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1817 : The Detroit Gazette Debuts, Michigan First Successful, Regularly Issued Paper
1817 : The Detroit Gazette Debuts, Michigan First Successful, Regularly Issued Paper
Aug 1 all-day
The weekly Detroit Gazette, Michigan’s first successful newspaper, began a 13 year run on this day. The Detroit Gazette was a French-English weekly newspaper published by John P. Sheldon and Ebenezer Reed on the third … Continue reading "1817 : The Detroit Gazette Debuts, Michigan First Successful, Regularly Issued Paper"
1834 : Emancipation Day Celebrated in Ypsilanti
1834 : Emancipation Day Celebrated in Ypsilanti
Aug 1 all-day
1834 : Emancipation Day Celebrated in Ypsilanti
In the social and political life of African-American Ypsilanti, no day was more important than the First of August, Emancipation Day, the oldest celebration of the ending of slavery in North America. Ypsilanti’s deep ties … Continue reading "1834 : Emancipation Day Celebrated in Ypsilanti"
1856 : Samuel Horton Settles at Horton Bay
1856 : Samuel Horton Settles at Horton Bay
Aug 1 all-day
1856 : Samuel Horton Settles at Horton Bay
Samuel Horton, accompanied by his family, traveling on the small sailing vessel Rover, arrives on a beautiful bay and decides to settle there.   The Bay and area still bears name — Horton Bay.   They are … Continue reading "1856 : Samuel Horton Settles at Horton Bay"
1863 : Detroit Launches Public Transportation With Horse-Drawn Streetcars
1863 : Detroit Launches Public Transportation With Horse-Drawn Streetcars
Aug 1 all-day
1863 : Detroit Launches Public Transportation With Horse-Drawn Streetcars
August 1-4, 1863 Horse-drawn rail-cars operated along the streets of Detroit for thirty years before the operation of the electric-powered streetcar.  In the above photo, taken shortly before the arrival of the first electric cars, … Continue reading "1863 : Detroit Launches Public Transportation With Horse-Drawn Streetcars"
1878 : Eastern Michigan Asylum Opens in Pontiac
1878 : Eastern Michigan Asylum Opens in Pontiac
Aug 1 all-day
1878 : Eastern Michigan Asylum Opens in Pontiac
On August 1, 1878, the State of Michigan opened the Eastern Michigan Asylum in Pontiac. The asylum, built to supplement the state’s first institution at Kalamazoo, housed 330 patients and served 20 southeast Michigan counties. … Continue reading "1878 : Eastern Michigan Asylum Opens in Pontiac"
1911 : Michigan Aviator Becomes First Licensed Female Pilot in U.S.
1911 : Michigan Aviator Becomes First Licensed Female Pilot in U.S.
Aug 1 all-day
1911 : Michigan Aviator Becomes First Licensed Female Pilot in U.S.
On August 1, 1911, Harriet Quimby of Kinderhook Township, Michigan, became the first licensed female aviator in the United States. For more information see Henry M. Holden, Her Mentor was an Albatross: the Autobiography of … Continue reading "1911 : Michigan Aviator Becomes First Licensed Female Pilot in U.S."
1928: Acting Detroit Mayor Escapes Serious Injury at Detroit Zoo Opening
1928: Acting Detroit Mayor Escapes Serious Injury at Detroit Zoo Opening
Aug 1 all-day
1928: Acting Detroit Mayor Escapes Serious Injury at Detroit Zoo Opening
On Aug. 1, 1928, Acting Detroit Mayor John Nagel was scheduled to speak at the opening day festivities of the Detroit Zoo. As he made his way to the bandstand, he was greeted by a … Continue reading "1928: Acting Detroit Mayor Escapes Serious Injury at Detroit Zoo Opening"
1959 : Fenner Nature Center Opens in Lansing
1959 : Fenner Nature Center Opens in Lansing
Aug 1 all-day
Fenner Nature Center opened as the City of Lansing’s Arboretum Park on August 1, 1959. Within a few years the park contained 4 bison, 3 pronghorn antelopes, 25 prairie dogs, 3 white-tailed deer and a … Continue reading "1959 : Fenner Nature Center Opens in Lansing"
1983 : Pinball Machines Corrupting Youth
1983 : Pinball Machines Corrupting Youth
Aug 1 all-day
According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, west side residents blamed robberies and burglaries on kids’ cravings for coins to feed flashing machines that emitted “strange musical sounds and zapping noises” from tall … Continue reading "1983 : Pinball Machines Corrupting Youth"
2013 : Gabriella (Gail) Joyce Kobe, Michigan Born Actress, Dies
2013 : Gabriella (Gail) Joyce Kobe, Michigan Born Actress, Dies
Aug 1 all-day
Ms. Kobe, born and raised in Hamtramck, got her acting break in the 1956 epic “The Ten Commandments,” in which she played a servant and other roles. Ms. Kobe later appeared in dozens of TV … Continue reading "2013 : Gabriella (Gail) Joyce Kobe, Michigan Born Actress, Dies"
2017 : Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Featured on 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Program
2017 : Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Featured on 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Program
Aug 1 all-day
2017 : Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Featured on 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Program
One of Michigan’s natural treasures will soon be showcased on a quarter. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula has been selected as one of the designs for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters … Continue reading "2017 : Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Featured on 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Program"
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1923 : The First Car Ferry Ariel Transports Vehicles Across the Straits of Mackinac
1923 : The First Car Ferry Ariel Transports Vehicles Across the Straits of Mackinac
Aug 2 all-day
1923 : The First Car Ferry Ariel Transports Vehicles Across the Straits of Mackinac
The first car ferry to operate in the Straits of Mackinaw, the wooden Ariel, carried three cars between the state’s upper and lower peninsulas on her maiden ferry voyage. As the twentieth century dawned, American … Continue reading "1923 : The First Car Ferry Ariel Transports Vehicles Across the Straits of Mackinac"
1932 : Eddie Tolan Win Two Gold Medals at Los Angeles Summer Olympics (Aug. 2-3)
1932 : Eddie Tolan Win Two Gold Medals at Los Angeles Summer Olympics (Aug. 2-3)
Aug 2 all-day
1932 : Eddie Tolan Win Two Gold Medals at Los Angeles Summer Olympics (Aug. 2-3)
Detroiter and University of Michigan alum Eddie Tolan wins the 100 meters race at the 1932 Olympics According to the Detroit Free Press: The new crown that belongs to the “world’s fastest human” now rests … Continue reading "1932 : Eddie Tolan Win Two Gold Medals at Los Angeles Summer Olympics (Aug. 2-3)"
1980 : Tommy Hitman Hearns Won the WBA Welterweight Title at Joe Louis Arena
1980 : Tommy Hitman Hearns Won the WBA Welterweight Title at Joe Louis Arena
Aug 2 all-day
On August 2, 1980, hometown boxing hero Tommy “Hitman” Hearns won the WBA welterweight title, knocking out Pipino Cuevas in the second round of their bout at Joe Louis Arena. Hearns trained at the renowned … Continue reading "1980 : Tommy Hitman Hearns Won the WBA Welterweight Title at Joe Louis Arena"
2013 : Michigan Senators Start Campaign To Replace Civil War Cannons on Capitol Lawn
2013 : Michigan Senators Start Campaign To Replace Civil War Cannons on Capitol Lawn
Aug 2 all-day
2013 : Michigan Senators Start Campaign To Replace Civil War Cannons on Capitol Lawn
It started out as a conversation about some vintage War of 1812 cannon balls that were retrieved from the floor of Lake Erie. But it ended up as a historic restoration project between two state … Continue reading "2013 : Michigan Senators Start Campaign To Replace Civil War Cannons on Capitol Lawn"
2014 : Detroit Tigers Score in Every Inning Played, First Time Since 1912
2014 : Detroit Tigers Score in Every Inning Played, First Time Since 1912
Aug 2 all-day
The Tigers scored in all eight innings in which they batted. According to STATS, inc., the Tigers scored in all eight innings of a nine-inning home game for the first time since 1912. That was … Continue reading "2014 : Detroit Tigers Score in Every Inning Played, First Time Since 1912"
2014 : Largest Crowd to Watch Soccer Game in the U.S.
2014 : Largest Crowd to Watch Soccer Game in the U.S.
Aug 2 all-day
2014 : Largest Crowd to Watch Soccer Game in the U.S.
The scoreboard announces attendance of 109,318 during a friendly between Real Madrid and Manchester United. (AP Photo) They came to see two of the most popular soccer teams in the world. They came for the … Continue reading "2014 : Largest Crowd to Watch Soccer Game in the U.S."
