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1750: Detroit’s First French Census
1750: Detroit’s First French Census
Sep 1 all-day
Detroit was founded by Europeans in 1701 when the colonial French established a fort here as a center for trading. The European population numbered 100 French soldiers, farmers and merchants. The first women arrived in … Continue reading "1750: Detroit’s First French Census"
1796 : Mackinac Island Becomes Part of the United States
1796 : Mackinac Island Becomes Part of the United States
Sep 1 all-day
Following the Revolutionary War, the 1783 Treaty of Paris ceded Mackinac Island to the colonies. However, the British did not evacuate Fort Mackinac for St. Joseph Island until 13 years later, in 1796. On September … Continue reading "1796 : Mackinac Island Becomes Part of the United States"
1873 : New Jackson Rail Depot Dedicated
1873 : New Jackson Rail Depot Dedicated
Sep 1 all-day
1873 : New Jackson Rail Depot Dedicated
The historic Amtrak station in Jackson, Michigan is the oldest, continuously operating, railroad-designed-and-built passenger train station in the United States, according to Ed Rutkowski, its chief historian. The current station was built in 1872-73 by … Continue reading "1873 : New Jackson Rail Depot Dedicated"
1875 : Edgar Rice Burroughs Born
1875 : Edgar Rice Burroughs Born
Sep 1 all-day
1875 : Edgar Rice Burroughs Born
Generations have grown up reading the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, including his enduring “Tarzan” and “John Carter of Mars” fantasy series. They’ve pored over the countless movie, TV show and comic book adaptations, but … Continue reading "1875 : Edgar Rice Burroughs Born"
1884 : Big Rapids Industrial School, Now Ferris State, Founded
1884 : Big Rapids Industrial School, Now Ferris State, Founded
Sep 1 all-day
1884 : Big Rapids Industrial School, Now Ferris State, Founded
Woodbridge Ferris founded the Big Rapids Industrial School in Big Rapids on this date in 1884. It is now called Ferris State University. The Big Rapids Industrial School actually opened  in temporary quarters in the … Continue reading "1884 : Big Rapids Industrial School, Now Ferris State, Founded"
1886 : Electric Streetcars Launched in Detroit
1886 : Electric Streetcars Launched in Detroit
Sep 1 all-day
1886 : Electric Streetcars Launched in Detroit
On September 1, 1886, the first electric streetcars to begin operating within the city of Detroit began along Dix Avenue (now known as West Vernor), from 24th Street (where it connected with the Congress and … Continue reading "1886 : Electric Streetcars Launched in Detroit"
1891 : Michigan Library Association Holds First Meeting
1891 : Michigan Library Association Holds First Meeting
Sep 1 all-day
The Michigan Library Association held its first formal meeting in Detroit on September 1, 1891. Source : Michigan History, September/October 2016
1907 : Walter Reuther Born
1907 : Walter Reuther Born
Sep 1 all-day
Walter P. Reuther, one of America’s great labor leaders and president the United Automobile Workers union (UAW) between 1946 and 1970, was born on this day. Sources : No Greater Calling : The Life of … Continue reading "1907 : Walter Reuther Born"
1912 : The Michigan Workman’s Compensation Law Was Passed
1912 : The Michigan Workman’s Compensation Law Was Passed
Sep 1 all-day
On September 1, 1912, the Michigan Workman’s Compensation Law was passed, requiring employers to pay the costs of injuries resulting from industrial accidents. Source : Michigan History, September/October 2015, p.7.
1914 : Greatest 24-Hour Rainfall
1914 : Greatest 24-Hour Rainfall
Sep 1 all-day
The greatest 24-hour rainfall in state history was recorded at Bloomingdale (Van Buren County) : 9.78 inches. Source : September/October 2014 Michigan History magazine.
1924 : KKK Parade in Lansing, Michigan
1924 : KKK Parade in Lansing, Michigan
Sep 1 all-day
1924 : KKK Parade in Lansing, Michigan
Ku Klux Klan Marching Down Michigan Avenue in Lansing on Sept. 1, 1924. Look up the Sept. 1, 1924 Lansing State Journal on microfilm at the downtown main library, and you will see a notice: … Continue reading "1924 : KKK Parade in Lansing, Michigan"
1928: Fisher Building Opens Doors
1928: Fisher Building Opens Doors
Sep 1 all-day
1928: Fisher Building Opens Doors
The Fisher Building swung open its doors in Detroit on September 1, 1928. To celebrate, here’s a look at some fascinating facts and figures about Detroit’s “largest art object.” Sweet things are made of this … Continue reading "1928: Fisher Building Opens Doors"
1939 : First Degrees in Automotive Engineering Awarded
1939 : First Degrees in Automotive Engineering Awarded
Sep 1 all-day
On September 1, 1939, the nation’s first degrees in Automotive Engineering were conferred at the Lawrence Institute of Technology. Founded in 1932, the school is now known as Lawrence Technological University. Source : Detroit Historical … Continue reading "1939 : First Degrees in Automotive Engineering Awarded"
1939 : Lily Tomlin Born, Actress, Comedian
1939 : Lily Tomlin Born, Actress, Comedian
Sep 1 all-day
1939 : Lily Tomlin Born, Actress, Comedian
Tomlin at the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan, and attended Cass Technical High School. and Wayne State University, before she was bitten by the comedy bug and became an actress … Continue reading "1939 : Lily Tomlin Born, Actress, Comedian"
1952 : Detroit Yo-Yo Champion Makes Life Magazine
1952 : Detroit Yo-Yo Champion Makes Life Magazine
Sep 1 all-day
1952 : Detroit Yo-Yo Champion Makes Life Magazine
Photograph of Detroit, Michigan 15 year old John Hotia, yo-yo champion performing the “Atomic Bomb” maneuver. This photo by Joe Clark appears in the “Speaking of Pictures” article, September 1, 1952 issue of Life Magazine. … Continue reading "1952 : Detroit Yo-Yo Champion Makes Life Magazine"
1980 : Presidential Candidate Ronald Reagan and Governor William Milliken Join Allen Park Labor Day Picnic
1980 : Presidential Candidate Ronald Reagan and Governor William Milliken Join Allen Park Labor Day Picnic
Sep 1 all-day
On September 1, 1980, Emil and Mary Petri hosted a Labor Day picnic to remember. Their guests included Republican Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan and Michigan Governor William Milliken. In the original Detroit News report, Emil … Continue reading "1980 : Presidential Candidate Ronald Reagan and Governor William Milliken Join Allen Park Labor Day Picnic"
1997 : Meteorite Leaves Hole in Garage Roof and Car
1997 : Meteorite Leaves Hole in Garage Roof and Car
Sep 1 all-day
1997 : Meteorite Leaves Hole in Garage Roof and Car
Numerous individuals in south-central Michigan reported a daylight meteor on September 1, 1997. Many more reported loud sounds, resembling sonic booms or thunder.  One eyewitness reported “a brilliant burning in the sky, as bright as … Continue reading "1997 : Meteorite Leaves Hole in Garage Roof and Car"
2007 : Appalachian State Defeats Michigan In One of the Greatest Football Upsets Ever
2007 : Appalachian State Defeats Michigan In One of the Greatest Football Upsets Ever
Sep 1 all-day
2007 : Appalachian State Defeats Michigan In One of the Greatest Football Upsets Ever
The 2007 Appalachian State vs. Michigan football game was a regular season college football game between the Appalachian State Mountaineers and Michigan Wolverines. It was held at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on September 1, … Continue reading "2007 : Appalachian State Defeats Michigan In One of the Greatest Football Upsets Ever"
2011 : New Item Pricing Law Takes Effect
2011 : New Item Pricing Law Takes Effect
Sep 1 all-day
Michigan shoppers probably didn’t notice much difference Thursday when repeal of the state’s item pricing law took effect. Many stores across the state are gradually switching over to electronic price readers or affixing stickers to … Continue reading "2011 : New Item Pricing Law Takes Effect"
2015 : Polar Bear Returns to MSU University’s Natural Resources Building
2015 : Polar Bear Returns to MSU University’s Natural Resources Building
Sep 1 all-day
The polar bear that stands watch at Michigan State University’s Natural Resources Building, known by some as “Beary White,” has returned to his post after his first major restoration in nearly 50 years. The 9-foot … Continue reading "2015 : Polar Bear Returns to MSU University’s Natural Resources Building"
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1856 : Lansing’s Michigan State Reform School Admits First Child
1856 : Lansing’s Michigan State Reform School Admits First Child
Sep 2 all-day
Michigan’s Legislature appropriated money to build a “house of correction for juvenile offenders” in 1855 and passed an act establishing the Michigan State Reform School. Lansing citizens donated 30 acres of land about a mile from the … Continue reading "1856 : Lansing’s Michigan State Reform School Admits First Child"
1902 : Detroit’s First Automobile Fatality
1902 : Detroit’s First Automobile Fatality
Sep 2 all-day
1902 : Detroit's First Automobile Fatality
At about 9:00 A.M., eighty-one-year-old Detroit businessman George W. Bissell was guiding his horse-drawn carriage down Brooklyn Avenue when an automobile “scorched” by. The horses became frightened and jumped, causing one of the carriage’s wheels … Continue reading "1902 : Detroit’s First Automobile Fatality"
1922 : Henry Ford Warns Workers Not To Come to Work Drunk or Smelling of Liquor
1922 : Henry Ford Warns Workers Not To Come to Work Drunk or Smelling of Liquor
Sep 2 all-day
On Sept. 2, 1922, Henry Ford posted a notice for workers that anyone coming to work smelling of beer, wine or liquor would be fired on the spot. Anyone caught with alcohol in their possession … Continue reading "1922 : Henry Ford Warns Workers Not To Come to Work Drunk or Smelling of Liquor"
1945 : U.S. Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy Commemorates Japanese Surrender
1945 : U.S. Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy Commemorates Japanese Surrender
Sep 2 all-day
1945 : U.S. Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy Commemorates Japanese Surrender
Detroit marked Japan’s surrender in World War II on Sept. 2, 1945, with a speech by native son turned U.S. Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy at Cadillac Square. “Unless we cleanse our hearts of hate … Continue reading "1945 : U.S. Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy Commemorates Japanese Surrender"
1977 : Michigan Woman Graduates With First U.S. Air Force Women Pilot Class
1977 : Michigan Woman Graduates With First U.S. Air Force Women Pilot Class
Sep 2 all-day
1977 : Michigan Woman Graduates With First U.S. Air Force Women Pilot Class
Mary Livingston of Manistique became one of the first women U.S. Air Force jet pilots in a ceremony at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona. Sources : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical … Continue reading "1977 : Michigan Woman Graduates With First U.S. Air Force Women Pilot Class"
2014 : Blue Angels Fly Over Spartan Stadium
2014 : Blue Angels Fly Over Spartan Stadium
Sep 2 all-day
It’s always exciting to have the Blue Angels fly over campus and the football stadium as they did back in 2014.
