March 13th is a popular day with Detroiters because 313 is the area code for Detroit. According to the show How The States Got Their Shapes the larger cities in the United States got low number area codes. Detroit is 313, New York City is 212, and Washington DC is 202 and so on. It is because low digit numbers are easier to dial on a rotary phone. It is a long way around to dial the number 9. With touchtone phones, it is not that important to have low-numbered digits. I will say I don’t miss the days of rotary phones and long-distance calling fees. Other dates for area codes in Michigan are 517 and 906. I used to be in 517 but my area got changed to 989. Maybe someday there will be 89 days in September and we can have an unofficial day to celebrate.
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