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5 Fun Facts About June 6 In Michigan History

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1) On June 6, 1832, the Black Hawk War officially began in Michigan when soldiers led by General Henry Atkinson clashed with Native American tribes. The war would continue until August of that year.

2) In 1929, the Detroit Tigers played their first game in the newly-built Navin Field, which would later be renamed Tiger Stadium. They defeated the Cleveland Indians 19-2, with the legendary Babe Ruth in attendance.

3) June 6, 1873 saw the opening of the Mackinac Island Grand Hotel, which is still in operation today. The hotel boasts the world's largest porch, which stretches 660 feet.

4) The Michigan state legislature authorized the construction of the Mackinac Bridge on June 6, 1952. The bridge, which spans the Straits of Mackinac, was completed in 1957 and is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.

5) On June 6, 1968, the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy shook the nation. Kennedy had just won the California Democratic presidential primary and was leaving the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles when he was shot by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy died the next day.
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