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5 Fun Facts About January 30 In Michigan History

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1. On January 30, 1933, the Michigan state capitol building in Lansing was gutted by fire. The fire started in the Senate chamber and quickly spread throughout the building. The famous dome collapsed, causing millions of dollars in damage. The cause of the fire was never determined.

2. Civil rights leader Rosa Parks was born on January 30, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Parks moved to Detroit with her husband in 1957 and became involved in the civil rights movement there. In 1994, Parks received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton.

3. On January 30, 1940, the first tube of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel was completed. The tunnel, which links Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is the busiest international border crossing in North America.

4. Michigan football legend Bo Schembechler was born on January 30, 1929, in Barberton, Ohio. Schembechler coached the University of Michigan football team from 1969 to 1989 and compiled a record of 194-48-5. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

5. On January 30, 1982, the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, hosted Super Bowl XVI between the San Francisco 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals. The 49ers won the game 26-21, earning their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history. The Silverdome, which was demolished in 2018, also hosted the 1979 NBA All-Star Game and several WrestleMania events.
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