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1721 : Charles-Ange Collet Born at Fort Saint Joseph (Niles)
1721 : Charles-Ange Collet Born at Fort Saint Joseph (Niles)
Oct 1 all-day
Happy birthday to Charles-Ange Collet! A native of Niles, he was the first Michigan-born person to become a priest. Son of Claude Collet, a soldier with the French colonial regular troops and Marguerite Fauche. In … Continue reading "1721 : Charles-Ange Collet Born at Fort Saint Joseph (Niles)"
1836 : Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad Offers First Passenger Service
1836 : Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad Offers First Passenger Service
Oct 1 all-day
1836 : Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad Offers First Passenger Service
Artist’s depiction of an early Erie & Kalamazoo train. On Octrober 1, 1836 the Erie & Kalamazoo, to great fanfare, provided the first train service from Port Lawrence (Toledo’s original name) to Adrian. It was … Continue reading "1836 : Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad Offers First Passenger Service"
1839 : Ann Arbor’s Attempt to Hold First Agricultural Fair A Bust
1839 : Ann Arbor’s Attempt to Hold First Agricultural Fair A Bust
Oct 1 all-day
On October 1, 1839, Michigan’s first agricultural fair was scheduled to take place in Ann Arbor. But, the man in charge made no preparations and forgot to show up, only two exhibitors arrived, and Ann … Continue reading "1839 : Ann Arbor’s Attempt to Hold First Agricultural Fair A Bust"
1840 : Fannie Richards Born, Detroit’s First Black School Teacher, Founder of Michigan’s 1st Kindergarten
1840 : Fannie Richards Born, Detroit’s First Black School Teacher, Founder of Michigan’s 1st Kindergarten
Oct 1 all-day
1840 : Fannie Richards Born, Detroit's First Black School Teacher, Founder of Michigan's 1st Kindergarten
Detroit’s first black school teacher, Fannie Richards was born on October 1, 1840 in Fredericksburg, Virginia of free parents. From an early age, Richards realized the necessity of an education and the fight it would … Continue reading "1840 : Fannie Richards Born, Detroit’s First Black School Teacher, Founder of Michigan’s 1st Kindergarten"
1853 : Detroit Free Press Starts Delivering a Sunday Newspaper!
1853 : Detroit Free Press Starts Delivering a Sunday Newspaper!
Oct 1 all-day
On October 2, 1853, the Detroit Free Press became the first Michigan paper to be issued regularly on Sunday mornings. Wilbur Storey, the paper’s new owner, says it’s no sacrilege because the workers involved are … Continue reading "1853 : Detroit Free Press Starts Delivering a Sunday Newspaper!"
1868 : Detroit Holds Yacht Regatta
1868 : Detroit Holds Yacht Regatta
Oct 1 all-day
1868 : Detroit Holds Yacht Regatta
The current Detroit Yacht Club traces its beginnings back to 1868. In addition there is a record of a Detroit Boat Club tracing its beginnings back to 1839, but it went out of existence in … Continue reading "1868 : Detroit Holds Yacht Regatta"
1908 : First Model T Ford Assembled for Public
1908 : First Model T Ford Assembled for Public
Oct 1 all-day
1908 : First Model T Ford Assembled for Public
The first production Model T Ford was built at the Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit on October 1, 1908. Over the next nineteen years, Ford would build fifteen million automobiles with the Model T engine. … Continue reading "1908 : First Model T Ford Assembled for Public"
1938 : Michigan’s Winged Helmet Debuts in Game Against Michigan State
1938 : Michigan’s Winged Helmet Debuts in Game Against Michigan State
Oct 1 all-day
1938 : Michigan's Winged Helmet Debuts in Game Against Michigan State
The University of Michigan’s winged helmet made its successful debut in the 1938 season opener against Michigan State. Sophomore halfback Paul Kromer (83) scored the first touchdown wearing the winged helmet and accounted for 13 … Continue reading "1938 : Michigan’s Winged Helmet Debuts in Game Against Michigan State"
1942 : Willow Run Bomber Plant Produces First B-24 Bomber
1942 : Willow Run Bomber Plant Produces First B-24 Bomber
Oct 1 all-day
1942 : Willow Run Bomber Plant Produces First B-24 Bomber
On this day, the first B-24 bomber rolls off the assembly line at the Willow Run Bomber Plant near Ypsilanti. In December 1940, the federal government asked the Ford Motor Company to build 1,200 B-24 … Continue reading "1942 : Willow Run Bomber Plant Produces First B-24 Bomber"
1999 : Fred Zollner, Former Owner of Detroit Pistons, Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame
1999 : Fred Zollner, Former Owner of Detroit Pistons, Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame
Oct 1 all-day
1999 : Fred Zollner, Former Owner of Detroit Pistons, Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame
On October 1, 1999, Zollner was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor. Fred Zollner (January 22, 1901 – June 21, 1982) was called “Mr. Pro Basketball” as the founder … Continue reading "1999 : Fred Zollner, Former Owner of Detroit Pistons, Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame"
2015 : Susan A. Petrisin of Lansing, First Woman President of Kiwanis International
2015 : Susan A. Petrisin of Lansing, First Woman President of Kiwanis International
Oct 1 all-day
2015 : Susan A. Petrisin of Lansing, First Woman President of Kiwanis International
On October 1, 2015, Susan A. Petrisin of Lansing, associate directory of the Michigan State University Alumni Association, will become the first woman to serve as president for any of the world’s leading service organizations. … Continue reading "2015 : Susan A. Petrisin of Lansing, First Woman President of Kiwanis International"
2015 : Wooly Mammoth Skull and Bones Found On Farm Near Chelsea
2015 : Wooly Mammoth Skull and Bones Found On Farm Near Chelsea
Oct 1 all-day
A farmer near Chelsea made a startling discovery Monday night: bones of a woolly mammoth possibly butchered by early human hunters thousands of years ago. University of Michigan Professor Dan Fisher was interviewed by The … Continue reading "2015 : Wooly Mammoth Skull and Bones Found On Farm Near Chelsea"
2018 : Cougar Spotted in Upper Peninsula
2018 : Cougar Spotted in Upper Peninsula
Oct 1 all-day
2018 : Cougar Spotted in Upper Peninsula
A cougar has been spotted for the first time in years by a Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) camera. The animal was recorded wandering through a wooded area in Gogebic County in the Upper … Continue reading "2018 : Cougar Spotted in Upper Peninsula"
2018 : Out of State Online Vendors Required to Collect Sales Tax
2018 : Out of State Online Vendors Required to Collect Sales Tax
Oct 1 all-day
The Michigan Department of Treasury announced in a press release issued today (Monday, August 13th), “a change to the state’s sales tax administration that will require many mail order and online retailers located outside of … Continue reading "2018 : Out of State Online Vendors Required to Collect Sales Tax"
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1873 : Work on Third Capitol Building In Lansing Begins
1873 : Work on Third Capitol Building In Lansing Begins
Oct 2 all-day
1873 : Work on Third Capitol Building In Lansing Begins
The cornerstone was laid for Michigan’s third capitol building in Lansing. Thousands of people from all over the state thronged to the capital for the ceremony. A large parade and other gala events marked the … Continue reading "1873 : Work on Third Capitol Building In Lansing Begins"
1961 : Detroit’s Fisher Theater Opens as Live Theater Venue
1961 : Detroit’s Fisher Theater Opens as Live Theater Venue
Oct 2 all-day
1961 : Detroit's Fisher Theater Opens as Live Theater Venue
Fisher Theatre Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, previously a vaudeville and movie palace, opened as a venue for live theater performances on Oct. 2, 1961. The Albert Kahn-designed building — the largest marble-exterior building in the world, … Continue reading "1961 : Detroit’s Fisher Theater Opens as Live Theater Venue"
1974 : Al Kaline Plays Last Game As a Detroit Tiger
1974 : Al Kaline Plays Last Game As a Detroit Tiger
Oct 2 all-day
Al Kaline, Tigers outfielder, left his final game after the third inning and two at-bats. Statistics were not as big an issue back then as they are now. If they had been, he would probably … Continue reading "1974 : Al Kaline Plays Last Game As a Detroit Tiger"
2008 : Senator Barack Obama Makes Campaign Stop at Michigan State University
2008 : Senator Barack Obama Makes Campaign Stop at Michigan State University
Oct 2 all-day
More than 18,000 people packed Adams Field at Michigan State University for a campaign appearance by then-Senator Barack Obama. Obama would go on to carry Michigan over Republican hopeful Sen. John McCain. Source : “Michigan … Continue reading "2008 : Senator Barack Obama Makes Campaign Stop at Michigan State University"
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1917 : Detroit Supports World War I Effort With First Meatless Day
1917 : Detroit Supports World War I Effort With First Meatless Day
Oct 3 all-day
1917 : Detroit Supports World War I Effort With First Meatless Day
On October 3, 1917, Detroit experienced its first “Meatless” Day during World War I. Such “meatless” and “wheatless” days were held regularly to conserve the nation’s food resources in support of the war effort. At … Continue reading "1917 : Detroit Supports World War I Effort With First Meatless Day"
1932 : Presidential Candidate Franklin Roosevelt Stops at Ann Arbor Train Station
1932 : Presidential Candidate Franklin Roosevelt Stops at Ann Arbor Train Station
Oct 3 all-day
President Franklin Roosevelt, Democratic presidential nominee, along with his campaign tour party arrived in Ann Arbor on board a special train with his wife. He appeared on the platform at 6 a.m. and greeted the … Continue reading "1932 : Presidential Candidate Franklin Roosevelt Stops at Ann Arbor Train Station"
1939 : Campaign to Fight Goiters Launched
1939 : Campaign to Fight Goiters Launched
Oct 3 all-day
On October 3, 1939, the state health department started a campaign in the public schools to encourage parents to use iodized salt to reduce the risk of developing goiters. Source: Historical Society of Michigan : … Continue reading "1939 : Campaign to Fight Goiters Launched"
2005: Jim Leyland Introduced as New Detroit Tigers Manager
2005: Jim Leyland Introduced as New Detroit Tigers Manager
Oct 3 all-day
On October 3, 2005, the Tigers introduce Jim Leyland as their new manager. Leyland, who came up through the Detroit organization as a player and minor league manager, replaces the fired Alan Trammell. The Tigers … Continue reading "2005: Jim Leyland Introduced as New Detroit Tigers Manager"
2012 : Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera Wins Triple Crown
2012 : Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera Wins Triple Crown
Oct 3 all-day
2012 : Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera Wins Triple Crown
In Major League Baseball, a player earns the Triple Crown when he leads a league in three specific statistical categories. When used without a modifier, the “Triple Crown” generally refers to a batter who has … Continue reading "2012 : Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera Wins Triple Crown"
2017 : Ex-Rep. Schroer, Leading ’90s Gun Control Advocate, Has Died
2017 : Ex-Rep. Schroer, Leading ’90s Gun Control Advocate, Has Died
Oct 3 all-day
