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5 Fun Facts About March 24 In Michigan History

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1. In 1913, the Great Flood of 1913 began in Michigan, causing significant damage throughout the state. This natural disaster is still considered one of the worst floods in Michigan history.

2. In 1961, the Detroit Pistons played their final game at Olympia Stadium before moving to a new arena. The team had played at the stadium since 1957.

3. On March 24, 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez grounded on a reef off the coast of Alaska, spilling approximately 11 million gallons of oil into the ocean. The cleanup efforts and resulting environmental damage from the spill affected many parts of the country, including Michigan.

4. In 1837, Michigan became the twenty-sixth state to be admitted to the United States. The state's population was less than 100,000 at the time.

5. On March 24, 2000, the Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team defeated Syracuse 75-58 to advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. The Spartans went on to win the championship that year, led by coaches Tom Izzo and Brian Gregory and players Mateen Cleaves and Morris Peterson.
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