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1805 : William Hull Becomes Governor of Michigan Territory
1805 : William Hull Becomes Governor of Michigan Territory
Mar 1 all-day
1805 : William Hull Becomes Governor of Michigan Territory
Born in Connecticut in 1753, William Hull served as a colonel in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. He was serving in the Massachusetts State Senate when he was appointed by President Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading "1805 : William Hull Becomes Governor of Michigan Territory"
1847 : State Abolishes Capital Punishment
1847 : State Abolishes Capital Punishment
Mar 1 all-day
On March 1, 1847, Michigan officially became the first English-speaking government in the world to outlaw capital punishment. According to Michigan & Capital Punishment by Eugene G. Wanger, Michigan’s bold — and often debated — … Continue reading "1847 : State Abolishes Capital Punishment"
1848 : Telegraph Connects Detroit to Buffalo, NY
1848 : Telegraph Connects Detroit to Buffalo, NY
Mar 1 all-day
On March 1, 1848, the first telegraph message was sent between Detroit and Buffalo, NY. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1941 : President Roosevelt Creates Military District of Sault Ste. Marie
1941 : President Roosevelt Creates Military District of Sault Ste. Marie
Mar 1 all-day
1941 : President Roosevelt Creates Military District of Sault Ste. Marie
On March 1, 1941, President Roosevelt signed an executive order creating the Military District of Sault Ste. Marie. The Japanese attack on December 7, 1941, shifted matters into an even higher gear, and by early … Continue reading "1941 : President Roosevelt Creates Military District of Sault Ste. Marie"
1942 : Nationwide Food Rationing Begins in United States
1942 : Nationwide Food Rationing Begins in United States
Mar 1 all-day
1942 : Nationwide Food Rationing Begins in United States
The can opener will yield to the cook book after midnight February 20. From that time until March 1, when rationing starts, there will be no canned fruits or vegetables sold. (Lansing State Journal, February … Continue reading "1942 : Nationwide Food Rationing Begins in United States"
1954 : First Recipient of Speeding Ticket In Jackson, Michigan Dies
1954 : First Recipient of Speeding Ticket In Jackson, Michigan Dies
Mar 1 all-day
1954 : First Recipient of Speeding Ticket In Jackson, Michigan Dies
Funeral services will be held in Stockbridge at 2 p.m. Wednesday for Stewart M. Watson, 82, who owned the first automobile in Jackson and paid the first traffic fine for “speeding.” … He bought his … Continue reading "1954 : First Recipient of Speeding Ticket In Jackson, Michigan Dies"
1954 : Michigan Congressman Shot in U.S. Capitol by Puerto Rican Nationalists
1954 : Michigan Congressman Shot in U.S. Capitol by Puerto Rican Nationalists
Mar 1 all-day
1954 : Michigan Congressman Shot in U.S. Capitol by Puerto Rican Nationalists
A group of men and a woman – shouting “free Puerto Rico” – fired pistols from a house gallery at congress members today and hit at least five. … Spectators grappled with the pistol wielders … Continue reading "1954 : Michigan Congressman Shot in U.S. Capitol by Puerto Rican Nationalists"
1962 : First Kmart Opened in Garden City
1962 : First Kmart Opened in Garden City
Mar 1 all-day
1962 : First Kmart Opened in Garden City
On March 1, 1962, the S.S. Kresge Company opened the first Kmart store concept at the corner of Ford Road and Middlebelt in Garden City. The store is still open today. The more than 1,300 … Continue reading "1962 : First Kmart Opened in Garden City"
1966 : Donyale Luna Becomes First Black Cover Girl for Vogue
1966 : Donyale Luna Becomes First Black Cover Girl for Vogue
Mar 1 all-day
1966 : Donyale Luna Becomes First Black Cover Girl for Vogue
Long before Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, and Beyonce were covergirls, and before Naomi, Tyra, or Iman first set foot on a runway, there was this black woman. They called her “the reincarnation of Nefertiti,” and … Continue reading "1966 : Donyale Luna Becomes First Black Cover Girl for Vogue"
1998 : Pasty Cam Started
1998 : Pasty Cam Started
Mar 1 all-day
Anecdotes and scenery with a UP focus. For more information, see Pasty Central Day in History : March 1
2015 : Spicerville Highway Farm Designated Michigan Historical Site
2015 : Spicerville Highway Farm Designated Michigan Historical Site
Mar 1 all-day
The Spicerville Highway farm has been designated by the Michigan State Historical Preservation Office as the 138th recorded historical site in Eaton County. There are 22,000 recorded historical sites on land in Michigan. Some were … Continue reading "2015 : Spicerville Highway Farm Designated Michigan Historical Site"
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1799 : Detroit Becomes Official Port of Entry for U.S.
