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5 Fun Facts About February 24 In Michigan History

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1. On February 24, 1857, the Michigan State Senate passed a bill allowing Saginaw, Michigan to incorporate as a city. Saginaw is one of Michigan's oldest settlements and was a major center for the lumber industry in the 19th century.

2. In 1945, on February 24, the Michigan State Police were officially established by an act of the state legislature. The Michigan State Police is an agency that provides law enforcement services to the entire state of Michigan and is responsible for keeping its citizens safe.

3. February 24, 2007, was a historic day for the University of Michigan basketball team. On this date, the Wolverines defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 71-65 in a game that lasted four overtimes, making it the longest game in Big Ten Conference history.

4. On February 24, 1863, the Traverse City State Hospital (formerly known as the Northern Michigan Asylum) was established. The hospital was designed to treat individuals with mental illnesses and was one of the first institutions of its kind in Michigan.

5. In 1933, on February 24, the Michigan state legislature passed a resolution calling for the repeal of Prohibition. Prohibition was a nationwide ban on the production, sale, and transportation of alcohol that was established by the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920. Michigan was one of the first states to call for the repeal of Prohibition, which was eventually abolished in 1933 with the passage of the 21st Amendment.
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