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5 Fun Facts About February 10 In Michigan History

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1. In 1933, the USS Wolverine, the first aircraft carrier to be commissioned on the Great Lakes, was launched in Michigan. The carrier served as a training vessel during World War II and was decommissioned in 1944.

2. On February 10, 1909, the first official Michigan state flag was adopted by the state legislature. The flag features a blue field with the state coat of arms in the center and the state motto, "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice" (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you), written in Latin.

3. In 1996, Michigan became the first state in the country to pass a ban on affirmative action in public education, employment, and contracting. The ban, known as Proposal 2, was later ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014.

4. On February 10, 1919, the Michigan Supreme Court upheld the state's ban on Sunday baseball games, citing the state's Blue Laws which prohibited business activities on Sundays. The ban was eventually lifted in 1943.

5. In 1930, Detroit's Crowley-Milner Department Store hosted the world's first broadcast of a symphony orchestra over the radio, featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ossip Gabrilowitsch. The broadcast was heard by an estimated 80,000 people across the country.
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