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5 Fun Facts About March 16 In Michigan History

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1. In 1836, Michigan became the 26th state in the United States. The state was first established as a territory in 1805, and its capital city, Detroit, played a significant role in the development of the American automobile industry.

2. In 1900, the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing was completed. The building was designed by architect Elijah E. Myers, who also designed the Texas State Capitol and the Colorado State Capitol.

3. In 1937, a tornado swept through the southern part of Michigan, causing extensive damage and claiming the lives of over 200 people. The storm was one of the deadliest tornadoes in American history.

4. In 1975, Michigan native Brenda Spencer opened fire on a school in San Diego, California, killing two people and injuring nine others. When asked why she did it, Spencer famously replied, "I don't like Mondays." The incident inspired the song "I Don't Like Mondays" by The Boomtown Rats.

5. In 1999, the Michigan State Spartans won the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball championship, defeating the Florida Gators 89-76 in the final game. The victory was the first national championship for the Spartans since 1979.
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