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Trivia and interesting facts about the history of Detroit, Michigan by month.

May

1 - 1981 GM broke ground for their new Poletown plant.

2 - 1881 Detroit's baseball team played its first National League home game.

2 -1939, New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig voluntarily benched himself at Briggs Stadium, ending a streak of 2,130 consecutive games.

3 - 1802 First municipal elections held in Detroit.

4- 1881 Detroit Bar Association organized.

5 - 1710 First marriage of Europeans in Detroit. John Baptiste Turpin and Margaret Fufard.

6 - 1968 The Detroit Free Press won a Pulitzer rise for coverage of the 1967 riot.

7 - 1763 Gladwin exposed Chief Pontiac's plans for an uprising against the settlers.

8 - 1959 Little Casears opened its first restaurant in Garden City.

9 - 1970 Walter Ruther, President of the UAW, died in a airplane crash.

10 - 1763 Siege of Detroit begun by Pontiac and his followers.

11 - 1835 First state constitutional convention met in Detroit.

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14 - 1728 King Louis XIV gave permission to lease farms in the Detroit area.

15 - 1952 Virgil Trucks from the Detroit Tigers pitched a no-hitter.

16 - 1936 The Ford Rotunda opened to the public.

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21 - 1941 Ford Motor Car Company was unionized by the UAW-CIO.

22 - 1937 Battle of the Overpass at the Rouge Plant in Dearborn.

23 - 1877 Office of the Fire Marshal created.

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27 - 1973 Renaissance Center building ground breaking ceremony.

28 - 1959 The Detroit News raised the price of their paper from 7 to 8 cents.

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30 - 1848 First train arrived at the Michigan Central RR depot on third street.

31 - 1942 Last truck produced for the civilian market until the end of World War II.

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