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5 Fun Facts About December 3 In Michigan History

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1. On December 3, 1822, the first woman lawyer in Michigan and one of the first in the United States, was admitted to the Michigan Bar. Her name was Charlotte Angas Scott and she practiced law for over 50 years.

2. On this day in 1842, the University of Michigan was officially established by the Michigan Legislature. The university would go on to become one of the most prestigious public universities in the United States.

3. In 1919, the United States government began the process of converting the Detroit Arsenal into a munitions plant. The plant would eventually become the largest munitions plant in the United States, producing over 1.2 billion rounds of ammunition during World War II.

4. On December 3, 1984, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was hit by a devastating tornado that killed 6 people and injured over 200. The tornado caused over $50 million in damage and was one of the strongest tornadoes to ever hit Michigan.

5. In 2018, Michigan became the first midwestern state to legalize recreational marijuana on December 3. The legalization of marijuana in Michigan led to significant changes in drug policy and the criminal justice system.
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