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5 Fun Facts About February 2 In Michigan History

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1. Groundhog Day - Each year on February 2, people across the country, including in Michigan, celebrate the tradition of Groundhog Day. The most famous Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, but Michigan residents can attend events such as the annual Groundhog Day ceremony at the Howell Nature Center.

2. Midwinter Festival - In the Mackinac region of Michigan, the Odawa people traditionally celebrated the Midwinter Festival on February 2. This festival marked the midpoint of winter and included feasting, dancing, and storytelling.

3. First Public Library - On February 2, 1890, the first public library in Grand Rapids, Michigan was established. This library was the first in the state to be funded by a public tax and was located in an old firehouse.

4. Prohibition - On February 2, 1920, Michigan became the 24th state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibited the making, selling, and transportation of alcoholic beverages.

5. First Super Bowl - On February 2, 1986, the Chicago Bears won Super Bowl XX at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The Bears defeated the New England Patriots 46-10 in what was the first Super Bowl held in a northern city with a domed stadium.
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