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5 Fun Facts About October 18 In Michigan History

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1. In 1927, the Michigan Theater opened in Detroit, becoming one of the largest and most luxurious movie palaces in the city. Today, the theater is still operating as a cultural and entertainment venue.

2. In 1950, actor Zac Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California. Although not a Michigan native, Efron went on to star in the popular movie "High School Musical," which was filmed in Utah but set in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

3. The University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus was founded on October 18, 1817. The school has since grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the country, known for its academic excellence and groundbreaking research.

4. In 1970, the Detroit Pistons played their first NBA game at their new home arena, the Pontiac Silverdome. The Pistons would go on to win the NBA championship in the 1988-1989 season.

5. On October 18, 2014, Michigan State University hosted the first-ever Big Ten football match-up between Michigan State and the University of Michigan at Spartan Stadium. Michigan State won the game 35-11, marking a historic moment in the rivalries between the two teams.
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