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5 Fun Facts About November 29 In Michigan History

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1. On November 29, 1956, the Detroit Lions played the first ever Thanksgiving Day home game at Briggs Stadium (now known as Tiger Stadium). The Lions have played on Thanksgiving every year since 1934, with the exception of 1939-1944 due to World War II.

2. The University of Michigan Wolverines played their first-ever football game on November 29, 1879, against Racine College. The Wolverines won 1-0 in a game that consisted of one touchdown and no extra points.

3. On November 29, 1877, the first telephone line was installed in Kalamazoo, Michigan, connecting two drugstores. The Michigan Bell Telephone Company was later founded in 1879 and was the first telephone company in the state.

4. The Mackinac Bridge, which connects the upper and lower peninsula of Michigan, was opened to traffic on November 29, 1957. The bridge, which spans five miles across the Straits of Mackinac, was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it was completed.

5. Novelist and Michigan native Jeffrey Eugenides was born on November 29, 1960, in Detroit. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Middlesex" and "The Virgin Suicides," both of which were later adapted into feature films.
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