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1863 : 24th Michigan Infantry Regiment Suffers 73% Casualties on Gettysburg’s 1st Day, Including One Spartan
1863 : 24th Michigan Infantry Regiment Suffers 73% Casualties on Gettysburg’s 1st Day, Including One Spartan
Jul 1 all-day
1863 : 24th Michigan Infantry Regiment Suffers 73% Casualties on Gettysburg's 1st Day, Including One Spartan
“Iron Brigade” – painting by Don Troiani showing the 24th Michigan in the Herbst Woods on July 1, 1863 Michigan infantry suffered the greatest loss of any northern regiment in Civil War fighting. The Twenty-Fourth … Continue reading "1863 : 24th Michigan Infantry Regiment Suffers 73% Casualties on Gettysburg’s 1st Day, Including One Spartan"
1875 : P. T. Barnum’s Great Roman Hippodrome Tours Michigan
1875 : P. T. Barnum’s Great Roman Hippodrome Tours Michigan
Jul 1 all-day
1875 : P. T. Barnum's Great Roman Hippodrome Tours Michigan
Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, scam artist and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and … Continue reading "1875 : P. T. Barnum’s Great Roman Hippodrome Tours Michigan"
1882 : Passage Island Lighthouse Lit for 1st Time
1882 : Passage Island Lighthouse Lit for 1st Time
Jul 1 all-day
1882 : Passage Island Lighthouse Lit for 1st Time
On July 1, 1882, The Passage Island lighthouse on Isle Royale was lit for the first time. The lighthouse is the northernmost lighthouse in the United States. The  rest of the story: With increased mining … Continue reading "1882 : Passage Island Lighthouse Lit for 1st Time"
1917 : Michigan National Guard Takes Possession of Selfridge Field
1917 : Michigan National Guard Takes Possession of Selfridge Field
Jul 1 all-day
1917 : Michigan National Guard Takes Possession of Selfridge Field
Selfridge Air National Guard Base is one of the oldest continuously operating military airfields in the nation. The Michigan National Guard took possession of the former Joy Aviation Field on July 1, 1917. The first … Continue reading "1917 : Michigan National Guard Takes Possession of Selfridge Field"
1945 : Hank Greenburg Hits Home Run
1945 : Hank Greenburg Hits Home Run
Jul 1 all-day
1945 : Hank Greenburg Hits Home Run
July 1, 1945: Hank Greenberg hits a home run in his first game back after four years of service in World War II Source : Today in Tiger History
1946 : Clarissa Young, Lansing’s First Female Police Officer
1946 : Clarissa Young, Lansing’s First Female Police Officer
Jul 1 all-day
Clarissa M. Young was born in the very small town of Shepherd, Michigan, on January 5, 1922, but she has had an almost “larger-than-life” effect on the lives of many men, women, and children throughout … Continue reading "1946 : Clarissa Young, Lansing’s First Female Police Officer"
1955 : Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science Becomes a University
1955 : Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science Becomes a University
Jul 1 all-day
1955 : Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science Becomes a University
John Hannah observes signing the Michigan State University Bill, 1955. Courtesy On the Banks of the Red Cedar On July 1st of 1955, “Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science” changed its name to … Continue reading "1955 : Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science Becomes a University"
1959 : Anatomy of a Murder Premieres in Detroit
1959 : Anatomy of a Murder Premieres in Detroit
Jul 1 all-day
1959 : Anatomy of a Murder Premieres in Detroit
On July 1, 1959, “Anatomy of a Murder,” a film based on the work of John D. Voelker , an Upper Peninsula outdoorsman and lawyer who became a Michigan State Supreme Court justice, premiered at … Continue reading "1959 : Anatomy of a Murder Premieres in Detroit"
1963 : Non-Mandatory ZIP Codes for Entire Country Announced
1963 : Non-Mandatory ZIP Codes for Entire Country Announced
Jul 1 all-day
1963 : Non-Mandatory ZIP Codes for Entire Country Announced
On July 1, 1963, non-mandatory ZIP codes were announced for the whole country. Sources : ZIP Code History – A Brief History of the Development of the ZIP Code in the United States Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” – … Continue reading "1963 : Non-Mandatory ZIP Codes for Entire Country Announced"
1974 : Colleen House Becomes Youngest Female Member of Michigan House
1974 : Colleen House Becomes Youngest Female Member of Michigan House
Jul 1 all-day
On July 1, 1974, at the age of 22, Colleen House (Bay City) was sworn in as the youngest female member in the history of the Michigan House of Representatives. She later married another notable … Continue reading "1974 : Colleen House Becomes Youngest Female Member of Michigan House"
2001 : Michigan’s Concealed Weapon Law Implemented
2001 : Michigan’s Concealed Weapon Law Implemented
Jul 1 all-day
Michigan’s 10-year old concealed weapons law has virtually no oversight — but there’s absolutely no penalty for folks failing to report information. Records are incomplete. Compliance by counties is spotty. Convictions for crimes go unreported. … Continue reading "2001 : Michigan’s Concealed Weapon Law Implemented"
2005 : Michigan Launches Children’s Protection Registry (Email)
2005 : Michigan Launches Children’s Protection Registry (Email)
Jul 1 all-day
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) J. Peter Lark today announced that on July 1, Michigan will become the first state in the nation to launch a child … Continue reading "2005 : Michigan Launches Children’s Protection Registry (Email)"
2011 : University of Michigan Campuses Become Smoke-Free
2011 : University of Michigan Campuses Become Smoke-Free
Jul 1 all-day
2011 : University of Michigan Campuses Become Smoke-Free
More than 300 colleges and universities, including four Big Ten schools, have adopted smoke-free campus policies. President Mary Sue Coleman has announced that the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn campuses will go … Continue reading "2011 : University of Michigan Campuses Become Smoke-Free"
2014 : University of Maryland and Rutgers University Join Big Ten Conference
2014 : University of Maryland and Rutgers University Join Big Ten Conference
Jul 1 all-day
The University of Maryland and Rutgers University became official members of the Big Ten Conference today, increasing the Big Ten’s membership to 14 institutions. In addition, Johns Hopkins University officially became a sport affiliate member … Continue reading "2014 : University of Maryland and Rutgers University Join Big Ten Conference"
2015 : Eastern Michigan University Goes Tobacco-Free
2015 : Eastern Michigan University Goes Tobacco-Free
Jul 1 all-day
Eastern Michigan University’s campus will be tobacco free starting July 1, 2015. The EMU Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve President Susan Martin’s recommendation to change its existing policy – which prohibits smoking within … Continue reading "2015 : Eastern Michigan University Goes Tobacco-Free"
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1812: Cuyahoga Packet Captured
1812: Cuyahoga Packet Captured
Jul 2 all-day
On July 2, 1812, the schooner Cuyahoga Packet is sailing up the Detroit River when it is spotted on the Canadian side, at Amherstburg, by Lieutenant Frederic Rolette. Cuyahoga is sailing slowly past the British fort. … Continue reading "1812: Cuyahoga Packet Captured"
1824: Cyrus Luce Born, Future Governor of Michigan
1824: Cyrus Luce Born, Future Governor of Michigan
Jul 2 all-day
1824: Cyrus Luce Born, Future Governor of Michigan
Governor Cyrus Luce was born July 2, 1824. Born in Ohio in 1824, he moved with his parents to Indiana and later on his own to Branch County about 1849.  He purchased and cleared about … Continue reading "1824: Cyrus Luce Born, Future Governor of Michigan"
1862 : Morrill Act Anniversary
1862 : Morrill Act Anniversary
Jul 2 all-day
1862 : Morrill Act Anniversary
Beaumont Tower at Michigan State University marks the site of College Hall which is the first building in the United States to teach agricultural science. For 20 years prior to the first introduction of the … Continue reading "1862 : Morrill Act Anniversary"
1863 : 4th Michigan Faces Action at Gettysburg’s Wheat Field; Colonel Harrison Jeffords Dies, the Only Officer to be Bayoneted During Battle
1863 : 4th Michigan Faces Action at Gettysburg’s Wheat Field; Colonel Harrison Jeffords Dies, the Only Officer to be Bayoneted During Battle
Jul 2 all-day
1863 : 4th Michigan Faces Action at Gettysburg's Wheat Field; Colonel Harrison Jeffords Dies, the Only Officer to be Bayoneted During Battle
After being pushed to limit by the confederate onslaught, the 4th Michigan regiment secured the “Wheatfield “.   During this time there was major action on Stony Hill. The Union forces under Zook were overrun by … Continue reading "1863 : 4th Michigan Faces Action at Gettysburg’s Wheat Field; Colonel Harrison Jeffords Dies, the Only Officer to be Bayoneted During Battle"
1877 : William Alfred Comstock, 33rd Governor of Michigan, is Born
1877 : William Alfred Comstock, 33rd Governor of Michigan, is Born
Jul 2 all-day
1877 : William Alfred Comstock, 33rd Governor of Michigan, is Born
Comstock was born on July 2nd 1877 in Alpena, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1899. While at the University of Michigan he joined the fraternity Zeta Psi. Within the fraternity he … Continue reading "1877 : William Alfred Comstock, 33rd Governor of Michigan, is Born"
1881 : Former University of Michigan Student Charles Guiteau Shoots President Garfield
1881 : Former University of Michigan Student Charles Guiteau Shoots President Garfield
Jul 2 all-day
1881 : Former University of Michigan Student Charles Guiteau Shoots President Garfield
When James A. Garfield was attacked on July 2, 1881, the nation was shocked, enraged, and captivated. President for just four months, Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau as he was about to board a … Continue reading "1881 : Former University of Michigan Student Charles Guiteau Shoots President Garfield"
1936 : Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop Moves it To Dearborn Village
1936 : Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop Moves it To Dearborn Village
Jul 2 all-day
On July 2, 1936, Henry Ford purchased the Wright brothers’ Dayton, Ohio, bicycle shop and Home And Moves them to Greenfield Village. It was on July 2nd, 1936 that Henry Ford purchased the Wright Brothers’ … Continue reading "1936 : Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop Moves it To Dearborn Village"
1942 : Detroit Resident Found Guilty of Treason
1942 : Detroit Resident Found Guilty of Treason
Jul 2 all-day
1942 : Detroit Resident Found Guilty of Treason
On July 2, 1942, Max Stephan of Detroit was found guilty of treason for assisting a Nazi prisoner. A German prisoner-of-war escaped from Canada to Detroit in April 1942 and was introduced, by a former … Continue reading "1942 : Detroit Resident Found Guilty of Treason"
1954 : Don’t Put Your Eye Out!
1954 : Don’t Put Your Eye Out!
Jul 2 all-day
1954 : Don't Put Your Eye Out!
The Daisy Air Rifle was first manufactured and sold as an incentive to help market windmills. According to Michigan Every Day, when Clarence Hamilton showed the owner of the Plymouth Iron Windmill Factory his metal … Continue reading "1954 : Don’t Put Your Eye Out!"
