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5 Fun Facts About July 2 In Michigan History

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1. Detroit was founded on July 2, 1701, by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who named the city "Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit" after his benefactor, Louis Phélypeaux, Comte de Pontchartrain.

2. On July 2, 1835, Michigan became the 26th state to be admitted to the Union. The state's admission was controversial, as it entered as a free state at a time when the issue of slavery was dividing the nation.

3. The Mackinac Bridge, one of Michigan's most iconic landmarks, was officially opened on July 2, 1957, after more than three years of construction. The bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac, connecting Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

4. On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. The act prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

5. The Detroit Tigers played their first game at Comerica Park on July 2, 2000. The stadium, located in downtown Detroit, replaced the Tigers' previous home, Tiger Stadium. Comerica Park has since become a popular destination for both Tigers fans and visitors to the city.
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