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1783 : Benjamin Franklin Badgers Britain Into Ceding Isle Royale to U.S.
1783 : Benjamin Franklin Badgers Britain Into Ceding Isle Royale to U.S.
Sep 3 all-day
1783 : Benjamin Franklin Badgers Britain Into Ceding Isle Royale to U.S.
Great Britain and the United States signed the Treaty of Paris, thus ending the Revolutionary War and ceding Michigan to the United States of America. However, to retain the lucrative fur trade in Michigan, Britain … Continue reading "1783 : Benjamin Franklin Badgers Britain Into Ceding Isle Royale to U.S."
1855 : Michigan Women’s College Founded in Lansing
1855 : Michigan Women’s College Founded in Lansing
Sep 3 all-day
1855 : Michigan Women's College Founded in Lansing
Michigan Female College The Michigan Female College dates to the early years of our state’s development. It is associated with one of Michigan’s most distinguished and admired women of the 19th century, Abigail Rogers, and … Continue reading "1855 : Michigan Women’s College Founded in Lansing"
1877: University of Detroit Begins Classes
1877: University of Detroit Begins Classes
Sep 3 all-day
1877: University of Detroit Begins Classes
On September 3, 1877, the University of Detroit began classes with a group of 84 students. Now, the institution of higher learning is known as the University of Detroit Mercy and has over 5,500 students … Continue reading "1877: University of Detroit Begins Classes"
Labor Day
Labor Day
Sep 3 all-day
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions … Continue reading "Labor Day"
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1838: Potawatomi Indians — Including Some From Michigan — Driven West of Mississippi, Enduring Trail of Death”
1838: Potawatomi Indians — Including Some From Michigan — Driven West of Mississippi, Enduring Trail of Death”
Sep 4 all-day
1838: Potawatomi Indians -- Including Some From Michigan -- Driven West of Mississippi, Enduring Trail of Death"
On Sept. 4, 1838, 859 Potawatomi Indians, including 150 from Michigan, were forced to march west on what was called the “trail of death.” Congress passed the Indian Removal Act of 1830 to take fertile … Continue reading "1838: Potawatomi Indians — Including Some From Michigan — Driven West of Mississippi, Enduring Trail of Death”"
1862 : 21st Michigan Volunteer Infantry Mustered in Ionia
1862 : 21st Michigan Volunteer Infantry Mustered in Ionia
Sep 4 all-day
This month we pause to remember the men of the State of Michigan that left their farms, businesses, families, and their way of life to “March off to War.” On September 4th, 1862 over 1000 … Continue reading "1862 : 21st Michigan Volunteer Infantry Mustered in Ionia"
1881 : Michigan Benefits From First Red Cross Disaster Aid Drive
1881 : Michigan Benefits From First Red Cross Disaster Aid Drive
Sep 4 all-day
It is the anniversary of the first disaster response in Michigan. On Sept. 4, 1881, the first documented American Red Cross disaster response effort occurred after volunteers of the Red Cross of New York sent … Continue reading "1881 : Michigan Benefits From First Red Cross Disaster Aid Drive"
1891 : Felix Oscar Schlag Born, Designer of U.S. Nickel
1891 : Felix Oscar Schlag Born, Designer of U.S. Nickel
Sep 4 all-day
Felix Oscar Schlag (September 4, 1891 – March 9, 1974) was a German born American sculptor who was the designer of the United States five cent coin in use from 1938 to 2004. He was … Continue reading "1891 : Felix Oscar Schlag Born, Designer of U.S. Nickel"
1918 : Polar Bears Invade Russia
1918 : Polar Bears Invade Russia
Sep 4 all-day
1918 : Polar Bears Invade Russia
Soldiers from Michigan, whose regiment was nicknamed the ‘Polar Bears,’ arrive in Arctic Russia in the Murmansk/Archangel area as part of the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War to assist the White Army and … Continue reading "1918 : Polar Bears Invade Russia"
1930 : Wayne County Airport Dedicated, called Detroit Metro Airport today
1930 : Wayne County Airport Dedicated, called Detroit Metro Airport today
Sep 4 all-day
Wayne County Airport, called Detroit Metro Airport today, was dedicated on Sept. 4, 1930. According to the book “Detroit Metro Airport” by Daniel Mason, Edward Hines, chairman of the Board of County Road Commissioners, said … Continue reading "1930 : Wayne County Airport Dedicated, called Detroit Metro Airport today"
1957 : Edsel Debuts to Disappointing Results
1957 : Edsel Debuts to Disappointing Results
Sep 4 all-day
1957 : Edsel Debuts to Disappointing Results
On Sept. 4, 1957, the Ford Motor Company debuted the new Edsel, with the expectation of attracting the public. But the company ended up selling the car by giving away ponies or $200 cash. Ford … Continue reading "1957 : Edsel Debuts to Disappointing Results"
1961 : Michigan’s Last Summer-Only Passenger Train Ceases Operations
1961 : Michigan’s Last Summer-Only Passenger Train Ceases Operations
Sep 4 all-day
1961 : Michigan's Last Summer-Only Passenger Train Ceases Operations
Michigan’s last summer-only passenger train, “the Northern Arrow of the Pennsylvania Railroad, made its final trip to Mackinac City. Source: September/October 2014 Michigan History magazine. The rest of the story: Rail lines brought travelers and … Continue reading "1961 : Michigan’s Last Summer-Only Passenger Train Ceases Operations"
1990 : Owosso Wedding Serves As Cover For Drug Bust
1990 : Owosso Wedding Serves As Cover For Drug Bust
Sep 4 all-day
There was a drug deal going down that night in rural Michigan. It was September 4, 1990, just after sunset in the town of Owosso, population 16,360. There, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit, the … Continue reading "1990 : Owosso Wedding Serves As Cover For Drug Bust"
1993 : Former UM Pitcher Jim Abbott Pitches No-Hitter for Yankees
1993 : Former UM Pitcher Jim Abbott Pitches No-Hitter for Yankees
Sep 4 all-day
Born without a right hand Flint native Jim Abbott went on to have an outstanding career as a baseball pitcher and speakder. Life throws a lot at you, and Jim  Abbott tells people they have … Continue reading "1993 : Former UM Pitcher Jim Abbott Pitches No-Hitter for Yankees"
2019 : Governor Orders All Flavored Vaping Products Off Shelves
2019 : Governor Orders All Flavored Vaping Products Off Shelves
Sep 4 all-day
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is offering three emergency rules today banning all flavored vaping products from Michigan shelves amid what Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaidum believes is a youth vaping “public health emergency.” “This is … Continue reading "2019 : Governor Orders All Flavored Vaping Products Off Shelves"
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1959: Governor G. Mennen Williams Leads First Mackinac Bridge Walk
1959: Governor G. Mennen Williams Leads First Mackinac Bridge Walk
Sep 5 all-day
On Sept. 5, 1959, the first Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk was held and more than 15,000 hikers joined Gov. G. Mennen Williams as he set the first time record for governors, crossing the 4.5-mile … Continue reading "1959: Governor G. Mennen Williams Leads First Mackinac Bridge Walk"
1975: President Gerald Ford Survives Assassination Attempt
1975: President Gerald Ford Survives Assassination Attempt
Sep 5 all-day
Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme, a 26-year old member of the Manson family, tried to shoot President Gerald R. Ford in Sacramento, CA on this day. Seventeen days later, Sara Jane Moore would try again in San … Continue reading "1975: President Gerald Ford Survives Assassination Attempt"
2011 : President Barack Obama Participates in Detroit’s Labor Day Celebration
2011 : President Barack Obama Participates in Detroit’s Labor Day Celebration
Sep 5 all-day
In his strongest words of support for organized labor, President Barack Obama told a riverfront crowd of thousands Monday in Detroit: “As long as I’m in the White House, I’m going to stand up for … Continue reading "2011 : President Barack Obama Participates in Detroit’s Labor Day Celebration"
2017 : Little Caesars Arena Ribbon Cutting
2017 : Little Caesars Arena Ribbon Cutting
Sep 5 all-day
2017 : Little Caesars Arena Ribbon Cutting
More than a new home for two professional sports teams, the Little Caesars Arena, set for a ribbon-cutting next week, is the centerpiece of a 50-block development dubbed District Detroit that is expected to breathe life … Continue reading "2017 : Little Caesars Arena Ribbon Cutting"
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1824 : John R. Williams Elected Detroit’s First Mayor
1824 : John R. Williams Elected Detroit’s First Mayor
Sep 6 all-day
1824 : John R. Williams Elected Detroit's First Mayor
John R. Williams receives 102 votes to his opponents’ collective 12 to become Michigan’s first mayor. He was probably still mad about losing the election the previous year to become Michigan’s first territorial representative in … Continue reading "1824 : John R. Williams Elected Detroit’s First Mayor"
1835 : Michigan’s Militia Invades Toledo, Ohio
1835 : Michigan’s Militia Invades Toledo, Ohio
