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5 Fun Facts About February 17 In Michigan History

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1. On February 17, 1876, the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing caught fire and burned to the ground. The flame started in the dome area and soon spread to the rest of the building. While the cause of the fire was never determined, it was speculated that a faulty chimney might have been to blame. The capitol was subsequently rebuilt and reopened in 1879.

2. In 1926, on February 17, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra made its debut at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. The hall was designed by renowned architect C. Howard Crane and has since become a landmark of the city's cultural scene. Over the years, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has attracted many world-renowned performers and conductors, including Leonard Bernstein and Yo-Yo Ma.

3. February 17, 1945, marked the death of Marie-Thérèse Guyon Cadillac, the wife of Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac, who is considered the founder of Detroit. The couple arrived in present-day Michigan in 1701, and their settlement would go on to become the city of Detroit. The couple went on to have thirteen children together, and Marie-Thérèse is remembered as a strong and influential figure in the early history of Michigan.

4. On February 17, 1979, the Michigan State Police captured serial killer John Norman Collins. Collins was responsible for the murder of at least seven young women in the Ann Arbor area in the late 1960s, and had eluded capture for over a decade. After his arrest, Collins was convicted of first-degree murder and is currently serving a life sentence without parole.

5. Finally, on February 17, 2005, Michigan native Jerry Bruckheimer was inducted into the Michigan Walk of Fame. Bruckheimer is one of the most successful film and television producers in Hollywood history and is known for producing hit movies and TV shows like "Top Gun," "The Rock," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and "Pirates of the Caribbean." Bruckheimer was raised in Detroit and attended Mumford High School before attending college in Arizona.
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