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5 Fun Facts About November 9 In Michigan History

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1. Michigan State University was founded on November 9, 1855. The university was originally called the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan and was the first agricultural college in the United States. Today, Michigan State University is one of the largest universities in the country with over 50,000 students.

2. The Detroit Zoo was established on November 9, 1928. The zoo was originally located in Royal Oak but moved to its current location in Huntington Woods in the 1930s. The Detroit Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals and is a popular destination for families in Michigan.

3. The Mackinac Bridge, also known as the "Mighty Mac," was opened to traffic on November 9, 1957. The bridge connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan and is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere. It is also one of Michigan's most iconic landmarks.

4. The first African American woman elected to Congress, Shirley Chisholm, spoke at Michigan State University on November 9, 1972. Chisholm was the keynote speaker for the university's Black History Month celebration and spoke about the importance of diversity and inclusion in government.

5. On November 9, 2006, former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm signed legislation that made Michigan the first state to require all gasoline sold in the state to contain a minimum percentage of ethanol. The law was known as the Biofuels Initiative and aimed to reduce the state's dependence on foreign oil and promote the use of renewable fuels. Today, Michigan remains a leader in the production and use of biofuels.
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