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5 Fun Facts About October 24 In Michigan History

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1. On October 24, 1837, the Michigan State Capitol building was completed in Detroit. It served as the state capitol until 1847, when the government relocated to Lansing.

2. The Mackinac Bridge, which connects Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas and spans five miles over the Straits of Mackinac, officially opened on October 24, 1957.

3. The movie "8 Mile," starring Eminem and set in Detroit, premiered on October 24, 2002. The film tells the story of a struggling rapper from the city's north side and features many Detroit landmarks and locations.

4. The Detroit Pistons played their first regular season game in their new arena, Little Caesars Arena, on October 24, 2017. The arena, located in the city's Midtown neighborhood, is home to both the Pistons and the Detroit Red Wings.

5. On October 24, 1864, General William T. Sherman's march to the sea during the Civil War began in Atlanta, Georgia. Although this is not specifically related to Michigan history, many soldiers from Michigan fought in Sherman's army and participated in the march.
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