1799 : Detroit Becomes Official Port of Entry for U.S.
Mar 2 all-day
On March 2, 1799, an Act of Congress made Detroit a port of entry. Source : Detroit Historical Society of Michigan Facebook Page
1824 : Father Gabriel Richard Petitions Congress. First Michigan Earmark?
1824 : Father Gabriel Richard Petitions Congress. First Michigan Earmark?
Mar 2 all-day
In his only recorded speech as territorial representative to Congress, Father Gabriel Richard asked for $1,500 to build a road from Detroit to Chicago on March 2, 1824. His appeal was so eloquent that Congress … Continue reading "1824 : Father Gabriel Richard Petitions Congress. First Michigan Earmark?"
1836 : Bronson Renamed Kalamazoo
1836 : Bronson Renamed Kalamazoo
Mar 2 all-day
1836 : Bronson Renamed Kalamazoo
Governor Stevens T. Mason approved changing the name of the town of Bronson to Kalamazoo on this day. Source : Michigan History, March/April 2017, p.8 Titus Bronson is considered the first pioneer of Kalamazoo, MI, … Continue reading "1836 : Bronson Renamed Kalamazoo"
1872 : John W. Patterson Born, African American Baseball Player/Coach and First African American Police Officer in Battle Creek
1872 : John W. Patterson Born, African American Baseball Player/Coach and First African American Police Officer in Battle Creek
Mar 2 all-day
1872 : John W. Patterson Born, African American Baseball Player/Coach and First African American Police Officer in Battle Creek
In the Battle Creek of the early to mid-1900s, he was as constant as the sunrise. John W. Patterson (March 2, 1872 – August 23, 1940) , known to everyone as Pat, could always be … Continue reading "1872 : John W. Patterson Born, African American Baseball Player/Coach and First African American Police Officer in Battle Creek"
1877 : Senator Thomas White from Grand Haven Declares Rutherford B. Hayes 1876 Presidential Election Winner
1877 : Senator Thomas White from Grand Haven Declares Rutherford B. Hayes 1876 Presidential Election Winner
Mar 2 all-day
On March 2, 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes was declared winner of the 1876 election by a special committee set up by Senator Thomas White Ferry from Grand Haven who was serving as President Pro Tempore … Continue reading "1877 : Senator Thomas White from Grand Haven Declares Rutherford B. Hayes 1876 Presidential Election Winner"
1974 : Speed Limit Lowered to 55 MPH In Michigan
1974 : Speed Limit Lowered to 55 MPH In Michigan
Mar 2 all-day
On March 2, 1974, highway speed limits were reduced to 55 miles per hour to comply with federal legislation aimed at reducing energy consumption, adding an hour and 10 minutes to the trip between Detroit … Continue reading "1974 : Speed Limit Lowered to 55 MPH In Michigan"
2018: Detroit Autorama
2018: Detroit Autorama
Mar 2 all-day
2018: Detroit Autorama
March 2-4, 2018 Billed as America’s greatest hot rod show, Autorama has been drawing thousands of car fanatics and gearheads since 1961. The first-ever Detroit Autorama was held at the University of Detroit Memorial Building … Continue reading "2018: Detroit Autorama"
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1847 : Governor Alpheus Felch Resigns
1847 : Governor Alpheus Felch Resigns
Mar 3 all-day
On Mar. 3, 1847, Governor Alpheus Felch resigned to become a U.S. Senator instead, and in the process served the shortest gubernatorial tenure in state history — 10 months. Sources : Michigan is Amazing Stewards … Continue reading "1847 : Governor Alpheus Felch Resigns"
1875 : Mackinac Island National Park Established
1875 : Mackinac Island National Park Established
Mar 3 all-day
On March 3, 1875, just three years after the Yellowstone National Park was established, the second national park was designated on Mackinac Island. Twenty years later the park would be turned over to the State … Continue reading "1875 : Mackinac Island National Park Established"
1913 : National Suffrage Parade In Washington, D.C.
