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5 Fun Facts About February 6 In Michigan History

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1. In 1952, the Upper Peninsula experienced a record-low temperature of -51 degrees Fahrenheit in Vanderbilt, Michigan, beating the previous record of -48 degrees set in Vanderbilt on February 9, 1934.

2. On February 6, 1960, the Silver Bridge collapsed in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, killing 46 people. The bridge was constructed by the Michigan-based company, J.E. Greiner Company, which later faced legal and financial consequences for the disaster.

3. Michigan celebrated its statehood anniversary on February 6, 1837, after being recognized as the 26th state in the Union. The state's name originated from the Ojibwe word "mishigamaa," which means "large water" or "large lake."

4. The Detroit Red Wings played their first NHL game on February 6, 1927, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 at the Olympia Stadium. The Red Wings would go on to win their first NHL championship in the 1935-1936 season.

5. In 1943, the Detroit Michigan Stamping plant produced its first Ford-Mercury tank during World War II. The plant manufactured tanks until the end of the war in 1945, producing more than 8,000 tanks in total.
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