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5 Fun Facts About May 27 In Michigan History

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1. In 1835, the first steamship to navigate the Great Lakes, the SS Illinois, was launched in New York City. The ship would go on to play a significant role in the transportation of passengers and goods across the Great Lakes, including in Michigan.

2. On May 27, 1919, a devastating tornado struck the city of Adrian, Michigan. The tornado killed seven people and caused extensive damage to homes and businesses in the area.

3. In 1922, the Detroit Tigers played their first game at their new stadium, Navin Field. The team would go on to win the American League pennant that year, thanks in part to the strong showing by future Hall of Famer Ty Cobb.

4. On May 27, 1933, Michigan State Police raided the home of notorious gangster Baby Face Nelson in Detroit. The raid resulted in a shootout between Nelson and the police, in which several officers were injured. Nelson was eventually killed in a subsequent shootout with the FBI.

5. In 1965, the Michigan State Senate passed a resolution honoring astronaut John Glenn, who had become the first American to orbit the Earth earlier that year. The resolution praised Glenn's bravery and dedication to science and space exploration.
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