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5 Fun Facts About January 26 In Michigan History

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1. In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state in the United States on January 26th. For this reason, January 26th is celebrated as Michigan's Statehood Day.

2. The Mackinac Bridge, which spans the Straits of Mackinac and connects Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas, was officially opened on January 26th, 1959. It is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, measuring 26,372 feet in total length.

3. On January 26th, 2001, the Detroit Free Press published an explosive investigation into corruption within the Detroit Police Department. The series of articles, called "The Kwame Kilpatrick Era: A Culture of Corruption," led to the eventual downfall and imprisonment of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

4. On January 26th, 1979, Michigan State University's basketball team famously defeated Indiana State University's team, led by future NBA legend Larry Bird. The game, which was played at Jenison Fieldhouse in East Lansing, Michigan, was dubbed the "Game of the Century" and was watched by a record 35 million television viewers.

5. In 1994, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) officially opened to the public on January 26th. The NAIAS, which is held annually in Detroit, is one of the largest and most prestigious auto shows in the world, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and industry professionals each year.
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