Former Rep. Mary Schroer, an Ann Arbor Democrat who was one of the Legislature’s most visible supporters of abortion rights and gun control during the 1990s, died earlier this month of cancer. She was 70. … Continue reading "2017 : Ex-Rep. Schroer, Leading ’90s Gun Control Advocate, Has Died"
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1641 : First French Priests Reach Michigan
1641 : First French Priests Reach Michigan
Oct 4 all-day
On Oct. 4, 1641, the first Europeans who ventured into the future Michigan arrived in birch bark canoes. French priests Father Isaac Jogues and Father Charles Raymbault arrived at the falls of St. Mary’s River … Continue reading "1641 : First French Priests Reach Michigan"
1818 : Michigan’s First Protestant Sunday School Begins
1818 : Michigan’s First Protestant Sunday School Begins
Oct 4 all-day
On October 4, 1818, Michigan’s first Protestant Sunday School, founded by members of various Protestant denominations, began in Detroit. Source: Mich — Again’s Day
1895 : Buster Keaton Born, His Muskegon Connections
1895 : Buster Keaton Born, His Muskegon Connections
Oct 4 all-day
1895 : Buster Keaton Born, His Muskegon Connections
Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer. Keaton acquired the nickname “Buster” at about 18 months of age. Keaton told … Continue reading "1895 : Buster Keaton Born, His Muskegon Connections"
1923 : Charleston Heston Born, Actor and Activist
1923 : Charleston Heston Born, Actor and Activist
Oct 4 all-day
Charlton Heston, a famous American actor and political acitivist, was born on October 4, 1923, and spent at least part of his childhood in northern Michigan. When Heston was an infant, his father’s work moved … Continue reading "1923 : Charleston Heston Born, Actor and Activist"
1931 : Dick Tracy Comic Strip Appears for First Time in Detroit Daily Mirror
1931 : Dick Tracy Comic Strip Appears for First Time in Detroit Daily Mirror
Oct 4 all-day
1931 : Dick Tracy Comic Strip Appears for First Time in Detroit Daily Mirror
On October 4, 1931, Chester Gould’s comic strip, “Dick Tracy,” first appeared in the Detroit Daily Mirror. Less than a year later, the Mirror ceased publication, shocking its staff and its 170,000 daily readers. Fortunately, … Continue reading "1931 : Dick Tracy Comic Strip Appears for First Time in Detroit Daily Mirror"
2015 : Miguel Cabrera Wins 4th American League Batting Title in 5 Years
2015 : Miguel Cabrera Wins 4th American League Batting Title in 5 Years
Oct 4 all-day
On October 4, 2015, Cabrera clinched his fourth American League batting title in the past five seasons, etching his name into elite company with the likes of Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs and former Tiger legends … Continue reading "2015 : Miguel Cabrera Wins 4th American League Batting Title in 5 Years"
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1813 : Chief Tecumseh Killed at Battle of Thames
1813 : Chief Tecumseh Killed at Battle of Thames
Oct 5 all-day
1813 : Chief Tecumseh Killed at Battle of Thames
On October 5, 1813, Chief Tecumseh was killed at the Battle of the Thames / Battle of Moraviantown. Tecumseh had been a major enemy of Americans settling in the Northwest territory, including Michigan.  As a … Continue reading "1813 : Chief Tecumseh Killed at Battle of Thames"
1835 : Michigan Voters Elect First Governor
1835 : Michigan Voters Elect First Governor
Oct 5 all-day
On October 5, 1835 Michigan voters went to the polls to elect the state’s first governor and state legislature and to approve its first state constitution. It was a time of great apprehension. Was Michigan … Continue reading "1835 : Michigan Voters Elect First Governor"
1835 : Michigan’s Constitution Provides Funding For Public Libraries
1835 : Michigan’s Constitution Provides Funding For Public Libraries
Oct 5 all-day
Michigan’s constitution (1835) was the first in the U.S. to specifically provide for the funding of public libraries, recognizing libraries as an integral part of the state’s education system. Library of Michigan, Significant Dates in … Continue reading "1835 : Michigan’s Constitution Provides Funding For Public Libraries"
1852 : Michigan’s First State-Supported Teacher Training School Dedicated
1852 : Michigan’s First State-Supported Teacher Training School Dedicated
Oct 5 all-day
1852 : Michigan's First State-Supported Teacher Training School Dedicated
On October 5, 1852, State Normal School, the first of Michigan’s state-supported teacher training schools  and the first of its kind west of the Allegheny Mountains, was  dedicated at Ypsilanti. A normal school had been … Continue reading "1852 : Michigan’s First State-Supported Teacher Training School Dedicated"
1919 : Harry Hill Bandholtz Saves Hungary’s National Museum Treasures
1919 : Harry Hill Bandholtz Saves Hungary’s National Museum Treasures
Oct 5 all-day
1919 : Harry Hill Bandholtz Saves Hungary's National Museum Treasures
Statue of H.H. Bandholtz Born in Constantine, Michigan on December 18, 1864, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in 1890, and an instructor at the Michigan Agricultural College from 1890 to 1898, Harry Hill … Continue reading "1919 : Harry Hill Bandholtz Saves Hungary’s National Museum Treasures"
1951 : Notre Dame Plays Its First Night Football Game at Briggs Stadium in Detroit
1951 : Notre Dame Plays Its First Night Football Game at Briggs Stadium in Detroit
Oct 5 all-day
On October 5, 1951, the University of Notre Dame played its first night game ever when Frank Leahy’s Fighting Irish routed the University of Detroit 48-6 under the lights at Briggs Stadium. Source : Bill … Continue reading "1951 : Notre Dame Plays Its First Night Football Game at Briggs Stadium in Detroit"
1966 : We Almost Lost Detroit
1966 : We Almost Lost Detroit
Oct 5 all-day
The history of nuclear power in the United States has been marked by numerous milestones, many of them bad — accidents, construction snafus, engineering incompetence, etc., etc. One  incident that has cast a long shadow … Continue reading "1966 : We Almost Lost Detroit"
1974: Robert Robinson, WWI Medal of Honor Winner, Dies
1974: Robert Robinson, WWI Medal of Honor Winner, Dies
Oct 5 all-day
Robert Robinson was born in Wayne on April 30, 1896. In May 1917, he enlisted with the Marines and the action in France followed. Although seriously wounded during aerial action over Belgium, he continued to … Continue reading "1974: Robert Robinson, WWI Medal of Honor Winner, Dies"
2011 : 250 Year Old Cannon Recovered From Detroit River
2011 : 250 Year Old Cannon Recovered From Detroit River
Oct 5 all-day
A standard training exercise for the Detroit Police Department Dive Team quickly became historic. It was 2011 when Dive Team member Sgt. Dean Rademaker submerged into the Detroit River. Visibility was probably about three feet, … Continue reading "2011 : 250 Year Old Cannon Recovered From Detroit River"
2017 : Red Wings Win First Game at Little Caesars Arena
2017 : Red Wings Win First Game at Little Caesars Arena
Oct 5 all-day
2017 : Red Wings Win First Game at Little Caesars Arena
Opening days are usually memorable for NHL players. But the Detroit Red Wings all understood that the first opening day in the spectacular new Little Caesars Arena would be momentous. “I was thinking about it … Continue reading "2017 : Red Wings Win First Game at Little Caesars Arena"
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1898 : Hero of Santiago Welcomed Home in Kalamazoo
1898 : Hero of Santiago Welcomed Home in Kalamazoo
Oct 6 all-day
1898 : Hero of Santiago Welcomed Home in Kalamazoo
On October 6, 1989, Gen. Wm. Rufus “Pecos Bill” Shafter of Galesburg, the hero of Santiago, was welcomed back to Kalamazoo by a huge crowd, marching bands, and a parade. In 1898 he led American … Continue reading "1898 : Hero of Santiago Welcomed Home in Kalamazoo"
1923 : MAC Wins First Football Game in New Stadium
1923 : MAC Wins First Football Game in New Stadium
Oct 6 all-day
1923 : MAC Wins First Football Game in New Stadium
Michigan Agricultural College Stadium, sometimes referred to as “College Field,” was funded by a special act of the Michigan legislature and could hold roughly 14,000 people. (Courtesy of MSU athletics). Oct. 6, 1923: Michigan Agricutlrual … Continue reading "1923 : MAC Wins First Football Game in New Stadium"
1969 : Walter Hagen, Golf’s First Millionaire, Dies at his Traverse City Estate
1969 : Walter Hagen, Golf’s First Millionaire, Dies at his Traverse City Estate
Oct 6 all-day
1969 : Walter Hagen, Golf's First Millionaire, Dies at his Traverse City Estate
Walter Hagen was the first athlete to become a millionaire playing a sport. He created legends every time he raised his club–or his glass. He was the first to grab the check and the last … Continue reading "1969 : Walter Hagen, Golf’s First Millionaire, Dies at his Traverse City Estate"
1972 : Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Officially Dedicated
1972 : Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Officially Dedicated
Oct 6 all-day
1972 : Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Officially Dedicated
Authorized by Congress in 1966 as the nation’s first national lakeshore, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore today encompassed over 73,000 acres of multicolored sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, wildlife and the forest of … Continue reading "1972 : Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Officially Dedicated"
1975 : First Football Game at Pontiac Silverdome
1975 : First Football Game at Pontiac Silverdome
Oct 6 all-day
1975 : First Football Game at Pontiac Silverdome
Inside view. Outside view. Home of the Detroit Lions for more than 25 years, the Pontiac Silverdome was one of the largest stadiums in the NFL. Prior to moving into the Silverdome, the Detroit Lions … Continue reading "1975 : First Football Game at Pontiac Silverdome"
1983 : Rep. James Dressel Introduces First Gay Rights Bill in Michigan Legislature
1983 : Rep. James Dressel Introduces First Gay Rights Bill in Michigan Legislature
Oct 6 all-day
1983 : Rep. James Dressel Introduces First Gay Rights Bill in Michigan Legislature
2013 marks the 30th year – the actual anniversary is October 6 – of the introduction of HB 5000, introduced by Rep. James Dressel, an Ottawa County Republican, which would have amended the state’s Elliott-Larsen … Continue reading "1983 : Rep. James Dressel Introduces First Gay Rights Bill in Michigan Legislature"
2001 : Ice War Sets World Record Attendance
2001 : Ice War Sets World Record Attendance
Oct 6 all-day
2001 : Ice War Sets World Record Attendance
Michigan and Michigan State participated in the Ice War, an outdoor hockey game held in Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on this date, setting a world record attendance at the time. The outdoor contest was … Continue reading "2001 : Ice War Sets World Record Attendance"
2011 : TED Talk About Early History of Detroit and Chief Pontiac
2011 : TED Talk About Early History of Detroit and Chief Pontiac
Oct 6 all-day
A studio version of a TEDxDetroit 2011 talk by Brian Malloy about Chief Pontiac and the Early History of Detroit, including previously deleted scenes. Chief Pontiac: Detroit’s Original Badass
2014 : Making Good Use of a Whiteboard! (Spartan Story)
2014 : Making Good Use of a Whiteboard! (Spartan Story)
Oct 6 all-day
MSU Fight Song: Whiteboard Animation Michigan State University’s “Fight Song” is animated on a whiteboard by students Alyssa Cleland and Andrea Raby.
