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Facts and trivia about Detroit, Michigan for the month of April.

April

1 - All Fools Day
1895 Municipal power station began supplying power for street lighting and public buildings.

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3 - 1933 Michigan was the first state to vote to repeal of Prohibition.

4 - 1827 New City Charter granted.

5 - 1968 Racial violence led to declaration of a state of emergency, a curfew as imposed and the National Guard called to duty.

6 - 1898 William Jennings Bryan delivered an address in Detroit.

7 - 1947 Henry Ford died at the age of 83.

8 - 1879 Belle Isle was purchased as a public park.

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10 - 1922 Last horse-drawn fire-fighting units used in Detroit.

11 - 1938 Church of the Blessed Sacrament was proclaimed the Cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit.

12 - 1859 First national billiard championship was held in Detroit.

13 - 1861 News arrived of the attack on Fort Sumter at the start of the Civil War.

14 - 1960 "I heard it through the grapevine" that Motown Records was incorporated.

15 - 1886 Edison Illuminating Company was formed.

16 - 1895 The name "Tigers" was first used in reference to the Detroit Baseball Team.

17 - 1802 First city tax as assessed on each individual over 21. The tax was 25 cents per person.

18 - 1951 Arthur H. Vandenberg died. He had been Michigan's U.S. Senator since 1928.

19 - 1898 First Michigan troops left for Cuba at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War.

20 - 1927 First radio broadcast of a Tiger baseball game.

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22 - 1905 The Michigan Supreme Court upheld a city ordinance requiring licenses for cars.

23 - 1934 New federal building and post office on Lafayette Street opened.

24 - 1918 First women were employed as mail carriers.

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26 - 1837 Detroit Anti-Slavery Society was created.

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28 - 1896 The Detroit Tigers played their first game at the present site of Tiger Stadium.

29 - 1924 The cornerstone was laid for the Detroit Institute of Arts.

30 - 1824 Congress approved $10,00 for a road survey for a road between Detroit and Chicago.

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