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5 Fun Facts About February 22 In Michigan History

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1. In 1974, the Michigan Wolverines basketball team played their first game at their newly built Crisler Arena. The Wolverines defeated the University of Wisconsin 75-67 in front of over 12,000 fans.

2. In 1904, Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license, was born in Atlanta, Texas. She later moved to Chicago and began performing as a stunt pilot. In 1925, Coleman was tragically killed in a plane crash during a rehearsal for an airshow in Jacksonville, Florida.

3. In 1959, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in a game that was televised in color for the first time. The game was broadcast by NBC using their new "compatible color" system, which allowed viewers with color television sets to see the game in full color.

4. In 1837, Michigan officially became a state, becoming the 26th state in the United States. The state is known for its Great Lakes and unique, mitten-shaped geography.

5. In 1865, Michigan Congressman Thaddeus Stevens became a key figure in the impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson. Stevens was a leader of the Radical Republicans, who sought to remove Johnson from office due to his opposition to their plans for Reconstruction in the South. Although Johnson was impeached by the House of Representatives, he was ultimately acquitted by the Senate.
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