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5 Fun Facts About February 4 In Michigan History

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1. On February 4, 1887, musician and songwriter Alonzo Lansing Cook was born in Owosso, Michigan. Cook was a prolific composer, writing over 300 songs, including the popular tune "Sweetheart of Sigma Chi."

2. The first known hockey game in Michigan was played on February 4, 1893, in Houghton, Michigan. The game was played between the men's teams of Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) and Houghton, with Michigan Agricultural College winning 2-1.

3. On February 4, 1925, the first Chevrolet automobile rolled off the assembly line at the new General Motors plant in Flint, Michigan. Chevrolet would become one of the most popular automobile brands in the world.

4. In 1963, Michigan Governor George Romney declared February 4 to be "Michigan Ski Day." The proclamation was meant to encourage people to take advantage of Michigan's snowy winters and enjoy winter sports like skiing and snowshoeing.

5. On February 4, 2004, the Detroit Pistons played their first game at the newly-built Little Caesars Arena. The Pistons defeated the Denver Nuggets 89-78 in front of a sold-out crowd. The arena is now home to the Pistons and the Detroit Red Wings.
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