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1795 : Chippewa Chief Matchekewis Cedes Bois Blanc Island to the United States
1795 : Chippewa Chief Matchekewis Cedes Bois Blanc Island to the United States
Aug 3 all-day
1795 : Chippewa Chief Matchekewis Cedes Bois Blanc Island to the United States
Bois Blanc Island is the largest island on the right. Mackinac Island is next to it. On August 3, 1795, Chippewa Chief Matchekewis ceded Bois Blanc Island to the United States as part of the … Continue reading "1795 : Chippewa Chief Matchekewis Cedes Bois Blanc Island to the United States"
1795 : Treaty of Greenville Signed
1795 : Treaty of Greenville Signed
Aug 3 all-day
1795 : Treaty of Greenville Signed
The Treaty of Greenville was signed at Fort Greenville (now Greenville, Ohio), on August 3, 1795, between a coalition of American Indian tribes and frontiermen, known as the Western Confederacy, and the United States following … Continue reading "1795 : Treaty of Greenville Signed"
1881 : First Female Reform School Opens in Adrian
1881 : First Female Reform School Opens in Adrian
Aug 3 all-day
On August 3, 1881, the Michigan Reform School at Adrian, headed and fully staffed by women, accepted its first inmate. The institution, the first of its kind in Michigan and the 12th in the U.S., … Continue reading "1881 : First Female Reform School Opens in Adrian"
1937 : Edward Mooney Installed As Detroit’s First Archbishop
1937 : Edward Mooney Installed As Detroit’s First Archbishop
Aug 3 all-day
Edward Mooney was installed as Detroit’s first archbishop on Aug. 3, 1937. The 55-year-old Maryland native was named by Pope Pius XI; the installation took place at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Mooney, … Continue reading "1937 : Edward Mooney Installed As Detroit’s First Archbishop"
2015 : University of Michigan Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Athletic Programs
2015 : University of Michigan Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Athletic Programs
Aug 3 all-day
In honor of the 150th anniversary of Michigan Athletics, the U-M athletic department announced it will hold a year-long celebration to recognize the historic milestone. Michigan has designed a special page on its website to … Continue reading "2015 : University of Michigan Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Athletic Programs"
2018 : Road Construction Blues Humor
2018 : Road Construction Blues Humor
Aug 3 all-day
2018 : Road Construction Blues Humor
When confronted by summer road construction in Michigan, one has to be philosophical and maybe share a little humor courtesy of the Mitten State Blog: One can celebrate it with an appropriate t-shirt: Or pray … Continue reading "2018 : Road Construction Blues Humor"
2019 : L. Brooks Patterson Dies, Oakland County Prosecutor and County Executive
2019 : L. Brooks Patterson Dies, Oakland County Prosecutor and County Executive
Aug 3 all-day
L. Brooks Patterson, the wise-cracking, hard-drinking former prosecutor who ruled Oakland County for a generation, died of pancreatic cancer at 5:30 a.m Saturday at his Independence Township home. He was 80. Patterson’s personality and his … Continue reading "2019 : L. Brooks Patterson Dies, Oakland County Prosecutor and County Executive"
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1814 : U.S. Attacks Mackinac Island
1814 : U.S. Attacks Mackinac Island
Aug 4 all-day
After losing Fort Mackinaw to the British during the War of 1812, American forces decided to make a landing in the northwest bay of Mackinac Island and make a lodgment from which to annoy and … Continue reading "1814 : U.S. Attacks Mackinac Island"
1841 : U.S. Congress Appropriates Money to Build Fort Wayne
1841 : U.S. Congress Appropriates Money to Build Fort Wayne
Aug 4 all-day
1841 : U.S. Congress Appropriates Money to Build Fort Wayne
On August 4, 1841, an act of the U.S. Congress appropriated $50,000 to build a new fort in accordance with the Army’s Great Lakes Defense Plan. The fort would support ground force operations, control the … Continue reading "1841 : U.S. Congress Appropriates Money to Build Fort Wayne"
1876 : Calvin College Founded
1876 : Calvin College Founded
Aug 4 all-day
1876 : Calvin College Founded
The Christian Reformed Church in North America founded the school on August 4, 1876, as part of Calvin College and Theological Seminary (with the seminary becoming Calvin Theological Seminary) to train church ministers. The college … Continue reading "1876 : Calvin College Founded"
1877 : Grand Rapids Plaster Company, Owner of First Telephone in Michigan, Gives Demonstration
1877 : Grand Rapids Plaster Company, Owner of First Telephone in Michigan, Gives Demonstration
Aug 4 all-day
The honor for owning the first telephone in Michigan goes to a Grand Rapids plaster company whose president was a close personal friend of Alexander Graham Bell. Bell sent his friend a pair of prototype … Continue reading "1877 : Grand Rapids Plaster Company, Owner of First Telephone in Michigan, Gives Demonstration"
1902 : Detroit Boat House Building Dedicated
1902 : Detroit Boat House Building Dedicated
Aug 4 all-day
1902 : Detroit Boat House Building Dedicated
Founded in 1839 — a mere two years after Michigan became a state — the Detroit Boat Club holds the title as the nation’s oldest boat club. Originally a rowing club, it was one of the … Continue reading "1902 : Detroit Boat House Building Dedicated"
1912 : Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg Born, Hail to the Valiant
1912 : Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg Born, Hail to the Valiant
Aug 4 all-day
1912 : Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg Born, Hail to the Valiant
Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg, Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat, and humanitarian was born on August 4, 1912. Before outfoxing the Nazis, risking his life, and saving 100,000 Jews from the hell of World War II death camps. Before … Continue reading "1912 : Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg Born, Hail to the Valiant"
1913 : Robert Hayden Born, First African American Poet Laureate
1913 : Robert Hayden Born, First African American Poet Laureate
Aug 4 all-day
On Aug. 4, 1913, poet Robert Hayden was born in Detroit. In 1976, he became the first black American appointed Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress. Born Asa Bundy Sheffey, Hayden had a tumultuous … Continue reading "1913 : Robert Hayden Born, First African American Poet Laureate"
1929 : Passenger Ferry Service Begins from Copper Harbor to Isle Royale
1929 : Passenger Ferry Service Begins from Copper Harbor to Isle Royale
Aug 4 all-day
On Aug. 4, 1929, a 20-passenger ferry, the Water Lily, began service from Copper Harbor to Isle Royale, and Michigan residents could, for the first time, travel to their great wilderness island in upper Lake … Continue reading "1929 : Passenger Ferry Service Begins from Copper Harbor to Isle Royale"
1985 : Mitch Albom’s First Column in Detroit Free Press
1985 : Mitch Albom’s First Column in Detroit Free Press
Aug 4 all-day
Writing for a new audience can strum your nerves a bit. But not for long. Sports have a way of bridging gaps between people. Like when Casey Stengel caught a pitcher sneaking back at 4 … Continue reading "1985 : Mitch Albom’s First Column in Detroit Free Press"
2013 : Central Michigan University Welcomes First Medical School Students
2013 : Central Michigan University Welcomes First Medical School Students
Aug 4 all-day
Central Michigan University welcomed its first group of doctors-in-training for a ceremony Sunday to mark the start of their professional education and the opening of the school’s new medical school. CMU joins the University of … Continue reading "2013 : Central Michigan University Welcomes First Medical School Students"
2013 : David A. Pawecki, Author of Michigan’s Sunshine Laws, Dies
2013 : David A. Pawecki, Author of Michigan’s Sunshine Laws, Dies
Aug 4 all-day
Former state senator and one-time Democratic gubernatorial candidate David A. Plawecki died Sunday at the age of 65. Plawecki, of Dearborn Heights, began his Senate career in 1971. According to an obituary released by the … Continue reading "2013 : David A. Pawecki, Author of Michigan’s Sunshine Laws, Dies"
2015 : Grand Rapids Elects First Woman Mayor
2015 : Grand Rapids Elects First Woman Mayor
Aug 4 all-day
A day after her 40th birthday, Rosalynn Bliss has been elected the city’s 59th mayor, and she becomes the first female to win the job. Bliss received two-thirds of the vote Tuesday, Aug. 4, to … Continue reading "2015 : Grand Rapids Elects First Woman Mayor"
2017: Claressa Shields Wins WBC and IBF Super Middleweight World Titles
2017: Claressa Shields Wins WBC and IBF Super Middleweight World Titles
Aug 4 all-day
  Flint boxer Claressa Shields scored a fifth-round TKO victory against German fighter Nikki Adler on Friday, Aug. 4 at MGM Grand Detroit. Shields capturing the WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles. Scott Atkinson, … Continue reading "2017: Claressa Shields Wins WBC and IBF Super Middleweight World Titles"
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1788 : John Montieth Born, Presbyterian Missionary, Michigan’s First Librarian, University of Michigania’s First President, Abolitionist
1788 : John Montieth Born, Presbyterian Missionary, Michigan’s First Librarian, University of Michigania’s First President, Abolitionist
Aug 5 all-day
1788 : John Montieth Born, Presbyterian Missionary, Michigan's First Librarian, University of Michigania's First President, Abolitionist
John Monteith was born August 4, 1788 on a farm in the vicinity of what is now Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Due to his father’s poor health, Montieth carried the burden of supporting his family be runnng … Continue reading "1788 : John Montieth Born, Presbyterian Missionary, Michigan’s First Librarian, University of Michigania’s First President, Abolitionist"
1812 : Battle of Brownstown Results in First Michigan Casualties in War of 1812
1812 : Battle of Brownstown Results in First Michigan Casualties in War of 1812
Aug 5 all-day
1812 : Battle of Brownstown Results in First Michigan Casualties in War of 1812
On August 5, 1812, Tecumseh and two dozen Indians ambushed 200 Michigan militia led by Major Thomas B. Van Horne at Brownstown Creek. Van Horne ordered a retreat back to Fort Lernoult, and the untrained … Continue reading "1812 : Battle of Brownstown Results in First Michigan Casualties in War of 1812"
1837 : Battle of Thompson’s Tavern
1837 : Battle of Thompson’s Tavern
Aug 5 all-day
On the morning of August 5, 1837, fifty soldiers from the Dearborn Arsenal marched on the property of Daniel Thompson. Though he had lived there for a decade and a half, a U.S. district court … Continue reading "1837 : Battle of Thompson’s Tavern"
1917 : Michigan National Guard Drafted Into U.S. Army
1917 : Michigan National Guard Drafted Into U.S. Army
Aug 5 all-day
The Michigan National Guard was drafted into the United States Army for service in World War I. Source : Michigan History, July/August 2013.
1975 : Stevie Wonder Remains Loyal to Motown; Inks Record Contract
1975 : Stevie Wonder Remains Loyal to Motown; Inks Record Contract
Aug 5 all-day
1975 : Stevie Wonder Remains Loyal to Motown; Inks Record Contract
On August 5, 1975 Stevie Wonder signed an incredible record deal with Motown, stepping back from the brink of retirement to ink the most lucrative contract up to that time — 7-year, 7 record deal … Continue reading "1975 : Stevie Wonder Remains Loyal to Motown; Inks Record Contract"
2014 : (Spartan Speak) MSU in Three Words
2014 : (Spartan Speak) MSU in Three Words
Aug 5 all-day
How would you describe being a Spartan in three words? Students, faculty and staff across Michigan State University’s campus answer this question. YouTube Clip
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1845 : First University of Michigan Graduation Ceremony Held
1845 : First University of Michigan Graduation Ceremony Held
Aug 6 all-day
The first graduation ceremony at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor was actually held at the First Presbyterian Church and would continue there for 11 years until a larger assembly hall was built on the … Continue reading "1845 : First University of Michigan Graduation Ceremony Held"
1903 : Wallace Brothers Circus Train Wrecks in Durand
1903 : Wallace Brothers Circus Train Wrecks in Durand
Aug 6 all-day
1903 : Wallace Brothers Circus Train Wrecks in Durand
Wallace Brothers Circus Train Car Transporting the Wallace Brothers Circus required not one but two separate trains.  After last night’s exhibition at Charlotte, Michigan, the two trains left for Lapeer over the Grand Trunk Road, … Continue reading "1903 : Wallace Brothers Circus Train Wrecks in Durand"
1942 : Detroit Restaurant Owner Convicted of Being Nazi Spy
1942 : Detroit Restaurant Owner Convicted of Being Nazi Spy
Aug 6 all-day
Max Stephan, a Detroit restaurant owner, was convicted of being a Nazi spy and was sentenced to death for treason on this day. Stephan — an active member of the local German immigrant community and … Continue reading "1942 : Detroit Restaurant Owner Convicted of Being Nazi Spy"
2015 : Rudolph Valentino “Rudy” Wilson Dies, Lansing Civil Rights Advocate
2015 : Rudolph Valentino “Rudy” Wilson Dies, Lansing Civil Rights Advocate
Aug 6 all-day
2015 : Rudolph Valentino "Rudy" Wilson Dies, Lansing Civil Rights Advocate
Rudy Wilson had his own plan for breaking down the color barrier in East Lansing. In the 1960s, even the black college kids could not live in East Lansing, other than on campus, said Fred … Continue reading "2015 : Rudolph Valentino “Rudy” Wilson Dies, Lansing Civil Rights Advocate"
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1903 : Dr. Ralph Bunche Born in Detroit
1903 : Dr. Ralph Bunche Born in Detroit
Aug 7 all-day
1903 : Dr. Ralph Bunche Born in Detroit
In 1934, Bunche received a doctorate at Harvard. His doctoral thesis was a study of colonialism and it brought him a grant to study the status of non-European peoples in Africa. After four years he … Continue reading "1903 : Dr. Ralph Bunche Born in Detroit"
1926 : Grand River Avenue Opens, First Paved Road Across State
1926 : Grand River Avenue Opens, First Paved Road Across State
Aug 7 all-day
According to the July/August 2015 Michigan History, the Grand River Avenue opened to traffic on this day, becoming the first paved road stretching across the state.
1966 : Race Riot in Lansing, Michigan
1966 : Race Riot in Lansing, Michigan
Aug 7 all-day
Negro youths, some in gangs as large as 30 people, roamed here early today showering bricks and rocks on passing automobiles and smashing store windows. Ottawa Citizen, August 8, 1966 via Google Newspapers.