1972 : Michigan Legislature Approves State Lottery
1972 : Michigan Legislature Approves State Lottery
Jul 2 all-day
On July 2, 1972, the state Legislature established a lottery to provide additional revenues for the state. —Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1997 : Tornados Devastate Michigan
1997 : Tornados Devastate Michigan
Jul 2 all-day
On July 2, 1997, the Free Press reported that tornadoes and funnel clouds ravaged Michigan from Grand Rapids and Lansing to metro Detroit. “The wind tossed Dumpsters about like cardboard boxes, clogged streets with mangled … Continue reading "1997 : Tornados Devastate Michigan"
2019 : Lee Iacocca Dies
2019 : Lee Iacocca Dies
Jul 2 all-day
Lido Anthony “Lee” Iacocca was an American automobile executive best known for the development of Ford Mustang and Pinto cars, while at the Ford Motor Company in the 1960s, and then later for reviving the … Continue reading "2019 : Lee Iacocca Dies"
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1828 : First Territorial Librarian Appointed
1828 : First Territorial Librarian Appointed
Jul 3 all-day
Like many early pioneers, Henry Schoolcraft came to the Michigan Territory from upstate New York. In 1822 he accepted an appointment at Sault Ste. Marie as an Indian agent for the territory. From 1827 to … Continue reading "1828 : First Territorial Librarian Appointed"
1897 : Village of Lake Ann Burns
1897 : Village of Lake Ann Burns
Jul 3 all-day
On July 3, 1897, a small spark arose, creating a huge blaze, soon engulfing the small village of Lake Ann in flames. The fire swept out all 50 buildings making up the village’s downtown, and … Continue reading "1897 : Village of Lake Ann Burns"
1959 : Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Visit Windsor and Detroit
1959 : Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Visit Windsor and Detroit
Jul 3 all-day
On July 3, 1959 : Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip helped celebrate the First Annual Freedom Festival in Windsor. Arriving by train, the Royal Party transferred to the Royal Yacht Britannia and sailed up the … Continue reading "1959 : Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Visit Windsor and Detroit"
1973 : Gaylord vs. Gaylord (Sibling Rivalry)
1973 : Gaylord vs. Gaylord (Sibling Rivalry)
Jul 3 all-day
1973 : Gaylord vs. Gaylord (Sibling Rivalry)
On July 3, 1973, Detroit Tigers pitcher Jim Perry started against the Indians in Cleveland. Except that Cleveland’s starter was his brother, Gaylord Perry. This was the first time in American League history that brothers … Continue reading "1973 : Gaylord vs. Gaylord (Sibling Rivalry)"
2013 : Stars and Stripes Forever
2013 : Stars and Stripes Forever
Jul 3 all-day
To put you in the right state of mind for the 4th of July, listen to the Stars and Stripes Forever recorded by John Philip Sousa’s own band back on August 14, 1903, courtesy of … Continue reading "2013 : Stars and Stripes Forever"
2018 : Charlevoix’s Castle Farms Celebrates Centennial
2018 : Charlevoix’s Castle Farms Celebrates Centennial
Jul 3 all-day
2018 : Charlevoix's Castle Farms Celebrates Centennial
July 3-5, 2018 It’s a castle. It’s a site for weddings. It’s an extraordinary garden. It is — or at least was — a giant rockin’ concert venue. And this year, it is 100 years … Continue reading "2018 : Charlevoix’s Castle Farms Celebrates Centennial"
2018 : Signs Your Were Born and Raised in Michigan
2018 : Signs Your Were Born and Raised in Michigan
Jul 3 all-day
1. You know what euchre is. And how to pronounce it. 2. You grew up with German, Polish, or Norwegian influence. Maybe you ate, or still eat, sauerkraut regularly, or perhaps, like me, your family … Continue reading "2018 : Signs Your Were Born and Raised in Michigan"
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1783 : Americans Unable to Take Over Detroit From English
1783 : Americans Unable to Take Over Detroit From English
Jul 4 all-day
Although the American Revolution is over, the English refuse to turn over Fort Detroit to the former American colonists. It will be another 13 years before control of Detroit passes to the United States. Source … Continue reading "1783 : Americans Unable to Take Over Detroit From English"
1829 : Pre-Independence Day Celebration At Future Site of Jackson, Michigan
1829 : Pre-Independence Day Celebration At Future Site of Jackson, Michigan
Jul 4 all-day
Jackson’s history began on the banks of the Grand River, at present-day Trail Street. Three men — Capt. Alex Laverty, Horace Blackman and their Indian guide Pee-wy-tum — arrived there in time to celebrate America’s … Continue reading "1829 : Pre-Independence Day Celebration At Future Site of Jackson, Michigan"
1829 : The City of Jackson Officially Begins
1829 : The City of Jackson Officially Begins
Jul 4 all-day
The city of Jackson officially began July 4, 1829. Through the efforts of several men, Horace Blackman was able to stake his claim of 160 acres as was allowed by territorial law. Although Blackman was … Continue reading "1829 : The City of Jackson Officially Begins"
1834 : Grand Rapids Celebrates July 4th for First Time
1834 : Grand Rapids Celebrates July 4th for First Time
Jul 4 all-day
A year after the first settlers arrived, the residents of Grand Rapids marched up and down the Indian trail, singing and shouting, fiddling and hurrahing. According to Charles Baxter, even the local Indians joined in. … Continue reading "1834 : Grand Rapids Celebrates July 4th for First Time"
1843 : Villages in Royal Oak and Birmingham Salute New Train
1843 : Villages in Royal Oak and Birmingham Salute New Train
Jul 4 all-day
On the “glorious fourth”, the Governor, accompanied by several members of his cabinet and staff, together with a number of private citizens, took a ride on the new Detroit and Pontiac Railroad by the invitation … Continue reading "1843 : Villages in Royal Oak and Birmingham Salute New Train"
1847 : James A. McGinnis (James A. Bailey) of Barnum & Bailey Circus Fame Born in Detroit
1847 : James A. McGinnis (James A. Bailey) of Barnum & Bailey Circus Fame Born in Detroit
Jul 4 all-day
A Detroit native, James A. McGinnis took the surname Bailey at the age of 14 when he joined the circus. Developing a striking talent for advertising and management, he bought the Cooper & Bailey Shows, … Continue reading "1847 : James A. McGinnis (James A. Bailey) of Barnum & Bailey Circus Fame Born in Detroit"
1859 : First Hot Air Balloon Ascension in Grand Rapids
1859 : First Hot Air Balloon Ascension in Grand Rapids
Jul 4 all-day
Professor William D. Bannister is credited with the birth of flight in Grand Rapids, ascending in the hot air balloon Pride of America at 5 p.m. on July 4th, 1859. On the day before the … Continue reading "1859 : First Hot Air Balloon Ascension in Grand Rapids"
1863 : 5000 Gather at the Dearbornville Arsenal to Celebrate Union Victory at Gettysburg
1863 : 5000 Gather at the Dearbornville Arsenal to Celebrate Union Victory at Gettysburg
Jul 4 all-day
Just a day after the Union victory at Gettysburg, a large celebration was held. Nearly 5,000 people gathered at the Arsenal parade grounds for a day of festivities. The Declaration of Independence was read by … Continue reading "1863 : 5000 Gather at the Dearbornville Arsenal to Celebrate Union Victory at Gettysburg"
1863 : Battle of Monterey Pass (PA)
1863 : Battle of Monterey Pass (PA)
Jul 4 all-day
1863 : Battle of Monterey Pass (PA)
July 4-5, 1963 follow-up to Battle of Gettysburg Battle of Monterey Pass During a torrential rainstorm on the night of July 4-5, 1863, the Michigan Cavalry Brigade moved to intercept the retreating Army of Northern … Continue reading "1863 : Battle of Monterey Pass (PA)"
1863 : Michigan’s 25th Infantry Earns Grudging Respect of Confederates at Battle of Tebbs Bend
1863 : Michigan’s 25th Infantry Earns Grudging Respect of Confederates at Battle of Tebbs Bend
Jul 4 all-day
On July 4, 1863, about 250 men of Michigan’s 25th Infantry were about 90 miles South of Louisville, Ky. It was halfway through the American Civil War. Under the command of Orlando Moore, from Schoolcraft, … Continue reading "1863 : Michigan’s 25th Infantry Earns Grudging Respect of Confederates at Battle of Tebbs Bend"
1866 : Civil War Soldiers March in Detroit for Last Time
1866 : Civil War Soldiers March in Detroit for Last Time
Jul 4 all-day
Civil War soldiers from Michigan rallied in Detroit for one last march. They presented their flags to Governor Henry Crapo. Source : This Day in Michigan History, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central … Continue reading "1866 : Civil War Soldiers March in Detroit for Last Time"
1876 : Grand Rapids Celebrates
1876 : Grand Rapids Celebrates
Jul 4 all-day
1876 : Grand Rapids Celebrates
July 4, 1876 was doubly auspicious for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Not only did residents have the nation’s centennial to look forward to but, coincidentally, 1876 also marked the 50th anniversary of the … Continue reading "1876 : Grand Rapids Celebrates"
1876 : Muskegon Celebrates July 4th In a Different Fashion
1876 : Muskegon Celebrates July 4th In a Different Fashion
Jul 4 all-day
On July 4, 1876, as part of an Independence Day centennial celebration, “Big Delia” a 6-foot, two-inch, 225 pound tobacco-chewing madam, and her employees built a pavilion near Muskegon, hired two bands, invited their “sisters” … Continue reading "1876 : Muskegon Celebrates July 4th In a Different Fashion"
1891 : Marquette Celebrates Independence Day
1891 : Marquette Celebrates Independence Day
Jul 4 all-day
1891 : Marquette Celebrates Independence Day
Panoramic views from the wooden breakwater in Marquette’s harbor about 1887; photographs taken by James Pendill. July 4-5, 1891 Marquette’s celebrations in 1891 were extensive and began at sunrise with a 44-gun salute. People had … Continue reading "1891 : Marquette Celebrates Independence Day"
1919 : Polar Bears March on Belle Isle
1919 : Polar Bears March on Belle Isle
Jul 4 all-day
The Polar Bears, or American North Russian Expeditionary Force, are the only American troops ever to fight in Russia, the decades-long enemy of the U.S. during the Cold War that followed World War II. The … Continue reading "1919 : Polar Bears March on Belle Isle"
1924 : Jackson Hosts One of the Largest KKK Rallies in Michigan History
1924 : Jackson Hosts One of the Largest KKK Rallies in Michigan History
Jul 4 all-day
It was a Fourth of July festival few at the time likely would ever forget. Under a cloudless sky on a warm day in a field along Seymour Street, vendors sold food, drinks, confections, tobacco … Continue reading "1924 : Jackson Hosts One of the Largest KKK Rallies in Michigan History"
1925 : Ku Klux Klan Parade in Grand Rapids
1925 : Ku Klux Klan Parade in Grand Rapids
Jul 4 all-day
Independence Day 1925 saw a 3,000-person march of the KKK, starting along Bridge Street on Grand Rapids’ Northwest Side. Hoping to bolster Michigan’s struggling Klan, the marchers donned their uniforms but went hoodless to show … Continue reading "1925 : Ku Klux Klan Parade in Grand Rapids"
1929 : Seiche or Tsunami Strikes Grand Haven, Killing 10
1929 : Seiche or Tsunami Strikes Grand Haven, Killing 10
Jul 4 all-day
On July 4, 1929, a 20-foot wave that scientists now believe was caused by a meteotsunami crashed over holiday beach-goers on a pier in Grand Haven. Ten people were pulled out into Lake Michigan and … Continue reading "1929 : Seiche or Tsunami Strikes Grand Haven, Killing 10"
1930 : W. D. Fard Founds Nation of Islam in Detroit
1930 : W. D. Fard Founds Nation of Islam in Detroit
Jul 4 all-day
W. D. Fard, also known as W. D. Fard Muhammad, announces the founding of the Temple of Islam, later to become Temple Number 1 of the Nation of Islam, in Detroit, Michigan. The religious sect incorporates … Continue reading "1930 : W. D. Fard Founds Nation of Islam in Detroit"
1969 : Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Contest Begins
1969 : Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Contest Begins
Jul 4 all-day
1969 : Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Contest Begins
W. T. (Bill) Rabe founded the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping and Gerplunking Club (MISS&GC) with the inaugural Mackinac Island 4th of July Stone Skipping Contest in 1969. He continued to be the tournament director and … Continue reading "1969 : Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Contest Begins"
1977 : Diana Lewis Becomes Co-Anchor on WXYZ-TV in Detroit
1977 : Diana Lewis Becomes Co-Anchor on WXYZ-TV in Detroit
Jul 4 all-day
1977 : Diana Lewis Becomes Co-Anchor on WXYZ-TV in Detroit
On Independence Day in 1977, Diana Lewis signed on to be the co-anchor of Action News at 5:30 p.m. Since then, Detroiters have relied on Lewis to guide them through the events and issues that … Continue reading "1977 : Diana Lewis Becomes Co-Anchor on WXYZ-TV in Detroit"
