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5 Fun Facts About November 15 In Michigan History

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1. The University of Michigan was founded on November 15, 1817, in Detroit, Michigan. It started as a small school with only seven students and focused on teaching medicine.

2. On November 15, 1856, the famous abolitionist and activist Sojourner Truth gave her famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech in Battle Creek, Michigan. The speech challenged the gender and race norms of the time and became a cornerstone of the feminist movement.

3. The Edmund Fitzgerald, a famous Great Lakes freighter, sank on November 15, 1975. The ship was caught in a severe storm on Lake Superior, which caused the ship to go down with all 29 crew members aboard. The tragedy inspired a popular ballad by Gordon Lightfoot.

4. Detroit native, Madonna Louise Ciccone, was born on November 15, 1958. She went on to become a pop icon, selling more than 300 million records worldwide.

5. On November 15, 1994, the Michigan State Spartans famously beat the University of Michigan Wolverines in one of the most historic football games in state history. The game ended with Michigan State winning 27-23 on a last-second touchdown pass from Tony Banks to Tico Duckett. The play has since been dubbed "The Miracle in Michigan."
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