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5 Fun Facts About June 22 In Michigan History

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1. In 1894, the first four graduates of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry received their degrees. The school had been established just four years earlier to provide trained dentists for the growing population of the state.

2. In 1929, the Michigan State Police conducted the first ever “speed trap” in the state on US-27 in Clare County. The tactic proved effective in catching speeders and reducing fatalities on Michigan’s highways.

3. In 1970, the Detroit City Council approved plans to build the Renaissance Center, a massive office and hotel complex that would become a landmark of the city’s skyline. The project was controversial at the time, but is now seen as a key part of Detroit’s revitalization.

4. In 1983, the Detroit Tigers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 in a 18-inning game that lasted over seven hours. The game set records for the longest game in Tigers’ history, the longest game at Tiger Stadium, and the longest game in the American League that season.

5. In 2019, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill expanding the state’s civil rights protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The move made Michigan the 49th state to offer legal protections for LGBT individuals.
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