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1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1953 Chevrolet Corvette

Workers in Building 35 built the first Corvette prototype, around 1953

USS Flint
USS Flint

A freighter named after the city, the SS City of Flint was the first US ship to be captured during the Second World War in October, 1939. The vessel was later sunk in 1943

Beecher Tornado
Beecher Tornado

The eighth deadliest tornado on record in the United States struck Beecher, just north of Flint, on June 8, 1953, killing 115 people, injuring 844. Known as the “Beecher Tornado”, after the North Side community which the tornado devastated. On the next day the same weather system spawned the worst tornado in New England in Worcester, Massachusetts, killing another 94 people.

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