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1855 : Pirates of the Caribbean, er, Lake Michigan, Run Amok
1855 : Pirates of the Caribbean, er, Lake Michigan, Run Amok
Oct 7 all-day
October 7-12, 1855 An anonymous old sailor reminisced about his experiences on Beaver Island in the Oswego Palladium of December 30, 1876. The old sailor sat on the hearth in a ship chandler’s store, swapping … Continue reading "1855 : Pirates of the Caribbean, er, Lake Michigan, Run Amok"
1913 : Ford Creates Assembly Line
1913 : Ford Creates Assembly Line
Oct 7 all-day
1913 : Ford Creates Assembly Line
On October 7, 1913, Henry Ford launched the moving assembly line at the Ford Highland Park Plant, making it the birthplace of industrial mass production. The use of the assembly line reduced the time it … Continue reading "1913 : Ford Creates Assembly Line"
1927 : Detroit Institute of the Arts Opens to the Public
1927 : Detroit Institute of the Arts Opens to the Public
Oct 7 all-day
1927 : Detroit Institute of the Arts Opens to the Public
Ground was broken on the new building on June 22, 1922. Ralph Booth turned the first spade full of dirt. The cornerstone was laid April 29, 1924. “Our city has achieved first place in industry … Continue reading "1927 : Detroit Institute of the Arts Opens to the Public"
1935 : Detroit Tigers Win First World Series
1935 : Detroit Tigers Win First World Series
Oct 7 all-day
On October 7, 1935, the Detroit Tigers won their first World Series Championship, topping the Chicago Cubs 7–3 in game 6 before the home crowd at Navin Field. Sources : Detroit Historical Society “Detroit Hails … Continue reading "1935 : Detroit Tigers Win First World Series"
1941 : Lansing’s Worst Train Wreck
1941 : Lansing’s Worst Train Wreck
Oct 7 all-day
On Tuesday October 7, 1941 a hurtling boxcar smashed into the southwest corner of the building, gouging a hole and partially collapsing the roof. Approximately a quarter after 4 pm, as the freight train passed … Continue reading "1941 : Lansing’s Worst Train Wreck"
1965 : MSU’s Cyclotron Accelerates First Beam
1965 : MSU’s Cyclotron Accelerates First Beam
Oct 7 all-day
1965 : MSU's Cyclotron Accelerates First Beam
On October 7, 1965, the cyclotron at Michigan State University accelerated its first beam and the university and the scientific world haven’t been the same since. It was known as the K50 cyclotron and the … Continue reading "1965 : MSU’s Cyclotron Accelerates First Beam"
1966 : Detroit’s Grande Ballroom Opens to Rock and Roll
1966 : Detroit’s Grande Ballroom Opens to Rock and Roll
Oct 7 all-day
1966 : Detroit's Grande Ballroom Opens to Rock and Roll
Ask Detroiters of a certain age where they first saw Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Who, Janis Joplin — and just about every other major rock act of the 1960s — and they’ll probably tell you, … Continue reading "1966 : Detroit’s Grande Ballroom Opens to Rock and Roll"
1968 : Turning Point in World Series
1968 : Turning Point in World Series
Oct 7 all-day
1968 : Turning Point in World Series
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE WALTER P. REUTHER LIBRARY ARCHIVES OF LABOR AND URBAN AFFAIRS, WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY (TONY SPINA COLLECTION) In the fifth game of the 1968 World Series, with the Tigers trailing the St. … Continue reading "1968 : Turning Point in World Series"
1993 : Martha Griffiths Honored by the Grand Rapids Press
1993 : Martha Griffiths Honored by the Grand Rapids Press
Oct 7 all-day
1993 : Martha Griffiths Honored by the Grand Rapids Press
Representative Martha Griffiths in 1970 Inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993, Roberta Griffith was honored on October 7, 1993, by the Grand Rapids Press, for her efforts in improving life for … Continue reading "1993 : Martha Griffiths Honored by the Grand Rapids Press"
1999 : American Horse Unveiled at Frederick Meijer Gardens
1999 : American Horse Unveiled at Frederick Meijer Gardens
Oct 7 all-day
1999 : American Horse Unveiled at Frederick Meijer Gardens
“The American Horse” — a 24-foot bronze statue inspired by a design that Leonardo da Vinci began work on in 1482 but didn’t live to see completed — was unveiled Oct. 7, 1999, at the … Continue reading "1999 : American Horse Unveiled at Frederick Meijer Gardens"
2000 : Thunder Bay Becomes 13th National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve
2000 : Thunder Bay Becomes 13th National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve
Oct 7 all-day
2000 : Thunder Bay Becomes 13th National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve
Thunder Bay lies off the coast of Alpena, Mich., in Lake Huron. Mariners have long been able to find shelter from high winds and heavy storms in the bay. However, strong and unexpected storms have … Continue reading "2000 : Thunder Bay Becomes 13th National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve"
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1871 : Fires Devastates Michigan
1871 : Fires Devastates Michigan
Oct 8 all-day
1871 : Fires Devastates Michigan
Holland, Manistee, and ninety percent of the homes in Michigan’s thumb were destroyed by a fire– the same day Chicago burned. According to Mich-Again’s Day, students at Michigan Agricultural College struggled heroically to save Lansing. … Continue reading "1871 : Fires Devastates Michigan"
1956 Time Magazine Features MSU’s Duffy Daugherty on Cover
1956 Time Magazine Features MSU’s Duffy Daugherty on Cover
Oct 8 all-day
1956 Time Magazine Features MSU's Duffy Daugherty on Cover
Duffy Daugherty coached his 19th and final MSU team 42 years ago – going 5-5 in 1972. He did not end up with MSU’s greatest win/loss record, but no coach has probably ever received a … Continue reading "1956 Time Magazine Features MSU’s Duffy Daugherty on Cover"
1977 : The Original Zeke the Wonderdog Born, Spartan Favorite and Tradition
1977 : The Original Zeke the Wonderdog Born, Spartan Favorite and Tradition
Oct 8 all-day
1977 : The Original Zeke the Wonderdog Born, Spartan Favorite and Tradition
The rise of MSU’s original Zeke the Wonderdog and his successors is a complicated story. It involves triumph, a dramatic comeback after an 18-year absence, moments of tragedy, and the constant push to build an entertainment … Continue reading "1977 : The Original Zeke the Wonderdog Born, Spartan Favorite and Tradition"
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1782 : Lewis Cass Born, Territorial Governor and National Politician
1782 : Lewis Cass Born, Territorial Governor and National Politician
Oct 9 all-day
1782 : Lewis Cass Born, Territorial Governor and National Politician
On Oct. 9, 1782, Michigan’s best-known antebellum politician, Lewis Cass, was born in Exeter, N.H.   Cass, who arrived in Michigan in 1812, became Michigan’s territorial governor in 1813. In 1831, he went to Washington D.C., … Continue reading "1782 : Lewis Cass Born, Territorial Governor and National Politician"
1888 : Martha Strickland Clark, First Woman to Argue Case Before Michigan Supreme Court
1888 : Martha Strickland Clark, First Woman to Argue Case Before Michigan Supreme Court
Oct 9 all-day
Martha Strickland Clark became the first woman to argue a case before the Michigan Supreme Court, winning a divorce for an abused wife. Source: September/October 2014 Michigan History magazine.
1899 : Charles Bruce Catton Born, Famous Historian
1899 : Charles Bruce Catton Born, Famous Historian
Oct 9 all-day
1899 : Charles Bruce Catton Born, Famous Historian
Charles Bruce Catton was born in Petoskey, Michigan, to George R. and Adela M. (Patten) Catton, and raised in Benzonia, Michigan. His father was a Congregationalist minister, who accepted a teaching position in Benzonia Academy … Continue reading "1899 : Charles Bruce Catton Born, Famous Historian"
1902 : John Hannah, MSU President and National Leader, Born
1902 : John Hannah, MSU President and National Leader, Born
Oct 9 all-day
1902 : John Hannah, MSU President and National Leader, Born
Note: As part of its sesquicentennial celebration, MSU erected this 7-foot bronze statue of Hannah, sculpted by California artist Bruce Wolfe. John Alfred Hannah (October 9, 1902 – February 23, 1991) was president of Michigan … Continue reading "1902 : John Hannah, MSU President and National Leader, Born"
1935 : The First Penitentiary Offers Radio to Prisoners
1935 : The First Penitentiary Offers Radio to Prisoners
Oct 9 all-day
On October 9, 1935, the Ionia Reformatory became the only prison in the world, at the time, to make radio service available to every inmate. Convict-laborers had run wires to each cell in the prison, … Continue reading "1935 : The First Penitentiary Offers Radio to Prisoners"
1958 : License Plate Assembly Line at Michigan State Prison in Jackson
1958 : License Plate Assembly Line at Michigan State Prison in Jackson
Oct 9 all-day
1958 : License Plate Assembly Line at Michigan State Prison in Jackson
License Plate Assembly Line at Michigan State Prison in Jackson as featured in  October 9, 1958 Detroit News photo Source: Wayne State University Virtual Motor City Collection State prisoners were a source of cheap labor … Continue reading "1958 : License Plate Assembly Line at Michigan State Prison in Jackson"
1971 : Pontiac Native Hijacks Plane to Cuba
1971 : Pontiac Native Hijacks Plane to Cuba
Oct 9 all-day
Pontiac native Richard Dixon hijacked an Eastern Air Lines plane to fly him from Detroit to Cuba on Oct. 9, 1971. He was arrested a little more than four years later and subsequently found guilty … Continue reading "1971 : Pontiac Native Hijacks Plane to Cuba"
1975 : KISS Visits Cadillac, MI and Performs at Homecoming Dance
1975 : KISS Visits Cadillac, MI and Performs at Homecoming Dance
Oct 9 all-day
1975 : KISS Visits Cadillac, MI and Performs at Homecoming Dance
For two magical days in 1975, the rock group Kiss visited Cadillac, Michigan, participating in the homecoming parade, performing at the homecoming dance, and making an indelible impression on the High School Class of 1975 … Continue reading "1975 : KISS Visits Cadillac, MI and Performs at Homecoming Dance"
2015 : Dylan Larkin Scores Two Goals in First Start as Red Wing
2015 : Dylan Larkin Scores Two Goals in First Start as Red Wing
Oct 9 all-day
Waterford native Dylan Larkin debuted as the first teenager to play for the Red Wings since Jiri Hudler played a dozen games as a 19-year-old early in the 2003 season. The last teen to dress … Continue reading "2015 : Dylan Larkin Scores Two Goals in First Start as Red Wing"
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1887 : Detroit Wolverines Win First Pennant
1887 : Detroit Wolverines Win First Pennant
Oct 10 all-day
In 1887 the Detroits — more commonly know as the Detroit Wolverines — captured the only pennant of its eight-year stay in the National League and then went on to play the American Association champion … Continue reading "1887 : Detroit Wolverines Win First Pennant"
1890 : Ferguson v Gies, 82 Mich 358, Michigan’s Great Civil Rights Case Decided
1890 : Ferguson v Gies, 82 Mich 358, Michigan’s Great Civil Rights Case Decided
Oct 10 all-day
After being kicked out of a Detroit restaurant for refusing to sit in the “colored” section, William Ferguson filed a discrimination suit. He lost, but appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court. In 1890 the court … Continue reading "1890 : Ferguson v Gies, 82 Mich 358, Michigan’s Great Civil Rights Case Decided"
1901 : Henry Ford’s One and Only Racing Victory
1901 : Henry Ford’s One and Only Racing Victory
Oct 10 all-day
On Oct. 10, 1901, Henry Ford took one of his contraptions from his Detroit Auto Company to the Grosse Pointe Race Track and raced Alexander Winton of Cleveland, an auto manufacturer considered one of the … Continue reading "1901 : Henry Ford’s One and Only Racing Victory"
1938 : Blue Water Bridge Open for Traffic
1938 : Blue Water Bridge Open for Traffic
Oct 10 all-day
1938 : Blue Water Bridge Open for Traffic
The Blue Water Bridge over the St. Clair River at Port Huron opens to traffic on this date in 1938. A second span was completed in 1997. Source : Michigan History, September/October 2011.
1945 : Detroit Tigers Win Their 2nd World Series; October 10, 1968 : Detroit Tigers Win Their 3rd World Series
1945 : Detroit Tigers Win Their 2nd World Series; October 10, 1968 : Detroit Tigers Win Their 3rd World Series
Oct 10 all-day
On October 10, 1945 The Detroit Tigers won their second World Series Championship, defeating the Chicago Cubs, 9–3 in game 7 at Wrigley Field. On the same date in 1968, the Tigers defeated the St. … Continue reading "1945 : Detroit Tigers Win Their 2nd World Series; October 10, 1968 : Detroit Tigers Win Their 3rd World Series"
1954 : Rob Paulsen III Born
1954 : Rob Paulsen III Born
Oct 10 all-day
Robert Fredrick “Rob” Paulsen III (born October 10, 1954) is an American voice actor, singer and former actor who has done many voice roles in various films, television shows and video games. He is best … Continue reading "1954 : Rob Paulsen III Born"
1959 : Spikehorn Meyer Passes Away, Owner of Bear Den and Dear Park in Harrison
1959 : Spikehorn Meyer Passes Away, Owner of Bear Den and Dear Park in Harrison
Oct 10 all-day
1959 : Spikehorn Meyer Passes Away, Owner of Bear Den and Dear Park in Harrison
 One of the most colorful characters in our state’s history, John E. ‘Spikehorn’ Meyer  was born in Ohio on July 15, 1870 and traveled to Michigan in 1876 with his family. His family purchased … Continue reading "1959 : Spikehorn Meyer Passes Away, Owner of Bear Den and Dear Park in Harrison"
1966 : General Casimir Pulaski Receives A Statue in Detroit
1966 : General Casimir Pulaski Receives A Statue in Detroit
Oct 10 all-day
A statue of General Casimir Pulaski, a much-honored Revolutionary war hero who established the young nation’s first cavalry, was erected at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Michigan Avenue in Detroit. A large crowd, many … Continue reading "1966 : General Casimir Pulaski Receives A Statue in Detroit"
1974 : Detroit Wheels of the World Football League Play Final Game
1974 : Detroit Wheels of the World Football League Play Final Game
Oct 10 all-day
The Detroit Wheels, the shortest-lived franchise in the short-lived World Football League, stumbled and bumbled across our sports landscape. The team folded on October 10th, cancelling the final 6 games of the season. For the … Continue reading "1974 : Detroit Wheels of the World Football League Play Final Game"
2013 : Detroit Tigers Advance to 3rd Straight American League Championship Series
2013 : Detroit Tigers Advance to 3rd Straight American League Championship Series
Oct 10 all-day
The Tigers are forced to travel to Oakland to win the 5th game of the playoff against the Athletics, 3-0. The ailing Miguel Cabrera hits a homer to help decide the game. The Tigers will … Continue reading "2013 : Detroit Tigers Advance to 3rd Straight American League Championship Series"
2014 : MI-ALA Holds First Kick-Off Meeting
2014 : MI-ALA Holds First Kick-Off Meeting
Oct 10 all-day
Michigan Academic Library Association (MI-ALA), a chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries,  is the new professional association of academic library staff & libraries and the professional home for anyone who works in … Continue reading "2014 : MI-ALA Holds First Kick-Off Meeting"
2016: State High Court Taps First Female Reporter of Decisions
2016: State High Court Taps First Female Reporter of Decisions
Oct 10 all-day
The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Kathryn L. Loomis of Ann Arbor to serve as the reporter of decisions, the first woman to hold the post since 1838. Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. announced the … Continue reading "2016: State High Court Taps First Female Reporter of Decisions"
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1869 : State Court Orders Integration of Detroit Schools
1869 : State Court Orders Integration of Detroit Schools
Oct 11 all-day
On October 11, 1869, black children were admitted to the Detroit Public Schools for the first time. Detroit’s black residents had been fighting for educational opportunities since the state established whites-only schools in the 19th … Continue reading "1869 : State Court Orders Integration of Detroit Schools"
1899 : Should Michigan Be Recognized for First in Flight?
