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5 Fun Facts About March 22 In Michigan History

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1. On March 22, 1837, Michigan became the 26th state of the United States. After three years of being a territory, Michigan was officially admitted to the Union.

2. In 1933, the Ford Motor Company announced that it would raise the wages of its factory workers to $5 a day, which was double the industry standard at the time. This move would greatly improve the standard of living for workers and help pave the way for the middle class in America.

3. On March 22, 1957, the Mackinac Bridge Authority was created. The Mackinac Bridge, which connects Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas, was completed in 1957 and is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere.

4. In 1983, the Michigan State Police opened their first forensic laboratory. The lab was created to provide scientific analysis and evidence in criminal cases and has since been a crucial component in solving many crimes.

5. On March 22, 2019, Michigan State University announced that they were renaming their dormitories named after controversial figures, such as Lewis Cass and Stephen Holmes. The move was made to promote diversity and inclusion on campus and to acknowledge the harm caused by these figures' actions.
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