Sep 6 all-day
Disregarding his removal as acting governor of the Michigan Territory on August 29, Stevens T. Mason led the Michigan militia to Toledo on September 6 to prevent any Ohio judges from holding court the following … Continue reading "1835 : Michigan’s Militia Invades Toledo, Ohio"
1897 : Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye, Michigan Civil War Soldier, Asks for Increase in Her Military Pension
1897 : Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye, Michigan Civil War Soldier, Asks for Increase in Her Military Pension
Sep 6 all-day
1897 : Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye, Michigan Civil War Soldier, Asks for Increase in Her Military Pension
< After the fall of Fort Sumter, Sarah volunteered for the Union cause and under disguise she soldiered using the alias Franklin (Frank) Thompson. She joined the United States Army, Company F, Second Michigan Volunteer … Continue reading "1897 : Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye, Michigan Civil War Soldier, Asks for Increase in Her Military Pension"
1901 : Michigan Anarchist Assassinates President McKinley
1901 : Michigan Anarchist Assassinates President McKinley
Sep 6 all-day
1901 : Michigan Anarchist Assassinates President McKinley
On Sept. 6, 1901, a Michigan native shot and killed President William McKinley during his visit to the Pan American Exhibition in Buffalo, N.Y. Leon F. Czolgosz, an anarchist from Michigan living in Cleveland, believed … Continue reading "1901 : Michigan Anarchist Assassinates President McKinley"
1960 : JFK Gave a Labor Day Speech in Cadillac Square
1960 : JFK Gave a Labor Day Speech in Cadillac Square
Sep 6 all-day
On September 6, 1960, a bushy haired U.S. senator with a New England accent came to Cadillac Square in downtown Detroit on Labor Day to deliver his first official campaign speech for president before a … Continue reading "1960 : JFK Gave a Labor Day Speech in Cadillac Square"
1964 : Beatles Perform at Olympia Stadium
1964 : Beatles Perform at Olympia Stadium
Sep 6 all-day
To the delight of their fans, the Beatles traveled to Olympia Stadium in September 6, 1964 in Detroit. The Beatles actually performed two concerts at the 15,000-capacity Detroit Olympia that day. The other acts on … Continue reading "1964 : Beatles Perform at Olympia Stadium"
1989 : Dave Russell, First Modern Day Sparty, Debuts
1989 : Dave Russell, First Modern Day Sparty, Debuts
Sep 6 all-day
1989 : Dave Russell, First Modern Day Sparty, Debuts
In 1989, a full-body foam and rubber warrior with bulging muscles, ripped abs and cartoonish face was born — and an unknown engineering student became the first official Sparty. His name was never disclosed. Thirty … Continue reading "1989 : Dave Russell, First Modern Day Sparty, Debuts"
2011 : Online News Magazine Bridge Debuts
2011 : Online News Magazine Bridge Debuts
Sep 6 all-day
On September 6, 2011, Bridge announced its launch as an online news magazine providing in-depth coverage of the state’s public policy and economic challenges. To see the original announcement and a few articles that were … Continue reading "2011 : Online News Magazine Bridge Debuts"
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1835 : Ohio Officials Attempt To Demonstrate Legal Authority Over Toledo Strip, But Flee Instead
1835 : Ohio Officials Attempt To Demonstrate Legal Authority Over Toledo Strip, But Flee Instead
Sep 7 all-day
Ohio officials attempted to show legal authority in the disputed Toledo Strip by holding a brief 3 a.m. court session in Lucas County, then fleeing before Michigan troops could catch them. Sources : Michigan History, … Continue reading "1835 : Ohio Officials Attempt To Demonstrate Legal Authority Over Toledo Strip, But Flee Instead"
1948 : President Truman Makes Campaign Stop in Lansing
1948 : President Truman Makes Campaign Stop in Lansing
Sep 7 all-day
1948 : President Truman Makes Campaign Stop in Lansing
President Truman giving a campaign speech at Lansing Union Depot with his daughter Margaret and Governor Kim Sigler – Labor Day 1948 [Lansing State Journal 9/7/1948]
1956 : Michigan Test Pilot Reaches Altitude Record
1956 : Michigan Test Pilot Reaches Altitude Record
Sep 7 all-day
On Sept. 7, 1956, U.S. Air Force captain Iven Kincheloe of Cassopolis, Mich., became the first man to fly into outer space (as it was defined at the time) when his X-2 supersonic plane reached … Continue reading "1956 : Michigan Test Pilot Reaches Altitude Record"
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1760 : The French and Indian War Ends, New France Becomes Part of England
1760 : The French and Indian War Ends, New France Becomes Part of England
Sep 8 all-day
Pierre Francois de Riguad, Marquis de Vaudreuil-Cavagnal, the last governor of New France, finally capitulated to the English in Montreal on Sept. 8, 1760. The move ended most of the active fighting in the French … Continue reading "1760 : The French and Indian War Ends, New France Becomes Part of England"
1815 : Treaty of Spring Wells
1815 : Treaty of Spring Wells
Sep 8 all-day
This treaty, signed by General William Henry Harrison and representatives of various tribes on September 8, 1815 in Spring Wells, Michigan Territory, established peace between the United States and the Wyandot, Delaware, Seneca, Shawnee (Shawanoe), … Continue reading "1815 : Treaty of Spring Wells"
1885 : Eleznor Hutzel Born, Women and Children’s Advocate
1885 : Eleznor Hutzel Born, Women and Children’s Advocate
Sep 8 all-day
1885 : Eleznor Hutzel Born, Women and Children's Advocate
If you live in the Detroit area, you might recognize her last name and wonder if she’s connected to Hutzel Women’s Hospital, a part of the DMC. Yep, that hospital was named after Eleanore Hutzel. … Continue reading "1885 : Eleznor Hutzel Born, Women and Children’s Advocate"
1896 : Suomi College Opens in Hancock
1896 : Suomi College Opens in Hancock
Sep 8 all-day
On September 8, 1896, Suomi College, the first Finnish college in the country, opened in rented quarters in Hancock with 27 students. On July 1, 2000, Suomi College changed its name to Finlandia University. Source: … Continue reading "1896 : Suomi College Opens in Hancock"
1974 : President Gerald Ford Pardons Richard Nixon
1974 : President Gerald Ford Pardons Richard Nixon
Sep 8 all-day
To avoid further controversy, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon. Many believe this act crippled Ford’s chances in the subsequent presidential election. Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central … Continue reading "1974 : President Gerald Ford Pardons Richard Nixon"
2017 : Heritage Guitar of Kalamazoo Celebrates 100th Birthday
2017 : Heritage Guitar of Kalamazoo Celebrates 100th Birthday
Sep 8 all-day
Craftsmen have been making guitars and stringed instruments in Kalamazoo for more than 100 years. That is being celebrated Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9, at the epicenter of that work here, the 225 … Continue reading "2017 : Heritage Guitar of Kalamazoo Celebrates 100th Birthday"
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1910 : Michigan Car Ferry Pere Marquette 18 Sinks
1910 : Michigan Car Ferry Pere Marquette 18 Sinks
Sep 9 all-day
1910 : Michigan Car Ferry Pere Marquette 18 Sinks
“At least twenty-nine persons died when this vessel sank in Lake Michigan twenty miles off the Wisconsin coast on September 9, 1910. One of the Ludington carferry fleet, the 350 foot S.S. Pere Marquette 18 … Continue reading "1910 : Michigan Car Ferry Pere Marquette 18 Sinks"
1925 : Dr. Ossian Sweet Defends Family, Leading to Changes in Housing Laws
1925 : Dr. Ossian Sweet Defends Family, Leading to Changes in Housing Laws
Sep 9 all-day
1925 : Dr. Ossian Sweet Defends Family, Leading to Changes in Housing Laws
When a white mob threatened Dr. Ossian Sweet’s family, who had just moved into an all-white Detroit neighborhood, a shot was fired from the house that killed an onlooker. Famed lawyer Clarence Darrow successfully defended … Continue reading "1925 : Dr. Ossian Sweet Defends Family, Leading to Changes in Housing Laws"
1938 : Detroit Lions Move Games to Briggs Stadium
1938 : Detroit Lions Move Games to Briggs Stadium
Sep 9 all-day
On September 9, 1938, the Detroit Lions moved their season games to Briggs Stadium, where the Tigers played.  The Lions would continue playing there until they moved to the Pontiac Silverdome in 1975. Source : … Continue reading "1938 : Detroit Lions Move Games to Briggs Stadium"
1986 : The Great Flood of 1986
1986 : The Great Flood of 1986
Sep 9 all-day
A digital archive with information on Michigan’s Great Flood of 1986. From the site: “The rain began late Tuesday evening on Sept. 9, 1986, in west central lower Michigan and gradually moved east into the … Continue reading "1986 : The Great Flood of 1986"
1994 : Rolling Stones Visit Spartan Stadium
1994 : Rolling Stones Visit Spartan Stadium
Sep 9 all-day
1994 : Rolling Stones Visit Spartan Stadium
The first rock event in Spartan Stadium history occurred on September 9, 1994 when the Rolling Stones visited and presented their Voodoo Lounge Tour set.  