2002 : Michigan’s Last Survivor of the 1912 Titanic Sinking Dies
2002 : Michigan’s Last Survivor of the 1912 Titanic Sinking Dies
Jul 4 all-day
Winifred Quick Van Tongerloo, Michigan’s last survivor of the 1912 sinking of RMS Titanic, died on July 4, 2002. She was ninety-eight years of age and had lived in East Lansing for the past six … Continue reading "2002 : Michigan’s Last Survivor of the 1912 Titanic Sinking Dies"
2018 : Saugatuck Celebrates 150th Anniversary
2018 : Saugatuck Celebrates 150th Anniversary
Jul 4 all-day
2018 : Saugatuck Celebrates 150th Anniversary
From the outside, one wouldn’t suspect a bookstore building in downtown Saugatuck was built in 1838, floated down the Kalamazoo River to its current location, and is one of a few remaining buildings from an … Continue reading "2018 : Saugatuck Celebrates 150th Anniversary"
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1812: General William Hull Arrives in Detroit for Invasion of Canada
1812: General William Hull Arrives in Detroit for Invasion of Canada
Jul 5 all-day
Acting on orders from Washington, Hull crossed the Detroit River on July 12 without opposition and established a base at what is now Windsor, Ontario, with plans to attack British-held Fort Malden at Amherstburg. By … Continue reading "1812: General William Hull Arrives in Detroit for Invasion of Canada"
1942 : REO Motor Car Company In World War II
1942 : REO Motor Car Company In World War II
Jul 5 all-day
1942 : REO Motor Car Company In World War II
The REO Motor Car Company did its part to support the nation during World War II. Even before the U.S. became involved, REO supplied trucks for the lend lease program to Canada, the U.K., and … Continue reading "1942 : REO Motor Car Company In World War II"
1948 : Michigan Radio (91.7 FM, WUOM) Takes to the Air
1948 : Michigan Radio (91.7 FM, WUOM) Takes to the Air
Jul 5 all-day
1948 : Michigan Radio (91.7 FM, WUOM) Takes to the Air
When Michigan Radio first went on air on July 5, 1948, only 500,000 people in the United States owned a radio set. There were only fifty FM channels in existence, and only 8 educational channels. … Continue reading "1948 : Michigan Radio (91.7 FM, WUOM) Takes to the Air"
2002 : Cussing Declared Legal in Michigan
2002 : Cussing Declared Legal in Michigan
Jul 5 all-day
One August day in 1998, Timothy Boomer of Roseville fell out of his canoe on the Rifle River and was issued a ticket for cussing in the presence of women and children, his wife and … Continue reading "2002 : Cussing Declared Legal in Michigan"
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1776 : Macomb Brothers Buy Grosse Isle
1776 : Macomb Brothers Buy Grosse Isle
Jul 6 all-day
On July 6, 1776 – just two days after the rebels signed their Declaration of Independence from George III in Philadelphia – the Macomb brothers, William and Alexander, bought Grosse Ile from the Potawatomi Indians. … Continue reading "1776 : Macomb Brothers Buy Grosse Isle"
1818 : First Public Land Auction Held in Michigan
1818 : First Public Land Auction Held in Michigan
Jul 6 all-day
Average price for land in Michigan goes for $4 an acre at the first public auction in Michigan on July 6, 1818. By 1836, land-hungry easterners were paying $1000 an acre for land near the … Continue reading "1818 : First Public Land Auction Held in Michigan"
1854 : Anti-Slavery Fusion Convention Held in Jackson
1854 : Anti-Slavery Fusion Convention Held in Jackson
Jul 6 all-day
On July 6, 1854, the anti-slavery “Fusion Convention” took place “under the oaks” in Jackson because the city hall did not have enough room for the estimated 1,000 people — 900 Free Soilers and 100 … Continue reading "1854 : Anti-Slavery Fusion Convention Held in Jackson"
1854 : Republican Party Meets for First Time in Michigan
1854 : Republican Party Meets for First Time in Michigan
Jul 6 all-day
1854 : Republican Party Meets for First Time in Michigan
The historical marker “under the oaks,” where more than 1,000 people met to denounce slavery after being outraged over the passage of the Kansas-Nebraka Act, which had opened new territories to slavery.   Walk toward … Continue reading "1854 : Republican Party Meets for First Time in Michigan"
1898 : Mackinac Island Bans Automobiles
1898 : Mackinac Island Bans Automobiles
Jul 6 all-day
1898 : Mackinac Island Bans Automobiles
Early Automobiles on Mackinac Island Mackinac State Historic Parks The Historic Automobile Ban Afraid that the new-fangled sputtering motor cars would scare their horses, Mackinac Island carriage tour drivers turned to the village leaders for … Continue reading "1898 : Mackinac Island Bans Automobiles"
1925 : Bill Haley Born
1925 : Bill Haley Born
Jul 6 all-day
1925 : Bill Haley Born
Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll Bill Haley Born On July 6, 1925, Bill Haley, American rock vocalist Bill Haley, known as the father of Rock ‘n’ Roll was born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 1981). He … Continue reading "1925 : Bill Haley Born"
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1845 : Detroit Daily News Appears for the First Time, Predecessor of the Detroit News
1845 : Detroit Daily News Appears for the First Time, Predecessor of the Detroit News
Jul 7 all-day
The Detroit Daily News was published for the first time. The Detroit Daily News was published until 1873, when it was renamed the Evening News. In 1905, the Detroit Tribune and the Evening News merged … Continue reading "1845 : Detroit Daily News Appears for the First Time, Predecessor of the Detroit News"
1852 : Marquette Iron Company Makes First Iron Ore Shipment to Eastern Smelters
1852 : Marquette Iron Company Makes First Iron Ore Shipment to Eastern Smelters
Jul 7 all-day
On July 7, 1852, the Marquette Iron Company shipped six barrels of iron ore down the Great Lakes to New Castle, PA. The Upper-Peninsula ore was the first to reach the Lake Erie smelters via … Continue reading "1852 : Marquette Iron Company Makes First Iron Ore Shipment to Eastern Smelters"
1865 : Jackson Man Supervises Hanging of Lincoln Assassins/Conspirators
1865 : Jackson Man Supervises Hanging of Lincoln Assassins/Conspirators
Jul 7 all-day
Christian Roth of Jackson, a brevet major of the 17th Michigan Infantry, was charged with carrying out the execution of President Lincoln’s assassins/conspirators. Roth was haunted by the event the rest of his life, particularly … Continue reading "1865 : Jackson Man Supervises Hanging of Lincoln Assassins/Conspirators"
1887 : Michigan Supreme Court Accepts Case Concerning the Sale of Rose (A Pregnant Cow)
1887 : Michigan Supreme Court Accepts Case Concerning the Sale of Rose (A Pregnant Cow)
Jul 7 all-day
1887 : Michigan Supreme Court Accepts Case Concerning the Sale of Rose (A Pregnant Cow)
July 7, 1887 : Pregnant Cow Case Filed When you run a grain mill/distilling/vertical integration empire, you’re always looking for news ways to make money from existing resources. And one thing that booze production creates … Continue reading "1887 : Michigan Supreme Court Accepts Case Concerning the Sale of Rose (A Pregnant Cow)"
1916 : Detroit Light Guard Sent to El Paso To Neutralize Pancho Villa
1916 : Detroit Light Guard Sent to El Paso To Neutralize Pancho Villa
Jul 7 all-day
On July 7, 1916, the Detroit Light Guard, a unit of the Michigan National Guard, arrived in El Paso, Texas to join the expedition into Mexico to remove the threat to border towns posed by … Continue reading "1916 : Detroit Light Guard Sent to El Paso To Neutralize Pancho Villa"
1927 : Henry Ford Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Articles in Dearborn Independent
1927 : Henry Ford Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Articles in Dearborn Independent
Jul 7 all-day
Contrite motor magnate Henry Ford and his magazine editor admits Jew charges are not true. “Ford admits Jew Charges are not true”, Detroit Free Press, July 8, 1927.
1933 : Michigan Old Age Assistance Act Predates U.S. Social Security Act
1933 : Michigan Old Age Assistance Act Predates U.S. Social Security Act
Jul 7 all-day
1933 : Michigan Old Age Assistance Act Predates U.S. Social Security Act
Today (July 7) marks the day in 1933 that former Gov. William A. Comstock, Democrat, signed the Old Age Assistance Act, which provided a monthly pension of up to $30 to seniors 70 years old … Continue reading "1933 : Michigan Old Age Assistance Act Predates U.S. Social Security Act"
2019 : Cougar Spotted in Gogebic County, Michigan
2019 : Cougar Spotted in Gogebic County, Michigan
Jul 7 all-day
2019 : Cougar Spotted in Gogebic County, Michigan
An image of a cougar was caught on a landowner’s trail camera in Gogebic County in the west side of the Upper Peninsula, on July 7. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources team of wildlife … Continue reading "2019 : Cougar Spotted in Gogebic County, Michigan"
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1832 : Cholera Strikes Down Gen. Winfield Scott’s Army, Forced To Land at Fort Gratiot, Michigan
1832 : Cholera Strikes Down Gen. Winfield Scott’s Army, Forced To Land at Fort Gratiot, Michigan
Jul 8 all-day
The Asiatic cholera was the enemy, the conqueror of conquerors, which attacked [General Winfield] Scott’s expedition up the lakes, and soon destroyed all its power or utility as a military corps… Scott had, as we … Continue reading "1832 : Cholera Strikes Down Gen. Winfield Scott’s Army, Forced To Land at Fort Gratiot, Michigan"
1850 : Strang Crowned King James on Beaver Island
1850 : Strang Crowned King James on Beaver Island
Jul 8 all-day
1850 : Strang Crowned King James on Beaver Island
In 1843, James Jesse Strang settled in Burlington, Wisconsin, and became a member of the Mormon Church. When the founder of Mormonism Joseph Smith was murdered in 1844, Strang claimed to be his successor. While … Continue reading "1850 : Strang Crowned King James on Beaver Island"
1907 : Future Michigan Governor George Romney Born in Mexico
1907 : Future Michigan Governor George Romney Born in Mexico
Jul 8 all-day
1907 : Future Michigan Governor George Romney Born in Mexico
George Wilcken Romney (July 8, 1907 – July 26, 1995) was an American businessman and Republican Party politician. He was chairman and president of American Motors Corporation from 1954 to 1962, the 43rd Governor of … Continue reading "1907 : Future Michigan Governor George Romney Born in Mexico"
1909 : First Illuminated Baseball Game in Grand Rapids
1909 : First Illuminated Baseball Game in Grand Rapids
Jul 8 all-day
About 4500 fans gathered in Grand Rapids to watch one of the first illuminated professional baseball games, played between teams from Grand Rapids and Zanesville, Ohio. Source : Michigan History, July/August 2013.
1924 : DeHart Hubbard, First African American to Win Olympic Championship
1924 : DeHart Hubbard, First African American to Win Olympic Championship
Jul 8 all-day
1924 : DeHart Hubbard, First African American to Win Olympic Championship
William DeHart Hubbard, University of Michigan broad jumper, leaped 24 feet, 5 1/2 inches in Paris, France, becoming the first Negro to win an Olympic championship in an individual event at the 1924 Paris Summer … Continue reading "1924 : DeHart Hubbard, First African American to Win Olympic Championship"
1936 : Killer Heat Wave Grips Detroit (July 8-14)
1936 : Killer Heat Wave Grips Detroit (July 8-14)
Jul 8 all-day
1936 was the first year that Detroit ever had consecutive days of triple digit temperature readings. In 1936, air conditioning was a new luxury, and movie theaters were some of the few places that had … Continue reading "1936 : Killer Heat Wave Grips Detroit (July 8-14)"
1938 : Last Person Executed In Michigan
1938 : Last Person Executed In Michigan
Jul 8 all-day
On July 8, 1938, Anthony Chebatoris, was hung at the Federal Correctional Institution in Milan for killing a bystander during a failed bank robbery in Midland. He was the last person executed in Michigan and … Continue reading "1938 : Last Person Executed In Michigan"
1950 : Governor G. Mennon Williams Narrowly Escapes Becoming Prison Hostage
1950 : Governor G. Mennon Williams Narrowly Escapes Becoming Prison Hostage
Jul 8 all-day
Saturday morning, July 8, 1950. Michigan’s rookie governor G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams, mulling his chances of winning another term as chief executive, was flying north for some politicking, inspections and square-dance calling in the Upper … Continue reading "1950 : Governor G. Mennon Williams Narrowly Escapes Becoming Prison Hostage"
1962 : Roger Roberts First Black Firefighter in Lansing
1962 : Roger Roberts First Black Firefighter in Lansing
Jul 8 all-day
Roger Roberts was the first black firefighter in Lansing, Michigan, serving from July 8, 1962 until February 17, 1973. Source : Black History Month, Lansing State Journal, February 27, 2014, p. 91.
