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5 Fun Facts About January 13 In Michigan History

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1. On January 13, 1837, Michigan became the 26th state to join the United States of America. The state was admitted into the Union following a long struggle to gain statehood and several boundary disputes with neighboring states.

2. In 1913, the Great Lakes Storm of 1913, also known as the Big Blow or the Freshwater Fury, reached its peak on January 13. This devastating storm caused more than 250 deaths and the loss of 19 ships, including the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in Lake Superior in 1975.

3. On January 13, 1976, the Michigan State Police opened its first Forensic Science Laboratory in Northville, Michigan. The lab provides forensic services to law enforcement agencies throughout the state and has been instrumental in solving countless crimes.

4. In 1992, the Detroit Pistons defeated the Chicago Bulls 116-104 on January 13, ending the Bulls' NBA-record 18-game winning streak. The victory helped propel the Pistons to their second consecutive NBA championship later that year.

5. January 13, 2021, marked the beginning of the mass vaccination effort against COVID-19 in Michigan. The state launched a phased distribution plan to prioritize frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and staff, followed by essential workers and older adults. As of early 2021, Michigan had administered more than 500,000 vaccine doses.
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