1913 : National Suffrage Parade In Washington, D.C.
Mar 3 all-day
1913 : National Suffrage Parade In Washington, D.C.
Less than a century ago, women in the United States were not guaranteed the right to vote. Many courageous groups worked hard at state and local levels throughout the end of the 19th century, making … Continue reading "1913 : National Suffrage Parade In Washington, D.C."
1931 : Isle Royale National Park Authorized
1931 : Isle Royale National Park Authorized
Mar 3 all-day
On March 3, 1931, Congress authorized the creation of Isle Royale National Park. The Chippewa called the island Minong or a “good high place”. By the twentieth century it had passed into the hands of … Continue reading "1931 : Isle Royale National Park Authorized"
2002 : Oscar Warbach, Noted Michigan Conservation Illustrator, Dies
2002 : Oscar Warbach, Noted Michigan Conservation Illustrator, Dies
Mar 3 all-day
2002 : Oscar Warbach, Noted Michigan Conservation Illustrator, Dies
Anyone who has ever viewed Escanaba in da Moonlight probably has his own mental images of deer camps in the Upper Peninsula. However, a State of Michigan Department of Conservation employee, Oscar Warbach, has also … Continue reading "2002 : Oscar Warbach, Noted Michigan Conservation Illustrator, Dies"
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1831 : Drunks and Disorderly Could No Longer Be Whipped in Michigan
1831 : Drunks and Disorderly Could No Longer Be Whipped in Michigan
Mar 4 all-day
The state law allowing drunks and disorderly persons to be whipped was repealed on this day in 1831. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1833 : Tenney Peabody and Family Settle at “Forks of the Kalamazoo”
1833 : Tenney Peabody and Family Settle at “Forks of the Kalamazoo”
Mar 4 all-day
1833 : Tenney Peabody and Family Settle at "Forks of the Kalamazoo"
The first house in Albion, with a thatched roof of grass from the banks of the nearby Kalamazoo River, was erected by Tenney Peabody, a New Yorker. Peabody, a courageous New Yorker, used three yoke … Continue reading "1833 : Tenney Peabody and Family Settle at “Forks of the Kalamazoo”"
1847 : William L. Greenly Becomes Governor of Michigan
1847 : William L. Greenly Becomes Governor of Michigan
Mar 4 all-day
On March 4, 1847,  Lt. Governor William L. Greenly replaced Governor Alpheus Felch as Michigan Governor, who resigned to take a seat in the U.S. Senate. Born in New York, Greenly moved to Adrian, Michigan, … Continue reading "1847 : William L. Greenly Becomes Governor of Michigan"
1853 : Governor Robert McClelland Resigns to Become U.S. Secretary of the Interior
1853 : Governor Robert McClelland Resigns to Become U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Mar 4 all-day
On March 4, 1853, former Gov. Robert McClelland was appointed U.S. Secretary of Interior by President Franklin Pierce, making him the third Michigan governor in 12 years to resign early in order to go to … Continue reading "1853 : Governor Robert McClelland Resigns to Become U.S. Secretary of the Interior"
1915 : Robert Thom Born, Master Illustrator
1915 : Robert Thom Born, Master Illustrator
Mar 4 all-day
1915 : Robert Thom Born, Master Illustrator
Robert Alan Thom (March 4, 1915 – December 31, 1979) was an American illustrator who specialized in the portrayal of historical scenes for commercial patrons. He is perhaps best known for bringing a Rockwellian sensitivity … Continue reading "1915 : Robert Thom Born, Master Illustrator"
1926: Richard Devos, Businessman, Sports Franchise Owner, Philanthropist, Born
1926: Richard Devos, Businessman, Sports Franchise Owner, Philanthropist, Born
Mar 4 all-day
1926: Richard Devos, Businessman, Sports Franchise Owner, Philanthropist, Born
Richard DeVos, Sr. and Jay Van Andel are the two co-founders of the Amway Corporation, a pioneer company in network sales of household and personal products. The network sales company sells its products through dealers … Continue reading "1926: Richard Devos, Businessman, Sports Franchise Owner, Philanthropist, Born"
1933 : FDR and the Grand Hotel
