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5 Fun Facts About October 10 In Michigan History

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1. On October 10, 1829, Michigan became the twenty-sixth state of the United States. The state was initially a part of the Northwest Territory and was later admitted as a state through the Michigan Territory.

2. The Mackinac Bridge, connecting the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan, was opened on October 10, 1957. The bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere and spans five miles across the Straits of Mackinac.

3. October 10, 1975 marked the day the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald was discovered in Lake Superior. The ship had sunk during a storm on November 10, 1975, and all 29 crew members perished.

4. In 1984, the Detroit Tigers won the World Series on October 10. They had a 4-1 series win over the San Diego Padres, marking their first championship in 16 years.

5. On October 10, 2005, Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage went into effect after it was approved by a statewide referendum. The ban remained in place until 2015 when it was struck down by the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.
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