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5 Fun Facts About October 11 In Michigan History

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1. In 1855, the first streetcar system opened in Detroit, operating horse-drawn rail cars along Woodward Avenue. This system eventually grew to become the Detroit Department of Transportation.

2. On October 11, 1968, the Detroit Tigers won their first World Series in 23 years, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7. This victory was particularly significant as it occurred during a period of racial tension and riots in Detroit.

3. In 1975, the Great Lakes Cable Line, a project to lay a fiber optic cable across the bed of Lake Huron, was completed. This cable helped to improve communication between the United States and Canada.

4. On October 11, 1984, the Michigan Wolverines football team defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes in a historic comeback victory. The Wolverines were down 21-0 at halftime but managed to score 31 unanswered points in the second half to win 31-21.

5. In 2004, the Mackinac Bridge celebrated its 50th anniversary. The bridge, which spans the Straits of Mackinac and connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan, is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. It has become an iconic symbol of Michigan and is often featured in photographs and artwork.
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