1933 : FDR and the Grand Hotel
Mar 4 all-day
Check out the Pasty Central Day in History for a connection between FDR and the Grand Hotel! During the depression President Franklin Roosevelt released numerous radio addresses including the famous “We have nothing to fear … Continue reading "1933 : FDR and the Grand Hotel"
1947 : WDIV-TV Detroit Channel 4 Becomes First TV Station in Michigan
1947 : WDIV-TV Detroit Channel 4 Becomes First TV Station in Michigan
Mar 4 all-day
On March 4, 1947, WWDT-TV Channel 4, the first TV station in Michigan and sixth in the U.S., begins broadcasting. Owned by the Detroit News, the station’s call letters changed to WWJ-TV a couple months … Continue reading "1947 : WDIV-TV Detroit Channel 4 Becomes First TV Station in Michigan"
1955 : Eastern Pine Designated Michigan’s State Tree
1955 : Eastern Pine Designated Michigan’s State Tree
Mar 4 all-day
1955 : Eastern Pine Designated Michigan's State Tree
Historical Map of White Pine Growth Areas Young and mature eastern white pine trees; photo by Nicholas A. Tonelli on Flickr (use permitted with attribution). Michigan designated the towering eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) as the … Continue reading "1955 : Eastern Pine Designated Michigan’s State Tree"
2018 : Richard Spencer Holds White Nationalist Speech at Michigan State
2018 : Richard Spencer Holds White Nationalist Speech at Michigan State
Mar 4 all-day
  Violent clashes erupted Monday when Richard Spencer, a leading figure in the white nationalist movement, visited Michigan State University to deliver a speech. Spencer, who is the president of the white nationalist organization The … Continue reading "2018 : Richard Spencer Holds White Nationalist Speech at Michigan State"
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1829 : Detroit Gazette Editor Fined
1829 : Detroit Gazette Editor Fined
Mar 5 all-day
You had to be careful what you published in early Michigan. Detroit Gazette editor John P. Sheldon was fined on March 5, 1829 for writing articles critical of the territorial court decisions, and jailed when … Continue reading "1829 : Detroit Gazette Editor Fined"
1836 : Former Slaves Petition State Legislature for a Church
1836 : Former Slaves Petition State Legislature for a Church
Mar 5 all-day
On March 5, 1836, thirteen escaped or freed slaves petition the legislature to start a church. Their efforts lead to the formation of the Second Baptist Church – the first African American church in Detroit. … Continue reading "1836 : Former Slaves Petition State Legislature for a Church"
1885 : Ring Lardner Born, Future Sports Journalist and Short Story Rider
1885 : Ring Lardner Born, Future Sports Journalist and Short Story Rider
Mar 5 all-day
1885 : Ring Lardner Born, Future Sports Journalist and Short Story Rider
Ringgold Wilmer “Ring” Lardner (March 5, 1885 – September 25, 1933) was an American sports columnist and short-story writer best known for his satirical writings on sports, marriage, and the theatre. His contemporaries Ernest Hemingway, … Continue reading "1885 : Ring Lardner Born, Future Sports Journalist and Short Story Rider"
1916 : Engineering Building Burns at Michigan Agricultural College
1916 : Engineering Building Burns at Michigan Agricultural College
Mar 5 all-day
Michigan State University is recalling a dark day in its long history: the 100th anniversary of a fire that destroyed the school’s engineering building. The pre-dawn fire on March 5, 1916, likely began in the … Continue reading "1916 : Engineering Building Burns at Michigan Agricultural College"
2013 : Michigan Supreme Court Starts Live Streaming
2013 : Michigan Supreme Court Starts Live Streaming
Mar 5 all-day
Can’t get enough of the Supremes? Starting Tuesday, the Michigan Supreme Court will begin live streaming all oral arguments and proceedings. According to Chief Justice Robert Young, live streaming is “a natural extension of this … Continue reading "2013 : Michigan Supreme Court Starts Live Streaming"
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1863 : Michigan’s First Race Riot
