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5 Fun Facts About October 30 In Michigan History

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1. In 1991, the Detroit Pistons won their first game of the season against the Miami Heat with a score of 94-89. This would set the tone for the team's successful season, which would ultimately result in their second consecutive NBA championship.

2. On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles' infamous radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" caused widespread panic across Michigan and the rest of the United States. Many listeners believed that a real alien invasion was taking place, leading to a frenzy of phone calls and emergency responders being called to the scene.

3. In 1975, the Edmund Fitzgerald, a freighter carrying iron ore, sank in Lake Superior during a powerful storm. The wreck became famous thanks to Gordon Lightfoot's song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," and is remembered as one of the worst maritime disasters in Great Lakes history.

4. On this day in 1994, the Detroit Red Wings beat the Dallas Stars in a thrilling 7-6 game that saw multiple lead changes and dramatic moments. The game is still remembered as one of the most exciting regular season games in NHL history.

5. In 2002, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was released from prison after serving eight years for his involvement in assisted suicides. Kevorkian, who was known for his controversial stance on euthanasia, passed away in 2011 at the age of 83.
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