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5 Fun Facts About March 7 In Michigan History

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1. In 1837, Michigan was admitted to the Union as the 26th state. This came after a long and controversial dispute with Ohio over the border between the two states. Michigan ultimately agreed to surrender its claim to the Upper Peninsula in exchange for statehood.

2. On March 7, 1911, Detroit's Cadillac Motor Company introduced the first electric starter in a commercial automobile. This invention eliminated the need for a hand crank to start the engine, making driving much easier and more accessible to the general population.

3. In 1981, residents of Saginaw, Michigan reported seeing a strange object flying in the sky, which they described as a UFO. This sighting was widely publicized and generated a lot of interest among UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike.

4. On March 7, 2018, Michigan's governor announced a plan to launch a new program aimed at increasing access to affordable, high-speed internet in rural areas of the state. The plan, called the Michigan Rural Broadband Grant Program, would provide funding to help expand broadband infrastructure in underserved communities.

5. In 2009, the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan became the first in the United States to pass a ban on bottled water sales on city property. The ban was aimed at reducing waste and promoting more sustainable alternatives to bottled water, such as reusable bottles and water fountains.
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