1863 : Michigan’s First Race Riot
Mar 6 all-day
  After hearing Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and conscription orders, white Detroiters used the trial of William Faulkner as a catalyst to destroy property within black neighborhoods. Two were killed, hundreds injured. The riot was one … Continue reading "1863 : Michigan’s First Race Riot"
1877 : Detroit Club Witnesses the Power of the Telephone
1877 : Detroit Club Witnesses the Power of the Telephone
Mar 6 all-day
On this evening 150 ladies and gentlemen at the Detroit Club listened to a live concert in Chicago via telephone. Elisha Grey, electrician from the Western Telegraphic Manufacturing Company of Chicago, arranged the demonstration. The … Continue reading "1877 : Detroit Club Witnesses the Power of the Telephone"
1896: First Gasoline-Powered Automobile in Detroit
1896: First Gasoline-Powered Automobile in Detroit
Mar 6 all-day
1896: First Gasoline-Powered Automobile in Detroit
On March 6, 1896, 10 years after Carl Benz patented the first gasoline-powered automobile in Germany, and three years after the Duryea Brothers’ first vehicle, Charles King became the first driver of a gasoline automobile … Continue reading "1896: First Gasoline-Powered Automobile in Detroit"
1997 : President Bill Clinton Addresses Michigan Legislature
1997 : President Bill Clinton Addresses Michigan Legislature
Mar 6 all-day
William Clinton spoke to the state legislature becoming only the second sitting U.S. President to address Michigan’s lawmakers. Theodore Roosevelt was the first in 1907. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
2014 : Detroit Red Wings Retire Nicklas Lidstrom’s Number
2014 : Detroit Red Wings Retire Nicklas Lidstrom’s Number
Mar 6 all-day
2014 : Detroit Red Wings Retire Nicklas Lidstrom's Number
Lidstrom, a Swede nicknamed the Perfect Human, retired in 2012 after a 20-year career during which he won four Stanley Cups and seven Norris Trophies, including one in his penultimate season at age 41. “When … Continue reading "2014 : Detroit Red Wings Retire Nicklas Lidstrom’s Number"
2018: Kalamazoo Votes to Remove Controversial Bronson Park Fountain
2018: Kalamazoo Votes to Remove Controversial Bronson Park Fountain
Mar 6 all-day
After more than 5 hours of discussion, at 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning, March 6, 2108, the Kalamazoo City Commission voted 5-1  to relocate the Fountain of the Pioneers from its most-prized park and develop a … Continue reading "2018: Kalamazoo Votes to Remove Controversial Bronson Park Fountain"
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1932 : 3000 Participate in Ford Hunger March from Detroit to Dearborn
1932 : 3000 Participate in Ford Hunger March from Detroit to Dearborn
Mar 7 all-day
1932 : 3000 Participate in Ford Hunger March from Detroit to Dearborn
On March 7, 1932, the Ford Hunger March was organized by John Schmies, communist candidate for mayor of Detroit, and led by Albert Goetz. 3,000 marched from Detroit to Dearborn asking for union recognition, full … Continue reading "1932 : 3000 Participate in Ford Hunger March from Detroit to Dearborn"
1942 : Congress Orders New Lock at Sault Ste. Marie
1942 : Congress Orders New Lock at Sault Ste. Marie
Mar 7 all-day
Larger and larger lake freighters were carrying the ore vital to the war effort, and it was determined that a new, longer and deeper lock had to be built to replace the now obsolete Weitzel … Continue reading "1942 : Congress Orders New Lock at Sault Ste. Marie"
1972 : East Lansing Bans Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation in Regards to City Hiring
1972 : East Lansing Bans Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation in Regards to City Hiring
Mar 7 all-day
On March 7, 1972, East Lansing, Michigan became the first city in the country to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in regards to city hiring. The city of East Lansing has also … Continue reading "1972 : East Lansing Bans Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation in Regards to City Hiring"
