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5 Fun Facts About June 11 In Michigan History

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1. In 1893, the state of Michigan established the first-ever state forest reserve on June 11. The reserve, located in the Upper Peninsula, was created to protect Michigan's timber resources from depletion and managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

2. On June 11, 1937, Michigan ratified the 21st Amendment, officially repealing Prohibition. The repeal of Prohibition saw the return of legal alcohol sales in Michigan and across the United States after 13 years of a national ban.

3. In 1963, Michigan Governor George Romney signed a bill that created the University of Michigan-Dearborn on June 11. The school became the third campus of the University of Michigan system and is located in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

4. On June 11, 1987, the Mackinac Bridge Authority celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Mackinac Bridge. The bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac and connects Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. It is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.

5. In 1992, the Detroit Pistons won their second consecutive NBA Championship on June 11. Led by the iconic "Bad Boys" lineup, the Pistons defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in game six of the NBA Finals.
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