1970 : Goose Lake International Music Festival
1970 : Goose Lake International Music Festival
Aug 7 all-day
1970 : Goose Lake International Music Festival
The Goose Lake International Music Festival held August 7-9, 1970 in Leoni Township, Jackson County, Michigan, only one year following Woodstock, was “was one of the largest music events of its era”, and featured many … Continue reading "1970 : Goose Lake International Music Festival"
2014 : Pinkerton World Headquarters Moving to Ann Arbor
2014 : Pinkerton World Headquarters Moving to Ann Arbor
Aug 7 all-day
Pinkerton, the detective agency so famous that it is credited with giving private eyes their nickname, is moving its global headquarters to downtown Ann Arbor. “Our company was born in the Midwest, and we’re very … Continue reading "2014 : Pinkerton World Headquarters Moving to Ann Arbor"
National Lighthouse Day
National Lighthouse Day
Aug 7 all-day
National Lighthouse Day is celebratedannually on August 7th. Did you know that: Michigan has around 115 lighthouses, the most of any U.S. state. The first lighthouses in Michigan were built between 1818 and 1822. They … Continue reading "National Lighthouse Day"
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1864 : Battle of Mobile Bay – Birmingham Museum Connection
1864 : Battle of Mobile Bay – Birmingham Museum Connection
Aug 8 all-day
1864 : Battle of Mobile Bay - Birmingham Museum Connection
On Aug. 8, 1864, Adm. Farragut attacked Fort Morgan in Mobile, Alabama, which led to the capture of the fort by Union forces two weeks later. What, exactly, does this have to do with Birmingham? … Continue reading "1864 : Battle of Mobile Bay – Birmingham Museum Connection"
1920 : Detroit Tigers Participate In Shortest Game in American League History
1920 : Detroit Tigers Participate In Shortest Game in American League History
Aug 8 all-day
The Detroit Tigers shut out the New York Yankees 1-0 in one hour and thirteen minutes of playing time, the quickest nine inning game in American League history. Source : Michigan History
1928 : Ambassador Bridge Lays First Cable
1928 : Ambassador Bridge Lays First Cable
Aug 8 all-day
1928 : Ambassador Bridge Lays First Cable
Acting Detroit Mayor John Nagel touches off the bomb that started the raising of the steel cable for the construction of the Ambassador Bridge across the Detroit River on August 8th 1928 according to the … Continue reading "1928 : Ambassador Bridge Lays First Cable"
1933 : Wayne University (now Wayne State University) Founded
1933 : Wayne University (now Wayne State University) Founded
Aug 8 all-day
On August 8, 1933, the Detroit Board of Education organized the six colleges it ran — liberal arts, medical, education, pharmacy, engineering and a graduate school — into one university. In January 1934, that institution … Continue reading "1933 : Wayne University (now Wayne State University) Founded"
1995 : Rick’s American Cafe Hosts Tiger Woods, Hootie and the Blowfish, and the Stanley Cup All on the Same Night
1995 : Rick’s American Cafe Hosts Tiger Woods, Hootie and the Blowfish, and the Stanley Cup All on the Same Night
Aug 8 all-day
Every so often, the story of when Hootie & the Blowfish, Tiger Woods and the Stanley Cup all ended up at Rick’s American Cafe in East Lansing on the same night back in 1995 will … Continue reading "1995 : Rick’s American Cafe Hosts Tiger Woods, Hootie and the Blowfish, and the Stanley Cup All on the Same Night"
2000 : Michigan Fishing Compact Signed Between Native American Tribes, Michigan, and the United States
2000 : Michigan Fishing Compact Signed Between Native American Tribes, Michigan, and the United States
Aug 8 all-day
The federal government, the State of Michigan and five American Indian tribes in northern Michigan signed an agreement today aimed at rebuilding fish populations in the upper Great Lakes and improving strained relations between whites … Continue reading "2000 : Michigan Fishing Compact Signed Between Native American Tribes, Michigan, and the United States"
2009 : Barnett Rosenberg Dies, Former MSU Professor and Developer of Anti-Cancer Drug
2009 : Barnett Rosenberg Dies, Former MSU Professor and Developer of Anti-Cancer Drug
Aug 8 all-day
A resident of Holt, Mich., Rosenberg was an MSU professor of chemistry when he and colleagues developed the drug, which continues to be one of the most widely used and successful treatments for cancer. Cisplatin … Continue reading "2009 : Barnett Rosenberg Dies, Former MSU Professor and Developer of Anti-Cancer Drug"
2015 : Loomis Cannons Rededication Ceremony
2015 : Loomis Cannons Rededication Ceremony
Aug 8 all-day
2015 : Loomis Cannons Rededication Ceremony
With its famed dome covered in scaffolding and restoration work happening throughout the State Capitol, another historic and significant event will occur on the Capitol lawn this summer. On Saturday, August 8, at noon, the … Continue reading "2015 : Loomis Cannons Rededication Ceremony"
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1812 : Battle of Monguagon
1812 : Battle of Monguagon
Aug 9 all-day
1812 : Battle of Monguagon
On August 9, 1812, Lieut. Col. James Miller and a force of about 600 American regulars and militia moved down Hull’s Trace in an attempt to bring desperately needed supplies from Frenchtown (Monroe) to Detroit. … Continue reading "1812 : Battle of Monguagon"
1842 : Michigan Gains Sugar Island
1842 : Michigan Gains Sugar Island
Aug 9 all-day
1842 : Michigan Gains Sugar Island
Evolution of Michigan’s Legal Boundaries Sugar Island/St. George’s Island in the St. Mary’s River The Webster-Ashburton Treaty, signed August 9, 1842, settled a border dispute with Great Britain in which Michigan gained governance over Sugar … Continue reading "1842 : Michigan Gains Sugar Island"
1908 : Detroit Police Department’s Motorcycle Squad Created
1908 : Detroit Police Department’s Motorcycle Squad Created
Aug 9 all-day
1908 : Detroit Police Department's Motorcycle Squad Created
On August 9, 1908, the Detroit Police Department’s Motorcycle Squad was created to be “ready day and night to make a fast response to any call by telephone from any part of the city for … Continue reading "1908 : Detroit Police Department’s Motorcycle Squad Created"
1924 : Burning Crosses Appear in Downtown Traverse City
1924 : Burning Crosses Appear in Downtown Traverse City
Aug 9 all-day
On Aug. 9, 1924, burning crosses appeared in downtown Traverse City while three explosions rocked buildings and blew out storefront windows along Front Street. As firefighters raced to extinguish the burning crosses and the police … Continue reading "1924 : Burning Crosses Appear in Downtown Traverse City"
1947 : Earthquake Recorded in Michigan
1947 : Earthquake Recorded in Michigan
Aug 9 all-day
Although rare, earthquakes sometimes occur in Michigan. On Aug. 9, 1947, an earthquake damaged chimneys and cracked plaster in the state as far north as Muskegon and Saginaw. Source: United States Geological Survey
1968 : Gillian Anderson Born, Future Agent Dana Scully on TV
1968 : Gillian Anderson Born, Future Agent Dana Scully on TV
Aug 9 all-day
1968 : Gillian Anderson Born, Future Agent Dana Scully on TV
Gillian Anderson was born on August 9, 1968. Here are some facts about the actress: 1. Anderson was born in Chicago, and lived in the United Kingdom for a while before her family moved to … Continue reading "1968 : Gillian Anderson Born, Future Agent Dana Scully on TV"
1974 : Gerald Ford Becomes President
1974 : Gerald Ford Becomes President
Aug 9 all-day
1974 : Gerald Ford Becomes President
Gerald R. Ford, who had grown up in Grand Rapids and was educated at the University of Michigan, became the first vice president in American history to succeed to the nation’s highest office because of … Continue reading "1974 : Gerald Ford Becomes President"
2012 : Claressa Shields of Flint Wins Gold Medal in Boxing at Summer Olympics
2012 : Claressa Shields of Flint Wins Gold Medal in Boxing at Summer Olympics
Aug 9 all-day
2012 : Claressa Shields of Flint Wins Gold Medal in Boxing at Summer Olympics
American teenager Claressa Shields has won the inaugural women’s 75kg middleweight crown at London 2012. Shields, from Flint, Michigan, becomes the second youngest boxer ever to win Olympic gold. Fellow American John Fields was 16 … Continue reading "2012 : Claressa Shields of Flint Wins Gold Medal in Boxing at Summer Olympics"
2018 : Spartan Michigan Dairy Plant Announced in St. Johns
2018 : Spartan Michigan Dairy Plant Announced in St. Johns
Aug 9 all-day
Gov. Rick Snyder   rained praise on Michigan’s cows during an announcement of a new $425 million, 146-acre dairy processing facility in St. Johns. The partnership between Glanbia plc, Select Milk Producers Inc. and Dairy Farmers … Continue reading "2018 : Spartan Michigan Dairy Plant Announced in St. Johns"
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1679 : Griffin First European Sailing Ship To Reach Michigan
1679 : Griffin First European Sailing Ship To Reach Michigan
Aug 10 all-day
1679 : Griffin First European Sailing Ship To Reach Michigan
On August 10, 1679, the Griffin, built by Robert de La Salle and his Lieutenant Henri Tonti, became the first sailing ship to reach Michigan when it emerged from Lake Erie and entered the Detroit … Continue reading "1679 : Griffin First European Sailing Ship To Reach Michigan"
1909 : Smallpox Quarantine at Lake Michigan Resort
1909 : Smallpox Quarantine at Lake Michigan Resort
Aug 10 all-day
Since the turn of the 20th Century, Chicagoans have traveled by train, steamer or car to Berrien County, Michigan to enjoy the fresh, healthy country air, cool breezes off Lake Michigan and the camaraderie of … Continue reading "1909 : Smallpox Quarantine at Lake Michigan Resort"
1927 : Charles Lindbergh Visits Detroit (Aug. 10-12)
1927 : Charles Lindbergh Visits Detroit (Aug. 10-12)
Aug 10 all-day
On August 10, 1927 Charles Lindbergh landed at Ford Field in Dearborn in the Spirit of Saint Louis, the same plane he had used to fly across the Atlantic for the first time two months … Continue reading "1927 : Charles Lindbergh Visits Detroit (Aug. 10-12)"
1946: First Jet Airplane To Fly From Michigan Airport
1946: First Jet Airplane To Fly From Michigan Airport
Aug 10 all-day
On Aug. 10, 1946, the first jet airplane to fly Michigan skies, a P-80, took off from Selfridge Field (Mt. Clemens) during a Civil Air Patrol show. Source : Source: Mich — Again’s Day First … Continue reading "1946: First Jet Airplane To Fly From Michigan Airport"
1947: Earthquakes Rattles Branch County
1947: Earthquakes Rattles Branch County
Aug 10 all-day
On Aug. 10, 1947, the largest earthquake in Michigan rattled Branch County. The 4.60 magnitude earthquake damaged chimneys, windows, plaster and brock cornices. No one was injured in the earthquake. The earthquake was felt as … Continue reading "1947: Earthquakes Rattles Branch County"
1950 : Moscow Claims Michigan Football Sends Players to the Hospital or the Cemetery
1950 : Moscow Claims Michigan Football Sends Players to the Hospital or the Cemetery
Aug 10 all-day
On August 10, 1950 a Moscow radio broadcast charged that “Wall Street encourages blood-thirsty football games . . . to work up a warlike mood in the U.S.” The broadcast also charged that players in … Continue reading "1950 : Moscow Claims Michigan Football Sends Players to the Hospital or the Cemetery"
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1791 : Louis Campau Born, Founder of Saginaw and Grand Rapids
1791 : Louis Campau Born, Founder of Saginaw and Grand Rapids
Aug 11 all-day
1791 : Louis Campau Born, Founder of Saginaw and Grand Rapids
Louis Campau (August 11, 1791 – April 13, 1871) was an important figure in the early settlement of two important Michigan cities. He established the first trading post at what is today Saginaw, Michigan, as … Continue reading "1791 : Louis Campau Born, Founder of Saginaw and Grand Rapids"
1912 : Drugs A Problem for Detroit Over 100 Years Ago
1912 : Drugs A Problem for Detroit Over 100 Years Ago
Aug 11 all-day
A Sunday feature in the Detroit Free Press over 100 years ago (August 11, 2015) reveals that drug problems are nothing new. The article is entitled Dope and Its Dupes : The Drug Habit Claims … Continue reading "1912 : Drugs A Problem for Detroit Over 100 Years Ago"
