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5 Fun Facts About November 30 In Michigan History

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1. In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state to join the United States of America. The state's admission was made official on November 30 of that year.

2. The Great Lakes Storm of 1913, also known as the "White Hurricane," devastated the Great Lakes region with hurricane-force winds and massive waves. The storm began on November 7, but on November 30, 1913, the steamer SS Samuel Mather sank in Lake Erie, adding to the already high death toll of over 250 sailors.

3. In 1954, the Michigan State Police created the first K-9 unit in the United States. The unit was formed to assist with the investigation of crimes and search for missing persons. Today, K-9 units are used by law enforcement agencies across the country.

4. On November 30, 1989, President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev held a summit in Malta to discuss arms control and the end of the Cold War. Michigan Governor John Engler was one of the governors invited to attend the summit as part of the U.S. delegation.

5. In 2012, Michigan became the 24th state to pass a "right-to-work" law, which gave workers the choice to join a union or not. The law, which was passed on November 30 of that year, sparked controversy and protests across the state.
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