2011 : Feral Pigs Become Invasive Species in Michigan
2011 : Feral Pigs Become Invasive Species in Michigan
Jul 8 all-day
Feral swine pose a significant risk to Michigan’s wildlife, ecosystems and agricultural resources, and they are a serious disease threat to humans, wildlife and domesticated pigs. Once populations are established, feral swine are an unsolvable … Continue reading "2011 : Feral Pigs Become Invasive Species in Michigan"
2011 : First Lady Betty Ford Dies
2011 : First Lady Betty Ford Dies
Jul 8 all-day
2011 : First Lady Betty Ford Dies
Despite the fact that Betty Ford had one of the shortest terms as First Lady, she was definitely one of the most influental women to have held the position: In the opinion of The New … Continue reading "2011 : First Lady Betty Ford Dies"
2013 : Trio Crosses Lake Michigan on Paddleboards
2013 : Trio Crosses Lake Michigan on Paddleboards
Jul 8 all-day
Fifty minutes shy of 24-hours Monday morning, the trio of brothers Craig and Trent Masselink and friend Ginny Melby came ashore in Muskegon, bringing their Lake Michigan paddle board crossing to an end. Nearly 100 … Continue reading "2013 : Trio Crosses Lake Michigan on Paddleboards"
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1775 : Michigan Odawa Indians Help Defeat Braddock
1775 : Michigan Odawa Indians Help Defeat Braddock
Jul 9 all-day
1775 : Michigan Odawa Indians Help Defeat Braddock
On July 9, 1755, British regulars and American colonial troops under the command of General Edward Braddock, commander in chief of the British Army in North America, were attacked by French and Native American forces  … Continue reading "1775 : Michigan Odawa Indians Help Defeat Braddock"
1805 : Michigan Territory’s First Law
1805 : Michigan Territory’s First Law
Jul 9 all-day
The Michigan Territory’s first law, an act adopting a territorial seal, was passed by the legislative council on July 9, 1805. Source : Michigan History, July/August 2011.
1878 : MSU Professor Robert C. Kedzie Warns Legislature About Dangers of Lead
1878 : MSU Professor Robert C. Kedzie Warns Legislature About Dangers of Lead
Jul 9 all-day
1878 : MSU Professor Robert C. Kedzie Warns Legislature About Dangers of Lead
Professor Kedzie lectures on petroleum in the Chemical Laboratory he helped design, 1892. The door at left leads to the laboratory proper. Photo Credit: M.S.U. Archives. On July 9, 1878, the Michigan State Board of … Continue reading "1878 : MSU Professor Robert C. Kedzie Warns Legislature About Dangers of Lead"
1906: Catholic Priest Says Women Should Wear Hats to Church
1906: Catholic Priest Says Women Should Wear Hats to Church
Jul 9 all-day
On July 9, 1906, Father Timothy Murphy of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (St. Joseph) issued an ultimatum that women must wear hats to church. Father Murphy’s directive opened a statewide crusade to keep the burgeoning … Continue reading "1906: Catholic Priest Says Women Should Wear Hats to Church"
1908 : Lt. Thomas Selfridge, 1st Passenger to Die in Plane Crash
1908 : Lt. Thomas Selfridge, 1st Passenger to Die in Plane Crash
Jul 9 all-day
Four years after their ground-breaking flights at Kitty Hawk, the Wright Brothers submitted a bid to the U.S. War Department to design a plane for $25,000 in January of 1907. This bid was in response … Continue reading "1908 : Lt. Thomas Selfridge, 1st Passenger to Die in Plane Crash"
1975 Jack White, Founder of White Stripes and Philanthropist, Born
1975 Jack White, Founder of White Stripes and Philanthropist, Born
Jul 9 all-day
1975 Jack White, Founder of White Stripes and Philanthropist, Born
On July 9, 1975, musician Jack White of The White Stripes, Raconteurs, and Dead Weather was born in Detroit. He was born John Anthony Gillis, and was part of a large musical family. He has … Continue reading "1975 Jack White, Founder of White Stripes and Philanthropist, Born"
2012 : How Did Michigan Cities Get Their Names?
2012 : How Did Michigan Cities Get Their Names?
Jul 9 all-day
Pure Michigan provides a series of web pages describing How Michigan Cities Received Their Names… Part 1 with information on Detroit, Mackinac Island, Traverse City, Luddington, and Grand Rapids. Part 2 with information on Lansing, … Continue reading "2012 : How Did Michigan Cities Get Their Names?"
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1805 : Jacob Merritt Howard Born, Abolitionist
1805 : Jacob Merritt Howard Born, Abolitionist
Jul 10 all-day
1805 : Jacob Merritt Howard Born, Abolitionist
Jacob Merritt Howard can easily be credited as one of the most influential persons to our nation’s constitution outside of the Founding Fathers, particularly since he helped draft and pass the 13th, 14th, and 15th … Continue reading "1805 : Jacob Merritt Howard Born, Abolitionist"
1887 : Grand Hotel Opens
1887 : Grand Hotel Opens
Jul 10 all-day
1887 : Grand Hotel Opens
On July 10, 1887, the Grand Hotel opened for the first time. The palatial white hotel languished during its first three years of operation, but a new owner in 1890 began transforming the Grand with … Continue reading "1887 : Grand Hotel Opens"
1918 : Pontiac Centennial Parade
1918 : Pontiac Centennial Parade
Jul 10 all-day
1918 : Pontiac Centennial Parade
One hundred years ago, Pontiac marked the centennial of the community’s settlement. Here we are, now at the bicentennial! Photo featured in the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society Calendar. #Pontiac Pontiac Arts‏ @PontiacArts 6tweet, July … Continue reading "1918 : Pontiac Centennial Parade"
1920 : Ed Lowe Born, Creator of Kitty Litter/Tidy Cat
1920 : Ed Lowe Born, Creator of Kitty Litter/Tidy Cat
Jul 10 all-day
1920 : Ed Lowe Born, Creator of Kitty Litter/Tidy Cat
Ed Lowe was born July 10, 1920 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Lulu and Henry E. Lowe. His family later moved near Cassopolis, Michigan, where Ed spent his youth before serving in the U.S. Navy … Continue reading "1920 : Ed Lowe Born, Creator of Kitty Litter/Tidy Cat"
2000 : Michigan Municipal League Attempts To Preserve Local Authority
2000 : Michigan Municipal League Attempts To Preserve Local Authority
Jul 10 all-day
On July 10, 2000, the Michigan Municipal League turned in 467,179 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Bureau of Elections supporting an initiative designed to make it harder for the state’s legislature to pre-empt local … Continue reading "2000 : Michigan Municipal League Attempts To Preserve Local Authority"
2019: Calvin College Becomes Calvin University
2019: Calvin College Becomes Calvin University
Jul 10 all-day
A western Michigan Christian college is becoming a university. Calvin College officials say the Grand Rapids school will officially become Calvin University on Wednesday, July 10th. The date coincides with the birthday of 16th-century theologian … Continue reading "2019: Calvin College Becomes Calvin University"
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1796 : U.S. Flag Flies Over Detroit For First Time
1796 : U.S. Flag Flies Over Detroit For First Time
Jul 11 all-day
1796 : U.S. Flag Flies Over Detroit For First Time
On July 11, 1796, Captain Moses Porter led a party of 65 American troops into Detroit. At noon, the Union Jack came down, and the flag of the United States was raised over Detroit for … Continue reading "1796 : U.S. Flag Flies Over Detroit For First Time"
1863 : John Hunt Morgan’s Raid Terrorizes North
1863 : John Hunt Morgan’s Raid Terrorizes North
Jul 11 all-day
1863 : John Hunt Morgan's Raid Terrorizes North
July 11-26, 1863 On July 11, 1863, Brigadier-General John Hunt Morgan, a Confederate cavalry leader, led approximately two thousand soldiers across the Ohio River into southern Indiana. He and his men spread fear as they … Continue reading "1863 : John Hunt Morgan’s Raid Terrorizes North"
1918 : Ford Launches 1st WWI Eagle Boat
1918 : Ford Launches 1st WWI Eagle Boat
Jul 11 all-day
1918 : Ford Launches 1st WWI Eagle Boat
In the summer of 1917, Henry Ford was invited to Washington by President Woodrow Wilson who hoped to induce him to serve on the U. S. Shipping Board. Ford discussed with Edward N. Hurley, Chairman … Continue reading "1918 : Ford Launches 1st WWI Eagle Boat"
1973 : Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament Born in Lowell, Michigan
1973 : Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament Born in Lowell, Michigan
Jul 11 all-day
1973 : Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament Born in Lowell, Michigan
Gus Macker is THE godfather of street basketball. A table of Gus Macker trophies. “No, no, the curb’s out. The tape don’t mean nothin’.” -Player in the 1985 tournament, and probably someone you’re related to, if … Continue reading "1973 : Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament Born in Lowell, Michigan"
1974 : Gov. William Milliken Signs Endangered Species Act
1974 : Gov. William Milliken Signs Endangered Species Act
Jul 11 all-day
On July 11, 1974, Gov. William Milliken signed the Endangered Species Act into law, and it took effect Sept. 1, 1974. The law has been immensely beneficial to the DNR and its conservation partners by … Continue reading "1974 : Gov. William Milliken Signs Endangered Species Act"
July 11, 2018 : Former MSU Football Coach Darryl Rogers Dies
July 11, 2018 : Former MSU Football Coach Darryl Rogers Dies
Jul 11 all-day
July 11, 2018 : Former MSU Football Coach Darryl Rogers Dies
Former Michigan State and Detroit Lions coach Darryl Rogers died on July 11, 2018 at the age of 83. Rogers coached the Spartans for four seasons while winning a share of a Big Ten title … Continue reading "July 11, 2018 : Former MSU Football Coach Darryl Rogers Dies"
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1831 : Stevens Mason Named Secretary of Michigan Territory
1831 : Stevens Mason Named Secretary of Michigan Territory
Jul 12 all-day
On July 12, 1831, 19-year-old Stevens T. Mason is named secretary of the territory of Michigan when the former secretary, his father John Mason, is sent on a mission to Mexico by President Andrew Jackson. … Continue reading "1831 : Stevens Mason Named Secretary of Michigan Territory"
1832 : Cholera Epidemic Begins in Rochester, Michigan
1832 : Cholera Epidemic Begins in Rochester, Michigan
Jul 12 all-day
Edward Pearsol (also called Isreal Pearsall) came to Rochester by way of the Erie Canal on the 11th of July. He had had diarrhea severals days. On the morning of the 12th he went to … Continue reading "1832 : Cholera Epidemic Begins in Rochester, Michigan"
1864 : Frank Baldwin of Michigan Wins His First Medal of Honor
1864 : Frank Baldwin of Michigan Wins His First Medal of Honor
Jul 12 all-day
1864 : Frank Baldwin of Michigan Wins His First Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, Company D, 19th Michigan Infantry. Place and date: At Peachtree Creek, Georgia, July 12, 1864. Citation: “Led his company in a countercharge at Peach Tree Creek, Ga., 12 July 1864, under … Continue reading "1864 : Frank Baldwin of Michigan Wins His First Medal of Honor"
1872 : Alpena Burns
1872 : Alpena Burns
Jul 12 all-day
Alpena’s greatest fire occurred July 12, 1872, when about fifteen acres were laid to waste, and upward of $175,000 worth of property destroyed. The number of buildings destroyed was not far from seventy. The heart … Continue reading "1872 : Alpena Burns"
1936 : Detroit Zoo’s Star Performer Suzie Dies From Heat Exhaustion
1936 : Detroit Zoo’s Star Performer Suzie Dies From Heat Exhaustion
Jul 12 all-day
1936 : Detroit Zoo's Star Performer Suzie Dies From Heat Exhaustion
The heat was on, and so was Suzie. For the ninth time on a broiling hot Sunday in 1936, the headline actress of the Jo Mendi Theatre at the Detroit Zoo gave a crowd of … Continue reading "1936 : Detroit Zoo’s Star Performer Suzie Dies From Heat Exhaustion"
1974 : Women Join the Michigan National Guard for First Time
1974 : Women Join the Michigan National Guard for First Time
Jul 12 all-day
Women were allowed to join the Michigan National Guard for the first time. Four women signed up in Flint. Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
1979 : Anti-Disco Event Forces Chicago White Sox to Forfeit Game to Detroit
1979 : Anti-Disco Event Forces Chicago White Sox to Forfeit Game to Detroit
Jul 12 all-day
  On this day in Chicago, the Detroit Tigers won the second game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox by forfeit when an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 people swarmed out of the stands … Continue reading "1979 : Anti-Disco Event Forces Chicago White Sox to Forfeit Game to Detroit"
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1787 : Congress Passes the Northwest Ordinance (Ordinance of 1787)
1787 : Congress Passes the Northwest Ordinance (Ordinance of 1787)
Jul 13 all-day
One of the most important pieces of legislation ever enacted in the United States, the Northwest Ordinance, provided for the orderly division and governance of what would eventually become the states of the Upper Midwest: … Continue reading "1787 : Congress Passes the Northwest Ordinance (Ordinance of 1787)"
1796 : Colonel John Hamtramck Arrives in Detroit
1796 : Colonel John Hamtramck Arrives in Detroit
Jul 13 all-day
1796 : Colonel John Hamtramck Arrives in Detroit
On this day, Colonel John Francis Hamtramck arrives in Detroit to command the American garrison. Only 5 foot 4 inches, he was known as a disciplinarian and for his hot temper. In 1962, he would … Continue reading "1796 : Colonel John Hamtramck Arrives in Detroit"
1889 : Chang Ball Opens First Chinese Store in Grand Rapids
1889 : Chang Ball Opens First Chinese Store in Grand Rapids
Jul 13 all-day
The people of Grand Rapids are invited to check out the first store in Grand Rapids featuring Chinese goods exclusively. Source : “First Chinese Store”, Grand Rapids Evening Leader, July 13, 1889, p. 1.  Courtesy … Continue reading "1889 : Chang Ball Opens First Chinese Store in Grand Rapids"
1936 : Michigan Hottest Day Recorded in Mio
1936 : Michigan Hottest Day Recorded in Mio
Jul 13 all-day
On July 13, 1936, the temperature reached 112 degrees fahrenheit in Mio, the hottest day recorded in Michigan. Source : Michigan History, July/August 2012.
