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5 Fun Facts About July 6 In Michigan History

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1. In 1985, the Rainbow Warrior, the flagship vessel of Greenpeace, made a stop in Detroit to promote nuclear disarmament. The ship was bombed by the French intelligence agency in New Zealand later that same year.

2. July 6, 1835 saw the opening of the first agricultural fair in Michigan in Ann Arbor. The event featured a display of local produce and livestock.

3. On July 6, 1928, the Michigan State Police were created by an act of the state legislature. The force was originally established to assist local law enforcement agencies in combating organized crime.

4. In 1957, a police station in Detroit was the target of an attempted burglary by three men. The incident sparked a shootout that left two police officers and two of the perpetrators dead.

5. On July 6, 1966, civil rights leader James Meredith was shot while he was leading a march across the state of Mississippi. The incident was a turning point in the civil rights movement, sparking outrage across the country and leading to increased efforts to secure equal rights for African Americans.
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