1899 : Should Michigan Be Recognized for First in Flight?
Oct 11 all-day
1899 : Should Michigan Be Recognized for First in Flight?
In 1896 Augustus Moore Herring applied for what was possibly the earliest patent of its type in the country, a United States Patent for a man-supporting, heavier-than-air, motorized, controllable, “flying machine”. Financed by Matthias Arnot … Continue reading "1899 : Should Michigan Be Recognized for First in Flight?"
1907 : First World Series Game Ever Played in Detroit
1907 : First World Series Game Ever Played in Detroit
Oct 11 all-day
On October 11, 1907, the Chicago Cubs beat the Tigers 6-1 in the first World Series game ever played in Detroit. A crowd of 11,036 attended the game at Bennett Park. The Tigers went on … Continue reading "1907 : First World Series Game Ever Played in Detroit"
1910 : Michigan Campus Newspaper Calls for Numbers on Football Jerseys
1910 : Michigan Campus Newspaper Calls for Numbers on Football Jerseys
Oct 11 all-day
On October 11, 1910, a Michigan Daily editorial strongly requested that University of Michigan’s football players be identified during future games by sewing numbers on their jerseys. But Coach Fielding H. Yost vetoed the idea, … Continue reading "1910 : Michigan Campus Newspaper Calls for Numbers on Football Jerseys"
1913 : George Gauthier Helps MAC Defeat Wolverines for First Time
1913 : George Gauthier Helps MAC Defeat Wolverines for First Time
Oct 11 all-day
1913 : George Gauthier Helps MAC Defeat Wolverines for First Time
Coach John Macklin initially told George Gauthier he couldn’t join the MAC football team because he only stood 5-foot-6 and weighed only 133 pounds. Macklin eventually relented and Gauthier helped lead MAC to its first … Continue reading "1913 : George Gauthier Helps MAC Defeat Wolverines for First Time"
1913 : Gideon Smith Helps MAC Beat Michigan For the First Time
1913 : Gideon Smith Helps MAC Beat Michigan For the First Time
Oct 11 all-day
1913 : Gideon Smith Helps MAC Beat Michigan For the First Time
Gideon Smith was the first African-American to participate in athletics at MSU and one of the first in the country to play intercollegiate football.   And lest we forget, he was not only a pioneering football … Continue reading "1913 : Gideon Smith Helps MAC Beat Michigan For the First Time"
1914 : Wolverines Hope To Have More Fans At M.A.C. Than Aggies
1914 : Wolverines Hope To Have More Fans At M.A.C. Than Aggies
Oct 11 all-day
In preparation for the trip to East Lansing On October 17, the Wolverines are hoping for a big turnout since the trip can be made for less than $3 and since student passbooks will be … Continue reading "1914 : Wolverines Hope To Have More Fans At M.A.C. Than Aggies"
1924 : MAC Stadium Dedication
1924 : MAC Stadium Dedication
Oct 11 all-day
1924 : MAC Stadium Dedication
Michigan Agricultural College had been playing the game of football since 1896, but it wasn’t until 1923 — when Ralph Young became coach and athletic director — that things really started to evolve. A $160,000 … Continue reading "1924 : MAC Stadium Dedication"
1930 : Hilda Mueller of Bay City Wins First National Championship in Hydroplane Boat Racing
1930 : Hilda Mueller of Bay City Wins First National Championship in Hydroplane Boat Racing
Oct 11 all-day
For a few seasons in 1930 and 1931, Hilda Johanna Mueller of Bay City was the darling of the National Outboard Association, winning numerous races in hydroplane boat racing. On Memorial Day, 1930, she set … Continue reading "1930 : Hilda Mueller of Bay City Wins First National Championship in Hydroplane Boat Racing"
1974 : Sandra Thompson, 1st Black Female State Trooper
1974 : Sandra Thompson, 1st Black Female State Trooper
Oct 11 all-day
Sandra Thompson was the first black woman to become a Michigan State Police trooper. Thompson graduated from state police recruit school in 1974 and retired in 1999 after 25 years at the Lansing and state … Continue reading "1974 : Sandra Thompson, 1st Black Female State Trooper"
2017 : Detroit plans to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in 2018
2017 : Detroit plans to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in 2018
Oct 11 all-day
Detroit plans to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day starting next year instead of Columbus Day. The Detroit News reports City Council approved a proposal Tuesday on the issue about how to mark the second Monday of … Continue reading "2017 : Detroit plans to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in 2018"
Casimir Pulaski Day
Casimir Pulaski Day
Oct 11 all-day
Sec. 1.  October 11 of each year shall be known as the “Casimir Pulaski Day”. MCL 435.141
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1852 : Michigan State Teacher’s Association Organized, Later Called MEA
1852 : Michigan State Teacher’s Association Organized, Later Called MEA
Oct 12 all-day
The Michigan State Teacher’s Association was organized on this day in 1852. It was the forerunner of the Michigan Education Association. The Michigan State Teacher’s Association got its start five years before the National Education … Continue reading "1852 : Michigan State Teacher’s Association Organized, Later Called MEA"
1864 : Harper Hospital Opens in Detroit
1864 : Harper Hospital Opens in Detroit
Oct 12 all-day
1864 : Harper Hospital Opens in Detroit
On October 12, 1864, Harper Hospital opened as a general military hospital for wounded Civil War soldiers. Occupying the same site as the modern hospital on the east side of Woodward Ave., it was built … Continue reading "1864 : Harper Hospital Opens in Detroit"
1921 : Art Clokey Born, Creator of Gumby
1921 : Art Clokey Born, Creator of Gumby
Oct 12 all-day
1921 : Art Clokey Born, Creator of Gumby
Clokey was born Arthur Farrington in Detroit in October 1921 and grew up making mud figures on his grandparents’ Michigan farm. “He always had this in him,” his son, Joseph, recalled Friday. At age 8, … Continue reading "1921 : Art Clokey Born, Creator of Gumby"
1929 : Ingham County Circuit Court Orders Malcolm X’s Parents to Vacate Lansing Home
1929 : Ingham County Circuit Court Orders Malcolm X’s Parents to Vacate Lansing Home
Oct 12 all-day
Born May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm Little (Malcolm X’s birth name) was the fourth child of Earl and Louise Little. Earl Little, a self-proclaimed Baptist minister, was known for his ardent outspokenness on … Continue reading "1929 : Ingham County Circuit Court Orders Malcolm X’s Parents to Vacate Lansing Home"
1948 : Governor John Engler Born
1948 : Governor John Engler Born
Oct 12 all-day
1948 : Governor John Engler Born
On Oct. 12, 1948, Gov. John Engler was born in Mt. Pleasant. Engler grew up in Beal City and attended Michigan State University. He made history at the time by being elected to the state … Continue reading "1948 : Governor John Engler Born"
2013 : 500th Game at Spartan Stadium
2013 : 500th Game at Spartan Stadium
Oct 12 all-day
The Saturday, October 12th game between Indiana University and Michigan State University will be the 500th game played at Spartan Stadium, which opened in 1923 as Macklin Field. Some epic games played in Spartan Stadium … Continue reading "2013 : 500th Game at Spartan Stadium"
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1845 : Douglas Houghton Drowns
1845 : Douglas Houghton Drowns
Oct 13 all-day
1845 : Douglas Houghton Drowns
Douglas Houghton, the state geologist who mapped much of Michigan, drowned in a storm on Lake Superior, near Eagle River on October 13, 1845. His association with the Michigan Territory began in 1829, when the … Continue reading "1845 : Douglas Houghton Drowns"
1853 : Amelia Bloomer Lectures on Women’s Rights at Detroit’s Firemen’s Hall
1853 : Amelia Bloomer Lectures on Women’s Rights at Detroit’s Firemen’s Hall
Oct 13 all-day
1853 : Amelia Bloomer Lectures on Women's Rights at Detroit's Firemen's Hall
On October 13, 1853, Amelia Bloomer, originator of Bloomer undergarments, lectured at Detroit’s Firemen’s Hall on the subject of “Women’s Rights.” Source: Mich-Again’s Day For more information about Amelia Bloomer, see “Amelia Bloomer : Women’s … Continue reading "1853 : Amelia Bloomer Lectures on Women’s Rights at Detroit’s Firemen’s Hall"
1900 : Gerald Marks, American Composer, Born in Saginaw
1900 : Gerald Marks, American Composer, Born in Saginaw
Oct 13 all-day
Listen to Louis Armstrong play All of Me. Gerald Marks (October 13, 1900 – January 27, 1997) was an American composer best known for the song “All of Me” which he co-wrote with Seymour Simons … Continue reading "1900 : Gerald Marks, American Composer, Born in Saginaw"
1928 : Dorothy Gish Visits Detroit
1928 : Dorothy Gish Visits Detroit
Oct 13 all-day
Stage and screen star Dorothy Gish stopped by the St. Francis Orphanage in Detroit to deliver the world’s largest lollypop. Dorothy Gish Gives Detroit Orphans a Lollypop Courtesy of YouTube
1942 : Varsity Polo Team Members Asked to Report to Demonstration Hall
1942 : Varsity Polo Team Members Asked to Report to Demonstration Hall
Oct 13 all-day
Varsity polo team members asked to report. Freshmen are also invited to attend important meeting by Major Gerald Peterson. In the same issue, the lead article says FDR asking for draft of 18 and 19 … Continue reading "1942 : Varsity Polo Team Members Asked to Report to Demonstration Hall"
1970 : Barnett Rosenberg Discusses Importance of Basic Research on College Campuses
1970 : Barnett Rosenberg Discusses Importance of Basic Research on College Campuses
Oct 13 all-day
Basic research lacks sufficient funding, Rosenberg said, and it it criticized by those who feel it does not belong on university campuses. In the same article he also discusses how his experiments have discovered that … Continue reading "1970 : Barnett Rosenberg Discusses Importance of Basic Research on College Campuses"
2012 : Record Muskellunge Caught on Antrim County’s Lake Bellaire
2012 : Record Muskellunge Caught on Antrim County’s Lake Bellaire
Oct 13 all-day
2012 : Record Muskellunge Caught on Antrim County's Lake Bellaire
At 58 pounds and 59 inches, a new state-record Great Lakes muskellunge was caught by a Portage man on Antrim County’s Lake Bellaire last Saturday, the Department of Natural Resources announced today. Joseph Seeberger was … Continue reading "2012 : Record Muskellunge Caught on Antrim County’s Lake Bellaire"
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1912 : Former Detroit Resident Helps Save Colonel Roosevelt from Assassin
1912 : Former Detroit Resident Helps Save Colonel Roosevelt from Assassin
Oct 14 all-day
1912 : Former Detroit Resident Helps Save Colonel Roosevelt from Assassin
News traveled by wire 100 years ago and took a little longer than today’s internet…. At 8:10 o’clock on the night of Oct. 14, 1912, a shot was fired the echo of which swept around … Continue reading "1912 : Former Detroit Resident Helps Save Colonel Roosevelt from Assassin"
1918: Gunnery Sergeant Robinson Earns Medal of Honor
1918: Gunnery Sergeant Robinson Earns Medal of Honor
Oct 14 all-day
1918: Gunnery Sergeant Robinson Earns Medal of Honor
In May 1917, Robert Robinson enlisted with the Marines and the action in France followed. Although seriously wounded during aerial action over Belgium, he continued to fight and successfully drove off attacking enemy scout planes … Continue reading "1918: Gunnery Sergeant Robinson Earns Medal of Honor"
1922 : Airplane Speed Record Set at Selfridge Field
1922 : Airplane Speed Record Set at Selfridge Field
Oct 14 all-day
1922 : Airplane Speed Record Set at Selfridge Field
Air races were an extremely popular event in the early days of aviation. An estimated 200,000 spectators watched the opening race at the National Air Races, held at Selfridge Field (now, Selfridge Air National Guard … Continue reading "1922 : Airplane Speed Record Set at Selfridge Field"
1927 : Detroit’s City Airport (now Coleman A. Young International Airport) opened
1927 : Detroit’s City Airport (now Coleman A. Young International Airport) opened
Oct 14 all-day
1927 : Detroit's City Airport (now Coleman A. Young International Airport) opened
On October 14, 1927, Detroit’s City Airport (now Coleman A. Young International Airport) opened. This 1953 aerial view shows the airport’s footprint in its eastside neighborhood. Source : Detroit Historical Society post, October 14, 2018.