1971 : First Artificial Heart Recipient at Sinai Hospital in Detroit
2014 : Detroit Suffers From Record Rain
2014 : Detroit Suffers From Record Rain
Aug 11 all-day
After suffering through the heaviest one-day rainfall to hit the region in almost 90 years, homeowners, businesses and government officials are now focusing on the monumental cleanup and reconstruction from widespread flooding that closed freeways, … Continue reading "2014 : Detroit Suffers From Record Rain"
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1679 : Europeans Discover Lake St. Clair
1679 : Europeans Discover Lake St. Clair
Aug 12 all-day
On Aug. 12, 1679, Lake St. Clair was discovered by an expedition led by René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle who had sailed across Lake Erie and reached the Detroit River in early August. … Continue reading "1679 : Europeans Discover Lake St. Clair"
1862, John Christian Lodge Born, Revered Detroit Politician
1862, John Christian Lodge Born, Revered Detroit Politician
Aug 12 all-day
1862, John Christian Lodge Born, Revered Detroit Politician
John Christian Lodge (August 12, 1862 – February 6, 1950) was an influential politician from Detroit, Michigan, serving as mayor from Dec. 5, 1922, to April 9, 1923, in Aug. 2, 1924, to Nov. 21, … Continue reading "1862, John Christian Lodge Born, Revered Detroit Politician"
1912 : Suffragette Speaks to 3000 Auto Workers at Ford Plant in Detroit
1912 : Suffragette Speaks to 3000 Auto Workers at Ford Plant in Detroit
Aug 12 all-day
According to the August 21, 1912 Detroit Free Press, women’s rights advocate Rev. Ida C. Hultin of Boston addressed approximately 3000 Ford Motor Company workers at noon exhorting the need for women to receive the … Continue reading "1912 : Suffragette Speaks to 3000 Auto Workers at Ford Plant in Detroit"
1927 : Charles Lindbergh Visits Grand Rapids
1927 : Charles Lindbergh Visits Grand Rapids
Aug 12 all-day
On August 12, 1927 a record crowd turned out in Grand Rapids at the Kent County Airport to witness the 2 p.m. arrival of Charles Lindbergh in The Sprit of Saint Louis, the same plane … Continue reading "1927 : Charles Lindbergh Visits Grand Rapids"
1942 : The U.S.S. Wolverine Commissioned, Great Lakes’ Aircraft Carrier
1942 : The U.S.S. Wolverine Commissioned, Great Lakes’ Aircraft Carrier
Aug 12 all-day
1942 : The U.S.S. Wolverine Commissioned, Great Lakes' Aircraft Carrier
On August 12, 1942, the U.S.S. Wolverine-IX 64, the Great Lakes’ first and only aircraft carrier, was commissioned at Buffalo, NY. The Wolverine was then moved to Chicago and used on Lake Michigan to train … Continue reading "1942 : The U.S.S. Wolverine Commissioned, Great Lakes’ Aircraft Carrier"
1944 : Michigan’s First Legislative Graft Trial Leads to 20 Convictions
1944 : Michigan’s First Legislative Graft Trial Leads to 20 Convictions
Aug 12 all-day
In 1944, a one-man grand jury, Circuit Judge Leland Carr, and special prosecutor, Kim Sigler, attacked the biggest payoff scandal in Michigan’s political history. On January 22, 1944, 20 members of the 1939 Michigan Legislature … Continue reading "1944 : Michigan’s First Legislative Graft Trial Leads to 20 Convictions"
1962 : Crucifix Lowered Into Little Traverse Bay as Memorial
1962 : Crucifix Lowered Into Little Traverse Bay as Memorial
Aug 12 all-day
On Aug. 12, 1962, after obtaining permission from various nautical organizations including the U.S. Coast Guard, an 1,870-pound white marble cross sculpted in Italy was lowered 65 feet into Little Traverse Bay as a memorial … Continue reading "1962 : Crucifix Lowered Into Little Traverse Bay as Memorial"
2014 : Frederick Ruffner Dies, Founder of Reference Book Powerhouse Gale Research
2014 : Frederick Ruffner Dies, Founder of Reference Book Powerhouse Gale Research
Aug 12 all-day
Frederick Gale Ruffner Jr., who founded one of the largest reference book publishing companies in the world from a rented desk in Detroit’s now-vacant Book Tower, died Tuesday following a long illness. He was 88. … Continue reading "2014 : Frederick Ruffner Dies, Founder of Reference Book Powerhouse Gale Research"
2015 : Detroit Symphony Orchestra Launches Archive of Webcasts for On-Demand Viewing
2015 : Detroit Symphony Orchestra Launches Archive of Webcasts for On-Demand Viewing
Aug 12 all-day
Have you ever been at a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert and been so enthralled by the performance that you wished you could see and hear it again? Now you can. Today, the DSO is launching … Continue reading "2015 : Detroit Symphony Orchestra Launches Archive of Webcasts for On-Demand Viewing"
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1796 : General “Mad” Anthony Wayne Visits Detroit
1796 : General “Mad” Anthony Wayne Visits Detroit
Aug 13 all-day
On August 13, 1796, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne reached Detroit, where he was welcomed for his earlier victory over the Native Americans and the British at Fallen Timbers. Wayne stayed in Detroit for several months … Continue reading "1796 : General “Mad” Anthony Wayne Visits Detroit"
1817: A U.S. President Visits Michigan for the First Time
1817: A U.S. President Visits Michigan for the First Time
Aug 13 all-day
1817: A U.S. President Visits Michigan for the First Time
In the spring of 1817 the newly-elected President Monroe embarked upon a three-month Grand Tour of the Northeast, inspecting forts and other military installations as to their situation and condition, reviewing troops, and confirming that … Continue reading "1817: A U.S. President Visits Michigan for the First Time"
1988 : Palace of Auburn Hills Opens
1988 : Palace of Auburn Hills Opens
Aug 13 all-day
1988 : Palace of Auburn Hills Opens
On August 13, 1988, the Palace of Auburn Hills officially opened with a Sting concert. More about the Palace : The Palace is the official home of the Pistons. It was the home of the … Continue reading "1988 : Palace of Auburn Hills Opens"
2016 : Former Spartan Emily Regan Wins Gold Medal at 2016 Summer Olympics
2016 : Former Spartan Emily Regan Wins Gold Medal at 2016 Summer Olympics
Aug 13 all-day
2016 : Former Spartan Emily Regan Wins Gold Medal at 2016 Summer Olympics
Saturday morning, the United States women’s eight rowing team featuring former Michigan State rower Emily Regan took home gold for the third straight Olympics. One of the most dominant American national teams, the women’s eight … Continue reading "2016 : Former Spartan Emily Regan Wins Gold Medal at 2016 Summer Olympics"
2019 : Record Water Levels on Great Lakes
2019 : Record Water Levels on Great Lakes
Aug 13 all-day
2019 : Record Water Levels on Great Lakes
A small town closes a bridge and starts up a ferry service. A homeowner spends tens of thousands of dollars on basement repairs. A mother weeps for her lost daughter. High water has hit Michigan … Continue reading "2019 : Record Water Levels on Great Lakes"
2019 : Silver Lake Sand Dunes Threatens Cottage
2019 : Silver Lake Sand Dunes Threatens Cottage
Aug 13 all-day
Despite about 20 summers of scooping back sand, the Dressler family has never seen their lakeside home this close to doom. A towering, creeping sand mountain that swallowed several cottages in the 1960s casts a menacing shadow over … Continue reading "2019 : Silver Lake Sand Dunes Threatens Cottage"
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1919 : Michigan Motor Vehicle Operators Required To Carry Licenses
1919 : Michigan Motor Vehicle Operators Required To Carry Licenses
Aug 14 all-day
A state law requiring all drivers of motor vehicles to carry licenses while driving went into effect. About 250,000 who were not required to pass either a written or road test, applied for the licenses. … Continue reading "1919 : Michigan Motor Vehicle Operators Required To Carry Licenses"
1945 : Ann Arbor Celebrates End of WWII
1945 : Ann Arbor Celebrates End of WWII
Aug 14 all-day
1945 : Ann Arbor Celebrates End of WWII
Taking to the streets to celebrate the end of World War II in Ann Arbor. Photos courtesy of the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library.
1945 : Detroit Celebrates End of World War II
1945 : Detroit Celebrates End of World War II
Aug 14 all-day
1945 : Detroit Celebrates End of World War II
Detroit News photo. When it was announced on August 14, 1945 that Japan had surrendered (VJ Day), thousands of people filled Detroit’s Cadillac Square to celebrate the end of the Second World War. Wayne State … Continue reading "1945 : Detroit Celebrates End of World War II"
1945 : Jackson, Michigan Celebrates End of World War II
1945 : Jackson, Michigan Celebrates End of World War II
Aug 14 all-day
It started off as a quiet Tuesday evening. Within four minutes, Jackson spontaneously came together for its largest celebration — a party that lasted all night long. At 6:04 p.m. Aug. 14, 1945, the teletype … Continue reading "1945 : Jackson, Michigan Celebrates End of World War II"
1959 : Earvin “Magic” Johnson Born in Lansing
1959 : Earvin “Magic” Johnson Born in Lansing
Aug 14 all-day
1959 : Earvin "Magic" Johnson Born in Lansing
On Aug. 14, 1959, basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson was born in Lansing. Johnson developed an obsession with basketball. In high school a local sports writer dubbed him “Magic” for his skills on the court. … Continue reading "1959 : Earvin “Magic” Johnson Born in Lansing"
2003 : Blackout Strikes Detroit
2003 : Blackout Strikes Detroit
Aug 14 all-day
2003 : Blackout Strikes Detroit
About 50 million people lost power Aug. 14, 2003, when a tree branch in Ohio started an outage that cascaded across a broad swath from Michigan to New England and Canada. Commuters in cities had … Continue reading "2003 : Blackout Strikes Detroit"
2014 : 96 Tears Declared Official Rock and Roll Song of Bay City
2014 : 96 Tears Declared Official Rock and Roll Song of Bay City
Aug 14 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 "2014 : 96 Tears Declared Official Rock and Roll Song of Bay City"
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1796 : Wayne County Named in Honor of General “Mad” Anthony Wayne
1796 : Wayne County Named in Honor of General “Mad” Anthony Wayne
Aug 15 all-day
1796 : Wayne County Named in Honor of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne
On this day Wayne County was named in honor of General Anthony Wayne. At the time, it consisted of nearly all of the present state of Michigan and portions of Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, including the … Continue reading "1796 : Wayne County Named in Honor of General “Mad” Anthony Wayne"
1847 : Postage Stamps Used For First Time in Michigan
1847 : Postage Stamps Used For First Time in Michigan
Aug 15 all-day
1847 : Postage Stamps Used For First Time in Michigan
On August 15, 1847, postage stamps, issued in five-cent and ten-cent denominations, were used for the first time in Michigan prompting the Detroit Free Press to approvingly report that “all that has to be done … Continue reading "1847 : Postage Stamps Used For First Time in Michigan"
1865 : Hazen Pingree, Future Detroit Mayor, Musters Out of U.S. Army
1865 : Hazen Pingree, Future Detroit Mayor, Musters Out of U.S. Army
Aug 15 all-day
In 1862, Hazen Pingree enlisted in the Union Army to serve in the Civil War with the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Regiment (Company F). He fought on the front line during General Pope’s Northern Virginia … Continue reading "1865 : Hazen Pingree, Future Detroit Mayor, Musters Out of U.S. Army"
1899 : Henry Ford Leaves Edison Illuminating Company To Concentrate on Automobiles
1899 : Henry Ford Leaves Edison Illuminating Company To Concentrate on Automobiles
Aug 15 all-day
On Aug. 15, 1899, Henry Ford resigned as an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company to concentrate on automobile production. He had left his family’s farm in Dearborn to work in Detroit’s machine shops. The … Continue reading "1899 : Henry Ford Leaves Edison Illuminating Company To Concentrate on Automobiles"
1940 : Chrysler Begins Construction on a Warren Township Tank Plant
1940 : Chrysler Begins Construction on a Warren Township Tank Plant
Aug 15 all-day
1940 : Chrysler Begins Construction on a Warren Township Tank Plant
