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5 Fun Facts About November 17 In Michigan History

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1. In 1815, the University of Michigan was founded in Detroit, becoming the first public university in the United States to admit women and African American students.

2. In 1871, the Michigan Legislature approved the building of the Mackinac Bridge, connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. Completed in 1957, the bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere.

3. In 1910, the first automotive assembly line was introduced at the Ford Motor Company's Highland Park plant in Detroit, revolutionizing the automotive industry and making cars more affordable for the average American.

4. In 1965, a massive power outage occurred in the northeastern United States and parts of Canada, including Michigan. The blackout lasted for several hours and caused widespread disruption and chaos.

5. In 2017, Michigan State University announced that it would pay a historic $500 million settlement to victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who had been convicted of sexually abusing hundreds of young girls and women. The settlement was the largest ever paid by a U.S. university in a sexual abuse case.
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