1950 : Dearborn Historical Museum Opens
1950 : Dearborn Historical Museum Opens
Oct 14 all-day
1950 : Dearborn Historical Museum Opens
On October 14, 1950, the Dearborn Historical Museum opened in the former Detroit Arsenal Commandant’s Quarters, built between 1833-1837.  The building remains the oldest surviving building in Dearborn. Source: Commandant’s Quarters of the Detroit Arsenal … Continue reading "1950 : Dearborn Historical Museum Opens"
1955 : White Pine Designated Official State Tree
1955 : White Pine Designated Official State Tree
Oct 14 all-day
1955 : White Pine Designated Official State Tree
13/52, photo by Wenström The eastern white pine, (Pinaceae Pinus strobus), is also known as “soft pine.”  It was called the Tree of Peace by the Iroquois and in Ojibway, Zhingwaak. Mature white pines can … Continue reading "1955 : White Pine Designated Official State Tree"
1960 : Kennedy Gives Campaign Speech in Lansing
1960 : Kennedy Gives Campaign Speech in Lansing
Oct 14 all-day
Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy made a campaign stop in Lansing on this day during his run for the Presidency. Kennedy spoke to a large crowd on the steps of the Capitol and tapped into … Continue reading "1960 : Kennedy Gives Campaign Speech in Lansing"
1960 : Peace Corps Proposed at University of Michigan
1960 : Peace Corps Proposed at University of Michigan
Oct 14 all-day
1960 : Peace Corps Proposed at University of Michigan
On Oct. 14, 1960, future-President John F. Kennedy proposed what would become the Peace Corps in a speech at the University of Michigan. He arrived at 2 a.m. and was greeted by throngs of students … Continue reading "1960 : Peace Corps Proposed at University of Michigan"
1969 : Michigan Daily Reports That Paul McCartney is Dead
1969 : Michigan Daily Reports That Paul McCartney is Dead
Oct 14 all-day
1969 : Michigan Daily Reports That Paul McCartney is Dead
In the fall of 1969 a strange and mysterious rumor was circulating on the fringes of college campuses in the Midwest: Paul McCartney of the Beatles was dead. According to the rumor, McCartney had died … Continue reading "1969 : Michigan Daily Reports That Paul McCartney is Dead"
1984 : Detroit Tigers Win World Series
1984 : Detroit Tigers Win World Series
Oct 14 all-day
On October 14, 1984, the Detroit Tigers took Game 5 of the World Series against the San Diego Padres to win the franchise’s fourth championship. Kirk Gibson hit two home runs in the clincher, and … Continue reading "1984 : Detroit Tigers Win World Series"
2017 : Rosie the Riveters Break Guinness World Record
2017 : Rosie the Riveters Break Guinness World Record
Oct 14 all-day
2017 : Rosie the Riveters Break Guinness World Record
Yes, we set a brand new World Record for the Most Rosie the Riveters here in Ypsilanti, Michigan on October 14, 2017… with 3,755 people dressed as Rosie the Riveter in attendance, including 57 original … Continue reading "2017 : Rosie the Riveters Break Guinness World Record"
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1900 : Burt Lake Burn Out (Native American Injustice)
1900 : Burt Lake Burn Out (Native American Injustice)
Oct 15 all-day
1900 : Burt Lake Burn Out (Native American Injustice)
The Burt Lake Burn-Out was a forced relocation of the Burt Lake Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians in northern Michigan’s “Tip of the Mitt” region on 15 October 1900. On that day a sheriff … Continue reading "1900 : Burt Lake Burn Out (Native American Injustice)"
1904 : Captain Florence Haas, First Licensed Female Captain on the Great Lakes
1908 : Metz Fire
1908 : Metz Fire
Oct 15 all-day
One of Michigan’s most tragic stories happened in the town of Metz, somewhat west of Millersburg and 15 miles south of Rogers City. On the morning of October 15, 1908, a fire swept 35 miles all … Continue reading "1908 : Metz Fire"
1910: Stanley Ketchel, The “Michigan Assassin”, Murdered
1910: Stanley Ketchel, The “Michigan Assassin”, Murdered
Oct 15 all-day
1910: Stanley Ketchel, The "Michigan Assassin", Murdered
On Oct. 15, 1910, Stanley Ketchel’s brilliant and flamboyant life was snuffed out on a farm near Conway, Mo. His legend was not. In 2001, when HBO televised a Floyd Mayweather championship fight from Van … Continue reading "1910: Stanley Ketchel, The “Michigan Assassin”, Murdered"
1912 : MAC Professors Use Railroad To Share Agricultural Knowledge in UP
1912 : MAC Professors Use Railroad To Share Agricultural Knowledge in UP
Oct 15 all-day
According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Agricultural College (M.A.C) professors used a train to take an agricultural road show to the Upper Peninsula, including exhibits on various agricultural products, techniques, etc. in various cars … Continue reading "1912 : MAC Professors Use Railroad To Share Agricultural Knowledge in UP"
1913 : John Mitchell Born, Attorney General Under President Nixon
1913 : John Mitchell Born, Attorney General Under President Nixon
Oct 15 all-day
On October 15, 1913, U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell during the administration of President Richard Nixon, was born in Detroit. Because of his role in the Watergate conspiracy, break-in, and attempted cover-up, Mitchell became the … Continue reading "1913 : John Mitchell Born, Attorney General Under President Nixon"
1920 : First Four-Way Traffic Light at Woodward and Michigan Avenue
1920 : First Four-Way Traffic Light at Woodward and Michigan Avenue
Oct 15 all-day
The first four-way traffic signal tower in the world was located at the Woodward and Michigan Avenue intersection in October, 1920. The tower was manually operated and had 12 lamps, three in each direction. In … Continue reading "1920 : First Four-Way Traffic Light at Woodward and Michigan Avenue"
1921 : Alpheus Starkey Williams and His Horse Plug Ugly Statue Dedicated
1921 : Alpheus Starkey Williams and His Horse Plug Ugly Statue Dedicated
Oct 15 all-day
1921 : Alpheus Starkey Williams and His Horse Plug Ugly Statue Dedicated
Major Gen. Alpheus Starkey Williams sits atop his horse in the middle of Belle Isle, checking a map as his steed seems to saunter toward downtown. Williams, a Detroiter, was a congressman, a judge, a … Continue reading "1921 : Alpheus Starkey Williams and His Horse Plug Ugly Statue Dedicated"
1948: Elizabeth Anne (Betty) Bloomer Marries Gerald Ford
1948: Elizabeth Anne (Betty) Bloomer Marries Gerald Ford
Oct 15 all-day
On October 15, 1948, Elizabeth  Anne (Betty) Bloomer married Gerald Ford, a lawyer and World War II veteran, at Grace Episcopal Church, in Grand Rapids. Gerald Ford was then campaigning for what would be his … Continue reading "1948: Elizabeth Anne (Betty) Bloomer Marries Gerald Ford"
1951 : First International TV Broadcast
1951 : First International TV Broadcast
Oct 15 all-day
On October 15, 1951, the first live international TV broadcast occurred when WWJ-TV sent announcer Bud Lynch across the Detroit River to the Government Dock in Windsor. Source: Michigan Every Day
1951 : Royalty Sighted in Windsor
1951 : Royalty Sighted in Windsor
Oct 15 all-day
1951 : Royalty Sighted in Windsor
The future Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Phillip make an appearance on Detroit River in Windsor with Detroit in background – Detroit News photo (WSU Library), October 15, 1951 Courtesy of the WSU Reuther … Continue reading "1951 : Royalty Sighted in Windsor"
1969 : MSU Faculty and Students March Against Vietnam War
1969 : MSU Faculty and Students March Against Vietnam War
Oct 15 all-day
1969 : MSU Faculty and Students March Against Vietnam War
January 1969 brought Richard Nixon to office and with him came the promise of “peace with honor”.  Nixon claimed he could negotiate the withdrawal of U.S. troops and still maintain a free South Vietnam. By … Continue reading "1969 : MSU Faculty and Students March Against Vietnam War"
2012 : Surfing in Lake Michigan
2012 : Surfing in Lake Michigan
Oct 15 all-day
Josh Tryon of Grand Rapids films surfing action in Holland, Michigan in 2012 and posts on Vimeo. View the video.
2014 : Peter VandenBosch Dies, Founded Wings of Mercy
2014 : Peter VandenBosch Dies, Founded Wings of Mercy
Oct 15 all-day
A radio station owner who founded the Wings of Mercy charity that provided air transport to thousands of critically ill people has died. Peter VandenBosch was 91. Since 1991, Wings of Mercy pilots have donated … Continue reading "2014 : Peter VandenBosch Dies, Founded Wings of Mercy"
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1918 : Michigan Gripped by Spanish Influenza; MAC Quarantined
1918 : Michigan Gripped by Spanish Influenza; MAC Quarantined
Oct 16 all-day
President Kedzie’s bid to lift the quarantine on the Michigan Agricultural College campus was overruled by Dr. R. M. Olin of State Health Board. Facemasks were distributed to students at the University of Michigan; public … Continue reading "1918 : Michigan Gripped by Spanish Influenza; MAC Quarantined"
1946: Gordie Howe Scores First Goal
1946: Gordie Howe Scores First Goal
Oct 16 all-day
Eighteen-year old Detroit Red Wing rookie, Gordie Howe scored a goal in his first appearance at Olympia Stadium. Howe played for 32 seasons in the National Hockey League and in the World Hockey League where … Continue reading "1946: Gordie Howe Scores First Goal"
1986 : Joe Louis Fist Sculpture Dedicated in Detroit
1986 : Joe Louis Fist Sculpture Dedicated in Detroit
Oct 16 all-day
1986 : Joe Louis Fist Sculpture Dedicated in Detroit
As a boxer, Joe Louis united the nation when he defeated German boxer Max Schmeling for the heavyweight championship of the world and in the process becoming one of the nation’s first African-American heroes. Sports … Continue reading "1986 : Joe Louis Fist Sculpture Dedicated in Detroit"
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1899 : President William McKinley Visits Three Oaks
1899 : President William McKinley Visits Three Oaks
Oct 17 all-day
The Dewey Cannon, captured in the Spanish-American War by Admiral Dewey, was presented to Three Oaks when its citizens raised $1,400 for a memorial to the men of the battleship Maine. This was the largest … Continue reading "1899 : President William McKinley Visits Three Oaks"
1914 : MAC’s First Homecoming Game?
1914 : MAC’s First Homecoming Game?
Oct 17 all-day
According to Madison Kuhn’s Michigan State: the first hundred years, 1855-1955 (MSU Press, 1955), MAC’s first actual homecoming game took place on October 17, 1914, when 400 alumni returned to M.A.C. and gathered for lunch … Continue reading "1914 : MAC’s First Homecoming Game?"