Chrysler Corporation began construction of a plant to manufacture large military tanks as the nation made preparations to enter World War II. Prior to the Second World War, the U.S. Government had no central location … Continue reading "1940 : Chrysler Begins Construction on a Warren Township Tank Plant"
1942 : Constance Mayfield Rourke Honored by Saturday Review
1942 : Constance Mayfield Rourke Honored by Saturday Review
Aug 15 all-day
1942 : Constance Mayfield Rourke Honored by Saturday Review
On August 15, 1942, Constance Mayfield Rourke (November 14, 1885 – March 29, 1941) was the local Grand Rapids historical woman writer who appeared on the cover of Saturday Review. She was born in Cleveland, … Continue reading "1942 : Constance Mayfield Rourke Honored by Saturday Review"
1960 : Cobo Center Opens for First Time
1960 : Cobo Center Opens for First Time
Aug 15 all-day
1960 : Cobo Center Opens for First Time
The Cobo Center as seen from Windsor On August 15, 1960, Cobo Hall (now known as Cobo Center), one of the nation’s first mega convention facilities, officially opened. It was named for Albert E. Cobo, … Continue reading "1960 : Cobo Center Opens for First Time"
2015 : Chief Waukazoo’s Descendents Invited Back to Park Township
2015 : Chief Waukazoo’s Descendents Invited Back to Park Township
Aug 15 all-day
Over 150 years later, Waukazoo’s descendants are returning to the area to participate in Park Township’s 100th anniversary celebration from August 15-23. In the 1830s and 40s, Chief Waukazoo and about 300 Ottawa Native Americans … Continue reading "2015 : Chief Waukazoo’s Descendents Invited Back to Park Township"
2016: DiggingDetroit.com Becomes the Detroitists
2016: DiggingDetroit.com Becomes the Detroitists
Aug 15 all-day
2016: DiggingDetroit.com Becomes the Detroitists
The Detroitists has launched! It brings a tear to your eye when the kids grow up… Digging Detroit is maturing. We’re going to bring you more content — both in volume and variety. Check the … Continue reading "2016: DiggingDetroit.com Becomes the Detroitists"
2016: MSU Goes Tobacco Free
2016: MSU Goes Tobacco Free
Aug 15 all-day
MSU’s new tobacco-free policy takes effect August 15, 2016, and prohibits all forms of tobacco and e-cigarettes on university property. For questions on the policy and its enforcement, please visit tobaccofree.msu.edu, which also includes toolkits for … Continue reading "2016: MSU Goes Tobacco Free"
2017 : Former Congressman Vern Ehlers Dies
2017 : Former Congressman Vern Ehlers Dies
Aug 15 all-day
Former U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers, a nuclear physicist and former Calvin College professor who served more than 17 years in Congress as a moderate Republican representing a west Michigan district, died in Grand Rapids on … Continue reading "2017 : Former Congressman Vern Ehlers Dies"
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1770 : Mackinac Island Frontier Justice
1770 : Mackinac Island Frontier Justice
Aug 16 all-day
1770 : Mackinac Island Frontier Justice
Frontier justice:  [Pennsylvania Gazette 8/16/1770] reports Mackinac Island News  
1812 : General William Hull Surrenders Detroit
1812 : General William Hull Surrenders Detroit
Aug 16 all-day
1812 : General William Hull Surrenders Detroit
Under bombardment by British forces across the Detroit River, and fearing a massacre by the Indians accompaning General Brock’s troops, General William Hull surrenders Detroit on this day during the war of 1812. General Hull … Continue reading "1812 : General William Hull Surrenders Detroit"
1858 : First Hot-Air Balloon Flight in Michigan Ends in Tragedy
1858 : First Hot-Air Balloon Flight in Michigan Ends in Tragedy
Aug 16 all-day
Ira Thurston, a well-known and experienced balloonist, lifted off from Adrian and completed Michigan’s first hot-air balloon flight by landing seventeen miles away in Riga Township (Lenawee County). While releasing gas after landing, Thurston accidentally … Continue reading "1858 : First Hot-Air Balloon Flight in Michigan Ends in Tragedy"
1958 : Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone Born in Bay City
1958 : Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone Born in Bay City
Aug 16 all-day
Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, better known as the singer Madonna, was born on Aug. 16, 1958 in Bay City. She later moved with her family to Rochester Hills and attended the University of Michigan for … Continue reading "1958 : Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone Born in Bay City"
1964 : Supremes Have First Number One Single
1964 : Supremes Have First Number One Single
Aug 16 all-day
1964 was a tumultuous year politically, with the nation still recovering from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy the previous November. In June, “Freedom Summer” brought hundreds of young people to Mississippi to work … Continue reading "1964 : Supremes Have First Number One Single"
1965 : First African American To Head Municipal Police Department in Michigan
1965 : First African American To Head Municipal Police Department in Michigan
Aug 16 all-day
On August 16, 1965m George Grady was named chief of police in Dowagiac. He was the first African American to head a municipal police department in Michigan. Grady directed the nineteen-member force until 1974 when … Continue reading "1965 : First African American To Head Municipal Police Department in Michigan"
1987 : Michigan’s Deadliest Plane Crash Occurs
1987 : Michigan’s Deadliest Plane Crash Occurs
Aug 16 all-day
A Northwest flight headed to Phoenix crashed shortly after takeoff from Detroit Metro Airport. Cecelia Cichan, who was four at the time, was the sole survivor among 155 passengers and crew members on board. Sources … Continue reading "1987 : Michigan’s Deadliest Plane Crash Occurs"
2018 : Cheese Processing Plant, One of the Nation’s Largest, Will Be Built in St. Johns
2018 : Cheese Processing Plant, One of the Nation’s Largest, Will Be Built in St. Johns
Aug 16 all-day
2018 : Cheese Processing Plant, One of the Nation's Largest, Will Be Built in St. Johns
NEW PLANT: Glanbia is partnering with dairy cooperative Select Milk Producers Inc. and Dairy Farmers of America to form Spartan Michigan LLC and build this new cheese plant. One of largest dairy processing facilities in … Continue reading "2018 : Cheese Processing Plant, One of the Nation’s Largest, Will Be Built in St. Johns"
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1895 : Talbert Abrams Born, Father of Aerial Photography
1895 : Talbert Abrams Born, Father of Aerial Photography
Aug 17 all-day
1895 : Talbert Abrams Born, Father of Aerial Photography
Talbert “Ted” Abrams (August 17, 1895, Tekonsha, Michigan – August 26, 1990) was an American photographer and aviator known as the “father of aerial photography”. While a child he read about the flights of the … Continue reading "1895 : Talbert Abrams Born, Father of Aerial Photography"
1915 : Kettering Receives Patent for Electric Self-Starter
1915 : Kettering Receives Patent for Electric Self-Starter
Aug 17 all-day
1915 : Kettering Receives Patent for Electric Self-Starter
On August 17, 1915, Charles Kettering got a patent for the electric self-starter. Early drivers had to crank to start the engine, so Henry Leland of @Cadillac asked Kettering for help. In 1911, he finished … Continue reading "1915 : Kettering Receives Patent for Electric Self-Starter"
1920 : Seaplane Delivers Mail to Detroit From Cleveland — First Airplane Mail Delivery to Michigan
1920 : Seaplane Delivers Mail to Detroit From Cleveland — First Airplane Mail Delivery to Michigan
Aug 17 all-day
On August 17, 1920, a seaplane, arriving from Cleveland, landed at Detroit with the first batch of mail ever delivered to Michigan by air. Regular airmail service, however, did not begin for nearly six more … Continue reading "1920 : Seaplane Delivers Mail to Detroit From Cleveland — First Airplane Mail Delivery to Michigan"
1942 : Life Magazine Takes A Look At Wartime Detroit, and Finds Many Problems
1942 : Life Magazine Takes A Look At Wartime Detroit, and Finds Many Problems
Aug 17 all-day
The news from Detroit is bad this summer. Few people across the country realize how bad it is. Wildcat strikes and slowdowns, material shortages and poor planning at the top have cut into Detroit’s productions … Continue reading "1942 : Life Magazine Takes A Look At Wartime Detroit, and Finds Many Problems"
1980 : Al Kaline’s Detroit Tiger Uniform Number Retired
1980 : Al Kaline’s Detroit Tiger Uniform Number Retired
Aug 17 all-day
1980 : Al Kaline's Detroit Tiger Uniform Number Retired
On August 17, 1980, Al Kaline became the first Detroit Tiger to have his uniform number (6) retired. Two weeks earlier, Kaline was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame, one of the few players … Continue reading "1980 : Al Kaline’s Detroit Tiger Uniform Number Retired"
2014 : Claudia House Morcom Dies, First Female African-American Judge on Wayne County’s Circuit Court
2014 : Claudia House Morcom Dies, First Female African-American Judge on Wayne County’s Circuit Court
Aug 17 all-day
Fifty years ago this summer, a young black woman lawyer from Detroit named Claudia House Morcom arrived in Mississippi on a mission that really meant risking her life. She was there to fight the system … Continue reading "2014 : Claudia House Morcom Dies, First Female African-American Judge on Wayne County’s Circuit Court"
2015 : Jake Elliot Wins World Yo-Yo Contest in Japan
2015 : Jake Elliot Wins World Yo-Yo Contest in Japan
Aug 17 all-day
The world has a new yo-yo champion, and he’s from west Michigan. Jake Elliot, 20, is originally from Grand Rapids and went to Grandville High School. Now, he lives in Milford, where he works full-time … Continue reading "2015 : Jake Elliot Wins World Yo-Yo Contest in Japan"
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1845 : German Lutherans Settle in Frankenmuth
1845 : German Lutherans Settle in Frankenmuth
Aug 18 all-day
1845 : German Lutherans Settle in Frankenmuth
The emigrants departed from Nuernberg on April 5, 1845 and traveled by foot, wagons, and trains to Bremerhafen, where they bought the provisions for their voyage. On April 20 they boarded the CAROLINE, where four … Continue reading "1845 : German Lutherans Settle in Frankenmuth"
1904: Belle Isle Aquarium Opens for First Time
1904: Belle Isle Aquarium Opens for First Time
Aug 18 all-day
1904: Belle Isle Aquarium Opens for First Time
The Belle Isle Aquarium was designed by famed Detroit architect, Albert Kahn, and opened on August 18, 1904. It is the oldest aquarium in the country and has served the Detroit community as a beloved attraction … Continue reading "1904: Belle Isle Aquarium Opens for First Time"
1922 : WKAR, Michigan’s First Public Radio Educational Station
1922 : WKAR, Michigan’s First Public Radio Educational Station
Aug 18 all-day
WKAR is a National Public Radio member station in East Lansing, Michigan; broadcasting at 870 kHz. It is owned by Michigan State University, and carries news and talk shows from NPR. It is part of … Continue reading "1922 : WKAR, Michigan’s First Public Radio Educational Station"
1926 : Traverse City Cherry Pie Gains National Exposure
1926 : Traverse City Cherry Pie Gains National Exposure
Aug 18 all-day
On Aug. 18, 1926, a giant Traverse City cherry pie on President Calvin Coolidge’s dinner table brought great attention to the region’s pastry. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported that the pie was shipped to Coolidge … Continue reading "1926 : Traverse City Cherry Pie Gains National Exposure"
1933 : Baby Face Nelson Robs First Bank in Grand Haven, Michigan
1933 : Baby Face Nelson Robs First Bank in Grand Haven, Michigan
Aug 18 all-day
1933 : Baby Face Nelson Robs First Bank in Grand Haven, Michigan
The man who became Baby Face Nelson was born Lester Joseph Gillis in Chicago in 1908. He began his criminal career early, being sentenced to juvenile detention at least three times before embarking on more … Continue reading "1933 : Baby Face Nelson Robs First Bank in Grand Haven, Michigan"
1940 : Walter Percy Chrysler Dies, Founder of the Chrysler Corporation
1940 : Walter Percy Chrysler Dies, Founder of the Chrysler Corporation
Aug 18 all-day
1940 : Walter Percy Chrysler Dies, Founder of the Chrysler Corporation
