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Location of Michigan within the United States
Michigan () is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. Its name comes from the Ojibwe word mishigami, meaning "large water" or "large lake". With a population of approximately 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 U.S. states, the 11th most extensive by area, being slightly larger than the United Kingdom, and the largest by area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies.
Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula is shaped like a mitten. The Upper Peninsula (often called "the U.P.") is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile (8 km) channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge connects the peninsulas. Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world, being bordered by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. It also has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds.
The area was first occupied by a succession of Native American tribes over thousands of years. Inhabited by Natives, Métis, and French explorers in the 17th century, it was claimed as part of New France colony. After France's defeat in the French and Indian War in 1762, the region came under British rule. Britain ceded the territory to the newly independent United States after Britain's defeat in the American Revolutionary War. The area was part of the larger Northwest Territory until 1800, when western Michigan became part of the Indiana Territory. Michigan Territory was formed in 1805, but some of the northern border with Canada was not agreed upon until after the War of 1812. Michigan was admitted into the Union in 1837 as the 26th state, a free one. It soon became an important center of industry and trade in the Great Lakes region and a popular émigré destination in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; immigration from many European countries to Michigan was also the busiest at that time, especially for those who emigrated from Finland, Macedonia and the Netherlands.
Although Michigan developed a diverse economy, it is widely known as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, which developed as a major economic force in the early 20th century. It is home to the country's three major automobile companies (whose headquarters are all in Metro Detroit). While sparsely populated, the Upper Peninsula is important for tourism due to its abundance of natural resources, while the Lower Peninsula is a center of manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, services, and high-tech industry.
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In a Major League Baseball game played on June 2, 2010, at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga nearly became the 21st pitcher in Major League history to throw a perfect game. Facing the Cleveland Indians, Galarraga retired the first 26 batters he faced. His bid for a perfect game was ruined one out short, when first base umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled that Indians batter Jason Donald reached first base safely on a ground ball. Galarraga instead finished with a one-hit shutout in a 3–0 victory. He faced 28 batters and threw 88 pitches (67 strikes and 21 balls), striking out three. The game is sometimes referred to as the "28-out perfect game", the “Almost Perfect“ game, the "Imperfect Game", or simply the "Galarraga game".
Joyce was tearful and apologetic to Galarraga after the game upon realizing he had made the incorrect call. Galarraga was forgiving and understanding of the mistake. Without irony, he told reporters after the game, "Nobody's perfect." Galarraga was the most prominent of the many people throughout Major League Baseball who subsequently voiced their support for Joyce. Unusually, the umpire met with both the pitcher and the media after the game to apologize for his error. The sportsmanship
demonstrated by Galarraga and Joyce earned them both widespread praise for their handling of the incident. Read more...
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Joseph McGinty Nichol (born August 9, 1968), known professionally as McG, is an American director, producer, and former record producer.
He began his career in the music industry, directing music videos and producing various albums. He later rose to prominence with his first cinema film, Charlie's Angels
(2000), which had the highest-grossing opening weekend for a directorial debut at the time. Since then, he has directed several other films, including the sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
(2003), Terminator Salvation
(2009), This Means War
(2012), The Babysitter
(2017) and The Babysitter: Killer Queen
(2020) co-created the television series Fastlane
and has executive produced
numerous television programs, such as The O.C.
, and Supernatural
. Read more...
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- Highland Park, Michigan
- Houghton, Michigan
- Michigan State Spartans
- Farmington Hills, Michigan
- Dearborn, Michigan
- Mackinac Island
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
- Detroit Tigers
- Michigan left
- Novi, Michigan
- Alpena, Michigan
- Traverse City, Michigan
- Lansing, Michigan
- Economy of metropolitan Detroit
- Hamtramck, Michigan
- Somerset Collection
- Presque Isle County, Michigan
- History of Detroit
- Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
- Howard Henry Peckham
- Catharine Hitchcock Tilden Avery
- Henry Ford
- Aretha Franklin
- Albert Pattengill
- Lucinda Hinsdale Stone
- Ford Motor Company
- Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport
- Jimmy Hoffa
- Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
- Ford Model T
- Detroit Automobile Company
- Iron Mountain Central Historic District
- Grand Rapids Medical Mile
- Albert M. Todd
- 1890 Michigan Wolverines football team
- Rosedale Park, Detroit
- Turtle Island (Lake Erie)
- The Purple Gang
- Grassy Island
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The following are images from various Michigan-related articles on Wikipedia.
Map of the British and French settlements in North America in 1750, before the French and Indian War (1754 to 1763)
Detroit, c. 1837, after a sketch by Frederick Grain
Michigan State Capitol Muses
On January 26, 1837, Michigan Territory was admitted as the state of Michigan.
The Great Seal of the State of Michigan
Map of the original 13 colonies and their territories, note that Michigan was the object of multiple claims
Union members occupying a General Motors body factory during the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1937 which spurred the organization of militant CIO unions in auto industry
Michigan map, including territorial waters
Distribution of Michigan's jobs as percentages of entire workforce
Michigan as part of the Province of Quebec 1774–1776.
Southfield Town Center skyline
The Pointe Mouillee State Game Area
Michigan population distribution
Köppen climate types in Michigan
Map showing the largest ancestry group in each county (2008)
B-24s under construction at Ford's Willow Run line, 1942
A map of Michigan by Henry Schenck Tanner, published in 1842, showing such county names as "Negwegon County," "Okkuddo County," and "Unwattin County," prior to an 1843 legislative action renaming sixteen counties in northern Michigan.
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