1938 : Lake Michigan Tsunami Kills 5 at Holland State Park
1938 : Lake Michigan Tsunami Kills 5 at Holland State Park
Jul 13 all-day
Five died when a 10-foot wave hit  Holland State Park on July 13, 1938.  It was a calm day.    In the past, researchers have said that water pushed toward Wisconsin after two days of … Continue reading "1938 : Lake Michigan Tsunami Kills 5 at Holland State Park"
1951 : Last Black Civil War Veteran Dies in Dearborn
1951 : Last Black Civil War Veteran Dies in Dearborn
Jul 13 all-day
In September 1948, 104-year-old Joseph Clovese moved without fanfare from his native Louisiana to Pontiac to live with friends. Born a slave in 1844, Clovese had run away from his owner to join the Union … Continue reading "1951 : Last Black Civil War Veteran Dies in Dearborn"
1971 : Reggie Jackson Rocks The All Star Game in Detroit
1971 : Reggie Jackson Rocks The All Star Game in Detroit
Jul 13 all-day
1971 : Reggie Jackson Rocks The All Star Game in Detroit
I think this would have to be the longest one I’ve ever hit.” -Reggie Jackson, 1971 On July 13,  1971, Reggie Jackson nearly turned out the lights at Tiger Stadium by blasting a homer off … Continue reading "1971 : Reggie Jackson Rocks The All Star Game in Detroit"
1978 : Lee Iacoca Fired As President of the Ford Motor Company
1978 : Lee Iacoca Fired As President of the Ford Motor Company
Jul 13 all-day
On July 13, 1978, Lee Iacocca, who had developed the Mustang, was fired as president of the Ford Motor Company by chairman Henry Ford II. (The next year, he was hired as president of Chrysler … Continue reading "1978 : Lee Iacoca Fired As President of the Ford Motor Company"
2012 : Elijah J. McCoy Regional Patent Office Opens in Detroit, First Satellite Office Outside of Washington, D.C.
2012 : Elijah J. McCoy Regional Patent Office Opens in Detroit, First Satellite Office Outside of Washington, D.C.
Jul 13 all-day
On July 13, 2012 the Elijah J. McCoy Regional Patent Office in Detroit, the first satellite patent office outside Washington, D.C., was opened, honoring an early African American inventor from Michigan. Elijah J. McCoy, raised … Continue reading "2012 : Elijah J. McCoy Regional Patent Office Opens in Detroit, First Satellite Office Outside of Washington, D.C."
2018 : Was 96 Tears Recorded in Saginaw?
2018 : Was 96 Tears Recorded in Saginaw?
Jul 13 all-day
2018 : Was 96 Tears Recorded in Saginaw?
What was the only #1 song recorded in a Michigan home? “96 Tears” by Question Mark & The Mysterians back in 1966! According to John Robinson, WFMK Disc Jockey: As for what city Question Mark … Continue reading "2018 : Was 96 Tears Recorded in Saginaw?"
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1910 : Detroiters Catch Their First Glimpse of An Airplane
1910 : Detroiters Catch Their First Glimpse of An Airplane
Jul 14 all-day
1910 : Detroiters Catch Their First Glimpse of An Airplane
Detroiters caught their first glimpse of an airplane on July 14, 1910, seven years after Orville Wright’s historic flight at Kitty Hawk. Arch Hoxsey soared and swooped over the State Fairgrounds in his biplane, prompting … Continue reading "1910 : Detroiters Catch Their First Glimpse of An Airplane"
1913 : President Gerald Ford Born
1913 : President Gerald Ford Born
Jul 14 all-day
Gerald Rudolph “Jerry” Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and the 40th Vice President … Continue reading "1913 : President Gerald Ford Born"
1968: Bars Can Resume Serving Liquor on Sundays
1968: Bars Can Resume Serving Liquor on Sundays
Jul 14 all-day
On July 14, 1968, for the first time in more than 50 years, bars were able to legally serve liquor on Sunday. Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1975 : Gov. William Millken Signs Bill Defining Death
1975 : Gov. William Millken Signs Bill Defining Death
Jul 14 all-day
On July 14, 1975, with little fanfare, Gov. William G. Millikin signed a law that stipulated that death has occurred in Michigan when no brain waves show on encephalgraphs taken twice within a 24-hour period. … Continue reading "1975 : Gov. William Millken Signs Bill Defining Death"
1975 : Time Publishes Expose on Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Swainson
1975 : Time Publishes Expose on Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Swainson
Jul 14 all-day
1975 : Time Publishes Expose on Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Swainson
On July 14, 1975, Time magazine published an article on Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Swainson being convicted of perjury over his testimony to a grand jury on a case in which he was accused … Continue reading "1975 : Time Publishes Expose on Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Swainson"
1980 : Detroit Hosts Republican National Convention
1980 : Detroit Hosts Republican National Convention
Jul 14 all-day
July 14-17, 1980   Detroit put on a grand old party when it hosted the Republican National Convention 30 years ago this month. From July 14 until July 17, 1980, Joe Louis Arena was packed … Continue reading "1980 : Detroit Hosts Republican National Convention"
2018 : Statue of Betty Ford Dedicated at Gerald Ford Museum
2018 : Statue of Betty Ford Dedicated at Gerald Ford Museum
Jul 14 all-day
On what would have been President Ford’s 105th birthday , a statue of First Lady Betty Ford is unveiled at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Saturday, July 14, 2018. … Continue reading "2018 : Statue of Betty Ford Dedicated at Gerald Ford Museum"
President Gerald Ford Day
President Gerald Ford Day
Jul 14 all-day
In honor of the only President from Michigan, the Michigan Legislature passed the following legislation (MCL 435.302): ec. 2.  (1) The legislature recognizes the exceptional contributions to American life, history, and leadership made by Gerald R. … Continue reading "President Gerald Ford Day"
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1796 : Wayne County Established
1796 : Wayne County Established
Jul 15 all-day
The first county in Michigan is named for American General Anthony Wayne, who defeated the English and their Indian allies at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in Northern Ohio on August 20, 1794, ending British … Continue reading "1796 : Wayne County Established"
1862 : Rally To Recruit Union Army Volunteers Precipitates Riot in Detroit
1862 : Rally To Recruit Union Army Volunteers Precipitates Riot in Detroit
Jul 15 all-day
A rally held in Detroit following Lincoln’s call for 300,000 more volunteers was broken up by hecklers and rowdies. Source : Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State by Willis Frederick Dunbar. Also available in … Continue reading "1862 : Rally To Recruit Union Army Volunteers Precipitates Riot in Detroit"
1917 : Camp Custer Construction Begins
1917 : Camp Custer Construction Begins
Jul 15 all-day
1917 : Camp Custer Construction Begins
Note: Aerial photo of Camp Custer, 1917. Men arrived – 8,000 strong, from across the Midwest. They came carrying their own hammers and saws for the immense construction undertaking. It was hot, dusty, strenuous work, … Continue reading "1917 : Camp Custer Construction Begins"
1929 : Livingston County Can’t Prohibit Women in Suits from Riding in Cars
1929 : Livingston County Can’t Prohibit Women in Suits from Riding in Cars
Jul 15 all-day
On July 15, 1929, Attorney General Wilbur M. Brucker ruled that, since control over highways was vested in the state highway commission, Livingston County did not have the authority to prohibit women in suits from … Continue reading "1929 : Livingston County Can’t Prohibit Women in Suits from Riding in Cars"
1936 : First Passenger Train Begins Service Between Detroit and Cleveland
1936 : First Passenger Train Begins Service Between Detroit and Cleveland
Jul 15 all-day
1936 : First Passenger Train Begins Service Between Detroit and Cleveland
On July 15, 1936, the Mercury, Michigan’s first streamlined passenger train began service on the New York Central System between Detroit and Cleveland. By November 1938, the Mercury was also operating between Detroit and Chicago. … Continue reading "1936 : First Passenger Train Begins Service Between Detroit and Cleveland"
1940 : World’s Tallest Man Dies in Manistee
1940 : World’s Tallest Man Dies in Manistee
Jul 15 all-day
  On July 15, 1940, Robert Pershing Wadlow, the world’s tallest man at 8-foot-11 died in Manistee. His death at age 22 came after Wadlow suffered a blister from his leg braces that caused a … Continue reading "1940 : World’s Tallest Man Dies in Manistee"
1975 : Women Don’t Have To Take Husband’s Last Name
1975 : Women Don’t Have To Take Husband’s Last Name
Jul 15 all-day
On July 15, 1975, Attorney General Frank Kelley ruled that when a woman married she did not have to adopt her husband’s last name. Source : Historical Society of Michigan Michigan History Calendar
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1812 : British Capture Mackinac Island
1812 : British Capture Mackinac Island
Jul 16 all-day
1812 : British Capture Mackinac Island
July 16-17, 1812 British soldiers stand around the British Landing cannon this morning. It was the 200th anniversary of the British landing in the dark of night July 16, 1812, for their surprise attack on … Continue reading "1812 : British Capture Mackinac Island"
1898 : Buffalo Bill Cody Brings His Wild West Show to Saginaw
1898 : Buffalo Bill Cody Brings His Wild West Show to Saginaw
Jul 16 all-day
1898 : Buffalo Bill Cody Brings His Wild West Show to Saginaw
On July 16, 1898, Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show came to Saginaw, including 650 cowboys, Indians, Cossacks, and Bengal lancers, all performing unbelievable stunts. A well-known scout for the army and a buffalo hunter … Continue reading "1898 : Buffalo Bill Cody Brings His Wild West Show to Saginaw"
1909 : Tigers Battle Senators In American League’s Longest Scoreless Game
1909 : Tigers Battle Senators In American League’s Longest Scoreless Game
Jul 16 all-day
On July 16, 1909, at Detroit, the Tigers and Senators battled for 18 scoreless innings before darkness called a halt to the longest scoreless game in American League history. Source: Mich-again’s Day
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1777 : Henry Hamilton Unleashes War Parties Against Kentucky
1777 : Henry Hamilton Unleashes War Parties Against Kentucky
Jul 17 all-day
On July 17, 1777 Lieutenant Governor and Superintendent of Indian Affairs Henry Hamilton stationed at Fort Detroit sent 15 war parties into Kentucky to attack frontier settlements to halt the spread of settlers from the United … Continue reading "1777 : Henry Hamilton Unleashes War Parties Against Kentucky"
1812 : British Capture Fort Mackinac
1812 : British Capture Fort Mackinac
Jul 17 all-day
On July 17, 1812, a combined force of British, Canadian, and Native American soldiers captured Fort Mackinac from a small, unsuspecting American garrison. The fall of Mackinac, one of the first engagements of the War … Continue reading "1812 : British Capture Fort Mackinac"
1812 : Sloop Friends Good Will Seized By British
1812 : Sloop Friends Good Will Seized By British
Jul 17 all-day
1812 : Sloop Friends Good Will Seized By British
Oliver Williams was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, a village near Boston, in 1774. Undoubtedly, he grew up aware of, and hearing stories about, the birth of his young nation. Oliver Williams later saw opportunity in … Continue reading "1812 : Sloop Friends Good Will Seized By British"
1983 : Michigan Panthers Win United States Football League’s First Championship
1983 : Michigan Panthers Win United States Football League’s First Championship
Jul 17 all-day
1983 : Michigan Panthers Win United States Football League's First Championship
The Michigan Panthers won the United States Football League’s first championship on this day, beating the Philadelphia Stars 24-22 in Denver. Sources : Michigan History, July/August 2015, p. 6. Michigan Panthers wikipedia entry
1997 : Governor Engler Signs Michigan Gaming and Revenue Act
1997 : Governor Engler Signs Michigan Gaming and Revenue Act
Jul 17 all-day
A multitude of losing hands and stingy slots created a mountain of cash from Detroit’s casinos since they were legalized 20 years ago today. The city’s three casinos contributed roughly $4.6 billion in state and city taxes … Continue reading "1997 : Governor Engler Signs Michigan Gaming and Revenue Act"
2007 : Fred Trost Dies
2007 : Fred Trost Dies
Jul 17 all-day
  First Episode of Michigan Outdoors, Hosted by Fred Trost, November 5, 1981 If you loved hunting and fishing, then Fred Trost was your guide. Every Thursday night for decades, Trost hosted Michigan Outdoors (and … Continue reading "2007 : Fred Trost Dies"
2013: Rev. Lyman Parks Sr. Statue Dedicated
2013: Rev. Lyman Parks Sr. Statue Dedicated
Jul 17 all-day
2013: Rev. Lyman Parks Sr. Statue Dedicated
Standing aside a veiled statue out front of Grand Rapids City Hall, Lyman Parks, Jr. lauded his father as a family man who loved his immediate family, his extended family and his church family. And … Continue reading "2013: Rev. Lyman Parks Sr. Statue Dedicated"
2018 : Gordie Howe International Bridge Groundbreaking
2018 : Gordie Howe International Bridge Groundbreaking
Jul 17 all-day