Walter Percy Chrysler, the founder of the American automotive corporation that bears his name, dies on this day in 1940 at his estate in Great Neck, New York, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. He was … Continue reading "1940 : Walter Percy Chrysler Dies, Founder of the Chrysler Corporation"
1941 : Congressman John Dingell Proposes Putting Japanese Americans in Internment Camps
1941 : Congressman John Dingell Proposes Putting Japanese Americans in Internment Camps
Aug 18 all-day
On August 18, 1941, Congressman John Dingell of Michigan sent a letter to President Roosevelt. He had an idea which might cause Japanese officials to change their minds about Asian conquests. What if the United … Continue reading "1941 : Congressman John Dingell Proposes Putting Japanese Americans in Internment Camps"
1967 : Jack Hall, 1st African American Michigan State Trooper
1967 : Jack Hall, 1st African American Michigan State Trooper
Aug 18 all-day
1967 : Jack Hall, 1st African American Michigan State Trooper
Jack Hall became the first African-American Michigan State Police trooper when he was sworn in on Aug. 18, 1967. The Benton Township patrolman had tried to enlist before, but the white recruiter in Paw Paw … Continue reading "1967 : Jack Hall, 1st African American Michigan State Trooper"
2014 : WMU Stryker School of Medicine Welcomes Inaugural Class
2014 : WMU Stryker School of Medicine Welcomes Inaugural Class
Aug 18 all-day
The nation’s newest medical school, the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, welcomed its inaugural class of 54 students Aug. 18, and it includes three WMU graduates who took advantage of WMU’s preferred … Continue reading "2014 : WMU Stryker School of Medicine Welcomes Inaugural Class"
2016 : Marquette’s Helen Maroulis Becomes 1st U.S. Woman With Wrestling Gold
2016 : Marquette’s Helen Maroulis Becomes 1st U.S. Woman With Wrestling Gold
Aug 18 all-day
2016 : Marquette’s Helen Maroulis Becomes 1st U.S. Woman With Wrestling Gold
After winning the Olympic gold medal — the first for the U.S. in women’s wrestling — Helen Maroulis dropped her head to the mat. As the referee lifted her hand in victory, Maroulis covered her … Continue reading "2016 : Marquette’s Helen Maroulis Becomes 1st U.S. Woman With Wrestling Gold"
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1844 : First USS Michigan Enters Active Service on Great Lakes
1844 : First USS Michigan Enters Active Service on Great Lakes
Aug 19 all-day
1844 : First USS Michigan Enters Active Service on Great Lakes
The USS Michigan was the United States Navy’s first iron-hulled warship. Commissioned in August 1844, the Michigan was then, and for decades thereafter, one of the fastest ships in the world. For sixty-eight years (the … Continue reading "1844 : First USS Michigan Enters Active Service on Great Lakes"
1899 : Kathleen Morrison (Colleen Moore) Born, Future Famous Actress and Flapper
1899 : Kathleen Morrison (Colleen Moore) Born, Future Famous Actress and Flapper
Aug 19 all-day
1899 : Kathleen Morrison (Colleen Moore) Born, Future Famous Actress and Flapper
Cute as a button, silent screen star Colleen Moore was born Kathleen Morrison, on August 19th, 1900 (or August 19, 1899 according to Michigan History and Wikipedia) in Port Huran, Michigan, into a secure and … Continue reading "1899 : Kathleen Morrison (Colleen Moore) Born, Future Famous Actress and Flapper"
1951 : St. Louis Browns Coach Sends Midget to the Plate Against Detroit Tigers
1951 : St. Louis Browns Coach Sends Midget to the Plate Against Detroit Tigers
Aug 19 all-day
1951 : St. Louis Browns Coach Sends Midget to the Plate Against Detroit Tigers
Eddie Gaedel (right) in his only plate appearance. In 1951, St. Louis owner and showman Bill Veeck sent 3’7” midget Eddie Gaedell in as a pinch hitter for the Browns’ leadoff batter in the second … Continue reading "1951 : St. Louis Browns Coach Sends Midget to the Plate Against Detroit Tigers"
1958 : Governor Rick Snyder Born
1958 : Governor Rick Snyder Born
Aug 19 all-day
1958 : Governor Rick Snyder Born
On Aug. 19, 1958, Rick Snyder was born in Battle Creek. Snyder graduated from Lakeview High School and went on to earn three college degrees by age 23. He started his professional career at Coopers … Continue reading "1958 : Governor Rick Snyder Born"
1959 : Kalamazoo Opens Nation’s First Downtown Pedestrian Mall
1959 : Kalamazoo Opens Nation’s First Downtown Pedestrian Mall
Aug 19 all-day
1959 : Kalamazoo Opens Nation's First Downtown Pedestrian Mall
The Kalamazoo Mall opened on August 19th, 1959, as the nation’s first downtown pedestrian mall. The Mall in 1960. Eisenhower was President. Elvis was King. It was August 19, 1959, and a new era in … Continue reading "1959 : Kalamazoo Opens Nation’s First Downtown Pedestrian Mall"
1992 : Mary Fisher Announces She Has AIDS at GOP National Convention
1992 : Mary Fisher Announces She Has AIDS at GOP National Convention
Aug 19 all-day
Two decades ago, Mary Fisher moved a Republican National Convention audience by calling on each of those assembled to be human, to take a compassionate and public stand and embrace those who had been diagnosed … Continue reading "1992 : Mary Fisher Announces She Has AIDS at GOP National Convention"
1995 : First Woodward Dream Cruise
1995 : First Woodward Dream Cruise
Aug 19 all-day
1995 : First Woodward Dream Cruise
A view of the 13th Annual Dream Cruise (2007) from atop a building located on Woodward Ave. near Maple Road (aka: 15 Mile Road) in Birmingham, MI On August 19, 1995, the inaugural Woodward Dream … Continue reading "1995 : First Woodward Dream Cruise"
2013 : President’s Family Adopts Dog from Michigan
2013 : President’s Family Adopts Dog from Michigan
Aug 19 all-day
President Barack Obama and his family welcomed a new 14-month-old Michigan-born puppy Sunny to the White House on Monday. Sunny was born in Michigan in June 2012 – and like Bo, the First Family’s other … Continue reading "2013 : President’s Family Adopts Dog from Michigan"
2016 : L. L. Bean Opens Store In Clinton Township
2016 : L. L. Bean Opens Store In Clinton Township
Aug 19 all-day
2016 : L. L. Bean Opens Store In Clinton Township
Michigan’s first L. L. Bean Store is located in Clinton Township. “We’ve been looking to open a Michigan store for four years,” he said. “Our brand is strong in Michigan. … Michigan has great outdoor … Continue reading "2016 : L. L. Bean Opens Store In Clinton Township"
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1794 : Battle of Fallen Timbers Opens Northwest to American Settlers
1794 : Battle of Fallen Timbers Opens Northwest to American Settlers
Aug 20 all-day
1794 : Battle of Fallen Timbers Opens Northwest to American Settlers
Led by General “Mad Anthony” Wayne, a force of two thousand Americans succeeded in defeating a confederation of one thousand Shawnee, Mingo, Delaware, Wyandot, Miami, Ottawa, Chippewa and Pottawatomie warriors just south of present-day Toledo, … Continue reading "1794 : Battle of Fallen Timbers Opens Northwest to American Settlers"
1911 : Cadillac Announces Self-Starting Motor
1911 : Cadillac Announces Self-Starting Motor
Aug 20 all-day
1911 : Cadillac Announces Self-Starting Motor
In 1912 Cadillac fitted the first starter motor as standard equipment on its Model 30. This deceptively simple device made it possible for anyone , no matter what their strength, to turn over a multi-cylinder … Continue reading "1911 : Cadillac Announces Self-Starting Motor"
1971 : Oscoda Claims Paul Bunyan
1971 : Oscoda Claims Paul Bunyan
Aug 20 all-day
1971 : Oscoda Claims Paul Bunyan
On Aug. 20, 1971, the city of Oscoda held a Paul Bunyan Festival to establish ownership of the legendary logger who could straighten rivers, strip trees by sliding down them with axes tied to his … Continue reading "1971 : Oscoda Claims Paul Bunyan"
1981 : Huron Valley Men’s Facility Opens
1981 : Huron Valley Men’s Facility Opens
Aug 20 all-day
1981 : Huron Valley Men's Facility Opens
On Aug. 20, 1981, the Huron Valley Men’s facility, the state’s third maximum-security prison, opened near Ypsilanti. Twenty maximum-security inmates from the Marquette prison were the first of 411 of the toughest prisoners in the … Continue reading "1981 : Huron Valley Men’s Facility Opens"
2013 : Governor Snyder Goes Scuba Diving to Publicize Marine Sanctuaries
2013 : Governor Snyder Goes Scuba Diving to Publicize Marine Sanctuaries
Aug 20 all-day
2013 : Governor Snyder Goes Scuba Diving to Publicize Marine Sanctuaries
Governor Rick Snyder performed what was surely a gubernatorial first Tuesday when he personally embarked on a scuba dive into Lake Huron to get a first-hand look at one of the shipwrecks in the marine … Continue reading "2013 : Governor Snyder Goes Scuba Diving to Publicize Marine Sanctuaries"
2013 : Novelist Elmore Leonard, ‘Dickens of Detroit’, Dies
2013 : Novelist Elmore Leonard, ‘Dickens of Detroit’, Dies
Aug 20 all-day
2013 : Novelist Elmore Leonard, 'Dickens of Detroit', Dies
Elmore Leonard, one of America’s greatest crime novelists and often called the “Dickens of Detroit,” has died. A worldly former advertising man, Leonard had a particular gift for the snappy, visceral dialogue of the street … Continue reading "2013 : Novelist Elmore Leonard, ‘Dickens of Detroit’, Dies"
2015 : Michigan History for Kids Relaunched
2015 : Michigan History for Kids Relaunched
Aug 20 all-day
2015 : Michigan History for Kids Relaunched
Michigan History for Kids   The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) announces the release of Michigan History for Kids magazine and its accompanying website, www.michigankids.org. Aimed at children in third and fourth grades, where state … Continue reading "2015 : Michigan History for Kids Relaunched"
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1897 : Olds Motor Works Founded
1897 : Olds Motor Works Founded
Aug 21 all-day
1897 : Olds Motor Works Founded
Ransom Eli Olds of Lansing, Michigan, founds Olds Motors Works–which will later become Oldsmobile–on August 21, 1897. Born in Geneva, Ohio, in 1864, Olds went to work for his family’s machine-repair and engine-building business in … Continue reading "1897 : Olds Motor Works Founded"
1912 : Suffragette Speaks to 3000 Auto Workers at Ford Plant in Detroit
1912 : Suffragette Speaks to 3000 Auto Workers at Ford Plant in Detroit
Aug 21 all-day
According to the August 21, 1912 Detroit Free Press, women’s rights advocate Rev. Ida C. Hultin of Boston addressed approximately 3000 Ford Motor Company workers at noon exhorting the need for women to receive the … Continue reading "1912 : Suffragette Speaks to 3000 Auto Workers at Ford Plant in Detroit"
1964 : Capri Drive-In Opens in Coldwater
1964 : Capri Drive-In Opens in Coldwater
Aug 21 all-day
1964 : Capri Drive-In Opens in Coldwater
The Capri Drive-in in Coldwater is not only an emblem of a fading Michigan icon (the state once had 100 drive-ins) but a major surviving attraction along U.S. 12, which began as the Great Saulk … Continue reading "1964 : Capri Drive-In Opens in Coldwater"
2016 : Flint’s Claressa Shields Wins Olympic Gold Medal for Second Time
2016 : Flint’s Claressa Shields Wins Olympic Gold Medal for Second Time
Aug 21 all-day
2016 : Flint's Claressa Shields Wins Olympic Gold Medal for Second Time
Flint’s Claressa Shields made history this afternoon, becoming the first U.S. boxer to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals, defeating the Netherland’s Nouchka Fontijn in the women’s middleweight (75 kg). And the Flint native did it … Continue reading "2016 : Flint’s Claressa Shields Wins Olympic Gold Medal for Second Time"
2016: Former Spartan Draymond Green Wins Gold Medal As Member of Men’s Basketball Team
2016: Former Spartan Draymond Green Wins Gold Medal As Member of Men’s Basketball Team
Aug 21 all-day
Former Saginaw High and Michigan State star Draymond Green became the second athlete from Saginaw and third basketball player from MSU to bring home a gold medal. Green scored two points Sunday in the United … Continue reading "2016: Former Spartan Draymond Green Wins Gold Medal As Member of Men’s Basketball Team"
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1892 : Detroit Citizens Street Railway Begins Electrifying Trolley Lines in Detroit
1892 : Detroit Citizens Street Railway Begins Electrifying Trolley Lines in Detroit
Aug 22 all-day
1892 : Detroit Citizens Street Railway Begins Electrifying Trolley Lines in Detroit