2015 : Obama Pitches Free Community College at Macomb Community College
2015 : Obama Pitches Free Community College at Macomb Community College
Sep 9 all-day
Giving students two years of free community college is simply an extension of America’s historical emphasis on the importance of education, President Barack Obama told a crowd of about 1,000 at Macomb Community College. Referencing … Continue reading "2015 : Obama Pitches Free Community College at Macomb Community College"
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1805 : All Michigan Males 16 and Over Assessed $1 Capitation Tax
1805 : All Michigan Males 16 and Over Assessed $1 Capitation Tax
Sep 10 all-day
On Sept. 10, 1805, Michigan territorial law directed that “every male inhabitant in the territory over the age of 16 years should pay annually the sum of $1 as a capitation tax.” The total number … Continue reading "1805 : All Michigan Males 16 and Over Assessed $1 Capitation Tax"
1813 : Battle of Lake Erie
1813 : Battle of Lake Erie
Sep 10 all-day
1813 : Battle of Lake Erie
On September 10, 1813, nine small U.S. ships defeated six British vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie. The British, under Commodore Robert Heriot Barclay, and the Americans, under Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, met near … Continue reading "1813 : Battle of Lake Erie"
1913 : Big Annie Arrested During Copper Strike
1913 : Big Annie Arrested During Copper Strike
Sep 10 all-day
1913 : Big Annie Arrested During Copper Strike
On Sept. 10, 1913, Ana Clemenc, came to be known as “Big Annie,” when she gained national fame for being hauled off to jail during a protest at the Calumet mine. Clemenc, married to a … Continue reading "1913 : Big Annie Arrested During Copper Strike"
1960: Mickey Mantle Hits Longest Home Run in Briggs/Tiger Stadium History
1960: Mickey Mantle Hits Longest Home Run in Briggs/Tiger Stadium History
Sep 10 all-day
Detroit, Sept. 10, 1960: Mickey Mantle hit what many still believe to be the longest home run ever out of the park at Briggs Stadium (renamed Tiger Stadium the following year). Not ‘officially’ measured until … Continue reading "1960: Mickey Mantle Hits Longest Home Run in Briggs/Tiger Stadium History"
2013 : Flags Lowered to Honor State Trooper Paul Butterfield’s Sacrifice
2013 : Flags Lowered to Honor State Trooper Paul Butterfield’s Sacrifice
Sep 10 all-day
Gov. Rick Snyder today ordered U.S. flags on all state buildings and within the state Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, who died as a … Continue reading "2013 : Flags Lowered to Honor State Trooper Paul Butterfield’s Sacrifice"
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1912 : Petoskey Smoker Sets Garage and Car on Fire
1912 : Petoskey Smoker Sets Garage and Car on Fire
Sep 11 all-day
With a burning cigar in his mouth, Harry Cooper, employee of Smith’s Garage, started to pour five gallons of gasoline into the tank of Dr. R. D. Engle’s car this evening. The fumes exploded and … Continue reading "1912 : Petoskey Smoker Sets Garage and Car on Fire"
1982 : Third USS Michigan Commissioned by U.S. Navy
1982 : Third USS Michigan Commissioned by U.S. Navy
Sep 11 all-day
1982 : Third USS Michigan Commissioned by U.S. Navy
A newly built Trident-Class Nuclear Submarine became the third vessel in the American Navy to be commissioned bearing the name USS Michigan. The current USS Michigan is a Trident-Class Nuclear Powered Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine. … Continue reading "1982 : Third USS Michigan Commissioned by U.S. Navy"
2015 : Todd Courser Resigns, Cindy Gamrat Expelled from Michigan House
2015 : Todd Courser Resigns, Cindy Gamrat Expelled from Michigan House
Sep 11 all-day
Tea Party Republican Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat,, embattled lawmakers accused of misconduct and misusing taxpayer resources to hide their extra-marital affair, are no longer representatives in the Michigan House. Courser, R-Lapeer, resigned at … Continue reading "2015 : Todd Courser Resigns, Cindy Gamrat Expelled from Michigan House"
2016 : New State Record Set for Smallmouth Bass
2016 : New State Record Set for Smallmouth Bass
Sep 11 all-day
Michigan has a new state record for smallmouth bass. Robert Bruce Kraemer of Treasure Island, Fla., on Sunday caught a 23.10-inch, 9.98-pounder on the Indian River in Cheboygan County. The previous state record was set in October 2015, … Continue reading "2016 : New State Record Set for Smallmouth Bass"
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1887 : Alma College Opens
1887 : Alma College Opens
Sep 12 all-day
1887 : Alma College Opens
In 1885, the Presbyterian Synod of Michigan appointed a committee to consider the establishment of a Presbyterian College within the state and to secure funds for its foundation. This committee included notable names such as … Continue reading "1887 : Alma College Opens"
1911 : First Flight Over Grand Rapids, Michigan
1911 : First Flight Over Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sep 12 all-day
1911 : First Flight Over Grand Rapids, Michigan
On September 12, 1911 J. Clifford Turpin of the Wright Brothers’ Exhibition Team performed the first airplane flight over Grand Rapids, starting at the West Michigan State Fair at Comstock Park. The new Model B … Continue reading "1911 : First Flight Over Grand Rapids, Michigan"
1921 : W. T. “Bill” Rabe Born, Noted Public Relations Officer for the University of Detroit and Lake Superior State University
1921 : W. T. “Bill” Rabe Born, Noted Public Relations Officer for the University of Detroit and Lake Superior State University
Sep 12 all-day
Wilmer T. “Bill” Rabe was born September 12, 1921 and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. A veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific, Lieutenant Rabe was called up from the reserves in 1951 … Continue reading "1921 : W. T. “Bill” Rabe Born, Noted Public Relations Officer for the University of Detroit and Lake Superior State University"
1942 : Michigan Opens First Freeway To Ease Traffic To Willow Run Bomber Plant
1942 : Michigan Opens First Freeway To Ease Traffic To Willow Run Bomber Plant
Sep 12 all-day
On Sept. 12, 1942, Michigan’s first expressway, constructed along U.S. 12 from Detroit to Ford Motor Company’s Willow Run bomber plant, formally opened. Source: Mich-Again’s Day
1962 : Juan Atkins Born, Godfather of Techno, Originator of Detroit Techno Music
1962 : Juan Atkins Born, Godfather of Techno, Originator of Detroit Techno Music
Sep 12 all-day
Juan Atkins (born September 12, 1962) is an American musician. He is widely credited as the originator of techno music, specifically Detroit techno along with Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. The three, sometimes called the … Continue reading "1962 : Juan Atkins Born, Godfather of Techno, Originator of Detroit Techno Music"
2016 : MSU Has the Number 1 Logo in FBS
2016 : MSU Has the Number 1 Logo in FBS
Sep 12 all-day
2016 : MSU Has the Number 1 Logo in FBS
MSU Logo Appears on Back of Stadium Scoreboard Michigan State’s in-state rival may have the best college football uniforms but it is Sparty who can lay claim to the game’s best logo. The second-place finisher … Continue reading "2016 : MSU Has the Number 1 Logo in FBS"
2017: Little Caesars Arena Opens
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1832 : Father Gabriel Richard of Detroit Dies
1832 : Father Gabriel Richard of Detroit Dies
Sep 13 all-day
1832 : Father Gabriel Richard of Detroit Dies
Gabriel Richard, the first priest to serve in the U.S. Congress, died in Detroit on September 13, 1832. Richard, who was born in France, was known as the second founder of Detroit. He founded Detroit’s … Continue reading "1832 : Father Gabriel Richard of Detroit Dies"
1892 : Central Michigan University Opens Its Doors
1892 : Central Michigan University Opens Its Doors
Sep 13 all-day
1892 : Central Michigan University Opens Its Doors
Central opened its doors on September 13, 1892, as the Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute, with classes in teaching, business and stenography. At that time, few of the state’s teachers received any formal … Continue reading "1892 : Central Michigan University Opens Its Doors"
1939 : Richard Kiel Born in Detroit
1939 : Richard Kiel Born in Detroit
Sep 13 all-day
1939 : Richard Kiel Born in Detroit
Richard Kiel, right, with Roger Moore in the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) directed by Lewis Gilbert. On September 13, 1939,  Richard Kiel was born in Detroit.  He would later go … Continue reading "1939 : Richard Kiel Born in Detroit"
1966 : Michigan Cemeteries Can No Longer Restrict Plot Purchases by Race
1966 : Michigan Cemeteries Can No Longer Restrict Plot Purchases by Race
Sep 13 all-day
1966 : Michigan Cemeteries Can No Longer Restrict Plot Purchases by Race
At one time in Michigan, if you were black, cemeteries could flat-out refuse to bury your loved ones. Like racially restrictive covenants that prevented black families from purchasing property in certain neighborhoods, some cemeteries made … Continue reading "1966 : Michigan Cemeteries Can No Longer Restrict Plot Purchases by Race"
2016 : MSU Libraries Rank Number 7
2016 : MSU Libraries Rank Number 7
Sep 13 all-day
Best College Libraries: This list ranks No. 1 because there’s no better place on campus than the college library. Let’s be honest: we all spent too much time there and not enough at all. The … Continue reading "2016 : MSU Libraries Rank Number 7"
2016 : University of Detroit Mercy Adopts New Logo
2016 : University of Detroit Mercy Adopts New Logo
Sep 13 all-day
2016 : University of Detroit Mercy Adopts New Logo
The University of Detroit Mercy unveiled a new logo and brand Thursday morning as part of an effort to better reflect who they are, university leaders said. The new logo features a large red D, … Continue reading "2016 : University of Detroit Mercy Adopts New Logo"
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1878 : Captain Luther Harvey of Monroe Dies
1878 : Captain Luther Harvey of Monroe Dies
Sep 14 all-day
Birthdate: September 26, 1783 (94) Birthplace: Swanzey, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States Death: September 14, 1878 (94) Monroe, Monroe, Michigan, United States Place of Burial: Monroe, Monroe, Michigan, United States Luther Harvey sought adventure on … Continue reading "1878 : Captain Luther Harvey of Monroe Dies"
1968 : Detroit Tiger Denny McLain Wins 30th Game
1968 : Detroit Tiger Denny McLain Wins 30th Game
Sep 14 all-day
1968 : Detroit Tiger Denny McLain Wins 30th Game
On September 14, 1968, Denny McLain won his 30th game of the season, as the Tigers scored two in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Oakland Athletics 5-4. Willie Horton singled in Mickey … Continue reading "1968 : Detroit Tiger Denny McLain Wins 30th Game"
1999 : Women’s Right to Know Law Takes Effect
1999 : Women’s Right to Know Law Takes Effect
Sep 14 all-day
On Sept. 14, 1999, after six years of court delays, the “Women’s Right To Know” law went into effect. The 1993 measure required that abortion clinics give women reading material about abortions at least 24 … Continue reading "1999 : Women’s Right to Know Law Takes Effect"
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1878 : Michigan’s First Telephone Directory Published
1878 : Michigan’s First Telephone Directory Published
Sep 15 all-day
On Sept. 15, 1878, Michigan’s first phone book was published. It was titled “List of Subscribers,” and listed 124 customers in Detroit. The earliest phone book is actually dated to February 21, 1878, in New … Continue reading "1878 : Michigan’s First Telephone Directory Published"
1886 : Michigan Tech, Then Called Michigan Mining School, Holds First Classes
1886 : Michigan Tech, Then Called Michigan Mining School, Holds First Classes
Sep 15 all-day
1886 : Michigan Tech, Then Called Michigan Mining School, Holds First Classes
The first classes at Michigan Mining School were held on Sept. 15, 1886, in the Houghton Fire Hall. The school started with four faculty members and twenty-three students. The school, which was created to train … Continue reading "1886 : Michigan Tech, Then Called Michigan Mining School, Holds First Classes"
