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The 1st Michigan State Fair was held in 1849, which is claimed by the state of MI to be the oldest state fair in the US. The first fair was held in Detroit, MI. In 1904, Joseph L. Hudson, with 3 of his associates, gave the State Fair its permanent home. They formed the State Fair Land Company, which acquired 135 acres between 7½ and 8 Mile Rds, east of Woodward Ave. Hudson had no interest in running the fair, he sold the land to the Michigan State Agricultural Society for $1.00 on 18 Apr 1905.
RAF Spitfire pilots from WWII. During World Wars I and II, black recruits could be found in all branches of the Armed Forces; from black Britons who lived in the UK to West Indians and Caribbeans who travelled to the UK to support the fight for freedom. Estimates vary, but approximately 16,000 men from the Caribbean volunteered to fight for Britain in World War I, and thousands more in World War II.In RAF in World War II, there over 17,500 male and female volunteers from the West Indies alone.