On August 22, 1892, the first electric trolley began operation in Detroit along Jefferson Avenue. At the beginning of the Gay ’90’s, the horse-car riding public included just about everybody in town. Even the most … Continue reading "1892 : Detroit Citizens Street Railway Begins Electrifying Trolley Lines in Detroit"
1902: Cadillac Automobile Company Formed
1902: Cadillac Automobile Company Formed
Aug 22 all-day
1902: Cadillac Automobile Company Formed
On Aug. 22, 1902, Henry M. Leland formed the Cadillac Automobile Company with a group of investors who had previously tried but failed to start a car company with Henry Ford. The company’s first car … Continue reading "1902: Cadillac Automobile Company Formed"
1916 : Oakland County Celebrates Centennial
1916 : Oakland County Celebrates Centennial
Aug 22 all-day
Police estimated that the crowd watching the centennial parade in Pontiac was larger than the city’s population.  The parade was two miles long, and included over 200 floats.  6000 men and 500 women participated. Source … Continue reading "1916 : Oakland County Celebrates Centennial"
1954 : Frandor Center Opens, Michigan’s 2nd Oldest Mall
1954 : Frandor Center Opens, Michigan’s 2nd Oldest Mall
Aug 22 all-day
1954 : Frandor Center Opens, Michigan's 2nd Oldest Mall
A sign that once stood at the north end of Frandor Center welcomes mid-century shoppers into the vast – and totally for free –  parking area. It could accommodate nearly five thousand autos. Photo from www.lostlansing.com … Continue reading "1954 : Frandor Center Opens, Michigan’s 2nd Oldest Mall"
2018 : Lansing State Journal Features Historical Amusement Parks
2018 : Lansing State Journal Features Historical Amusement Parks
Aug 22 all-day
2018 : Lansing State Journal Features Historical Amusement Parks
Ever wonder what Michigan’s old amusement parks were like? Lansing State Journal rounded up parks you may remember and some you probably never knew existed. Here are a few of the lost and abandoned amusement … Continue reading "2018 : Lansing State Journal Features Historical Amusement Parks"
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1861 : August 23 Michigan Argus
1861 : August 23 Michigan Argus
Aug 23 all-day
The subscription rate for the 1861 Michigan Argus (Ann  Arbor) was $1.50 per  year. The Ann Arbor District Library now makes it available for free online. Most of the news revolves around the Civil War, … Continue reading "1861 : August 23 Michigan Argus"
1873 : Detroit Evening News Debuts, Predecessor of Detroit News
1873 : Detroit Evening News Debuts, Predecessor of Detroit News
Aug 23 all-day
James Edmund Scripps published the first issue of the The Evening News, predecessor of the Detroit News. Scripps had a revolutionary idea in newspaper publishing. Instead of depending on support from a political party, he … Continue reading "1873 : Detroit Evening News Debuts, Predecessor of Detroit News"
1975 : Detroit Lions Move to Pontiac
1975 : Detroit Lions Move to Pontiac
Aug 23 all-day
The Detroit Lions move to the suburbs. Over sixty thousand fans gathered to watch the Detroit Lions play their first game in the new Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium, later called the Pontiac Silverdome. The Lions beat … Continue reading "1975 : Detroit Lions Move to Pontiac"
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1834 : Cholera Epidemic Breaks Out in Detroit Second Time
1834 : Cholera Epidemic Breaks Out in Detroit Second Time
Aug 24 all-day
On Aug. 24, 1834, a second wave of the cholera epidemic struck Detroit. Hundreds of Detroiters are believed to have died in August and September 1834 of cholera, which results from a bacterial infection of … Continue reading "1834 : Cholera Epidemic Breaks Out in Detroit Second Time"
1908 : Carrie Nation, Temperence Champion, Descends on Detroit
1908 : Carrie Nation, Temperence Champion, Descends on Detroit
Aug 24 all-day
1908 : Carrie Nation, Temperence Champion, Descends on Detroit
The most famous saloon smasher of them all was Carrie Nation from Medicine Lodge, Kansas, the daughter of a Fundamentalist Kentucky planter father and a psychotic mother. Some historians believe Carrie Nation herself was psychotic. … Continue reading "1908 : Carrie Nation, Temperence Champion, Descends on Detroit"
1912 : Senator William Alden Smith Helps Michigan Claim Three Obsolete Cannon
1912 : Senator William Alden Smith Helps Michigan Claim Three Obsolete Cannon
Aug 24 all-day
There was a time when Michigan was anxious to claim loot from Washington, D.C.   According to the Detroit Free Press, the U.S. Senate raffled off 150 obsolete cannon from the nation’s arsenal on August 24, … Continue reading "1912 : Senator William Alden Smith Helps Michigan Claim Three Obsolete Cannon"
1915 : Michigan Legislature Enacts Rat Bounty
1915 : Michigan Legislature Enacts Rat Bounty
Aug 24 all-day
On August 24, 1915, the state began paying a bounty on dead rats. In part, the act reads: “Every person being an inhabitant of this State who shall kill any black, brown, gray, or Norway … Continue reading "1915 : Michigan Legislature Enacts Rat Bounty"
1969 : East Lansing Resident Crosses Lake Michigan in Bathtub
1969 : East Lansing Resident Crosses Lake Michigan in Bathtub
Aug 24 all-day
1969 : East Lansing Resident Crosses Lake Michigan in Bathtub
On August 24 1969, Victor Jackson, of East Lansing, landed near Manitowac, Wisconsin, after completing a 14 and-a-half hour trip across Lake Michigan in a bathtub. The 32-year-old father of six made the 65-mile journey … Continue reading "1969 : East Lansing Resident Crosses Lake Michigan in Bathtub"
1978 : Olivia Maynard, 1st Female Majority-Party Running Mate in Michigan History
1978 : Olivia Maynard, 1st Female Majority-Party Running Mate in Michigan History
Aug 24 all-day
1978 : Olivia Maynard, 1st Female Majority-Party Running Mate in Michigan History
Olivia Procter Maynard has strived to help the underserved and overlooked, especially children, women, minorities, and senior citizens. The first woman to chair the Michigan Democratic Party (1979-1983), Maynard also was the first woman nominated … Continue reading "1978 : Olivia Maynard, 1st Female Majority-Party Running Mate in Michigan History"
1998 : Michigan State Fair Recalls When Detroit Was Once The Stove Capital of the World
1998 : Michigan State Fair Recalls When Detroit Was Once The Stove Capital of the World
Aug 24 all-day
1998 : Michigan State Fair Recalls When Detroit Was Once The Stove Capital of the World
On Aug. 24, 1998, the Michigan State Fair unveiled a refurbished gigantic stove that represented Detroit’s claim to fame before automobiles came around. Detroit, formerly, was known as the stove capital of the world. In … Continue reading "1998 : Michigan State Fair Recalls When Detroit Was Once The Stove Capital of the World"
2018 : Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest (Date Varies)
2018 : Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest (Date Varies)
Aug 24 all-day
2018 : Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest (Date Varies)
The Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Association (MDCD) will carry on Detroit’s century-long tradition of boat racing as the Gold Cup sponsor of the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest 2018. A fleet of eight H1 teams, … Continue reading "2018 : Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest (Date Varies)"
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1818 : Walk-in-the-Water Launched, First Steamboat To Reach Detroit
1818 : Walk-in-the-Water Launched, First Steamboat To Reach Detroit
Aug 25 all-day
1818 : Walk-in-the-Water Launched, First Steamboat To Reach Detroit
WALK-IN-THE-WATER, the first steamboat on Lake Erie, was built at Black Rock, NY, in 1818 under the supervision of Noah Brown and Robert Fulton. A paddlewheel-driven boat 132′ long and 32′ across the beam, it … Continue reading "1818 : Walk-in-the-Water Launched, First Steamboat To Reach Detroit"
1840 : Joseph Gibbons Patents First Machine for Seeding Fields
1840 : Joseph Gibbons Patents First Machine for Seeding Fields
Aug 25 all-day
Joseph Gibbons, of Adrian MI, received a patent for a “Grain Drill” (“Improvement in Seed Planters”); first truly practical seeding machine (combined a grain drill with cavities to deliver seed and a device for regulating … Continue reading "1840 : Joseph Gibbons Patents First Machine for Seeding Fields"
1844 : Christian Clemens Dies, Founder of Mt. Clemens
1844 : Christian Clemens Dies, Founder of Mt. Clemens
Aug 25 all-day
1844 : Christian Clemens Dies, Founder of Mt. Clemens
Christian Clemens, pioneer settler of Mt. Clemens (every historical record calls him that! as if it were his title!), was born in 1768, and came to Detroit from his native Pennsylvania in 1795. In 1798, … Continue reading "1844 : Christian Clemens Dies, Founder of Mt. Clemens"
1872 : Equine Influenza Outbreak Halts Streetcar Runs in Detroit
1872 : Equine Influenza Outbreak Halts Streetcar Runs in Detroit
Aug 25 all-day
On Aug. 25, 1872, a disease that spread through Detroit’s horse population temporarily halted streetcar runs and forced express companies to deliver and collect in handcarts. Sources: Mich-Again’s Day. Equine influenza wikipedia article. Adoniram B. … Continue reading "1872 : Equine Influenza Outbreak Halts Streetcar Runs in Detroit"
1895 : Michigan’s Most Notorious Train Robber Killed
1895 : Michigan’s Most Notorious Train Robber Killed
Aug 25 all-day
On August 25, 1895, John Smalley — Michigan’s most notorious train robber, who bragged to have stolen more than $1 million — was shot dead by deputies during a shootout in McBain in Missaukee County. … Continue reading "1895 : Michigan’s Most Notorious Train Robber Killed"
1903 : Ambrose Tyler, Survives Civil War, but Dies on Streets of Hillsdale
1903 : Ambrose Tyler, Survives Civil War, but Dies on Streets of Hillsdale
Aug 25 all-day
After surviving all the horrors of the War, plus capture, Corp. Ambrose Tyler was to die in a freak accident on the streets of Hillsdale on August 25, 1903. Being accompanied by David Watkins of … Continue reading "1903 : Ambrose Tyler, Survives Civil War, but Dies on Streets of Hillsdale"
1933 : Tom Skerritt Born in Detroit, Actor
1933 : Tom Skerritt Born in Detroit, Actor
Aug 25 all-day
1933 : Tom Skerritt Born in Detroit, Actor
Thomas Roy “Tom” Skerritt (born August 25, 1933) is an American actor who has appeared in more than forty films and more than two hundred television episodes since 1962. He is best known for his … Continue reading "1933 : Tom Skerritt Born in Detroit, Actor"
1990 : Cecil Fielder’s Home Run Clears Left Field Roof at Tiger Stadium
1990 : Cecil Fielder’s Home Run Clears Left Field Roof at Tiger Stadium
Aug 25 all-day
On August 25, 1990, Cecil Fielder became the first Tiger to hit a home run over the left field roof at Tiger Stadium. The shot came in a 14-4 win over the Oakland Athletics. Harmon … Continue reading "1990 : Cecil Fielder’s Home Run Clears Left Field Roof at Tiger Stadium"
1992 : Saline Michigan Mastodon Trail Discovered
1992 : Saline Michigan Mastodon Trail Discovered
Aug 25 all-day
Eleven thousand years ago, an adult male mastodon walked alone along the edge of a pond in what is now Michigan. The elephant-like animal stepped unexpectedly on a large log in its path. Its front … Continue reading "1992 : Saline Michigan Mastodon Trail Discovered"
2014 : Latest Addition to Spartan Stadium
2014 : Latest Addition to Spartan Stadium
Aug 25 all-day
Michigan State will unveil its $24.5 million north end zone expansion Monday, August 25. The facility will have a 4,500 square foot home locker room that will be named for Rachel Adams, the mother of … Continue reading "2014 : Latest Addition to Spartan Stadium"
2014 : U.S. Rep. John Lewis Visits East Lansing
2014 : U.S. Rep. John Lewis Visits East Lansing
Aug 25 all-day
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a longtime fighter for civil rights, visits East Lansing on Monday as part of East Lansing and Michigan State University’s One Book, One Community campaign. Lewis — the only surviving member … Continue reading "2014 : U.S. Rep. John Lewis Visits East Lansing"
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1817 : Catholepistemiad / University of Michigania Approved by Michigan Territorial Legislature