1926: Father Charles Coughlin Broadcasts for First Time
1926: Father Charles Coughlin Broadcasts for First Time
Oct 17 all-day
1926: Father Charles Coughlin Broadcasts for First Time
On Oct. 17, 1926, Catholic priest Father Charles Coughlin went on air for the first time in Royal Oak for his debut as “The Radio Priest.” His controversial views, such as anti-Semitic language and defense … Continue reading "1926: Father Charles Coughlin Broadcasts for First Time"
1960 : President Eisenhower Speaks at Cobo Hall
1960 : President Eisenhower Speaks at Cobo Hall
Oct 17 all-day
1960 : President Eisenhower Speaks at Cobo Hall
On October 17, 1960, Dwight Eisenhower made his final appearance as President in Detroit, receiving a key to the city and a miniature of the Spirit of Detroit statue. Later that evening, he addressed the … Continue reading "1960 : President Eisenhower Speaks at Cobo Hall"
2012: Stanford Robert Ovshinsky Dies, Inventor and Scientist
2012: Stanford Robert Ovshinsky Dies, Inventor and Scientist
Oct 17 all-day
2012: Stanford Robert Ovshinsky Dies, Inventor and Scientist
New York Times Obituary: Stanford Robert Ovshinsky (November 24, 1922 – October 17, 2012), an iconoclastic, largely self-taught  and commercially successful scientist who invented the nickel-metal hydride battery and contributed to the development of a host … Continue reading "2012: Stanford Robert Ovshinsky Dies, Inventor and Scientist"
2015 : “Twas the Last Play at the Big House
2015 : “Twas the Last Play at the Big House
Oct 17 all-day
Twas the Last Play at the Big House By Ducking Delvon  @DuckingDelvon on Dec 22, 2015 Twas the last play of the game And in the Big House Maize and blue fans were ready “Little … Continue reading "2015 : “Twas the Last Play at the Big House"
2015 : Michigan State Snatches Victory from Jaws of Defeat
2015 : Michigan State Snatches Victory from Jaws of Defeat
Oct 17 all-day
2015 : Michigan State Snatches Victory from Jaws of Defeat
Rub your eyes. Shake your head. Rub your eyes again. You will never see a play like that again and you will never see an end like that again and there may never be a … Continue reading "2015 : Michigan State Snatches Victory from Jaws of Defeat"
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1910 : Ty Cobb Wins Batting Title
1910 : Ty Cobb Wins Batting Title
Oct 18 all-day
On October 18, 1910, after much controversy, American League president Ban Johnson names Ty Cobb as the official batting champion. Johnson rules that Cobb should receive credit for his hit in a suspended game that … Continue reading "1910 : Ty Cobb Wins Batting Title"
1942 : Willie Horton Born, Beloved Detroit Tiger
1942 : Willie Horton Born, Beloved Detroit Tiger
Oct 18 all-day
1942 : Willie Horton Born, Beloved Detroit Tiger
Born in Virginia, Willie Horton grew up in Detroit to become a Detroit Tiger hero. He batted .326 in his first season with the Tigers and had 100 or more RBIs in 1965 and 1966. … Continue reading "1942 : Willie Horton Born, Beloved Detroit Tiger"
1953 : Willie Thrower Becomes 1st African American NFL Quarterback
1953 : Willie Thrower Becomes 1st African American NFL Quarterback
Oct 18 all-day
1953 : Willie Thrower Becomes 1st African American NFL Quarterback
On October 18, 1953, Willie Thrower, a pioneer for African Americans in the sport of football, became the first African American to quarterback in a professional game in the modern era. As a college player, … Continue reading "1953 : Willie Thrower Becomes 1st African American NFL Quarterback"
1966 : Sebastian S. Kresge Dies
1966 : Sebastian S. Kresge Dies
Oct 18 all-day
1966 : Sebastian S. Kresge Dies
Sebastian Kresge was among the most successful retailers in American history. The founder of what would become the K-Mart chain of discount stores, he was also an accomplished philanthropist who focused his efforts on capital … Continue reading "1966 : Sebastian S. Kresge Dies"
1978 : Christmas Stamp Debuts in Holly, Michigan
1978 : Christmas Stamp Debuts in Holly, Michigan
Oct 18 all-day
1978 : Christmas Stamp Debuts in Holly, Michigan
Holly, Michigan was honored on this day in 1978 by being the location for the release of one of the U.S. Postal Service’s two official 1978 Christmas stamps. It featured a child on a hobby … Continue reading "1978 : Christmas Stamp Debuts in Holly, Michigan"
2010 : Detroit’s Underground Salt Mine Sold
2010 : Detroit’s Underground Salt Mine Sold
Oct 18 all-day
2010 : Detroit's Underground Salt Mine Sold
Detroit is known for cars and music. Natural resources? Not so much. Yet each day, 30 or so miners descend nearly 1,200 ft. beneath the city to extract salt from remnants of ancient seas that … Continue reading "2010 : Detroit’s Underground Salt Mine Sold"
2017 : Detroit Pistons Return to Detroit for the First Time Since 1979
2017 : Detroit Pistons Return to Detroit for the First Time Since 1979
Oct 18 all-day
Wednesday celebrated the Pistons return to Detroit for the first time since 1979, when they played at Cobo Arena.   This time, the Detroit Pistons played for the first time in Little Caesars Arena. Inside, blue … Continue reading "2017 : Detroit Pistons Return to Detroit for the First Time Since 1979"
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1883 : William Donahey Born, Owner of Pickle Barrel Summer Home in Grand Morais
1883 : William Donahey Born, Owner of Pickle Barrel Summer Home in Grand Morais
Oct 19 all-day
1883 : William Donahey Born, Owner of Pickle Barrel Summer Home in Grand Morais
William Donahey (19 October 1883 – 2 February 1970) was a U.S. cartoonist and creator of The Teenie Weenies, a comic strip about two-inch tall people living under a rose bush. The strip appeared in … Continue reading "1883 : William Donahey Born, Owner of Pickle Barrel Summer Home in Grand Morais"
1903 : Kalamazoo Votes to Build Western State Normal School, Now Known as Western Michigan University
1903 : Kalamazoo Votes to Build Western State Normal School, Now Known as Western Michigan University
Oct 19 all-day
1903 : Kalamazoo Votes to Build Western State Normal School, Now Known as Western Michigan University
On Oct. 19, 1903, voters in Kalamazoo voted by an 8-to-1 margin to support construction of the Western State Normal School, later known as Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo was selected as the site because of … Continue reading "1903 : Kalamazoo Votes to Build Western State Normal School, Now Known as Western Michigan University"
1907: Governor Fred Warner Fights To Establish Primaries
1907: Governor Fred Warner Fights To Establish Primaries
Oct 19 all-day
1907: Governor Fred Warner Fights To Establish Primaries
Michigan did not always hold election primaries. Prior to the 20th century, candidates at both state and national levels were nominated behind closed doors by party bosses. Ordinary citizens had little say. In 1907, Michigan … Continue reading "1907: Governor Fred Warner Fights To Establish Primaries"
1918 : Spanish Influenza Paralyzes Michigan
1918 : Spanish Influenza Paralyzes Michigan
Oct 19 all-day
On Oct. 19, 1918, state government ordered that all meeting places in the state be closed in the hopes of stemming the spread of contagious diseases like Spanish influenza, which was ravaging Michigan that fall. … Continue reading "1918 : Spanish Influenza Paralyzes Michigan"
1970 : MSU Called Unresponsive to Needs of Chicanos, American Indians, and Community College Students
1970 : MSU Called Unresponsive to Needs of Chicanos, American Indians, and Community College Students
Oct 19 all-day
President Wharton’s Commission on Admissions and Student Body Composition heard representatives of La Raza say the university was unresponsive to their needs. A few of their demands included more flexible admissions, more financial aid Chicano … Continue reading "1970 : MSU Called Unresponsive to Needs of Chicanos, American Indians, and Community College Students"
2015 : MSU Libraries and ROVI Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Main Library
2015 : MSU Libraries and ROVI Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Main Library
Oct 19 all-day
Bad-hair 1990s movies. Obscure CDs only music lovers can name. Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. They’ve arrived at Michigan State University as part of a rare collection of more than 850,000 movies, CDs and videogames, a … Continue reading "2015 : MSU Libraries and ROVI Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Main Library"
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1871 : Governor Fred Green Born
1871 : Governor Fred Green Born
Oct 20 all-day
1871 : Governor Fred Green Born
On Oct. 20, 1871, former Gov. Fred Green was born in Manistee. A veteran of the Spanish American War, Green served as the city attorney for Ypsilanti for a spell until he moved to Ionia. … Continue reading "1871 : Governor Fred Green Born"
1919 : Kettering University Founded
1919 : Kettering University Founded
Oct 20 all-day
1919 : Kettering University Founded
Originally founded as The School of Automotive Trades by Albert Sobey under the direction of the Industrial Fellowship of Flint on October 20, 1919, Kettering University has a long legacy with the automotive industry. The … Continue reading "1919 : Kettering University Founded"
1927 : First Ford Model A Rolls Off Production Line
1927 : First Ford Model A Rolls Off Production Line
Oct 20 all-day
1927 : First Ford Model A Rolls Off Production Line
The Ford Model A of 1928–1931 was the second huge success for the Ford Motor Company, after its predecessor, the Model T. First produced on October 20, 1927, but not sold until December 2, it … Continue reading "1927 : First Ford Model A Rolls Off Production Line"
1934 : University of Michigan Football’s Darkest Day
1934 : University of Michigan Football’s Darkest Day
Oct 20 all-day
1934 : University of Michigan Football's Darkest Day
The date was Oct. 20, 1934, and the opponent was Georgia Tech. It was a rare occurrence in those days for Michigan to play a team from outside the Midwest, but Fielding H. Yost — … Continue reading "1934 : University of Michigan Football’s Darkest Day"
1953 : Edward R. Murrow Stands Up for Michigan Resident Accused of Being A Communist
1953 : Edward R. Murrow Stands Up for Michigan Resident Accused of Being A Communist
Oct 20 all-day
1953 : Edward R. Murrow Stands Up for Michigan Resident Accused of Being A Communist
In 1953, Milo Radulovich, 26, a WWII veteran, was attending the University of Michigan on the GI Bill. He was hoping to get a degree in physics so he could advance in his career as … Continue reading "1953 : Edward R. Murrow Stands Up for Michigan Resident Accused of Being A Communist"
1983 : Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Holds First Induction Ceremony
1983 : Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Holds First Induction Ceremony
Oct 20 all-day
1983 : Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Holds First Induction Ceremony
At the first induction ceremony and dinner held October 20, 1983 in Dearborn, 18 women were recognized, among them Isabella Baumfree (Sojourner Truth), a former slave who became a nationally known crusader for human rights; … Continue reading "1983 : Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Holds First Induction Ceremony"
2001 : “Gateway to Freedom” Monuments Dedicated in Detroit and Windsor
2001 : “Gateway to Freedom” Monuments Dedicated in Detroit and Windsor
Oct 20 all-day
2001 : "Gateway to Freedom" Monuments Dedicated in Detroit and Windsor
In honor of Detroit’s role in the Underground Railroad, the development group Detroit 300 commissioned two sculptures by Ed Dwight, one in Detroit and the other in Windsor and dedicated the monuments on this day … Continue reading "2001 : “Gateway to Freedom” Monuments Dedicated in Detroit and Windsor"
2003 : Canton Man Survives Niagara Falls Plunge
2003 : Canton Man Survives Niagara Falls Plunge
Oct 20 all-day
2003 : Canton Man Survives Niagara Falls Plunge
Kirk Jones, a 40-year-old unemployed salesman from Canton, survived a fall over Niagara Falls without anything protecting him, like a barrel, life jacket or boat, on Oct. 20, 2003. Jones — who’d drunk vodka and … Continue reading "2003 : Canton Man Survives Niagara Falls Plunge"
2018 : Detroit Free Press Marathon (Oct. 20-21)
2018 : Detroit Free Press Marathon (Oct. 20-21)
Oct 20 all-day
The 2018  Detroit Marathon was held October 20-21, 2018 and was sponsored by  both the Detroit Free Press and Chemical Bank. Source : Kayla Daugherty, “How non-running newspaper guy launched the Detroit Free Press marathon“, … Continue reading "2018 : Detroit Free Press Marathon (Oct. 20-21)"
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1847 : William McKendree Carleton Born, The Bard of Michigan
1847 : William McKendree Carleton Born, The Bard of Michigan
Oct 21 all-day
1847 : William McKendree Carleton Born, The Bard of Michigan
Engraving of Will Carleton by Arthur Rice, 1890. William McKendree Carleton, The Bard of Michigan 10/21/1847, Hudson, MI – 12/18/1912, Brooklyn, NY An actual photo. Carleton, a farmer’s son, was an 1869 graduate of Hillsdale … Continue reading "1847 : William McKendree Carleton Born, The Bard of Michigan"
1863 : Frederick Bonine Born, American Sprinter and Tireless Eye Doctor
1863 : Frederick Bonine Born, American Sprinter and Tireless Eye Doctor
Oct 21 all-day
1863 : Frederick Bonine Born, American Sprinter and Tireless Eye Doctor
Frederick N. Bonine (October 21, 1863 – August 22, 1941) was an American sprinter and eye doctor. He held the world’s record in the 110-yard dash for 35 years from 1886 until 1921. He later … Continue reading "1863 : Frederick Bonine Born, American Sprinter and Tireless Eye Doctor"
1929 : President Herbert Hoover Visits Dearborn Village
1929 : President Herbert Hoover Visits Dearborn Village
Oct 21 all-day
On October 21, 1929 President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover visited the newly opened Greenfield Village in Dearborn to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of incandescent light. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford also attended the Light’s … Continue reading "1929 : President Herbert Hoover Visits Dearborn Village"
1934 : Detroit Lions Play First Night Game
1934 : Detroit Lions Play First Night Game
Oct 21 all-day
There’s nothing like Monday night football in downtown Detroit. The parties. The tailgating. The excitement. Whether at Ford Field, the Pontiac Silverdome, or Tiger Stadium, the Lions have a long history of hosting evening pigskin. … Continue reading "1934 : Detroit Lions Play First Night Game"
1937 : University of Michigan Freshmen-Sophomore Fight Gets out of Hand
1937 : University of Michigan Freshmen-Sophomore Fight Gets out of Hand
Oct 21 all-day
University President Alexander Ruthven helped break up a fight between sophomores and freshman who had turned water hoses on their traditional rivals. The sophomores pulled the pants off of more than 30 freshmen before Ruthven … Continue reading "1937 : University of Michigan Freshmen-Sophomore Fight Gets out of Hand"
1977 : Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Established
1977 : Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Established
Oct 21 all-day
1977 : Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Established
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, including massive coastal sand dunes on the Lake Michigan shore and North and South Manitou Islands, is established. An old Chippewa Indian legend says that the dunes were created when … Continue reading "1977 : Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Established"
2006: Michigan State’s Biggest Comeback in Football
2006: Michigan State’s Biggest Comeback in Football
Oct 21 all-day
Michigan State 41, Northwestern 38 (Oct. 21, 2006) – 35 points Via Sporting News: Under then-coach John Smith, Michigan State engineered the largest comeback in college football history against Northwestern. The Spartans opened the game with a … Continue reading "2006: Michigan State’s Biggest Comeback in Football"
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1864 : Chelsea Incorporated
1864 : Chelsea Incorporated
Oct 22 all-day
Chelsea is incorporated on this day in 1864. Settled in 1834, this Washtenaw County community was first called Kedron until it was renamed after Chelsea, Massachusetts. Source : Michigan History magazine, October 2003.