A groundbreaking for the advance construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge was held Tuesday, July 17, 2018,  in southwest Detroit. U.S. and Canadian officials touted the friendship between the two countries while acknowledging the … Continue reading "2018 : Gordie Howe International Bridge Groundbreaking"
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1863 : Second Battle of Fort Wagner Claims Michigan Lives
1863 : Second Battle of Fort Wagner Claims Michigan Lives
Jul 18 all-day
1863 : Second Battle of Fort Wagner Claims Michigan Lives
54th Massachusetts Regiment charging towards Fort Wagner, lithograph by Kurz and Allison, 1890 The 54th Massachusetts, an infantry regiment composed of African-American soldiers led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, led the second Union attack on … Continue reading "1863 : Second Battle of Fort Wagner Claims Michigan Lives"
1885 : Harbor Beach Lighthouse Begins Operations
1885 : Harbor Beach Lighthouse Begins Operations
Jul 18 all-day
1885 : Harbor Beach Lighthouse Begins Operations
The Harbor Beach Lighthouse, sixty miles north of the mouth of the St. Clair River, was built and placed into service in 1885 to mark the entrance to the largest man-made freshwater harbor in the … Continue reading "1885 : Harbor Beach Lighthouse Begins Operations"
1921 : Michigan Inmates Design Escape-Proof Cellblock
1921 : Michigan Inmates Design Escape-Proof Cellblock
Jul 18 all-day
On July 18, 1921, inmates who had attempted ingenious or daring escapes began designing a new $80,000 escape-proof cellblock at the Marquette prison. In exchange for reductions in their sentences, the escape artists prepared almost … Continue reading "1921 : Michigan Inmates Design Escape-Proof Cellblock"
1938: Ferry Service Between Detroit and Windsor Ends
1938: Ferry Service Between Detroit and Windsor Ends
Jul 18 all-day
1938: Ferry Service Between Detroit and Windsor Ends
  The romantic era of a leisurely ferry ride across the half-mile wide Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor ended when the two ferries, running the route, the La Salle and Cadillac, ceased operations. Mostly … Continue reading "1938: Ferry Service Between Detroit and Windsor Ends"
2013 : Detroit Files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy
2013 : Detroit Files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy
Jul 18 all-day
2013 : Detroit Files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy
The city of Detroit, Michigan, filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on July 18, 2013. It was the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history by debt, estimated at $18–20 billion, exceeding Jefferson County, Alabama’s $4-billion … Continue reading "2013 : Detroit Files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy"
2016 : Jeffrey Montgomery, LGBT Crusader, Dies
2016 : Jeffrey Montgomery, LGBT Crusader, Dies
Jul 18 all-day
Jeffrey Montgomery, founder of the Triangle Foundation and one of the most recognized voices for LGBT rights in Michigan, never set out to be a gay rights leader, his brother said. But the direction of … Continue reading "2016 : Jeffrey Montgomery, LGBT Crusader, Dies"
2018 : Larry Nassar Survivors Receive ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award
2018 : Larry Nassar Survivors Receive ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Jul 18 all-day
Hundreds of young women and girls sexually abused by former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award by ESPN on Wednesday. In a dramatic walk to the stage, 140 women and girls, including Olympic … Continue reading "2018 : Larry Nassar Survivors Receive ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award"
2019 : Kristen Bell, Actress, Born
2019 : Kristen Bell, Actress, Born
Jul 18 all-day
2019 : Kristen Bell, Actress, Born
Kristen Bell poses with her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Kristen Anne Bell (born July 18, 1980 in Huntington Woods, Michigan)  is an American actress.  She recently received a star in Hollywood’s Walk … Continue reading "2019 : Kristen Bell, Actress, Born"
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1838 : Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal Project Begins
1838 : Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal Project Begins
Jul 19 all-day
1838 : Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal Project Begins
When Michigan was granted statehood in 1837, “boy governor” Stevens T. Mason (then 26) had a vision: develop a system of canals and railroads to boost the economy. The railroads eventually got built. The canals? … Continue reading "1838 : Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal Project Begins"
1909 : Neal Ball’s Unassisted Triple Play Makes MLB History
1909 : Neal Ball’s Unassisted Triple Play Makes MLB History
Jul 19 all-day
1909 : Neal Ball's Unassisted Triple Play Makes MLB History
The unassisted triple play is one of the rarest fabulous feats in Major League baseball. It has been accomplished only fifteen times in history and  is a legacy that will follow each and every player … Continue reading "1909 : Neal Ball’s Unassisted Triple Play Makes MLB History"
1949 : Former Michigan Governor Frank Murphy Dies
1949 : Former Michigan Governor Frank Murphy Dies
Jul 19 all-day
On July 19, 1949, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy died at the age of 59. Over his career in public life, he served as a Judge of Detroit Recorders Court, Mayor of Detroit, Governor … Continue reading "1949 : Former Michigan Governor Frank Murphy Dies"
2005 : Cold Pills Now Require ID in Michigan
2005 : Cold Pills Now Require ID in Michigan
Jul 19 all-day
On July 19th Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a law requiring customers to show photo identification before buying some cold and flu medicines. It is aimed at restricting pseudoephedrine or ephedrine, the key ingredient for making … Continue reading "2005 : Cold Pills Now Require ID in Michigan"
2019 : Faster Horses Festival (July 19-21, 2019)
2019 : Faster Horses Festival (July 19-21, 2019)
Jul 19 all-day
Not to generalize, but a fair number of country music songs are written about good times spent in the summertime sun, drinking and partying with friends. In that sense, Faster Horses is just like a … Continue reading "2019 : Faster Horses Festival (July 19-21, 2019)"
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1907 : Michigan’s Deadliest Train Crash
1907 : Michigan’s Deadliest Train Crash
Jul 20 all-day
More than 30 people were killed when an 11-car Pere Marquette train slammed into a seven-car freight train in Northville Township shortly after 9 a.m. Most of the approximately 650 people aboard the Pere Marquette … Continue reading "1907 : Michigan’s Deadliest Train Crash"
1910: Michigan-Born Doctor Boards Ship To Escape Manhunt in England
1910: Michigan-Born Doctor Boards Ship To Escape Manhunt in England
Jul 20 all-day
Hawley Crippen, a Michigan-born homeopathic doctor who became the first criminal caught using wireless telegraph, boarded a ship to escape the manhunt for him in England, on July 20, 1910. He was accused of poisoning … Continue reading "1910: Michigan-Born Doctor Boards Ship To Escape Manhunt in England"
1948 : First Transatlantic Flight of U.S. Aircraft Originates from Selfridge Air Force Base
1948 : First Transatlantic Flight of U.S. Aircraft Originates from Selfridge Air Force Base
Jul 20 all-day
A new website, produced by the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, offers history and heritage highlights from the nearly 100 years of aviation at the base. Included is a report on the … Continue reading "1948 : First Transatlantic Flight of U.S. Aircraft Originates from Selfridge Air Force Base"
1977 : Michigan Hunters Required to Wear Fluorescent Orange Vest, Jackets, or Caps
1977 : Michigan Hunters Required to Wear Fluorescent Orange Vest, Jackets, or Caps
Jul 20 all-day
On July 20, 1977, Gov. William Milliken signed a law making it mandatory for wild game or bird hunters to wear fluorescent orange vests, jackets or caps. Source: Mich-again’s Day
1993 : Michigan Legislature Approves Proposal A
1993 : Michigan Legislature Approves Proposal A
Jul 20 all-day
A Napkin That Changed History Saturday, July 20, marks the anniversary of the evening session of the Senate that stunned the state when the chamber voted overwhelmingly to eliminate all property taxes for education – … Continue reading "1993 : Michigan Legislature Approves Proposal A"
2013 : Camp Grayling Celebrates 100th Anniversary
2013 : Camp Grayling Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Jul 20 all-day
2013 : Camp Grayling Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Founded in 1913 on a land grant from Grayling lumber baron Rasmus Hanson to the State of Michigan for the purpose of military training – Camp Grayling now spans 147,000 acres in Crawford, Kalkaska, and … Continue reading "2013 : Camp Grayling Celebrates 100th Anniversary"
2013 : Wayne State Grad Helen Thomas Dies
2013 : Wayne State Grad Helen Thomas Dies
Jul 20 all-day
Helen Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents — often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions, and … Continue reading "2013 : Wayne State Grad Helen Thomas Dies"
2018 : Grand Rapids Public Museum / Anniversary of Apollo Landing on the Moon
2018 : Grand Rapids Public Museum / Anniversary of Apollo Landing on the Moon
Jul 20 all-day
2018 : Grand Rapids Public Museum / Anniversary of Apollo Landing on the Moon
July 20th just happens to be the anniversary of our first steps on the moon (July 20, 1969).   To commemorate the occasion, and tie it to Michigan, the Mix 95.7 Grand Rapids  provides the following … Continue reading "2018 : Grand Rapids Public Museum / Anniversary of Apollo Landing on the Moon"
2018 : Sault Ste. Marie Celebrates 350th Anniversary
2018 : Sault Ste. Marie Celebrates 350th Anniversary
Jul 20 all-day
2018 : Sault Ste. Marie Celebrates 350th Anniversary
Sault Ste. Marie 350th Anniversary Festival July 20-27, 2018 Michigan’s first city, Sault Ste. Marie,  will be celebrating its Semiseptcentennial anniversary with a week-long festival filled with history, games, kids zone, music, entertainment, and food.
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1763 : The Battle of Bloody Run
1763 : The Battle of Bloody Run
Jul 21 all-day
1763 : The Battle of Bloody Run
In June, 1763, in an attempt to lift the siege of Detroit by Chief Pontiac and his Indian allies, Captain James Dalyell sailed up the Detroit River to Fort Detroit. The Indians lacked naval vessels … Continue reading "1763 : The Battle of Bloody Run"
1861 : First Michigan Infantry Regiment Loses 6 Men in First Battle of Bull Run
1861 : First Michigan Infantry Regiment Loses 6 Men in First Battle of Bull Run
Jul 21 all-day
1861 : First Michigan Infantry Regiment Loses 6 Men in First Battle of Bull Run
On July 21, 1861, the First Michigan Infantry Regiment lost 6 men in the first major land battle of the American Civil War. Union and Confederate armies clashed near Manassas Junction, Virginia, Known as the … Continue reading "1861 : First Michigan Infantry Regiment Loses 6 Men in First Battle of Bull Run"
1864 : Battery F, First Michigan Light Artillery, Initiates Bombardment of Atlanta, Georgia
1864 : Battery F, First Michigan Light Artillery, Initiates Bombardment of Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 21 all-day
1864 : Battery F, First Michigan Light Artillery, Initiates Bombardment of Atlanta, Georgia
On Jan. 9, 1862, Battery F, First Michigan Light Artillery, was mustered into federal service at Coldwater. Battery F left the state for Kentucky on March 3, 1862. After months of service in Kentucky, the … Continue reading "1864 : Battery F, First Michigan Light Artillery, Initiates Bombardment of Atlanta, Georgia"
1928 : Interurban Railroad Car Holdup
1928 : Interurban Railroad Car Holdup
Jul 21 all-day
On July 21, 1928, in wild-west stagecoach holdup style, two masked bandits jumped onto an interurban railroad car traveling from Flint to Saginaw-Bay City and, at pistol-point, robbed 19 passengers of $300. Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1931 : Congressman Bob Traxler Born
1931 : Congressman Bob Traxler Born
Jul 21 all-day
Born July 21, 1931, in Kawkawlin, Michigan, Jerome Bob Traxler attended schools in Bay City before earning degrees from Michigan State University and the Detroit College of Law, according to a congressional biography. He served in … Continue reading "1931 : Congressman Bob Traxler Born"
1932 : Amelia Earhart Helps Launch the Essex-Terraplane in Detroit
1932 : Amelia Earhart Helps Launch the Essex-Terraplane in Detroit
Jul 21 all-day
The new Essex-Terraplane was launched on July 21, 1932, “with sensational vigor”.  Accounts of the affair appeared in newspapers throughout the United States. The special event included over 2,000 dealers who came from 40 states … Continue reading "1932 : Amelia Earhart Helps Launch the Essex-Terraplane in Detroit"
1951 : Robin Williams Born
1951 : Robin Williams Born
Jul 21 all-day
1951 : Robin Williams Born
Photo of Robin Williams, as printed on the March 12, 1979, cover of Time magazine, and installed in the National Portrait Gallery to commemorate him posthumously. Believe it or not, but Robin Williams, famous actor … Continue reading "1951 : Robin Williams Born"
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1831 : Michigan’s First Tourist?