1989 : Michigan Library & Historical Center Dedicated In Lansing
1989 : Michigan Library & Historical Center Dedicated In Lansing
Mar 7 all-day
In 2019, the Michigan Library & Historical Center will celebrate its 30th year. The dedication took place on Tuesday, March 7, 1989. At a cost of 42 million dollars, it combined the museum, state library, … Continue reading "1989 : Michigan Library & Historical Center Dedicated In Lansing"
2017 : Windstorm Impacts 1/3 of State; Has Largest Impact of Any Weather Event in History
2017 : Windstorm Impacts 1/3 of State; Has Largest Impact of Any Weather Event in History
Mar 7 all-day
The windstorms that started Tuesday (March 7) in the Upper Peninsula and then stretch across the rest of the state on Wednesday (March 8) left two people dead and affected nearly one-third of the state’s … Continue reading "2017 : Windstorm Impacts 1/3 of State; Has Largest Impact of Any Weather Event in History"
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1843 : Michigan Renames Counties Originally Named After Indian Words or Chiefs
1843 : Michigan Renames Counties Originally Named After Indian Words or Chiefs
Mar 8 all-day
On March, 8, 1843, several counties in Michigan officially received new names.  Most had been named after Indian chiefs or combinations of Indian words by Henry Schoolcraft.  However, with the influx of white settlers, Michigan … Continue reading "1843 : Michigan Renames Counties Originally Named After Indian Words or Chiefs"
1843 : Tonedagana County Renamed Emmet County in Honor of Irish Patriot
1843 : Tonedagana County Renamed Emmet County in Honor of Irish Patriot
Mar 8 all-day
Emmet County was formed April 1, 1840, from Mackinac County. It was first named Tonedagana County and renamed Emmet County on March 8, 1843. Emmet County remained attached to Mackinac County for administrative purposes until … Continue reading "1843 : Tonedagana County Renamed Emmet County in Honor of Irish Patriot"
1849 : Charles O’Malley Renames Michigan Counties
1849 : Charles O’Malley Renames Michigan Counties
Mar 8 all-day
Throughout much of the early 1800s, it was common for young Irish men and women to leave Ireland in search of opportunities elsewhere. Ireland lacked a middle class, most natives were poor farmers and those … Continue reading "1849 : Charles O’Malley Renames Michigan Counties"
1887 : Philip Parmelee Born, Early Aviator
1887 : Philip Parmelee Born, Early Aviator
Mar 8 all-day
  Born in Michigan and raised in St. Johns by his father after his mother was killed by a runaway horse, Philip Orin Parmelee (8 March 1887 – 1 June 1912) was an American aviation … Continue reading "1887 : Philip Parmelee Born, Early Aviator"
1918 : Ft. Custer Issues Two Dog Tags To Each Recruit
1918 : Ft. Custer Issues Two Dog Tags To Each Recruit
Mar 8 all-day
On March 8,  1918 at Ft. Custer, the army issued two dog tags to each of 30-thousand draftees, with instructions that they wear one around their neck and the other around their wrist “to make … Continue reading "1918 : Ft. Custer Issues Two Dog Tags To Each Recruit"
1927 : Cornerstone Laid for Olympia Stadium
1927 : Cornerstone Laid for Olympia Stadium
Mar 8 all-day
1927 : Cornerstone Laid for Olympia Stadium
On March 8, 1927, the cornerstone was laid for Olympia Stadium, the future home of the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Pistons for a time and a plethora of concerts (including the Beatles), wrestling matches … Continue reading "1927 : Cornerstone Laid for Olympia Stadium"
1982 : Rep. Casmer Ogonowski Resigns from Michigan House
1982 : Rep. Casmer Ogonowski Resigns from Michigan House
Mar 8 all-day
1982 : Rep. Casmer Ogonowski Resigns from Michigan House
  Casmer P. Ogonowski (March 4, 1923 – January 10, 2012) was an American politician.  Born in Detroit, Michigan, Ogonowski served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1969 until his resignation in 1982. He … Continue reading "1982 : Rep. Casmer Ogonowski Resigns from Michigan House"
1994 : Michigan’s Biggest UFO Mystery
1994 : Michigan’s Biggest UFO Mystery
Mar 8 all-day
