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5 Fun Facts About July 29 In Michigan History

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1. On July 29, 1851, the Michigan State Fair was established. Originally located in Detroit, the fair later moved to other locations throughout the state.

2. The famous abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass spoke in Grand Rapids on July 29, 1863. His speech focused on the importance of equal rights for all individuals, regardless of race.

3. On July 29, 1877, a severe tornado struck the city of Flint. The tornado caused significant damage to buildings and homes in the area, but there were no reported fatalities.

4. In 1893, the city of Alpena was officially incorporated on July 29. Located in northeastern Michigan, Alpena is known for its fishing and recreational activities on Lake Huron.

5. Detroit Tigers legend Hank Greenberg hit his 300th career home run on July 29, 1945, in a game against the New York Yankees. Greenberg, who was Jewish, also famously sat out on Yom Kippur during the 1934 season.
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