1831 : Michigan’s First Tourist?
Jul 22 all-day
1831 : Michigan's First Tourist?
On July 22, 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville arrived in Michigan. He found the inhabitants incredulous that he merely wanted to visit to learn background for his various writings, such as Democracy in America. After a … Continue reading "1831 : Michigan’s First Tourist?"
1895 : Fastest Man on Earth
1895 : Fastest Man on Earth
Jul 22 all-day
1895 : Fastest Man on Earth
Prior to the advent of auto racing in the early 1900s, bicycle racers were the fastest men alive. And from 1895 to 1900, no Detroiter was faster than Tom Cooper. Cooper was born in Birmingham, … Continue reading "1895 : Fastest Man on Earth"
1908 : Fisher Body Company Incorporated
1908 : Fisher Body Company Incorporated
Jul 22 all-day
1908 : Fisher Body Company Incorporated
On July 22, 1908, brothers Fred and Charles Fisher incorporated the Fisher Body Company with financing assistance from an uncle. Within a short time, Fred and Charles brought their five younger brothers into the business. … Continue reading "1908 : Fisher Body Company Incorporated"
1911 : Owasippe, Nation’s Oldest Boy Scouts Camp
1911 : Owasippe, Nation’s Oldest Boy Scouts Camp
Jul 22 all-day
It was 1911 when the boys from Chicago first climbed aboard a steamship to head into wilds unknown. They were among a new breed who called themselves Boy Scouts, committed to being helpful, loyal, obedient … Continue reading "1911 : Owasippe, Nation’s Oldest Boy Scouts Camp"
1930 : Detroit Mayor Recalled Over Corruption Charges and Ties With KKK
1930 : Detroit Mayor Recalled Over Corruption Charges and Ties With KKK
Jul 22 all-day
July 22, 1930 – Mayor Charles Bowles of Detroit is recalled in the first large-city mayoral recall in the United States. Charges of corruption and ties with the KKK results in his demise. The day … Continue reading "1930 : Detroit Mayor Recalled Over Corruption Charges and Ties With KKK"
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1872 : Elijah J. McCoy Patent Granted
1872 : Elijah J. McCoy Patent Granted
Jul 23 all-day
On July 23, 1872, Elijah J. McCoy, an Afro-American inventor raised in Ypsilanti, patented the first automatic lubricator for locomotives and other machinery. His device was so effective “the real McCoy” became synonymous with anything … Continue reading "1872 : Elijah J. McCoy Patent Granted"
1913 : Calumet Copper Miners Strike Children’s Parade
1913 : Calumet Copper Miners Strike Children’s Parade
Jul 23 all-day
1913 : Calumet Copper Miners Strike Children’s Parade
Here’s a photo from July 23, 1913 showing children marching in Calumet during the tumultuous miners’ strikes of 1913. It’s an interesting case study for our modern world given that the driver was the same … Continue reading "1913 : Calumet Copper Miners Strike Children’s Parade"
1915 : The Newill Smith Automobile Tax Law Expected to Generate $1,750,000 in Tax Revenue
1915 : The Newill Smith Automobile Tax Law Expected to Generate $1,750,000 in Tax Revenue
Jul 23 all-day
The Newill Smith Automobile Tax Law is expected to generate about $1,750,00 in fees for the coming year; only half of that amount will be returned to counties where it is collected. The tax will … Continue reading "1915 : The Newill Smith Automobile Tax Law Expected to Generate $1,750,000 in Tax Revenue"
1932 : Jerome T. Hart , One of Michigan’s Longest Serving Senators, Born
1932 : Jerome T. Hart , One of Michigan’s Longest Serving Senators, Born
Jul 23 all-day
July 23, 1932 Jerome T. Hart (1932-1995), was Saginaw’s state senator from 1965 to 1991, becoming one of the Legislature’s most senior statesmen before term limits were enacted in the early 1990s. The Democrat, a … Continue reading "1932 : Jerome T. Hart , One of Michigan’s Longest Serving Senators, Born"
1958 : Dutch Village Opens
1958 : Dutch Village Opens
Jul 23 all-day
1958 : Dutch Village Opens
On July 3, 1958, Dutch Village opened for the first time.  According to the Holland Sentinel, it only had two customers and made $12.73. The history of the business actually goes back further to Nelis’ … Continue reading "1958 : Dutch Village Opens"
1967: Detroit Race Riot Begins
1967: Detroit Race Riot Begins
Jul 23 all-day
  A massive race riot erupted in Detroit. The summer of 1967 was a turbulent time in American history. The Detroit rioting began near 12th Street and Clairmount in a predominantly African-American, overcrowded, and low-income … Continue reading "1967: Detroit Race Riot Begins"
2014 : Helen J. Claytor Dedication in Grand Rapids
2014 : Helen J. Claytor Dedication in Grand Rapids
Jul 23 all-day
On July 23, 2014, Helen J. Claytor was honored by the dedication of a bronze statue, one of a series of influential figures immortalized at sites around the city as a part of the Grand … Continue reading "2014 : Helen J. Claytor Dedication in Grand Rapids"
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1701 : Antoine Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac Founds Detroit
1701 : Antoine Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac Founds Detroit
Jul 24 all-day
1701 : Antoine Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac Founds Detroit
The Peace Treaty signed in August of 1701 between the French and the Iroquois removed what had been a major obstacle to the expansion of French influence in the Great Lakes region. Even before the … Continue reading "1701 : Antoine Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac Founds Detroit"
1880 : First Electric Lights in Grand Rapids Stores
1880 : First Electric Lights in Grand Rapids Stores
Jul 24 all-day
The Grand Rapids Daily Democrat of July 25, 1880 reports that the first electric lights were turned on in Grand Rapids Stores on the night before, enabling visitors to read even the smallest print. Interestingly … Continue reading "1880 : First Electric Lights in Grand Rapids Stores"
1880 : World’s First Commercial Hydroelectric Power Plant Launched
1880 : World’s First Commercial Hydroelectric Power Plant Launched
Jul 24 all-day
1880 : World’s First Commercial Hydroelectric Power Plant Launched
Grand Rapids Electric Light & Power Company — the earliest predecessor of Consumers Energy of Jackson, Michigan — began operation of the world’s first commercial central station hydroelectric power plant on Saturday, July 24, 1880, … Continue reading "1880 : World’s First Commercial Hydroelectric Power Plant Launched"
1963 : Julie Krone, The Best Woman Jockey Ever
1963 : Julie Krone, The Best Woman Jockey Ever
Jul 24 all-day
1963 : Julie Krone, The Best Woman Jockey Ever
    Julieann Louise “Julie” Krone (born July 24, 1963 in Benton Harbor, Michigan ), is a retired American jockey. In 1993, she became the first (and so far only) female jockey to win a … Continue reading "1963 : Julie Krone, The Best Woman Jockey Ever"
2017 : Former Rep. Martin Buth Dies
2017 : Former Rep. Martin Buth Dies
Jul 24 all-day
Funeral services were held Monday for former Rep. Martin Buth (R-Comstock Park), who in his 24 years in the House was able to blend a conservative sense with ensuring government provided needed services. Mr. Buth … Continue reading "2017 : Former Rep. Martin Buth Dies"
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1812 : First American Casualties of War of 1812 Occur at Turkey Creek
1812 : First American Casualties of War of 1812 Occur at Turkey Creek
Jul 25 all-day
1812 : First American Casualties of War of 1812 Occur at Turkey Creek
On July 25, 1812, six American soldiers died in the skirmish with a group of Indians near Turkey Creek, on the east side of the Detroit River, making it the first record of U.S. casualties … Continue reading "1812 : First American Casualties of War of 1812 Occur at Turkey Creek"
1932 : Diego Rivera Begins Painting Frescoes at Detroit Institute of Arts
1932 : Diego Rivera Begins Painting Frescoes at Detroit Institute of Arts
Jul 25 all-day
1932 : Diego Rivera Begins Painting Frescoes at Detroit Institute of Arts
On July 25, 1932, artist Diego Rivera began the actual painting of his frescoes in the Garden Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Rivera had begun his research and preparation in April. The 27-panel … Continue reading "1932 : Diego Rivera Begins Painting Frescoes at Detroit Institute of Arts"
1966 : Michigan Appoints Its First State Ombudsman
1966 : Michigan Appoints Its First State Ombudsman
Jul 25 all-day
On July 25, 1966, Secretary of State James Hare appointed 26-year-old Gordon Alexander as Michigan’s first and the nation’s second state ombudsman who took on the task of handling complaints about their government. Source: Mich-again’s … Continue reading "1966 : Michigan Appoints Its First State Ombudsman"
1974 : Miliken v. Bradley Decision by Supreme Court Enables White Flight to Suburbs
1974 : Miliken v. Bradley Decision by Supreme Court Enables White Flight to Suburbs
Jul 25 all-day
On July 25, 1974—only 38 years ago—the Supreme Court in Milliken v. Bradley restricted its earlier decision about school busing, now holding that outlying districts were exempt from aiding the desegregation of inner-city school systems. … Continue reading "1974 : Miliken v. Bradley Decision by Supreme Court Enables White Flight to Suburbs"
2010 : Kalamazoo River Oil Spill Worst Michigan Environmental Disaster to Date
2010 : Kalamazoo River Oil Spill Worst Michigan Environmental Disaster to Date
Jul 25 all-day
On Sunday, July 25th 2010 an estimated 1.1 million gallons of raw tar sands crude oil burst from a pipeline into a creek that feeds the Kalamazoo River. The oil spread quickly in the flooded … Continue reading "2010 : Kalamazoo River Oil Spill Worst Michigan Environmental Disaster to Date"
2015 : Baphomet, the goat-headed wraith, unveiled in Detroit
2015 : Baphomet, the goat-headed wraith, unveiled in Detroit
Jul 25 all-day
2015 : Baphomet, the goat-headed wraith, unveiled in Detroit
A little before midnight on Saturday, a crowd of around 700 gathered in an old industrial warehouse a few blocks from the Detroit River for what they’d been told was the “largest public satanic ceremony … Continue reading "2015 : Baphomet, the goat-headed wraith, unveiled in Detroit"
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1701 : Construction Begins on St. Anne’s Church in Detroit
1701 : Construction Begins on St. Anne’s Church in Detroit
Jul 26 all-day
On July 26, 1701, just two days after Cadillac’s arrival, construction began on St. Anne’s church in Detroit, and the first Mass was celebrated. Now located near the Ambassador Bridge, St. Anne’s is the longest … Continue reading "1701 : Construction Begins on St. Anne’s Church in Detroit"
1883 : Nation’s Largest Logjam Threatens Grand Rapids
1883 : Nation’s Largest Logjam Threatens Grand Rapids
Jul 26 all-day
1883 : Nation's Largest Logjam Threatens Grand Rapids
During June and July of 1863, heavy rains caused the Grand River to rise nearly twenty inches. Lumbermen took advantage of the high water to bring their logs down river where they were held by … Continue reading "1883 : Nation’s Largest Logjam Threatens Grand Rapids"
1905: Copper Country Shaken
1905: Copper Country Shaken
Jul 26 all-day
1905: Copper Country Shaken
On July 26, 1905 the Keewenaw Peninsula was shaken by an earthquake.  It was determined to be a VIII on the Mercalli Scale, which translates on the Richter Scale as being between 5.0-5.9.  Chimneys were toppled and … Continue reading "1905: Copper Country Shaken"
1967 : Algiers Hotel Murders During Detroit Race Riot
1967 : Algiers Hotel Murders During Detroit Race Riot
Jul 26 all-day
1967 : Algiers Hotel Murders During Detroit Race Riot
The Algiers Motel as seen from Woodward Avenue with the three story annex in the background. Three unarmed black teens were murdered/found dead on the floor inside a transient motel annex north of downtown Detroit … Continue reading "1967 : Algiers Hotel Murders During Detroit Race Riot"
2015 : Lansing’s John Smoltz Becomes Member of Baseball Hall of Fame
2015 : Lansing’s John Smoltz Becomes Member of Baseball Hall of Fame
Jul 26 all-day
On July 26, 2015, John Smoltz of Lansing was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was voted in on the first ballot by the Baseball Writers Association of America on January 6, 2015. … Continue reading "2015 : Lansing’s John Smoltz Becomes Member of Baseball Hall of Fame"
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1818 : Detroit Passes Law To Enforce Morality
1818 : Detroit Passes Law To Enforce Morality
Jul 27 all-day
Detroit passed an ordinance providing for public whipping of drunkards, disorderly persons, petty thieves, and wife-beaters. Source : Historical Society of Michigan Michigan Historical Calendar
1934 : Michigan Mails First Old-Age Pension Checks
1934 : Michigan Mails First Old-Age Pension Checks
Jul 27 all-day
On July 27, 1934, the newly created state Old Age Assistance Bureau mailed the first ever old-age pension checks, ranging from $5 to $12, to 100 applicants in nine counties. Source: Mich-again’s Day
1980 : Earthquake Rocks Southern Michigan
1980 : Earthquake Rocks Southern Michigan
Jul 27 all-day
The upper tail of an earthquake centering in Kentucky hit Michigan on July 27, 1980. Automobiles in Allegan, Coldwater, Flint, Hastings, and Mount Pleasant rocked noticeably, while dishes broke in Detroit. Also, during the fifth … Continue reading "1980 : Earthquake Rocks Southern Michigan"
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1951 : President Truman Help Detroit Celebrate Its 250th Birthday
1951 : President Truman Help Detroit Celebrate Its 250th Birthday
Jul 28 all-day
800,000 residents watched a birthday parade featuring Detroit’s history. President Truman was even on hand. “Detroit Relives Colorful Past in Blaze of Glory; Spectacular Parade Thrills 800,000 on Line of March”, Detroit Free Press, July … Continue reading "1951 : President Truman Help Detroit Celebrate Its 250th Birthday"
1967 : Detroit Free Press Demands That the Detroit News Surrender
1967 : Detroit Free Press Demands That the Detroit News Surrender
Jul 28 all-day
During the 1967 riot, the Free Press borrows an armored personnel carrier (sans gun) from Chrysler Corp., which builds them in Warren. The vehicle is used to protect reporters in riot areas. But one morning, … Continue reading "1967 : Detroit Free Press Demands That the Detroit News Surrender"
1967 : Final Day of Detroit Race Riots
1967 : Final Day of Detroit Race Riots
Jul 28 all-day
Between July 23 and July 28, 1967, 43 died, 467 were injured, and over 7000 were arrested in Detroit during a series of skirmishes between Detroit police, the National Guard, the U.S. Army, and the … Continue reading "1967 : Final Day of Detroit Race Riots"
1999 : The First Casino License in Detroit
1999 : The First Casino License in Detroit
Jul 28 all-day
The first casino license in Detroit here was issued to MGM Grand Detroit on July 28, 1999. Source : Robert Allen, “Who’s winning big at Detroit’s casinos“, Detroit Free Press, July 17, 2017.
