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5 Fun Facts About February 28 In Michigan History

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1. In 1953, a major storm involving winds of up to 80 miles per hour caused extensive damage and power outages throughout Michigan on February 28th. The storm was dubbed the "Big Blow" and resulted in roughly 500,000 customers losing power in Detroit alone.

2. On February 28, 1813, the British surrendered Fort Meigs to American troops during the War of 1812. This was a significant victory for the United States and helped to secure its hold on the Great Lakes region.

3. In 1965, civil rights activist Malcolm X gave a speech at King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit on February 28th. The speech, titled "The Ballot or the Bullet," called for African Americans to exercise their right to vote and to use their political power to effect change.

4. On February 28, 1914, the first Model T Ford was assembled at a factory in Highland Park, Michigan. This marked the beginning of mass production for the automobile industry and revolutionized transportation in the United States.

5. In 1976, the Michigan State Police staged a raid on the American Indian Movement (AIM) occupation of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians' Council House on February 28th. The raid resulted in the arrests of several AIM members and sparked tensions between law enforcement and Native American activists in the state.
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