1927 : Bennie and Biff Serve as Wolverine Mascots at University of Michigan Stadium Dedication
1927 : Bennie and Biff Serve as Wolverine Mascots at University of Michigan Stadium Dedication
Oct 22 all-day
1927 : Bennie and Biff Serve as Wolverine Mascots at University of Michigan Stadium Dedication
Michigan’s first attempt at a live mascot was carried off by no less a tradition-builder than Fielding Yost himself, longtime head football coach (1901-1923, 1925-1926) and athletic director (1921-1941), first at the Michigan Stadium Dedication … Continue reading "1927 : Bennie and Biff Serve as Wolverine Mascots at University of Michigan Stadium Dedication"
1927 : Michigan Stadium Dedicated
1927 : Michigan Stadium Dedicated
Oct 22 all-day
1927 : Michigan Stadium Dedicated
On Oct. 22, 1927, Michigan Stadium (The Big House) in Ann Arbor was dedicated as Michigan defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 21-0 before a capacity crowd of 84,401. General admission tickets sold for three dollars. … Continue reading "1927 : Michigan Stadium Dedicated"
1955 : State’s First Historical Marker
1955 : State’s First Historical Marker
Oct 22 all-day
1955 : State's First Historical Marker
The state’s first official historic marker was dedicated on the campus of Michigan State University on this day. It commemorated the founding of the first state supported agricultural college in the country. Michigan State University … Continue reading "1955 : State’s First Historical Marker"
1978 : First Detroit Free Press Marathon
1978 : First Detroit Free Press Marathon
Oct 22 all-day
Back in the day before data sheets and computers, runners were registered by friends and family members of Neal Shine, a Detroit Free Press reporter, who organized the first Detroit Free Press Marathon.  A 27-year … Continue reading "1978 : First Detroit Free Press Marathon"
2015 : Lansing Brewing Company Reopens After More Than 100 Years
2015 : Lansing Brewing Company Reopens After More Than 100 Years
Oct 22 all-day
2015 : Lansing Brewing Company Reopens After More Than 100 Years
It’s been more than a century since the original Lansing Brewing Company closed in 1914 due to local prohibition. One of the first breweries in Michigan’s Capitol city, the Lansing Brewing Company supplied craft beer … Continue reading "2015 : Lansing Brewing Company Reopens After More Than 100 Years"
2016 : 6th U.S.S. Detroit Commissioned
2016 : 6th U.S.S. Detroit Commissioned
Oct 22 all-day
2016 : 6th U.S.S. Detroit Commissioned
Imagine it this way: It’s like a jet ski powered by Rolls-Royce engines that’s longer than a football field, with room for a helicopter and 98 friends. It’s also not something to mess with. The … Continue reading "2016 : 6th U.S.S. Detroit Commissioned"
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1915 : MAC Trounces University of Michigan in Football for Second Time
1915 : MAC Trounces University of Michigan in Football for Second Time
Oct 23 all-day
1915 : MAC Trounces University of Michigan in Football for Second Time
From 1898 to 1914, the Michigan Agricultural College Aggies had won only once against University of Michigan football teams in 1913, by a score of 12-7 in Ann Arbor. But on this day, the Aggies … Continue reading "1915 : MAC Trounces University of Michigan in Football for Second Time"
1932 : Clarence Burton (Of Detroit Library’s Burton Historical Collection Fame) Dies
1932 : Clarence Burton (Of Detroit Library’s Burton Historical Collection Fame) Dies
Oct 23 all-day
1932 : Clarence Burton (Of Detroit Library's Burton Historical Collection Fame) Dies
Clarence Monroe Burton (November 18, 1853 – October 23, 1932) was a Detroit lawyer and businessman, historian, and philanthropist. Once asked by the newspaper what he did for recreation, Clarence Burton replied, “work hard at … Continue reading "1932 : Clarence Burton (Of Detroit Library’s Burton Historical Collection Fame) Dies"
1934 : Piccard Balloon Launch from Dearborn Reaches Stratosphere
1934 : Piccard Balloon Launch from Dearborn Reaches Stratosphere
Oct 23 all-day
1934 : Piccard Balloon Launch from Dearborn Reaches Stratosphere
Black and white photo of Henry Ford talking to Jean and Jeannette Piccard in front of the gondola to the balloon used in their Stratosphere Flight, as cosmic ray researcher Dr. William Francis Gray Swann … Continue reading "1934 : Piccard Balloon Launch from Dearborn Reaches Stratosphere"
1959 : Sam Raimi, Movie Director, Born in Royal Oak
1959 : Sam Raimi, Movie Director, Born in Royal Oak
Oct 23 all-day
1959 : Sam Raimi, Movie Director, Born in Royal Oak
On October 23, 1959, successful director Sam Raimi was born in Royal Oak. Raimi attended Michigan State University and went on to direct movies including the cult horror Evid Dead series, the original Spider-Man trilogy,   … Continue reading "1959 : Sam Raimi, Movie Director, Born in Royal Oak"
2000 : Peggy Lue McCreery (a Potawatomi) Traces Her Ancestors Back to Southeast Michigan
2000 : Peggy Lue McCreery (a Potawatomi) Traces Her Ancestors Back to Southeast Michigan
Oct 23 all-day
Peggy Lue McCreery has a hunger in her soul for trees, for the shade of maples and oaks, for the silvery rustle of a birch in the wind. Season after season she has tried to … Continue reading "2000 : Peggy Lue McCreery (a Potawatomi) Traces Her Ancestors Back to Southeast Michigan"
2001 : Michigan Records Earthquake
2001 : Michigan Records Earthquake
Oct 23 all-day
An earthquake occurred north of Albion, MI at approximately 1:33 am.on October 1, 2001. Source : Michigan Historical Calendar courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University. Also see Ohio Seismic Survey report.
2001 : Michigan’s First Female U.S. Attorney
2001 : Michigan’s First Female U.S. Attorney
Oct 23 all-day
On October 23, 2001,  Margaret Chiara was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. She was forced to resign on March 16, 2007. On March 23, 2007, the … Continue reading "2001 : Michigan’s First Female U.S. Attorney"
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1901 : Michigan Schoolteacher First Person To Survive Plunge Over Niagara Falls
1901 : Michigan Schoolteacher First Person To Survive Plunge Over Niagara Falls
Oct 24 all-day
1901 : Michigan Schoolteacher First Person To Survive Plunge Over Niagara Falls
On October 24, 1901, a 63-year-old schoolteacher from Bay City became the first person to conquer Niagara Falls in a barrel.  Annie Edson Taylor hoped plunging over the falls would help her earn some money … Continue reading "1901 : Michigan Schoolteacher First Person To Survive Plunge Over Niagara Falls"
1943 ; Robert Fish Helps Organize Operation Carpetbagger in WWII
1943 ; Robert Fish Helps Organize Operation Carpetbagger in WWII
Oct 24 all-day
Robert Fish, a native of Gladwin, MI, joined the Army Air Corps in 1939, received his wings in 1940, and would serve in the military for the next 30 years. During World War II, he … Continue reading "1943 ; Robert Fish Helps Organize Operation Carpetbagger in WWII"
1958: British Vulcan Jet Crashes Into Detroit
1958: British Vulcan Jet Crashes Into Detroit
Oct 24 all-day
1958: British Vulcan Jet Crashes Into Detroit
On October 24, `1958, on a practice run from Goose Bay, Labrador to Lincoln, Nebraska during the height of the Cold War, a four-engine British Vulcan military jet tore through treetops before burying itself in … Continue reading "1958: British Vulcan Jet Crashes Into Detroit"
1998 : Detroit Hudson’s Building Imploded
1998 : Detroit Hudson’s Building Imploded
Oct 24 all-day
1998 : Detroit Hudson's Building Imploded
Although it had been closed for a number of years, it was still sad on October 24, 1998 when Mayor Dennis Archer pressed a button to implode the the downtown Detroit Hudson’s Building. At the … Continue reading "1998 : Detroit Hudson’s Building Imploded"
2008 : Beatosu and Goblu Appear on Michigan Highway Map as Towns!
2008 : Beatosu and Goblu Appear on Michigan Highway Map as Towns!
Oct 24 all-day
2008 : Beatosu and Goblu Appear on Michigan Highway Map as Towns!
How could fictitious towns have been placed on a state highway map? Peter Fletcher, then Chairman of the Michigan State Highway Commission, admitted responsibility. To learn more, this author went directly to the source. I … Continue reading "2008 : Beatosu and Goblu Appear on Michigan Highway Map as Towns!"
2013: Former Rep. Stephen Shepich Dies
2013: Former Rep. Stephen Shepich Dies
Oct 24 all-day
Steve was born October 12, 1948 in Stambaugh, MI and graduated from Stambaugh High School in 1966 and was an all U.P. running back. At the age of 17, Steve attended Northern Michigan University on … Continue reading "2013: Former Rep. Stephen Shepich Dies"
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1889 : Underwater Telephone Cable Connects Upper and Lower Peninsulas
1889 : Underwater Telephone Cable Connects Upper and Lower Peninsulas
Oct 25 all-day
An underwater telephone cable allowed the first permanent connection between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan on this day in 1889. Source : Michigan History, September/October 2011.
