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5 Fun Facts About November 2 In Michigan History

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1. On November 2, 1860, Abraham Lincoln won the presidential election in Michigan, receiving over 55% of the popular vote in the state.

2. The University of Michigan's football team played their first game on November 2, 1879, defeating Racine College 1-0 in a game that lasted only 50 minutes.

3. The Mackinac Bridge, one of Michigan's most iconic landmarks, officially opened on November 2, 1957. The bridge spans five miles across the Straits of Mackinac and was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its completion.

4. Virgil "Gus" Grissom, a native of Michigan and NASA astronaut, piloted the Gemini 3 mission on November 2, 1965. This was NASA's first manned mission of the Gemini program, which aimed to test various aspects of spaceflight before embarking on a mission to the moon.

5. On November 2, 2010, Rick Snyder was elected as the governor of Michigan. Snyder, a businessman and former CEO, focused on implementing several controversial policies, including the "right-to-work" law and emergency manager law, during his time in office.
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