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Happy birthday, Michigan!

12:18 AM, Jan 27, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Michigan celebrated its 176th birthday Saturday.

That makes our state 61 years older than the oldest living person in the world on record.

On January 26th, 1837, President Andrew Jackson signed the act, making Michigan the 26th state in America.

Michigan's name comes from the native American word, "Michigama", meaning "great lake" or "big lake". Governor Snyder says Michigan also stands for something else.

"We're the comeback state so we should be proud and bake a nice cake with a lot of candles and blow them out and have a great day because we're making progress and we're going to keep going," said Snyder. "Michigan's best days are ahead of us, not behind us, and I'm excited about that."

Michigan's statehood wasn't the only historic event of 1837. According to historyorb.com, that year the first U.S. electric printing press was also patented by Thomas Davenport, Chicago became an incorporated city, Canada gave African Americans the right to vote and the first United States college founded for women opened in Massachusetts.

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