1891 : Father Charles Coughlin Born
1891 : Father Charles Coughlin Born
Oct 25 all-day
1891 : Father Charles Coughlin Born
Stations in London, Rome and Madrid carried his program. Fr. Coughlin was called many things: Social watchdog, Nazi, saint, anti-Semite. In response to the charge of anti-Semitism, he replied that he had also…assailed prominent Gentiles, … Continue reading "1891 : Father Charles Coughlin Born"
1902 : Sault Ste. Marie Celebrates Opening of Hydro-Power Plant
1902 : Sault Ste. Marie Celebrates Opening of Hydro-Power Plant
Oct 25 all-day
After four years of construction, Francis Clergue, hoping to make a fortune selling electric power, opens a hydro-power plant in Sault Ste. Marie (U.S.). This low-head hydro plant was the longest in the world, and … Continue reading "1902 : Sault Ste. Marie Celebrates Opening of Hydro-Power Plant"
1924 : 1st University of Michigan Football Game Broadcast on Radio
1924 : 1st University of Michigan Football Game Broadcast on Radio
Oct 25 all-day
On October 25, 1924, WWJ radio (Detroit) with Ty TYSON at the microphone broadcast the first radio play-by-play of a University of Michigan football game. The broadcast generated so many ticket requests for Michigan’s next … Continue reading "1924 : 1st University of Michigan Football Game Broadcast on Radio"
2014 : MSU Coach Given Game Ball from 1966 Game of the Century
2014 : MSU Coach Given Game Ball from 1966 Game of the Century
Oct 25 all-day
2014 : MSU Coach Given Game Ball from 1966 Game of the Century
Mark Dantonio was speaking at a luncheon Saturday afternoon three hours before kickoff of the Michigan game when he was surprised with a rare piece of Michigan State football history. Bob Apisa, the All-American fullback … Continue reading "2014 : MSU Coach Given Game Ball from 1966 Game of the Century"
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1818 : Mackinac County Formed
1818 : Mackinac County Formed
Oct 26 all-day
1818 : Mackinac County Formed
Mackinac County [originally Michilimackinac County] was established October 26 1818. Originally the county included most areas north of Metro Detroit and most of the UP. [1839 map] https://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/83hk1a …  
1825 : Erie Canal Opens
1825 : Erie Canal Opens
Oct 26 all-day
1825 : Erie Canal Opens
The journey from New York to Detroit was shortened from weeks to days with the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. The opening of the canal led to a tidal wave of settlers arriving … Continue reading "1825 : Erie Canal Opens"
1933 : Graf Zeppelin Flies Over Detroit
1933 : Graf Zeppelin Flies Over Detroit
Oct 26 all-day
1933 : Graf Zeppelin Flies Over Detroit
Photo showing the Graf Zeppelin flying over Detroit on October 26, 1933. In view are the downtown skyline, looking east with the Detroit River and Belle Isle in the background. Was it part of a … Continue reading "1933 : Graf Zeppelin Flies Over Detroit"
1981 : Bob Ufer Dies, Voice of University of Michigan Football
1981 : Bob Ufer Dies, Voice of University of Michigan Football
Oct 26 all-day
1981 : Bob Ufer Dies, Voice of University of Michigan Football
Bob Ufer’s enthusiasm for “Meeechigan” football was infectious. (Image: U-M’s Bentley Historical Library.) On October 26, 1981, the radio voice of University of Michigan football, 61-year-old Bob Ufer, who enthusiastically and with no hint of … Continue reading "1981 : Bob Ufer Dies, Voice of University of Michigan Football"
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1811 : Governor Stevens T. Mason’s Birthday
1811 : Governor Stevens T. Mason’s Birthday
Oct 27 all-day
1811 : Governor Stevens T. Mason's Birthday
It’s a milestone birthday for Michigan’s first governor, and the state plans to celebrate. The Michigan Historical Commission will commemorate Stevens T. Mason’s 200th birthday today with a historical marker dedication at Detroit’s Capitol Park. … Continue reading "1811 : Governor Stevens T. Mason’s Birthday"
1879 : Ontonagan County Telephone Company Formed
1879 : Ontonagan County Telephone Company Formed
Oct 27 all-day
The first telephone installed in Michigan was not in Detroit or Grand Rapids or Ann Arbor, but in Rockland, a town of a few hundred residents in Ontonagan County in the Upper Peninsula. Linus Stannard … Continue reading "1879 : Ontonagan County Telephone Company Formed"
1972 : Ann Arbor Bans Lead Paint
1972 : Ann Arbor Bans Lead Paint
Oct 27 all-day
On October 27, 1972, Pontiac became the first Michigan city to ban lead-based paint, which can cause brain damage if eaten by children. The Pontiac ordinance forbid the use or sale of lead-based paints and … Continue reading "1972 : Ann Arbor Bans Lead Paint"
1972 : Pontiac Bans Lead-Based Paint
1972 : Pontiac Bans Lead-Based Paint
Oct 27 all-day
On October 27, 1972, Pontiac became the first Michigan city to ban lead-based paint, which can cause brain damage if eaten by children. The Pontiac ordinance forbid the use or sale of lead-based paints and … Continue reading "1972 : Pontiac Bans Lead-Based Paint"
1992 : Keweenaw National Historic Park Established
1992 : Keweenaw National Historic Park Established
Oct 27 all-day
1992 : Keweenaw National Historic Park Established
Established to preserve and interpret the rich copper mining heritage of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the park was headquartered in Calumet. Copper nuggets Sources : Michigan History magazine, October 2003. Keweenaw National Historic Park wikipedia entry
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1912 : History’s First Aerial Elopement
1912 : History’s First Aerial Elopement
Oct 28 all-day
1912 : History's First Aerial Elopement
On October 28, 1912, Art Smith and Aimee Cour decided to elope to Michigan in a plane because they couldn’t marry in their home state. The 19-year-old Smith and 18-year-old Cour were too young to … Continue reading "1912 : History’s First Aerial Elopement"
2009 : Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah of Dearborn Shot and Killed by FBI Agents
2009 : Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah of Dearborn Shot and Killed by FBI Agents
Oct 28 all-day
On October 28, 2014 shot and killed Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah in Dearborn by during a sting operation. Although neither Abdullah nor any of his congregants were charged with terrorism related crimes during that sting, … Continue reading "2009 : Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah of Dearborn Shot and Killed by FBI Agents"
2013 : Matt Wesaw, 1st Native American Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director
2013 : Matt Wesaw, 1st Native American Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director
Oct 28 all-day
2013 : Matt Wesaw, 1st Native American Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director
The Department of Civil Rights has announced that Matt Wesaw will officially start as its new director on October 28, 2013. Mr. Wesaw, a former chair of the Civil Rights Commission, is retiring from his … Continue reading "2013 : Matt Wesaw, 1st Native American Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director"
2018 : State Christmas Tree Arrives At Capitol
2018 : State Christmas Tree Arrives At Capitol
Oct 28 all-day
2018 : State Christmas Tree Arrives At Capitol
State Christmas Tree, November 7, 2017   A 60-foot spruce from Menominee County was installed Saturday morning outside the Capitol as the state’s 32nd official Christmas tree. The tree, from the town of Stephenson, was donated … Continue reading "2018 : State Christmas Tree Arrives At Capitol"
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1813 : Lewis Cass Appointed Michigan Territorial Governor
1813 : Lewis Cass Appointed Michigan Territorial Governor
Oct 29 all-day
1813 : Lewis Cass Appointed Michigan Territorial Governor
Lewis Cass is appointed territorial governor. A native of New Hampshire, who later moved to Ohio, Cass was rewarded for earlier service in the War of 1812, when President James Madison appointed him governor of … Continue reading "1813 : Lewis Cass Appointed Michigan Territorial Governor"
1829 : Ingham County, Michigan Created
1829 : Ingham County, Michigan Created
Oct 29 all-day
Ingham County was established by an act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature on October 29, 1829, from portions of Shiawassee County, Washtenaw County and unorganized territory. It was attached for administrative purposes to Washtenaw County … Continue reading "1829 : Ingham County, Michigan Created"
1901 : First Long Distance Drive From Detroit to New York City
1901 : First Long Distance Drive From Detroit to New York City
Oct 29 all-day
1901 : First Long Distance Drive From Detroit to New York City
One of the ways auto makers drew attention to their vehicles in the early days was to take trips in them. On this day, Roy D. Chapin, an associate of Ransom E. Olds, left Detroit … Continue reading "1901 : First Long Distance Drive From Detroit to New York City"
1910 : Fighting Farmers End 8-Game Losing Streak Against Notre Dame
1910 : Fighting Farmers End 8-Game Losing Streak Against Notre Dame
Oct 29 all-day
On October 29, 1910 some 4000 spectators paid anywhere from $.50 to $1.50 per ticket to watch the Michigan Aggies play Notre Dame. Some alumns reportedly traveled more than 500 miles to attend the game … Continue reading "1910 : Fighting Farmers End 8-Game Losing Streak Against Notre Dame"
1927 : James Vernor Dies, Creator of Vernor’s Ginger Ale
1927 : James Vernor Dies, Creator of Vernor’s Ginger Ale
Oct 29 all-day
1927 : James Vernor Dies, Creator of Vernor's Ginger Ale
A pharmacy worker and owner and a Civil War Veteran, James Vernor invented a drink called Vernor’s Ginger Ale which became synonomous with Detroit. Source : Michigan Every Day. For more more information, visit Vernors … Continue reading "1927 : James Vernor Dies, Creator of Vernor’s Ginger Ale"
1966 : 96 Tears Reaches Number 1
1966 : 96 Tears Reaches Number 1
Oct 29 all-day
Nearly five decades since a group of first generation Americans recorded one of the best known and most influential songs of the 1960s in a humble, homespun studio in Bay City, the ditty is garnering … Continue reading "1966 : 96 Tears Reaches Number 1"
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1863 : The Draft Continues During the Civil War
1863 : The Draft Continues During the Civil War
Oct 30 all-day
Drafting continues in Michigan. To fulfill the necessary federal quota of troops, Michigan continued drafting for the Union army. At the end of this call, 6,383 men were drafted. After reducing that number for men … Continue reading "1863 : The Draft Continues During the Civil War"
1943 : University of Michigan Football Star Tom Harmon Almost Dies in the Skies Over Occupied China
1943 : University of Michigan Football Star Tom Harmon Almost Dies in the Skies Over Occupied China
Oct 30 all-day
1943 : University of Michigan Football Star Tom Harmon Almost Dies in the Skies Over Occupied China
Tom Harmon grew up in Gary, Indiana, the youngest son of a steel mill security guard. He worked his way through Michigan in the late 1930s while building his outstanding football career. By his junior … Continue reading "1943 : University of Michigan Football Star Tom Harmon Almost Dies in the Skies Over Occupied China"
1950 : Life Magazine Captures UM Drum Major Practicing
1950 : Life Magazine Captures UM Drum Major Practicing
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1950 : Life Magazine Captures UM Drum Major Practicing
ALFRED EISENSTAEDT / Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images The drum major for the University of Michigan marching band rehearses as admiring children fall in line, 1950. On October 30, 1950, Life magazine carried … Continue reading "1950 : Life Magazine Captures UM Drum Major Practicing"
1956 : Romeo Community High School Clamps Down on Elvis Presley Hairstyles
1956 : Romeo Community High School Clamps Down on Elvis Presley Hairstyles
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1956 : Romeo Community High School Clamps Down on Elvis Presley Hairstyles
On Oct. 30, 1956, 52 boys at Romeo Community High School faced a deadline to either trim their Elvis Presley-like hairstyles or leave the school. The Superintendent of Romeo Community High School imposed the deadline … Continue reading "1956 : Romeo Community High School Clamps Down on Elvis Presley Hairstyles"
2014 : Digging Detroit Launches First Video
2014 : Digging Detroit Launches First Video
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2014 : Digging Detroit Launches First Video
Digging Detroit : The Backstory : Digging Detroit’s producers share their story and vision for the show. Featuring Thomas J. Reed, Jr., Pete Kalinski and Kevin Walsh. Kevin Walsh, “Ken Burns-On-A-Shoestring: Creating Buzz for Launch … Continue reading "2014 : Digging Detroit Launches First Video"
2015 : Zombies Spotted on Wayne State University Campus
2015 : Zombies Spotted on Wayne State University Campus
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2015 : Zombies Spotted on Wayne State University Campus
Wayne State University was a prime spot for zombie sightings today. Zombified students, staff and faculty danced, crawled and groaned their way through campus during the university’s zombie parade. The special event was sponsored by … Continue reading "2015 : Zombies Spotted on Wayne State University Campus"
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1903 : History of the Little Brown Jug
1903 : History of the Little Brown Jug
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1903 : History of the Little Brown Jug
On this day, Minnesota custodian Oscar Munson found Michigan’s discarded water jug in the visitors’ locker room. The discovery came after a bitter contest in which Minnesota dominated the Wolverines in almost every statistical category … Continue reading "1903 : History of the Little Brown Jug"
1926 : Houdini Dies in Detroit
1926 : Houdini Dies in Detroit
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1926 : Houdini Dies in Detroit
A famous performer in early twentieth century America, Houdini collapses after performing one last time at Detroit’s Garrick theater and dies on Halloween Day. Source : Michigan Every Day. Check out National Public Radio account … Continue reading "1926 : Houdini Dies in Detroit"
1962 : International Bridge Opens To Traffic
1962 : International Bridge Opens To Traffic
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1962 : International Bridge Opens To Traffic
The bridge that connects Sault Ste. Marie, U.S. and Sault Ste. Marie, Canada opened to traffic on this day in 1962. Source : Michigan Every Day.
2017 : Miles Bridges and Sparty Appear on Cover of Sports Illustrated
2017 : Miles Bridges and Sparty Appear on Cover of Sports Illustrated
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2017 : Miles Bridges and Sparty Appear on Cover of Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated ✔ Miles Bridges, the Michigan State star sophomore, and Sparty are featured on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. under a banner called School Spirit.”   It should bring a smile to anyone who … Continue reading "2017 : Miles Bridges and Sparty Appear on Cover of Sports Illustrated"
2018 : History of Halloween in Detroit
2018 : History of Halloween in Detroit
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From gender-bending costumes to gastrointestinal surprises, the history of Detroit offers some unusual practices revolving around Halloween. Halloween wasn’t really celebrated in Detroit until late in the 19th century. An influx of Scottish and Irish … Continue reading "2018 : History of Halloween in Detroit"