1935 : Detroit Tribune, Historic Black Newspaper Debuts
1935 : Detroit Tribune, Historic Black Newspaper Debuts
Sep 15 all-day
1935 : Detroit Tribune, Historic Black Newspaper Debuts
The Detroit Tribune, a historic Black newspaper available online via the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America,  was published weekly from 1935 to 1966. Occasionally subtitled “Unswerving Dedication to the Truth” or “The Newsjournal of the … Continue reading "1935 : Detroit Tribune, Historic Black Newspaper Debuts"
2018 : Tour de Troit (Date Varies)
2018 : Tour de Troit (Date Varies)
Sep 15 all-day
2018 : Tour de Troit (Date Varies)
 Michigan’s largest cycling ride, the Tour de Troit, kicks off Saturday, attracting riders from all over the metro area. Around 7,000 people are expected to ride in the Tour de Troit, more than double … Continue reading "2018 : Tour de Troit (Date Varies)"
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1890 : Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, City’s Oldest Continuing African American Church, Started
1890 : Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, City’s Oldest Continuing African American Church, Started
Sep 16 all-day
Messiah Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids was the realization of one pioneering woman’s dream. In the 1880s, Catherine Carter moved to Grand Rapids with her husband, Newton, a barber. In a city with fewer … Continue reading "1890 : Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, City’s Oldest Continuing African American Church, Started"
1899 : Detroit Bicycle Patrolman Run Over by Electric Streetcar
1899 : Detroit Bicycle Patrolman Run Over by Electric Streetcar
Sep 16 all-day
1899 : Detroit Bicycle Patrolman Run Over by Electric Streetcar
The Detroit Police Department (originally called the Metropolitan Police) were among the first to put officers on bicycles. In 1893, Officer Charles J. Stewart was appointed to the department and began his assignment on the … Continue reading "1899 : Detroit Bicycle Patrolman Run Over by Electric Streetcar"
1908 : General Motors Incorporated in New Jersey
1908 : General Motors Incorporated in New Jersey
Sep 16 all-day
William C. “Billy” Durant was working from his office at Buick headquarters in Flint when he began putting together the deals to create GM. The company’s first headquarters was on Flint’s Hamilton Avenue. GM’s incorporation … Continue reading "1908 : General Motors Incorporated in New Jersey"
1931 : Prohibition Leads to Collingwood Manor Massacre in Detroit
1931 : Prohibition Leads to Collingwood Manor Massacre in Detroit
Sep 16 all-day
On Sept. 16, 1931, the Collingwood Massacre brought down several members of the notorious Purple Gang in the Detroit underworld of booze trafficking. The Purple Gang leaders had hired a group of men to work … Continue reading "1931 : Prohibition Leads to Collingwood Manor Massacre in Detroit"
1944 : Oscar Johnson Wins Medal of Honor
1944 : Oscar Johnson Wins Medal of Honor
Sep 16 all-day
The Medal of Honor is the United States highest award for bravery in combat. Only 464 men were awarded the medal for actions in WWII. More than half the recipients never saw the medal as … Continue reading "1944 : Oscar Johnson Wins Medal of Honor"
1960 : Construction Begun on Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge
1960 : Construction Begun on Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge
Sep 16 all-day
Building the Bridge was a joint effort between the United States and Canada. In the U.S., Federal funds were made available because the bridge was connected to the federal freeway system. Ninety percent of the … Continue reading "1960 : Construction Begun on Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge"
1972 : First African American Quarterback Takes the Field for University of Michigan
1972 : First African American Quarterback Takes the Field for University of Michigan
Sep 16 all-day
On September 16, 1972, Dennis Franklin started as quarterback for the University of Michigan football team in their season-opening 7-0 victory over Northwestern. Franklin, the first black quarterback in University of Michigan history, started regularly … Continue reading "1972 : First African American Quarterback Takes the Field for University of Michigan"
1990 : Tanker Jupiter Explodes in Saginaw River
1990 : Tanker Jupiter Explodes in Saginaw River
Sep 16 all-day
September 16, 1990 marks the 25th anniversary of the MV Jupiter explosion. While moored on the West Side of the Saginaw River, unloading 2.3 million gallons of unleaded gasoline at Total Petroleum, the tanker broke … Continue reading "1990 : Tanker Jupiter Explodes in Saginaw River"
2003 : Detroit Shock Win First Championship
2003 : Detroit Shock Win First Championship
Sep 16 all-day
On September 16, 2003, the Detroit Shock won their first of three WNBA championships, defeating the Los Angeles Sparks 83-78 in a hotly contested Game 3 of the final series before a crowd of over … Continue reading "2003 : Detroit Shock Win First Championship"
2013 : Lansing Grand River Scheduled to Build One Millionth Vehicle
2013 : Lansing Grand River Scheduled to Build One Millionth Vehicle
Sep 16 all-day
Twelve years ago, General Motors Co. opened its newest assembly plant in more than a decade on 111 acres just south of downtown Lansing. The plant was more flexible, more robotic, than any other factory … Continue reading "2013 : Lansing Grand River Scheduled to Build One Millionth Vehicle"
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1842 : Detroit Advertiser Fish Story
1842 : Detroit Advertiser Fish Story
Sep 17 all-day
The Detroit Advertiser of September 17, 1842, reported that a Frenchman caught a catfish on September 16 with a hook and line in the Detroit River and the catfish weighed 187 pounds! Observers and probably … Continue reading "1842 : Detroit Advertiser Fish Story"
1862 : Michiganders Fight in Battle of Antietam, MD
1862 : Michiganders Fight in Battle of Antietam, MD
Sep 17 all-day
Three Michigan officers played major parts in the Battle of Antietam : General Alpheus S. Williams, General Israel Richardson, and General Orlando Willcox. In total, several thousand Michiganders fought; Michigan forces claimed approximately 360 casualties … Continue reading "1862 : Michiganders Fight in Battle of Antietam, MD"
1928 : Upper Peninsula State Fair Opens for First Time
1928 : Upper Peninsula State Fair Opens for First Time
Sep 17 all-day
The Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba is a fair held annually in the Upper Peninsula in the U.S. state of Michigan. In April 1927, Michigan Governor Fed Green signed Act 89, which stated that … Continue reading "1928 : Upper Peninsula State Fair Opens for First Time"
1951 : Northwestern Michigan College Holds First Classes
1951 : Northwestern Michigan College Holds First Classes
Sep 17 all-day
The first day of classes at Northwestern Michigan College was Sept. 17, 1951. “In every way, the Northwestern Michigan College is a people’s college. It was conceived in a regional desire for education and is … Continue reading "1951 : Northwestern Michigan College Holds First Classes"
1951: MSU Kellogg Center Opens
1951: MSU Kellogg Center Opens
Sep 17 all-day
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center History The Story Behind Our Hotel Originally conceived just before the outbreak of the Second World War, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center opened its doors to the public on September … Continue reading "1951: MSU Kellogg Center Opens"
1970 : MSU Board of Trustees Approves the College of Osteopathic Medicine
1970 : MSU Board of Trustees Approves the College of Osteopathic Medicine
Sep 17 all-day
On September 17, 1970, the MSU Board of Trustees approved the College of Osteopathic Medicine as MSU’s 16th College and the nation’s first such publicly-supported institution. The Michigan College of Osteopathic Medicine actually started in … Continue reading "1970 : MSU Board of Trustees Approves the College of Osteopathic Medicine"
1981 : Gerald Ford Museum Opening All-Star Celebration
1981 : Gerald Ford Museum Opening All-Star Celebration
Sep 17 all-day
Grand Rapids was buzzing with excitement back in 1981 leading up to the September 18, 1981 dedication of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. On the night before the official dedication ceremony, an All-Star Celebration … Continue reading "1981 : Gerald Ford Museum Opening All-Star Celebration"
2016 : Nashville, MI and Moo-Ville Creamery Create World’s Largest Ice Cream Sundae
2016 : Nashville, MI and Moo-Ville Creamery Create World’s Largest Ice Cream Sundae
Sep 17 all-day
Nothing stops months of planning when you’re hoping to reclaim the Guinness Book of World Records for World’s Largest Ice Cream Sundae. Last spring, the city of Nashville set a record with a distance of … Continue reading "2016 : Nashville, MI and Moo-Ville Creamery Create World’s Largest Ice Cream Sundae"
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1679: Griffon Begins Last Voyage
1679: Griffon Begins Last Voyage
Sep 18 all-day
1679: Griffon Begins Last Voyage
Built by explorer Rene Robert Cavilier, Sieur de la Salle, the Griffon was intended to assist La Salle in increasing his fortune by transporting large numbers of furs from the Great Lakes to points east. … Continue reading "1679: Griffon Begins Last Voyage"
1918 : Hazel Stimson, First Michigan Woman to Join Marines
1918 : Hazel Stimson, First Michigan Woman to Join Marines
Sep 18 all-day
On September 18, 1918, Hazel Stimson responded to a pamphlet that invited her to “work side by side with the men of the Marine Corps” and became the first Michigan woman to enlist in the … Continue reading "1918 : Hazel Stimson, First Michigan Woman to Join Marines"
1970: Molly Blakely Starts the Fiesta Mixicana in Grand Rapids
1970: Molly Blakely Starts the Fiesta Mixicana in Grand Rapids
Sep 18 all-day
Hispanic Heritage Month September 15-October 15 In 1970, the annual Fiesta Mixicana began in Grand Rapids as the brainchild of Molly Blakely. “I wanted to show my children as well as the people here that … Continue reading "1970: Molly Blakely Starts the Fiesta Mixicana in Grand Rapids"
1981 : Ford Presidential Library Official Dedication
1981 : Ford Presidential Library Official Dedication
Sep 18 all-day
1981 : Ford Presidential Library Official Dedication
On September 18, 1981, the Gerald R. Ford presidential museum was dedicated in Grand Rapids with President Ronald Reagan and former President Ford among those in attendance. The rest of the story: As a boy … Continue reading "1981 : Ford Presidential Library Official Dedication"
1987 : Pope John Paul II Visits Detroit
1987 : Pope John Paul II Visits Detroit
Sep 18 all-day
Pope John Paul II made an historic visit to Detroit. History was made when the airplane Shepherd One arrived at Detroit Metropolitan Airport with Pope John Paul II aboard for an offical visit to the … Continue reading "1987 : Pope John Paul II Visits Detroit"
2010 : University of Michigan-Flint Kodiaks Play First Football Game
2010 : University of Michigan-Flint Kodiaks Play First Football Game
Sep 18 all-day
You can call it The Little House. The University of Michigan-Flint drew more than 400 fans to the school’s first home football game Saturday. Playing at Atwood Stadium in Flint, the team lost 24-22 to … Continue reading "2010 : University of Michigan-Flint Kodiaks Play First Football Game"
2016 : Detroit Lions Cheerleaders Take to the Field
2016 : Detroit Lions Cheerleaders Take to the Field
Sep 18 all-day
They bounded onto the field with the energy and athleticism of many of the players who’d soon follow them. The Detroit Lions Cheerleaders strutted, kicked, twirled, arched, jumped and danced Sunday afternoon during the Lions’ home … Continue reading "2016 : Detroit Lions Cheerleaders Take to the Field"
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1806 : Territorial Legislature Calls for a Bank in Detroit
1806 : Territorial Legislature Calls for a Bank in Detroit
Sep 19 all-day