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1909: General Motors Buys Cadillac
1909: General Motors Buys Cadillac
Jul 29 all-day
On July 29, 1909, the newly formed General Motors Corporation (GM) acquires the country’s leading luxury automaker, the Cadillac Automobile Company, for $4.5 million. Cadillac was founded out of the ruins of automotive pioneer Henry … Continue reading "1909: General Motors Buys Cadillac"
1971 : No-Fault Divorce Instituted in Michigan
1971 : No-Fault Divorce Instituted in Michigan
Jul 29 all-day
A bill allowing “no-fault’ divorces was signed into law by Governor William Milliken. Prior to this law an individual seeking a divorce had to prove their partner was an abuser, a drunk, an adulterer, or … Continue reading "1971 : No-Fault Divorce Instituted in Michigan"
1974 : Detroit Pistons Bought by Group Led by Bill Davidson
1974 : Detroit Pistons Bought by Group Led by Bill Davidson
Jul 29 all-day
A group of investors, headed by Guardian Industries President Bill Davidson, bought the Detroit Pistons on July 29, 1974, for $8.1 million. The other owners announced that day were Herb Tyner, co-owner and president of … Continue reading "1974 : Detroit Pistons Bought by Group Led by Bill Davidson"
National Lipstick Day
National Lipstick Day
Jul 29 all-day
For makeup lovers, July 29 has become a day to bring out their favorite lipstick shades and flaunt their colored pouts, shop their favorite brands at discounted prices and even score free tubes — if they wake up … Continue reading "National Lipstick Day"
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1863 : Henry Ford Born
1863 : Henry Ford Born
Jul 30 all-day
1863 : Henry Ford Born
Born on July 30, 1863 on a Dearborn, Michigan farm, Henry Ford created the Ford Model T car in 1908 and went on to develop the assembly line mode of production, which revolutionized the industry. … Continue reading "1863 : Henry Ford Born"
1864 : Company K Displays Courage at Battle of the Crater (Part 3)
1864 : Company K Displays Courage at Battle of the Crater (Part 3)
Jul 30 all-day
“Among our troops was a company of Indians, belonging to the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters. They did splendid work (at the Battle of the Crater), crawling to the very top of the bank, and rising up, … Continue reading "1864 : Company K Displays Courage at Battle of the Crater (Part 3)"
1864 : Company K Participates in Battle of the Crater (Part 1)
1864 : Company K Participates in Battle of the Crater (Part 1)
Jul 30 all-day
1864 : Company K Participates in Battle of the Crater (Part 1)
Company K of the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters resting after the Battle of the Wilderness. A contingent of 150 Native Americans who comprised Company K of the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters during the Civil War fought in … Continue reading "1864 : Company K Participates in Battle of the Crater (Part 1)"
1864 : Company K Participates in Battle of the Crater (Part 2)
1864 : Company K Participates in Battle of the Crater (Part 2)
Jul 30 all-day
On July 30, 1864, the Union forces detonated four tons of black powder in a tunnel that had been dug directly under the Confederate works at Petersburg. The blast cut out a crater in the … Continue reading "1864 : Company K Participates in Battle of the Crater (Part 2)"
1928 : Chrysler Buys Dodge Brothers
1928 : Chrysler Buys Dodge Brothers
Jul 30 all-day
The purchase, which quadrupled Chrysler’s size, was criticized, but Walter Chrysler defended his decision. “The Chrysler Corp. got the huge Dodge foundry and forges, which enabled it to increase production to other models,” Rosenbusch explained. … Continue reading "1928 : Chrysler Buys Dodge Brothers"
1975 : The Night Jimmy Hoffa Disappears, Never to Be Seen Again
1975 : The Night Jimmy Hoffa Disappears, Never to Be Seen Again
Jul 30 all-day
On July 30, 1975, Jimmy Hoffa left home for an afternoon meeting with Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone, a reputed crime capo in Detroit, and Anthony Provenzano, a New Jersey Teamster boss known to friends as … Continue reading "1975 : The Night Jimmy Hoffa Disappears, Never to Be Seen Again"
1997 : Charter Schools Declared Constitutional in Michigan
1997 : Charter Schools Declared Constitutional in Michigan
Jul 30 all-day
On July 30, 1997, the Supreme Court overturned two lower court decisions and ruled that charter schools are constitutional. The future of charter schools in Michigan had been at stake in the case, which began … Continue reading "1997 : Charter Schools Declared Constitutional in Michigan"
2018 : Mitten State Blog Celebrates the Pasty
2018 : Mitten State Blog Celebrates the Pasty
Jul 30 all-day
2018 : Mitten State Blog Celebrates the Pasty
There are two types of places that you’ll hear the phrase “hands off my pasty!”. One can get you kicked out of an establishment with a cover charge and the other is just any reputable restaurant … Continue reading "2018 : Mitten State Blog Celebrates the Pasty"
Henry Ford Day
Henry Ford Day
Jul 30 all-day
Sec. 3.  (1) The legislature recognizes the outstanding contributions to American life, history, and culture made by Henry Ford, founder of Ford motor company and a man of great vision.  During most of his life, Henry … Continue reading "Henry Ford Day"
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1763 : James Kent Born, Namesake for Kent County
1763 : James Kent Born, Namesake for Kent County
Jul 31 all-day
1763 : James Kent Born, Namesake for Kent County
James Kent by Rembrandt Peale (c.1835) James Kent (born July 31, 1763 in Fredericksburg, New York; died December 12, 1847 in New York City) was an Amrican jurist and legal scholar. Some would consider him … Continue reading "1763 : James Kent Born, Namesake for Kent County"
1855 : Andrew Jackson Blackbird Helps Negotiate Treaty With Ottawa and Chippewa
1855 : Andrew Jackson Blackbird Helps Negotiate Treaty With Ottawa and Chippewa
Jul 31 all-day
1855 : Andrew Jackson Blackbird Helps Negotiate Treaty With Ottawa and Chippewa
When the “Treaty With The Ottawa and Chippewa” was signed on July 31, 1855, Andrew Jackson Blackbird served as an interpreter, translator and official witness for the Native Americans. Andrew J. Blackbird (c.1815 – 1908), … Continue reading "1855 : Andrew Jackson Blackbird Helps Negotiate Treaty With Ottawa and Chippewa"
1911 : General Motors Listed on New York Stock Exchange
1911 : General Motors Listed on New York Stock Exchange
Jul 31 all-day
On July 31, 1911, the New York Stock Exchange listed General Motors securities, the first automobile stock to be approved for listing in that body. Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1923 : Car Ferry Service Begins at Straits of Mackinac
1923 : Car Ferry Service Begins at Straits of Mackinac
Jul 31 all-day
1923 : Car Ferry Service Begins at Straits of Mackinac
On this day, the State of Michigan began a state ferry service from Mackinac City to St. Ignace to connect the Upper and Lower Peninsulas — a service that continued until the opening of the … Continue reading "1923 : Car Ferry Service Begins at Straits of Mackinac"
1964 : Tom Gore Born, Owner of Detroit Pistons
1964 : Tom Gore Born, Owner of Detroit Pistons
Jul 31 all-day
Tom Gores was named  Tewfiq Georgious, Arabic: توفيق جورجيوس‎ when he was born  on July 31, 1964 to a practicing Catholic family in Nazareth, Israel, the son of a father of Greek descent and a … Continue reading "1964 : Tom Gore Born, Owner of Detroit Pistons"
1969 : Lansing Mall Opens
1969 : Lansing Mall Opens
Jul 31 all-day
The Lansing Mall opened July 31, 1969. The mall was mid-Michigan’s first enclosed shopping center. It cost $18 million to build. At 600,000 square feet it sprawled across 11 acres, like a small city under … Continue reading "1969 : Lansing Mall Opens"
1987 : Detroit People Mover Officially Opens
1987 : Detroit People Mover Officially Opens
Jul 31 all-day
1987 : Detroit People Mover Officially Opens
On July 31, 1987, the Detroit People Mover opened for the first time. The Detroit Transportation Corporation, City of Detroit, is owner and operator of the Detroit People Mover. The Detroit People Mover (DPM) is … Continue reading "1987 : Detroit People Mover Officially Opens"
1988 : Last American Playboy Club Closes in Lansing
1988 : Last American Playboy Club Closes in Lansing
Jul 31 all-day
1988 : Last American Playboy Club Closes in Lansing
Lansing State Journal photo. The last of the Playboy Clubs, located in the Hilton Inn in Lansing, Michigan, once employed 45 “bunnies.” According to Time magazine (July 25, 1988), the scanty outfits and cottontails donned … Continue reading "1988 : Last American Playboy Club Closes in Lansing"
2017 : Michigan Vietnam Veteran Receives Medal of Honor
2017 : Michigan Vietnam Veteran Receives Medal of Honor
Jul 31 all-day
An Army medic from South Haven who risked his life nine times to rescue comrades in Vietnam is becoming the first person to receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump. Trump is set to present … Continue reading "2017 : Michigan Vietnam Veteran Receives Medal of Honor"