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5 Fun Facts About November 27 In Michigan History

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1. On November 27, 1942, the Detroit Lions played their first Thanksgiving Day game at the University of Detroit Stadium. This has become a beloved tradition, with the Lions playing every Thanksgiving Day game since, except for 1939-1944 due to World War II.

2. In 1977, the deadliest fire in Michigan history occurred on November 27 at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, MI. 165 people died in the fire, which was caused by faulty electrical wiring.

3. On November 27, 1812, the Battle of Frenchtown took place during the War of 1812. British and Native American forces defeated American troops, leading to the deaths of over 400 Americans, including many unarmed civilians.

4. The Mackinac Bridge, which spans the Straits of Mackinac and connects Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas, was dedicated on November 27, 1957. The 5-mile-long bridge is now a famous landmark and one of Michigan's top tourist attractions.

5. On November 27, 1924, Detroit's famous Fox Theatre opened its doors for the first time. The theater was designed by renowned architect C. Howard Crane and has since become one of Detroit's most iconic landmarks, hosting countless performances and events over the years.
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