On Sept. 19, 1806, Michigan’s territorial legislature passed an act to establish a bank in Detroit. As it turned out, the bank was a fraud. It distributed $165,000 in bank notes it was unable to … Continue reading "1806 : Territorial Legislature Calls for a Bank in Detroit"
1844 : Marquette Range of Iron Ore Discovered
1844 : Marquette Range of Iron Ore Discovered
Sep 19 all-day
On September 19, 1844 William Austin Burt’s surveying party discovered the Marquette Range of Iron Ore. The following year the Jackson Mine of the Jackson Mining Company was started, leading to the growth of the … Continue reading "1844 : Marquette Range of Iron Ore Discovered"
1862 : Photograph Of Michigan Soldier’s Grave at Antietam
1862 : Photograph Of Michigan Soldier’s Grave at Antietam
Sep 19 all-day
1862 : Photograph Of Michigan Soldier's Grave at Antietam
An unburied Rebel soldier lies next to the grave of Lt. John Clark of the 7th Michigan on the Antietam battlefield. Alexander Gardner’s The Contrast image was taken on September 19, 1862. Three weeks later, … Continue reading "1862 : Photograph Of Michigan Soldier’s Grave at Antietam"
1864 : Civil War Comes to the Detroit River / Lake Erie
1864 : Civil War Comes to the Detroit River / Lake Erie
Sep 19 all-day
1864 : Civil War Comes to the Detroit River / Lake Erie
A sketch of the Philo Parsons On September 19, 1864,  the American steamer “Philo Parsons” was seized off Kelley’s Island by some thirty Confederate sympathizers under John Y. Beale, a Southern naval officer. The group, … Continue reading "1864 : Civil War Comes to the Detroit River / Lake Erie"
1876 : Melville Bissell Awarded Carpet Sweeper Patent
1876 : Melville Bissell Awarded Carpet Sweeper Patent
Sep 19 all-day
1876 : Melville Bissell Awarded Carpet Sweeper Patent
Prior to the introduction of “electric suction cleaners”, most housewives used brooms and dust pans. Many of the mid-Victorian homes had large “Axminster” or “Turkish” carpets on the floors of principal rooms. In order to … Continue reading "1876 : Melville Bissell Awarded Carpet Sweeper Patent"
1968 : Michigan’s First Heart Transplant
1968 : Michigan’s First Heart Transplant
Sep 19 all-day
1968 : Michigan's First Heart Transplant
On September 19, 1968, Michigan’s first heart transplant took place when Philip T. Barnum of Kalamazoo received the heart of a prison inmate in an operation at the University of Michigan. Sources: WAKV, The Memory … Continue reading "1968 : Michigan’s First Heart Transplant"
2014 : International Talk Like a Pirate Day
2014 : International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Sep 19 all-day
2014 : International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Senator Kahn Continues International Talk Like a Pirate Day in Michigan Senate Donning a tri-corner hat and eye patch, Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw) once again expressed support for swashbuckling speech by officially acknowledging International Talk … Continue reading "2014 : International Talk Like a Pirate Day"
2014 : Oakland University Dedicates New Bell Tower
2014 : Oakland University Dedicates New Bell Tower
Sep 19 all-day
Oakland University dedicated a 151-foot-tall bell tower Friday afternoon, celebrating a new landmark at the center of its campus. A ceremony for the newly built Elliott Tower was attended by a crowd that included Hugh … Continue reading "2014 : Oakland University Dedicates New Bell Tower"
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1863 : Johnny Clem Becomes the Famous Drummer Boy of Chickamauga
1863 : Johnny Clem Becomes the Famous Drummer Boy of Chickamauga
Sep 20 all-day
1863 : Johnny Clem Becomes the Famous Drummer Boy of Chickamauga
Separating fact from myth is always hard when it comes to celebrity soldiers like Clem. He was born Aug. 13, 1851, in Newark, Ohio, and was just 9 years old when he “ran off to … Continue reading "1863 : Johnny Clem Becomes the Famous Drummer Boy of Chickamauga"
1889 : 160 Issues of Plaindealer, One of Detroit’s First Afro-American Newspapers (Sept. 20, 1889-May 19, 1893)
1889 : 160 Issues of Plaindealer, One of Detroit’s First Afro-American Newspapers (Sept. 20, 1889-May 19, 1893)
Sep 20 all-day
1889 : 160 Issues of Plaindealer, One of Detroit's First Afro-American Newspapers (Sept. 20, 1889-May 19, 1893)
The Plaindealer broke ground not only as Detroit’s first black newspaper but as one of the first of its kind in the country. Its creators referred to the Plaindealer as an “Afro-American” newspaper, consciously rejecting … Continue reading "1889 : 160 Issues of Plaindealer, One of Detroit’s First Afro-American Newspapers (Sept. 20, 1889-May 19, 1893)"
1912 : Ballot Proposal Blunder
1912 : Ballot Proposal Blunder
Sep 20 all-day
On September 20, 1912, it was discovered that the Michigan Legislature made a blunder in preparing a ballot proposal on equal rights for the public. They failed to include the whole amendment and so the … Continue reading "1912 : Ballot Proposal Blunder"
1918 : Charles Howard Wright Born, Founder of Wright Museum of African American History
1918 : Charles Howard Wright Born, Founder of Wright Museum of African American History
Sep 20 all-day
1918 : Charles Howard Wright Born, Founder of Wright Museum of African American History
Charles Howard Wright was born in Dothan, Alabama.  He attended Southeast Alabama High School. The school had few resources, only four teachers, and no heat or indoor plumbing. He graduated in 1935 without even taking … Continue reading "1918 : Charles Howard Wright Born, Founder of Wright Museum of African American History"
2017 : MSU Dedicates Grand Rapids Medical Research Center
2017 : MSU Dedicates Grand Rapids Medical Research Center
Sep 20 all-day
Amid protests over Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ appearance, Michigan State University cut the ribbon Wednesday on its Grand Rapids Medical Research Center, an $88 million building where researchers will work on cures for cancer, … Continue reading "2017 : MSU Dedicates Grand Rapids Medical Research Center"
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1824 : Detroit Council’s First Meeting
1824 : Detroit Council’s First Meeting
Sep 21 all-day
At the Detroit Council’s first meeting, the mayor and aldermen vote to purchase 4 brass candlesticks, two snuffers, 10 pounds of sperm candles, and a box to store the stuff to provide light for meetings. … Continue reading "1824 : Detroit Council’s First Meeting"
1877 : Michigan’s First Commercial Telephone Line Strung in Detroit
1877 : Michigan’s First Commercial Telephone Line Strung in Detroit
Sep 21 all-day
On September 21, 1877, Michigan’s first commercial telephone line was strung in Detroit and ran between Stean’s Drugstore and their laboratory. Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1903: Preston Thomas Tucker, Automobile Pioneer, Born
1903: Preston Thomas Tucker, Automobile Pioneer, Born
Sep 21 all-day
1903: Preston Thomas Tucker, Automobile Pioneer, Born
On Sept. 21, 1903, Preston Thomas Tucker, an automobile pioneer, was born in Capac. Tucker was the architect of a vehicle called the “Tucker torpedo,” a radical vehicle for its time that included a padded … Continue reading "1903: Preston Thomas Tucker, Automobile Pioneer, Born"
1911 : President William Howard Taft Visits Kalamazoo College and Western State Normal School
1911 : President William Howard Taft Visits Kalamazoo College and Western State Normal School
Sep 21 all-day
1911 : President William Howard Taft Visits Kalamazoo College and Western State Normal School
On Sept. 21, 1911, then-President William Howard Taft visited Kalamazoo. He gave speeches at Kalamazoo College and Western State Normal School, and closed the visit with a major speech on settling international disputes through arbitration. … Continue reading "1911 : President William Howard Taft Visits Kalamazoo College and Western State Normal School"
1945 : Jerry Bruckheimer Born, One of the Most Successful TV and Film Producers of All Time
1945 : Jerry Bruckheimer Born, One of the Most Successful TV and Film Producers of All Time
Sep 21 all-day
1945 : Jerry Bruckheimer Born, One of the Most Successful TV and Film Producers of All Time
Bruckheimer at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June 2013 On Sept. 21, 1945, Jerry Bruckheimerwas was born in Detroit to Jewish immigrants from Germany. At home, he … Continue reading "1945 : Jerry Bruckheimer Born, One of the Most Successful TV and Film Producers of All Time"
1969 : Black Madonna and Child Dedicated at University of Detroit-Mercy
1969 : Black Madonna and Child Dedicated at University of Detroit-Mercy
Sep 21 all-day
1969 : Black Madonna and Child Dedicated at University of Detroit-Mercy
In the summer of 1968, the Special Projects students of the University of Detroit met and discussed the need for the University to become more relevant to black students. These discussions led to the decision … Continue reading "1969 : Black Madonna and Child Dedicated at University of Detroit-Mercy"
1976 : Detroit Resurrects Limited Trolley Service
1976 : Detroit Resurrects Limited Trolley Service
Sep 21 all-day
1976 : Detroit Resurrects Limited Trolley Service
Detroit restarts trolley service on a limited basis after twenty-year hiatus and 81 years after the first electric trolley servicd. Service would continue until June 21, 2003. In 1979, the line was carrying 75,000 riders … Continue reading "1976 : Detroit Resurrects Limited Trolley Service"
1994 : Pokagan Band of Potawatomi Indians Recognized by Federal Government
1994 : Pokagan Band of Potawatomi Indians Recognized by Federal Government
Sep 21 all-day
1994 : Pokagan Band of Potawatomi Indians Recognized by Federal Government
With President Bill Clinton’s signature, the Pokagan Band of Potawatami Indians were recognized by the federal government on this day. For more information about the Pokagan Band, visit Pokagan Band of Potawatomi History.
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1688 : Louis de Lahonton Departs from Fort Michilimackinac to Explore the West
1688 : Louis de Lahonton Departs from Fort Michilimackinac to Explore the West
Sep 22 all-day
1688 : Louis de Lahonton Departs from Fort Michilimackinac to Explore the West
Lahontan set out from Michilimackinac on September 22, 1688, accompanied by his “own Detachment” of at least ten or twenty men (perhaps more), and the five seasoned Ottawa hunters “who indeed did me a great … Continue reading "1688 : Louis de Lahonton Departs from Fort Michilimackinac to Explore the West"
1828 : John Johnston Dies, Fur Trader and Early Sault Ste. Marie Resident
1828 : John Johnston Dies, Fur Trader and Early Sault Ste. Marie Resident
Sep 22 all-day
1828 : John Johnston Dies, Fur Trader and Early Sault Ste. Marie Resident
John Johnston was a local fur trader, born in Ireland in 1762. He was one of the Sault Ste. Marie’s first permanent white settlers. His connections with “the old county” are among the nobility. He … Continue reading "1828 : John Johnston Dies, Fur Trader and Early Sault Ste. Marie Resident"
1850 : Michigan First Jewish Congregation Established
1850 : Michigan First Jewish Congregation Established
Sep 22 all-day
On September 22, 1850, 25 German Jewish families, who had arrived at Detroit from the New York area, formally organized the Beth El Society and became Michigan’s first Jewish congregation. The members met initially in … Continue reading "1850 : Michigan First Jewish Congregation Established"
1926 : St. Clair Inn Opens, First U.S. Hotel with Central Air Conditioning
1926 : St. Clair Inn Opens, First U.S. Hotel with Central Air Conditioning
Sep 22 all-day
When the St. Clair Inn opened in 1926, it was the first U.S. hotel with central air conditioning. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. In its prime,  the hotel was host to … Continue reading "1926 : St. Clair Inn Opens, First U.S. Hotel with Central Air Conditioning"
1929 : Detroit News Launches Campaign To Reforest Michigan
1929 : Detroit News Launches Campaign To Reforest Michigan
Sep 22 all-day
By the 1920s, much of Northern Michigan looked pretty bleak. Most of the forests that once blanketed the region were gone. The farms that followed the log drives had failed. The land was barren and … Continue reading "1929 : Detroit News Launches Campaign To Reforest Michigan"
1931 : Longest Parade in Michigan History?
