state.
2. The iconic Mackinac Bridge, connecting Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas, opened to traffic on December 15, 1957 after three years of construction.
3. Michigan's state bird, the American Robin, was designated as such on December 15, 1931.
4. On December 15, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Michigan Wilderness Act, which created the first two wilderness areas within the state.
5. In 1827, the University of Michigan was founded in Detroit, though it later relocated to Ann Arbor in 1837. December 15 is recognized annually as "Founder's Day" for the University.
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