1994 : Michigan's Biggest UFO Mystery
The eerie lights filled the sky along nearly 200 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, from Ludington south to the Indiana border. On March 8, 1994, calls flooded 911 to report strange sightings in the night … Continue reading "1994 : Michigan’s Biggest UFO Mystery"
2013 : Oz the Great and Powerful Released in Theaters Nationwide
2013 : Oz the Great and Powerful Released in Theaters Nationwide
Mar 8 all-day
  Oz the Great and Powerful, which received financial support from the State of Michigan and which was filmed in 3D at Raleigh Michigan Studios in Pontiac, Michigan, was released nationwide on this day. Ten … Continue reading "2013 : Oz the Great and Powerful Released in Theaters Nationwide"
2018 : 8th Annual Gilda’s LaughFest Begins in Grand Rapids
2018 : 8th Annual Gilda’s LaughFest Begins in Grand Rapids
Mar 8 all-day
2018 : 8th Annual Gilda's LaughFest Begins in Grand Rapids
Gilda’s LaughFest 2018 is scheduled for March 8-18. Gilda’s Club is named for Saturday Night comedian Gilda Radner, who wrote the book “It’s Always Something.” After Gilda died of ovarian cancer in 1989, her husband, … Continue reading "2018 : 8th Annual Gilda’s LaughFest Begins in Grand Rapids"
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1865 : Mason Incorporated
1865 : Mason Incorporated
Mar 9 all-day
On March 9, 1865, Mason was incorporated as a village and during the 19th century, Mason enjoyed being the center of Ingham County activity. While Lansing eventually became the state capital, Mason remained the Ingham … Continue reading "1865 : Mason Incorporated"
1901 : R. E. Olds Moves His Automobile Factory to Lansing
1901 : R. E. Olds Moves His Automobile Factory to Lansing
Mar 9 all-day
1901 : R. E. Olds Moves His Automobile Factory to Lansing
Early  Oldsmobile Advertisement By rights, Ransom E. Olds, the man who founded the Oldsmobile company, ought to be as well known as his contemporary, Henry Ford: the two were born just a year apart, in … Continue reading "1901 : R. E. Olds Moves His Automobile Factory to Lansing"
1925 : VFW National Home For Children Opens in Eaton Rapids
1925 : VFW National Home For Children Opens in Eaton Rapids
Mar 9 all-day
1925 : VFW National Home For Children Opens in Eaton Rapids
National Home children getting home from school for the day in the 1960’s. The first residents – the children and widow of a World War I veteran – arrived at the VFW National Home for … Continue reading "1925 : VFW National Home For Children Opens in Eaton Rapids"
1932 : Fort Motor Company Introduces the V-8
1932 : Fort Motor Company Introduces the V-8
Mar 9 all-day
On March 9, 1932, Ford Motor Company introduced the production V-8 in its showrooms, and it was an instant success especially with police departments because of its price and speed. The V-8 is considered one … Continue reading "1932 : Fort Motor Company Introduces the V-8"
1945 : Detroit Industrial Expressway Dedicated
1945 : Detroit Industrial Expressway Dedicated
Mar 9 all-day
On March 9, 1945, the Detroit Industrial Expressway was dedicated, giving access to Ford’s aircraft manufacturing facility at Willow Run. It is now part of I-94. Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page
1976 : Hot-Air Balloon Flights Legalized In Michigan
1976 : Hot-Air Balloon Flights Legalized In Michigan
Mar 9 all-day
1976 : Hot-Air Balloon Flights Legalized In Michigan
Governor William B. Milliken signed legislation that made manned hot-air balloon flights from and over Michigan legal. This law ended a ban over the sale and use of such balloons that had been in effect … Continue reading "1976 : Hot-Air Balloon Flights Legalized In Michigan"
1977 : Burning Bed
1977 : Burning Bed
Mar 9 all-day
1977 : Burning Bed
It was on March 9, 1977 that the events in Dansville took place which became known throughout the country as “The Burning Bed.” One night, Francine Hughes, a battered & abused housewife for over twelve … Continue reading "1977 : Burning Bed"
2014 : William Clay Ford Dies, Detroit Lions Owner
2014 : William Clay Ford Dies, Detroit Lions Owner
