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5 Fun Facts About February 27 In Michigan History

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1. On February 27, 1895, Michigan passed a law making it the first state in the United States to tax motor vehicles. The law required drivers to pay a fee of $2.50 for every vehicle they owned, and was passed in an effort to provide revenue for the state's struggling road system.

2. The famous urban planner and architect Louis Sullivan was born on February 27, 1856, in Boston, Massachusetts. Sullivan is known for his innovative designs of skyscrapers, including the Wainwright Building in St. Louis, Missouri.

3. On February 27, 2005, the Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team defeated the Michigan State Spartans in one of the most exciting games in the history of their rivalry. The 81-74 victory came in double overtime, and was the Wolverines' first win in East Lansing since 1997.

4. The iron ore freighter the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, but February 27, 1995 marked the day that the wreckage of the ship was finally found. The ship was located 17 miles northwest of Whitefish Point, which is near the eastern end of the lake.

5. On February 27, 1922, the Wolverine Radio Company was founded in Detroit. The company was one of the first manufacturers of radios in the United States, and became known for its high-quality products. In the 1930s, Wolverine became the first company to offer a portable radio, which was a groundbreaking innovation at the time.
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