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5 Fun Facts About January 14 In Michigan History

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1. On January 14, 1972, the Detroit Pistons played their first game at their new home, the Pontiac Silverdome. The Pistons won against the Portland Trail Blazers, 106-101.

2. In 2011, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm declared a state of emergency in Monroe County due to a propane gas shortage. The shortage was caused by a pipeline shutdown, leading to a rise in propane prices and a decrease in availability.

3. January 14, 1958 marked the inaugural flight of the Boeing 707, the first successful commercial jet airliner. This plane revolutionized air travel and eventually led to the creation of the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Romulus.

4. On this day in 1908, the United States broke the world record for continuous flight when Orville Wright flew for 1 hour and 2 minutes in a plane he designed and built. This achievement paved the way for advancements in aviation technology and made Michigan a hub for aviation research and development.

5. The 2020 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which marked the first time the show was not held in January since its inception in 1907. The show is usually held in Detroit and showcases some of the world's leading car manufacturers and their latest innovations.
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