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5 Fun Facts About May 23 In Michigan History

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1. In 1900, the Michigan Central Railroad inaugurated its new route between Detroit and Chicago with a record-breaking non-stop run. The train covered the 271 miles in just over 4 hours, reaching speeds of up to 90 miles per hour and earning the nickname "The Wolverine."

2. On May 23, 1934, notorious bank robber John Dillinger and two accomplices were cornered by FBI agents in a safe house in Tuscola County. After a shootout, Dillinger and his gang escaped, but one agent was killed and another injured.

3. In 1951, Detroit's first modern shopping center, Northland Center, opened its doors. The mall, designed by Victor Gruen, was a groundbreaking concept in retail architecture and helped shape the modern American shopping experience.

4. The University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, one of the world's largest and most respected social science research organizations, was founded on May 23, 1949. The Institute has conducted groundbreaking studies on topics ranging from race relations to health care to consumer behavior.

5. On May 23, 2009, the Michigan State University men's tennis team won the Big Ten Conference championship for the first time in school history. The Spartans, led by head coach Gene Orlando, defeated Ohio State in the championship match and went on to compete in the NCAA tournament.
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