1931 : Longest Parade in Michigan History?
Sep 22 all-day
On Sept. 22, 1931, the American Legion sponsored the longest parade in Michigan’s history. The parade in Detroit lasted eight hours and had 85,000 marchers and 1 million spectators. Sources: Historical Society of Michigan via … Continue reading "1931 : Longest Parade in Michigan History?"
1934 : Detroit Lions Win First Football Game
1934 : Detroit Lions Win First Football Game
Sep 22 all-day
The Detroit Lions beat the New York Giants 9-0 during their first NFl Game at the University of Detroit Stadium. Source :  Michigan History, September/October 2017.
1941 : Ernest Green, Member of Little Rock Nine and MSU Alumnus, Born
1941 : Ernest Green, Member of Little Rock Nine and MSU Alumnus, Born
Sep 22 all-day
1941 : Ernest Green, Member of Little Rock Nine and MSU Alumnus, Born
Ernest Gideon Green (born September 22, 1941) was one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central … Continue reading "1941 : Ernest Green, Member of Little Rock Nine and MSU Alumnus, Born"
1989 : Yugo Blown Off Mackinac Bridge
1989 : Yugo Blown Off Mackinac Bridge
Sep 22 all-day
On September 22, 1989, a young woman in a Yugo — on her way to visit her boyfriend in the Upper Peninsula — was blown off the Mackinac Bridge and died. Today, the Mackinac Bridge … Continue reading "1989 : Yugo Blown Off Mackinac Bridge"
1992 : Presidential Candidate Bill Clinton Visits Michigan State
1992 : Presidential Candidate Bill Clinton Visits Michigan State
Sep 22 all-day
Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Bill Clinton visited Michigan State University and spoke to a crowd behind the bell tower on this day in East Lansiing. After the speech he walked by the Union and down … Continue reading "1992 : Presidential Candidate Bill Clinton Visits Michigan State"
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1879 : Detroit Buys Belle Island
1879 : Detroit Buys Belle Island
Sep 23 all-day
1879 : Detroit Buys Belle Island
On September 23, 1879, the city of Detroit purchased Belle Island with the hope of creating a grand park that might eventually rival New York City’s Central Park. The rest of the story: The Pottawotami … Continue reading "1879 : Detroit Buys Belle Island"
1934 : Detroit Lions Win First Game
1934 : Detroit Lions Win First Game
Sep 23 all-day
The Detroit Lions, previously known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, played their first National Football Leage game, beating the New York Giants 9-0 at the University of Detroit stadium before a crowd of 12,000. During … Continue reading "1934 : Detroit Lions Win First Game"
1943 : UAW Charges Race Bias at Ford’s Willow Run Plant
1943 : UAW Charges Race Bias at Ford’s Willow Run Plant
Sep 23 all-day
1943 : UAW Charges Race Bias at Ford's Willow Run Plant
African-Americans voice frustration about Jim Crow and race discrimination during World War II. The Afro-American newspaper Detroit Tribune reports on the continuing struggle, September 23, 1943: Source : South Adams Street circa 1900 Facebook Page, March … Continue reading "1943 : UAW Charges Race Bias at Ford’s Willow Run Plant"
1958 : Spirit of Detroit Statue Dedicated
1958 : Spirit of Detroit Statue Dedicated
Sep 23 all-day
1958 : Spirit of Detroit Statue Dedicated
The Spirit of Detroit is a city monument with a large bronze statue created by Marshall Fredericks and located at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It was commissioned … Continue reading "1958 : Spirit of Detroit Statue Dedicated"
2014: Cadillac Abandons Motown
2014: Cadillac Abandons Motown
Sep 23 all-day
Cadillac, long the king of Detroit’s auto brands, is abandoning Motown. General Motors Co. GM -0.66% said on Tuesday that its struggling luxury brand will move 50 key employees and its headquarters to New York … Continue reading "2014: Cadillac Abandons Motown"
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1819 : Saginaw Treaty Signed With Native Americans
1819 : Saginaw Treaty Signed With Native Americans
Sep 24 all-day
1819 : Saginaw Treaty Signed With Native Americans
Treaty signed : September 24, 1819. Treaty Proclamation  by the President of the United States : March 25, 1820 Placed into law as 7 Stat. 203. The Treaty of Saginaw, also known as the Treaty with the … Continue reading "1819 : Saginaw Treaty Signed With Native Americans"
1819 : Treat of Saginaw Signed
1819 : Treat of Saginaw Signed
Sep 24 all-day
1819 : Treat of Saginaw Signed
Treaty signed : September 24, 1819. Treaty Proclamation by the President of the United States : March 25, 1820.  Placed into law as 7 Stat. 203. The Treaty of Saginaw, also known as the Treaty with the … Continue reading "1819 : Treat of Saginaw Signed"
1830 : Last Public Execution in Michigan
1830 : Last Public Execution in Michigan
Sep 24 all-day
1830 : Last Public Execution in Michigan
On September 24, 1830, Stephen G. Simmons, after having been tried by a jury of his peers and found guilty of killing his wife, Levana Simmons, in a drunken fury, was executed on the gallows … Continue reading "1830 : Last Public Execution in Michigan"
1851: Lucius Lyon, Surveyor, Statesman, Dies
1851: Lucius Lyon, Surveyor, Statesman, Dies
Sep 24 all-day
1851: Lucius Lyon, Surveyor, Statesman, Dies
Lucius Lyon (February 26, 1800 – September 24, 1851) was a U.S. statesman from the state of Michigan. He was born in Shelburne, Vermont, where he received a common school education and studied engineering and surveying. … Continue reading "1851: Lucius Lyon, Surveyor, Statesman, Dies"
1994 : Colorado Defeats Michigan With Hail Mary Pass
1994 : Colorado Defeats Michigan With Hail Mary Pass
Sep 24 all-day
Colorado’s Miracle at Michigan On September 24, 1994, Kordell Stewart chucks a Hail Mary, which is deflected and caught by Buffaloes WR Michael Westbrook to beat the Wolverines.
1996 : Bruce Springsteen Performs In Kalamazoo, Michigan
1996 : Bruce Springsteen Performs In Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sep 24 all-day
Bruce Springsteen rolled out this tune while playing in Kalamazoo on September 24, 1996; he would play it again in Ann Arbor two days later. As much as Michiganders love getting riled up over hometown … Continue reading "1996 : Bruce Springsteen Performs In Kalamazoo, Michigan"
2017 : French Canadian Heritage Week Celebration Begins
2017 : French Canadian Heritage Week Celebration Begins
Sep 24 all-day
2017 : French Canadian Heritage Week Celebration Begins
September 24-30, 2017 For the 5th year, French Canadian Heritage Week is celebrated in Michigan. The annual resolution was introduced in the Michigan Capitol on September 21st. In 2013, the Michigan Legislature passed the first … Continue reading "2017 : French Canadian Heritage Week Celebration Begins"
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1849 : First Michigan State Fair
1849 : First Michigan State Fair
Sep 25 all-day
1849 : First Michigan State Fair
The Michigan State Agricultural Society sponsored Michigan’s first state fair in Detroit, September 25-27, 1849. It was the second state fair in the United States. The first was in New York. The Michigan State Fair … Continue reading "1849 : First Michigan State Fair"
1926 : Detroit Businessmen Purchase Red Wings
1926 : Detroit Businessmen Purchase Red Wings
Sep 25 all-day
1926 : Detroit Businessmen Purchase Red Wings
On this day a group of Detroit businessment purchased the Victoria, British Columbia, Cougars and moved the ice hockey team to Detroit. First known as the Detroit Cougars and then the Detroit Falcons, the team … Continue reading "1926 : Detroit Businessmen Purchase Red Wings"
1955 : Detroit Tiger Al Kaline Wins American League Batting Title
1955 : Detroit Tiger Al Kaline Wins American League Batting Title
Sep 25 all-day
1955 : Detroit Tiger Al Kaline Wins American League Batting Title
On September 25, 1955 Detroit Tiger youngster Al Kaline became the youngest player ever to win the American League batting title. He was just twenty years old. Source : This Day in Baseball History More … Continue reading "1955 : Detroit Tiger Al Kaline Wins American League Batting Title"
2014 : Arena District Launched in Detroit
2014 : Arena District Launched in Detroit
Sep 25 all-day
Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings Inc., leads the celebrations for the groundbreaking of the new Red Wings arena and surrounding district in Detroit. Sources: Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Wings Stadium/Arena District courtesy … Continue reading "2014 : Arena District Launched in Detroit"
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1807 : Peter Denison Seeks to Free His Children From Slavery in the Michigan Territorial Court
1807 : Peter Denison Seeks to Free His Children From Slavery in the Michigan Territorial Court
Sep 26 all-day
Was Peter Denison the first person to sue for freedom from slavery in the United States? Denison is first mentioned in historical records in 1784, when he and his wife, Hannah, were listed as an … Continue reading "1807 : Peter Denison Seeks to Free His Children From Slavery in the Michigan Territorial Court"
1871: Winsor McCay, Father of Animation, Born in Spring Lake, Michigan
1871: Winsor McCay, Father of Animation, Born in Spring Lake, Michigan
Sep 26 all-day
Winsor McCay, pioneering animator and comic strip artist, was a native of Spring Lake, Michigan. Spring Lake is also where he began his career in art. His father, Robert McCay, and mother Janet ran a … Continue reading "1871: Winsor McCay, Father of Animation, Born in Spring Lake, Michigan"
1896: Michigan State Football’s First Game Against East Lansing High School
1896: Michigan State Football’s First Game Against East Lansing High School
Sep 26 all-day
The initial MAC team had no designated coach. At any rate they scored a 10-0 victory against East Lansing High School in their first official game. For a photograph of the team, see Steve Grinezel, … Continue reading "1896: Michigan State Football’s First Game Against East Lansing High School"
1942 : State News Becomes Daily
1942 : State News Becomes Daily
Sep 26 all-day
The first daily — Volume 1, No. 1, dated Sept. 26, 1942 — includes as a cutline: “With the goal of keeping its student body better informed on both world and college events, The Michigan … Continue reading "1942 : State News Becomes Daily"
1963 : Elephant Goes on Rampage in Lansing
1963 : Elephant Goes on Rampage in Lansing
Sep 26 all-day
On September 26, 1963, an elephant that was part of the King Shows and Circus rampaged through Lansing. Rajje, the elephant, was performing at a local shopping center when it became irritated and rebelled against … Continue reading "1963 : Elephant Goes on Rampage in Lansing"
1963 : First Freshman Class Registers at Grand Valley State College
1963 : First Freshman Class Registers at Grand Valley State College
Sep 26 all-day
On Septmber 26, 1963, registrations for the first freshman class were taken at Grand Valley State College in Allendale. 226 students enrolled, including a student from Iran. The library, which had been a priority for … Continue reading "1963 : First Freshman Class Registers at Grand Valley State College"
