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5 Fun Facts About December 5 In Michigan History

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1. The Michigan Wolverines won the Rose Bowl on December 5, 1998, defeating the Washington State Cougars 21-16. This marked Michigan's second consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl and their first win in the game since 1993.

2. On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, repealing Prohibition. Michigan had been a "dry" state since 1917, but with the repeal of Prohibition, alcohol sales were once again legal.

3. The Michigan Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in People v. Anderson on December 5, 1975. The case established the legal principle that individuals have a right to refuse medical treatment, even if that refusal may result in their death.

4. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on December 5, 2009, in the first NHL Winter Classic outdoor game held at a U.S. stadium. The game was played at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor in front of a record-breaking crowd of 105,491 fans.

5. On December 5, 1836, Michigan was admitted to the United States as the 26th state. The admission followed years of territorial struggle and negotiations with the federal government, and Michigan became the first state to enter the union after the original 13 colonies.
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