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5 Fun Facts About June 29 In Michigan History

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1. The Detroit Pan-American Games: On June 29, 1959, the Detroit Pan-American Games began. The games were part of an international multi-sport event held between athletes from the Americas. The Detroit Games included competitors from more than 20 nations, and events were held in 17 different sports.

2. Battle of Fort Stephenson: On June 29, 1813, the Battle of Fort Stephenson took place in the War of 1812. The fort, located in present-day Fremont, Ohio, was attacked by the British during their attempt to control Lake Erie. The American defenders of the fort, led by Colonel George Croghan, successfully repulsed the British attack.

3. The Mackinac Bridge: On June 29, 1958, the Mackinac Bridge was officially opened to traffic. The 5-mile-long bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac, linking Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.

4. The Pony Express arrives in Detroit: On June 29, 1861, the Pony Express arrived in Detroit, Michigan. The Pony Express was a mail delivery service that operated between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. Riders carried mail across the country, often at breakneck speed, in an effort to connect the coasts.

5. The first major league baseball game in Detroit: On June 29, 1901, the first major league baseball game was played in Detroit. The Detroit Tigers, in their inaugural season, played the Milwaukee Brewers. The Tigers won the game 14-0. The team went on to win the American League pennant in their first season, cementing their place in baseball history.
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