1981 : Serena Williams Born in Saginaw
1981 : Serena Williams Born in Saginaw
Sep 26 all-day
On September 26, 1981 tennis champion Serena Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan. Her parents, Richard and Oracene, later relocated to Los Angeles, and Serena and her four sisters (Lyndrea, Isha, Yetunde, and Venus) grew … Continue reading "1981 : Serena Williams Born in Saginaw"
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1962 : Consumer’s Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant Begins Operation
1962 : Consumer’s Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant Begins Operation
Sep 27 all-day
1962 : Consumer's Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant Begins Operation
Michigan entered the nuclear age when its first nuclear power plant, the Consumers Power Plant at Big Rock Point near Charlevoix, began operations  on this day in 1962. State Historical Marker: Consumers Power Company (later … Continue reading "1962 : Consumer’s Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant Begins Operation"
1999 : Final Major League Game Played at Tiger Stadium
1999 : Final Major League Game Played at Tiger Stadium
Sep 27 all-day
1999 : Final Major League Game Played at Tiger Stadium
On September 27, 1999, the Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals by an 8-2 count in the final Major League Baseball game played at Tiger Stadium. Robert Fick hit an unforgettable grand slam homer to … Continue reading "1999 : Final Major League Game Played at Tiger Stadium"
2015 : Michigan Residents Witness Supermoon/Lunar Eclipse
2015 : Michigan Residents Witness Supermoon/Lunar Eclipse
Sep 27 all-day
2015 : Michigan Residents Witness Supermoon/Lunar Eclipse
Michiganders and others across the country witnessed a rare combination of a supermoon-lunar eclipse Sunday, Sept. 27. A supermoon is when the moon is closest to the earth in its orbit around the earth. The … Continue reading "2015 : Michigan Residents Witness Supermoon/Lunar Eclipse"
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1835 : Detroit Free Press Begins Publication
1835 : Detroit Free Press Begins Publication
Sep 28 all-day
On September 28, 1835, the Democratic Free Press and Michigan Intelligencer became a daily newspaper. Today, the Detroit Free Press is Michigan’s oldest continuously published newspaper. Source: Michigan History
1854 : Orphans Leave New York for Dowagiac, Michigan
1854 : Orphans Leave New York for Dowagiac, Michigan
Sep 28 all-day
1854 : Orphans Leave New York for Dowagiac, Michigan
On September 28, 1854, 37 boys and girls, aged 6 through 15, boarded the sidewheeler steamer Isaac Newton in New York City for the first part of their journey to the frontier of Dowagiac, Michigan, … Continue reading "1854 : Orphans Leave New York for Dowagiac, Michigan"
1912 : 216-0, Most Lopsided Drubbing in High School Football
1912 : 216-0, Most Lopsided Drubbing in High School Football
Sep 28 all-day
On September 28, 1912, the Muskegon High School football team defeated Hastings High 216-0 in what was believed at the time to be the most lopsided drubbing of a high school football team in world … Continue reading "1912 : 216-0, Most Lopsided Drubbing in High School Football"
1912 : Detroit Free Press Notes Arrival of College Students and Football in Ann Arbor
1912 : Detroit Free Press Notes Arrival of College Students and Football in Ann Arbor
Sep 28 all-day
Ann Arbor has yawned and turned over for its last cat nap, and then awakened with a start to the realization that the first of October is nigh, and that the college youths from all … Continue reading "1912 : Detroit Free Press Notes Arrival of College Students and Football in Ann Arbor"
1940 : Michigan’s Tom Harmon Sets the Stage for a Heisman Season
1940 : Michigan’s Tom Harmon Sets the Stage for a Heisman Season
Sep 28 all-day
1940 : Michigan's Tom Harmon Sets the Stage for a Heisman Season
On this day Michigan’s halfback Tom Harmon (number 98) won the admiration of the nation in a game against the California Golden Bears in Berkeley, California. At the end of the 1939 season, Time magazine … Continue reading "1940 : Michigan’s Tom Harmon Sets the Stage for a Heisman Season"
2016 : Bentley Historical Library Acquires 1790 Map of Detroit
2016 : Bentley Historical Library Acquires 1790 Map of Detroit
Sep 28 all-day
2016 : Bentley Historical Library Acquires 1790 Map of Detroit
As the Detroit Free Press is reporting, the map was discovered by an Ontario family, having been originally purchased by one of the family members back in the 1930s. The 21-x-40-inch map paints the borders … Continue reading "2016 : Bentley Historical Library Acquires 1790 Map of Detroit"
2019 : Hope College Annual Tug-of-War Moved Due to High Water
2019 : Hope College Annual Tug-of-War Moved Due to High Water
Sep 28 all-day
As best can be gleaned from the historical record, Hope College’s Pull tug-of-war has happened in just two locations since it began in the 19th century. Due to high water levels at the event’s traditional … Continue reading "2019 : Hope College Annual Tug-of-War Moved Due to High Water"
Michigan Indian Day
Michigan Indian Day
Sep 28 all-day
Michigan Indian Day
The fourth Friday in September of each year shall be known as Michigan Indian Day.  This date is not to be construed as a legal holiday. MCL 435.161 Although Michigan Indian Day was enacted in … Continue reading "Michigan Indian Day"
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1813 : British Abandon Detroit
1813 : British Abandon Detroit
Sep 29 all-day
On September 29, 1813, British troops left Detroit, having occupied the city since August 16, 1812. American naval forces, under the command of Oliver Hazard Perry and fresh off a great victory at the Battle … Continue reading "1813 : British Abandon Detroit"
1817 : Native Americans Help Fund University of Michigan via Treaty of Fort Meigs, Article 16
1817 : Native Americans Help Fund University of Michigan via Treaty of Fort Meigs, Article 16
Sep 29 all-day
1817 : Native Americans Help Fund University of Michigan via Treaty of Fort Meigs, Article 16
Plaque Text This plaque commemorates the grant of lands from the Ojibwe (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), and Bodewadimi (Potawatomi), through the Treaty of Fort Meigs, which states that “believing they may wish some of their children … Continue reading "1817 : Native Americans Help Fund University of Michigan via Treaty of Fort Meigs, Article 16"
1880 : Michigan School for the Blind Opens in Lansing
1880 : Michigan School for the Blind Opens in Lansing
Sep 29 all-day
1880 : Michigan School for the Blind Opens in Lansing
Michigan School, Lansing 1859 building originally built for the Michigan Female College Occupied by school in 1880 North and south wings added, 1884 William P. Appleyard, architect Building still in use engraving, 1886-88 biennial report … Continue reading "1880 : Michigan School for the Blind Opens in Lansing"
1975 : Detroit Launches Nation’s First African-American-Owned TV Station, WGPR-TV
1975 : Detroit Launches Nation’s First African-American-Owned TV Station, WGPR-TV
Sep 29 all-day
The nation’s first African-American-owned TV station, WGPR-TV (Where God’s Presence Radiates) , is responsible for many firsts — using news cameras with tape rather than film, foreign language programs and being on air for 24 … Continue reading "1975 : Detroit Launches Nation’s First African-American-Owned TV Station, WGPR-TV"
1993 : U.S. Senator Donald Riegle, Jr. Announces Upcoming Resignation
1993 : U.S. Senator Donald Riegle, Jr. Announces Upcoming Resignation
Sep 29 all-day
1993 : U.S. Senator Donald Riegle, Jr. Announces Upcoming Resignation
Wounded by his involvement in the Keating savings-and-loan scandal, Senator Donald W. Riegle Jr., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, announced today that he would retire next year rather than seek a fourth term. The … Continue reading "1993 : U.S. Senator Donald Riegle, Jr. Announces Upcoming Resignation"
2015 : Dearborn Mayor Orville Hubbard’s Statue Moved to Museum
2015 : Dearborn Mayor Orville Hubbard’s Statue Moved to Museum
Sep 29 all-day
The statue of the city’s former mayor, criticized for his segregationist views and whose monument was debated vigorously by residents of a changing city, was taken down Tuesday morning from in front of old city … Continue reading "2015 : Dearborn Mayor Orville Hubbard’s Statue Moved to Museum"
2016 : Detroit News Pass on Republican Candidate for President for First Time
2016 : Detroit News Pass on Republican Candidate for President for First Time
Sep 29 all-day
The Detroit News made history with its presidential endorsement this morning – but not in the way you might expect. For the first time in the newspaper’s 143-year history, its editorial board endorsed a presidential … Continue reading "2016 : Detroit News Pass on Republican Candidate for President for First Time"
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1814 : Lucinda Hinsdale Stone, Educator, Feminist, “Mother of Clubs”, Born
1814 : Lucinda Hinsdale Stone, Educator, Feminist, “Mother of Clubs”, Born
Sep 30 all-day
1814 : Lucinda Hinsdale Stone, Educator, Feminist, “Mother of Clubs”, Born
Lucinda Hinsdale Stone, (1814-1900) a former teacher, became the leading advocate for education reform and for equal educational rights for women during the latter half of the 19th century in Michigan. Together with her husband, … Continue reading "1814 : Lucinda Hinsdale Stone, Educator, Feminist, “Mother of Clubs”, Born"
1980 : Jacques Cousteau Docks in Detroit
1980 : Jacques Cousteau Docks in Detroit
Sep 30 all-day
1980 : Jacques Cousteau Docks in Detroit
On Sept. 30, 1980, French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau arrived in Detroit on his research trip, Calypso, where 5,000 people greeted him at Hart Plaza. Cousteau had just returned from Lake Superior where he was filming … Continue reading "1980 : Jacques Cousteau Docks in Detroit"
1991 : Lawton Connelly Becomes E. Lansing’s First African American Police Chief
1991 : Lawton Connelly Becomes E. Lansing’s First African American Police Chief
Sep 30 all-day
East Lansing’s first and only African-American police chief, who led the department for nearly a decade including during the 1999 MSU riots, will be remembered at a memorial service Saturday. Lawton Connelly served as East … Continue reading "1991 : Lawton Connelly Becomes E. Lansing’s First African American Police Chief"
1993 : Bob-lo Island Amusement Park Closes
1993 : Bob-lo Island Amusement Park Closes
Sep 30 all-day
1993 : Bob-lo Island Amusement Park Closes
Bob-lo Island Scenic Railroad For 96 summer seasons, Boblo Island delighted millions of Detroiters who arrived by a romantic steamship sail to enjoy the amusement park, concerts and rides that soared above the Detroit River. … Continue reading "1993 : Bob-lo Island Amusement Park Closes"