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5 Fun Facts About January 11 In Michigan History

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1. On January 11, 1792, the village of New Amsterdam, Michigan, was renamed Detroit by the British to honor General William Hull, the commander of Fort Detroit during the Revolutionary War.

2. In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state in the United States, after a lengthy territorial period that included disputes with Ohio over the Toledo Strip.

3. The Michigan State Capitol Building was dedicated on January 11, 1879. The ornate building is located in downtown Lansing and is home to the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, and state legislature.

4. On January 11, 1935, the first automatic toll booth in the world was installed on the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. The booth used photoelectric cells to detect cars and automatically counted money.

5. One of Michigan's most famous natives, musician Kid Rock, was born on January 11, 1971. The Detroit native has become known for his unique blend of hip-hop and country music and has sold over 35 million records worldwide.
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