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5 Fun Facts About February 21 In Michigan History

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1. The first recorded Black History Month celebration in Grand Rapids, Michigan took place on February 21, 1970, at the rebirth of the Martin Luther King Jr. Club, a community organization that began in 1963.

2. On February 21, 1848, the Michigan state legislature approved a bill to establish the State Normal School (now Eastern Michigan University) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It was Michigan’s first institution dedicated to training teachers and remains a leading educator of educators today.

3. In 1871, on February 21, Northwest Airlines was founded in Detroit, Michigan, as a mail-carrying service. By the late 20th century, the company had grown into a major airline, offering both domestic and international flights.

4. On February 21, 1977, the historic Mackinac Bridge in Michigan was officially designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere and one of the most significant engineering achievements of its time.

5. The annual Detroit Auto Show, also known as the North American International Auto Show, has traditionally been held in January, but it was moved to late February starting in 2020. The 2020 show, held on February 21-23, showcased the latest automotive technology and design trends and featured numerous interactive exhibits and displays.
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