On this day a giant snowball created by Michigan Technological University students, with a circumference of 32.94 feet and weighing several tons, was certified as the world's largest snowball by Guinness World Records.
Source Fritz Klug, "2 Michigan colleges are snowiest in the US", Detroit Free Press, January 25, 2014.
WrestleMania III was the third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). The event was held on March 29, 1987 at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
The event is particularly notable for the record attendance of 93,173, the largest recorded attendance for a live indoor sporting event in North America. The event is considered to be the pinnacle of the 1980s wrestling boom. The record itself stood until February 14, 2010 when the 2010 NBA All-Star Game broke the indoor sporting event record with an attendance of 108,713 at Cowboys Stadium. The WWF generated $1.6 million in ticket sales. Almost one million fans watched the event at 160 closed circuit locations in North America. The number of people watching via pay-per-view was estimated at several million, and pay-per-view revenues were estimated at $10 million.
Source : Wikipedia entry
Eric Lacey, "Andre the Giant's legendary drinking tales tied to Wrestlemania III match with Hulk Hogan at Pontiac Silverdome", MLive, January 27, 2013.
Do You Have A Favorite Drunkard?, Modern Drunkard Magazine.
A childless Detroit couple adopted a baby born by a female friend whom they had inseminated with the husband's sperm. The adoption was the nation's first of a child born to a surrogate mother.
Source : Michigan History
Michigan becomes the first state in the Union to ban fireworks when the legislature adopts a law banning the use of fireworks by the general public. The law only allows displays by licensed operators.
Source : Michigan is Amazing
FOR READERS OF GENERAL WORKS: CITY LIBRARY WILL HAVE SPECIAL ROOM: BOOKS MAY BE TAKEN FROM SHELVES BY READERS. Detroit Free Press, March 29, 2012.
Note : The Main Library now provides the MSU community online access to the historical Detroit Free Press from 1858 through 1922.
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