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5 Fun Facts About February 7 In Michigan History

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1. The Michigan State Capitol Building was Dedicated on February 7, 1879

After four years of construction, the Michigan State Capitol building was finally dedicated on February 7, 1879, in Lansing, Michigan. The beautiful structure, which was designed with Italian Renaissance architecture, is still in use today.

2. The Detroit Red Wings Won Their First Game on February 7, 1927

On February 7, 1927, the Detroit Red Wings won their first NHL game, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0. The Red Wings went on to become one of the most successful and storied franchises in NHL history, winning 11 Stanley Cup Championships.

3. Michigan's First Astronaut was Born on February 7, 1945

David Scott, the first Michigan-born astronaut, was born on February 7, 1945, in San Antonio, Texas. Scott became an astronaut in 1963 and went on to fly three missions with NASA, including the Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971.

4. The Mackinaw Bridge was Closed for the First Time on February 7, 1958

On February 7, 1958, high winds caused the Mackinaw Bridge to close for the very first time. The bridge, which spans the Straits of Mackinac, is an important transportation route for Michigan, connecting the state's upper and lower peninsulas.

5. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant was Saved from Demolition on February 7, 2002

On February 7, 2002, the historic Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit was saved from demolition by the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex. The plant, where Henry Ford built the first Model T cars, is now a museum and a National Historic Landmark.
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