1817 : Catholepistemiad / University of Michigania Approved by Michigan Territorial Legislature
Aug 26 all-day
1817 : Catholepistemiad / University of Michigania Approved by Michigan Territorial Legislature
On August 26, 1817, under the leadership of Augustus Woodward, the territorial legislature, meeting in Detroit, passed an act establishing the Catholepistemiad or the University of Michigania. Woodward, apparently, had strong interest in promoting a … Continue reading "1817 : Catholepistemiad / University of Michigania Approved by Michigan Territorial Legislature"
1889 : Last Stagecoach Holdup in Michigan
1889 : Last Stagecoach Holdup in Michigan
Aug 26 all-day
1889 : Last Stagecoach Holdup in Michigan
  On August 26, 1889, the final stagecoach robbery in Michigan took place when 22-year-old Reimund Holzhey — “Black Bart of the Upper Peninsula” — stopped a coach that was carrying four prominent bankers on … Continue reading "1889 : Last Stagecoach Holdup in Michigan"
1935 : UAW Organized
1935 : UAW Organized
Aug 26 all-day
1935 : UAW Organized
By 1935, representatives of various unions met to discuss forming a single union for automobile workers. The result was the formation of the independent United Auto Workers on August 26, 1935. A little more than … Continue reading "1935 : UAW Organized"
1950 : Ransom E. Olds Dies
1950 : Ransom E. Olds Dies
Aug 26 all-day
1950 : Ransom E. Olds Dies
Ransom Eli Olds was born on June 3, 1864 in Geneva, Ohio, the youngest of three sons of Pliny Fisk Olds and Sarah Whipple Olds. His father was a blacksmith and later became a store … Continue reading "1950 : Ransom E. Olds Dies"
1992 : Mike Ilitch Buys The Detroit Tigers
1992 : Mike Ilitch Buys The Detroit Tigers
Aug 26 all-day
On August 26, 1992, Tom Monaghan sold the Detroit Tigers to fellow pizza magnate Mike Ilitch for $85 million. Under Ilitch’s ownership, the team moved to its new home, Comerica Park, in 2000, hosted the … Continue reading "1992 : Mike Ilitch Buys The Detroit Tigers"
2016: Women’s Equality Day
2016: Women’s Equality Day
Aug 26 all-day
Women’s Equality Day commemorates passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting the right to vote to women. The amendment was first introduced in 1878. In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 … Continue reading "2016: Women’s Equality Day"
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1818 : First Steamboat on the Upper Great Lakes Arrives in Detroit
1818 : First Steamboat on the Upper Great Lakes Arrives in Detroit
Aug 27 all-day
1818 : First Steamboat on the Upper Great Lakes Arrives in Detroit
On August 27, 1818, the Walk-in-the-Water, the first steamboat on the Upper Great Lakes, arrived in Detroit. She was owned by the Lake Erie Steamboat Company and ran between Buffalo and Detroit, with additional stops … Continue reading "1818 : First Steamboat on the Upper Great Lakes Arrives in Detroit"
1856 : Lincoln Visits Kalamazoo
1856 : Lincoln Visits Kalamazoo
Aug 27 all-day
1856 : Lincoln Visits Kalamazoo
Lincoln Campaign Button, 1860. From the Archives of Michigan collections. Abraham Lincoln only once set foot on Michigan soil when he visited Kalamazoo on August 27, 1856 to campaign for Presidential Candidate John Charles Fremont. … Continue reading "1856 : Lincoln Visits Kalamazoo"
1866 : John Taylor Lynched in Mason
1866 : John Taylor Lynched in Mason
Aug 27 all-day
A former mulatto Civil War soldier was lynched in Mason on August 27, 1866, accused of attacking a local farmer’s female relatives with an ax in a dispute over wages. The rest of the story: … Continue reading "1866 : John Taylor Lynched in Mason"
2010 : Native Americans Asserting John Jay Treaty Rights By Canoeing Across Detroit River and Back
2010 : Native Americans Asserting John Jay Treaty Rights By Canoeing Across Detroit River and Back
Aug 27 all-day
2010 : Native Americans Asserting John Jay Treaty Rights By Canoeing Across Detroit River and Back
Led by the American Indian Movement of Michigan, Native Americans are getting back to their roots on Friday, August 27, 2010 with a Detroit River Canoe Crossing to enforce the 1974 Jay Treaty Rights (see … Continue reading "2010 : Native Americans Asserting John Jay Treaty Rights By Canoeing Across Detroit River and Back"
2018 : Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Visits East Lansing, MSU
2018 : Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Visits East Lansing, MSU
Aug 27 all-day
2018 : Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Visits East Lansing, MSU
August 26-27, 2018: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited East Lansing to talke and field questions at the East Lansing High School Theater, the Breslin Center, and at the Kellogg Center. The girl from the … Continue reading "2018 : Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Visits East Lansing, MSU"
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1938 : Charlie McCarthy, Ventiloquist’s Dummy, Wins Honorary Degree from Northwestern University
1938 : Charlie McCarthy, Ventiloquist’s Dummy, Wins Honorary Degree from Northwestern University
Aug 28 all-day
On this day in 1938, the veritable Charlie McCarthy was awarded the first ever degree to a ventriloquist’s dummy. The “Master of Innuendo & Snappy Comeback” was awarded on air at Northwestern University, the alma … Continue reading "1938 : Charlie McCarthy, Ventiloquist’s Dummy, Wins Honorary Degree from Northwestern University"
1964 : Hitchhikers and Bicycles Banned From Freeways
1964 : Hitchhikers and Bicycles Banned From Freeways
Aug 28 all-day
On this day a state law banning hitchhikers and bicycles from freeways went into effect. Source : Michigan History, July/August 2012
2017: Jud Heathcote Dies, Former MSU Basketball Coach
2017: Jud Heathcote Dies, Former MSU Basketball Coach
Aug 28 all-day
Michigan State Athletics is sad to announce that Jud Heathcote passed away Monday at the age of 90 in Spokane, Washington George M. (Jud) Heathcote coached the Michigan State men’s basketball team from 1976-95, guiding … Continue reading "2017: Jud Heathcote Dies, Former MSU Basketball Coach"
2018 : Elk Hunting Season Begins (Date Varies)
2018 : Elk Hunting Season Begins (Date Varies)
Aug 28 all-day
2018 : Elk Hunting Season Begins (Date Varies)
  Michigan’s elk hunting season is getting underway. The season is divided into three periods. Season 1 : August 28 – 31; Sept. 14-17;  and  Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Season 2 : Dec. 15-23 Season 3 … Continue reading "2018 : Elk Hunting Season Begins (Date Varies)"
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1821 : Lewis Cass Negotiates the Treaty of Chicago
1821 : Lewis Cass Negotiates the Treaty of Chicago
Aug 29 all-day
1821 : Lewis Cass Negotiates the Treaty of Chicago
An experienced negotiator, Governor Lewis Cass was again called upon to work to secure more Indian lands for the United States. Therefore, he traveled to Chicago – then just a remote outpost – to meet … Continue reading "1821 : Lewis Cass Negotiates the Treaty of Chicago"
1876 : Charles F. Kettering Born, Inventor, Businessman, Philanthropist
1876 : Charles F. Kettering Born, Inventor, Businessman, Philanthropist
Aug 29 all-day
1876 : Charles F. Kettering Born, Inventor, Businessman, Philanthropist
Charles Kettering became an iconic American inventor, engineer, and businessman. He filed 186 patents in his life. He was a founder of Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company, or DELCO, and was head of research at General … Continue reading "1876 : Charles F. Kettering Born, Inventor, Businessman, Philanthropist"
1916 : Helen Keller Meets Henry Ford
1916 : Helen Keller Meets Henry Ford
Aug 29 all-day
1916 : Helen Keller Meets Henry Ford
Helen Keller–pacifist, socialist, advocate for the disabled, and I.W.W. member–“listens” to Henry Ford speak during a 1916 visit to Detroit. The two found common cause in their pre-World War I peace efforts and Henry Ford’s … Continue reading "1916 : Helen Keller Meets Henry Ford"
1925 : Drilling Begins in Michigan’s First Oil Field
1925 : Drilling Begins in Michigan’s First Oil Field
Aug 29 all-day
On Aug. 29, 1925, prospectors began drilling into the earth in an area known as Deindorfer Woods after discovering what would become the state’s first oil field a week prior. The Saginaw Prospecting Company oversaw … Continue reading "1925 : Drilling Begins in Michigan’s First Oil Field"
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1905 : Ty Cobb Plays His First Game As Detroit Tiger
1905 : Ty Cobb Plays His First Game As Detroit Tiger
Aug 30 all-day
1905 : Ty Cobb Plays His First Game As Detroit Tiger
On August 30, 1905, Tiger fans got their first glimpse of a tall 18-year-old named Tyrus Raymond Cobb.  The new player threw right-handed, but batted left-handed, and would eventually known as the Georgia Peach. In his … Continue reading "1905 : Ty Cobb Plays His First Game As Detroit Tiger"
Aug. 30, 1840 : Hazen Pingree Born, Future Detroit Mayor and Michigan Governor
Aug. 30, 1840 : Hazen Pingree Born, Future Detroit Mayor and Michigan Governor
Aug 30 all-day
Aug. 30, 1840 : Hazen Pingree Born, Future Detroit Mayor and Michigan Governor
On Aug. 30, 1840, Hazen Pingree was born in Maine. He would go on to become mayor of Detroit in 1889 and governor in 1897. Pingree made a name for himself in the Civil War … Continue reading "Aug. 30, 1840 : Hazen Pingree Born, Future Detroit Mayor and Michigan Governor"
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1809 : Michigan’s First Newspaper
1809 : Michigan’s First Newspaper
Aug 31 all-day
1809 : Michigan's First Newspaper
Michigan’s first newspaper appeared two hundred years ago. The first – and possibly only – issue of The Michigan Essay; or, the Impartial Observer was printed on August 31, 1809. James M. Miller published this … Continue reading "1809 : Michigan’s First Newspaper"
1916 : Daniel Webster Litwhiler Born, The Thomas Edison of Baseball
1916 : Daniel Webster Litwhiler Born, The Thomas Edison of Baseball
Aug 31 all-day
1916 : Daniel Webster Litwhiler Born, The Thomas Edison of Baseball
Daniel Webster Litwhiler  was an American Major League baseball player who played from 1940 to 1951. He played for the Boston Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds. He was the first Major … Continue reading "1916 : Daniel Webster Litwhiler Born, The Thomas Edison of Baseball"
1920 : First Live News Broadcast in Detroit
1920 : First Live News Broadcast in Detroit
Aug 31 all-day
The first ever live news broadcast, the reading of local election results, was made on August 31, 1920 from 8MK in Detroit. The station, then owned and operated by The Detroit News, had only been … Continue reading "1920 : First Live News Broadcast in Detroit"
1967 : Republican Presidential Candidate George Romney Says He Was Brainwashed
1967 : Republican Presidential Candidate George Romney Says He Was Brainwashed
Aug 31 all-day
Initially a front runner for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 1968 election, George Romney proved an ineffective campaigner and fell behind Richard Nixon in the polls. On August 31, … Continue reading "1967 : Republican Presidential Candidate George Romney Says He Was Brainwashed"
2015 : 27 Reasons Why Its Great To Attend Michigan State
2015 : 27 Reasons Why Its Great To Attend Michigan State
Aug 31 all-day
27 Reasons Why Its Great To Attend Michigan State posted by Meagan Beck on Buzzfeed, September 2, 2015.
2018 : Big Ten Football Season Opens for Spartans
2018 : Big Ten Football Season Opens for Spartans
Aug 31 all-day
Well it’s football season again for the Spartans as they welcome the Utah State Aggies.   Click on the YouTube Video above to enjoy the Big Ten Conference Commercial tweeked with the music from Game of … Continue reading "2018 : Big Ten Football Season Opens for Spartans"
2018 : Sparty Ready for New Football Season
2018 : Sparty Ready for New Football Season
Aug 31 all-day
2018 : Sparty Ready for New Football Season
      Football season has returned!  A modern day Sparty exhorts the crowd.   Here’s a picture of a much earlier Sparty. The Sparty character portrayed here dates from 1956 to 1984, when it … Continue reading "2018 : Sparty Ready for New Football Season"