Mar 9 all-day
William Clay Ford, the last living grandchild of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford, died Sunday morning at his suburban Detroit home from pneumonia. Ford, 88, served with the Dearborn-based automaker for 57 years as … Continue reading "2014 : William Clay Ford Dies, Detroit Lions Owner"
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1707 : Cadillac Issues First Known Michigan Land Grants to Detroit Settlers
1707 : Cadillac Issues First Known Michigan Land Grants to Detroit Settlers
Mar 10 all-day
On March 10, 1707 Antoine de Lamothe Cadillac gave the first known grants of land to French settlers in Detroit. Source : Historical Society of Michigan. For more information, see Cadillac and the founding of … Continue reading "1707 : Cadillac Issues First Known Michigan Land Grants to Detroit Settlers"
1902 : Henry Ford Resigns From Henry Ford Company
1902 : Henry Ford Resigns From Henry Ford Company
Mar 10 all-day
On March 10, 1902, Henry Ford resigned from the Henry Ford Company over a dispute with bankers. The company’s name was changed and, under the leadership of Henry Leland, began building Cadillacs — cars named … Continue reading "1902 : Henry Ford Resigns From Henry Ford Company"
1914: Bad Penmanship is Statewide Disgrace!
1914: Bad Penmanship is Statewide Disgrace!
Mar 10 all-day
The Michigan State Board of Education will make immediate attempts to improve the penmanship of students in Michigan Schools and Colleges. No student will be exempt by this endeavor. “The poor penmanship of the graduates … Continue reading "1914: Bad Penmanship is Statewide Disgrace!"
1937 : Lansing Automobile Strike
1937 : Lansing Automobile Strike
Mar 10 all-day
1937 : Lansing Automobile Strike
March 10-April 7, 1937. Under the stress of wage reductions and layoffs resulting from the nation’s Depression, more than 1500 workers at REO Motor Car Co. in Lansing went on strike March 10, 1937. Lansing … Continue reading "1937 : Lansing Automobile Strike"
1953 : Alexander Groesbeck Dies in Detroit
1953 : Alexander Groesbeck Dies in Detroit
Mar 10 all-day
One of Michigan’s most successful chief executives, Alexander Groesbeck is credited with reorganizing state government. Although he was called, “aloof as a politician and dictatorial as governor,” Groesbeck was elected governor three times (1920, 1922 … Continue reading "1953 : Alexander Groesbeck Dies in Detroit"
2016 Bay City Democrat Releases Last Issue
2016 Bay City Democrat Releases Last Issue
Mar 10 all-day
The Bay City Democrat weekly newspaper rolled out the last edition of its 126 years Thursday, March 10, 2016, with a front-page article called “The end of an era.” It’s no April fool’s joke, as … Continue reading "2016 Bay City Democrat Releases Last Issue"
2017: Popular Science Picks Michigan As the Place to Be in 2100 A.D.
2017: Popular Science Picks Michigan As the Place to Be in 2100 A.D.
Mar 10 all-day
  Season after season, extreme weather bombards the continental United States. Over the next 83 years, its cascading effects will force U.S. residents inward, upward, and away from newly uninhabitable areas. But don’t worry: We’ve … Continue reading "2017: Popular Science Picks Michigan As the Place to Be in 2100 A.D."
2020 : Governor Declares Medical Emergency
2020 : Governor Declares Medical Emergency
Mar 10 all-day
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency late Tuesday after confirming Michigan’s first two cases of the new coronavirus, an infectious disease first found in China and now spreading through the United States. An … Continue reading "2020 : Governor Declares Medical Emergency"
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1836 : Michigan Township Act Signed, Creating Political Units
1836 : Michigan Township Act Signed, Creating Political Units
Mar 11 all-day
On March 11, 1836, Gov. Stevens T. Mason signed the Township Act, under which 6-mile square sections of land that had been delineated by the United States surveyors were organized into political units. This same … Continue reading "1836 : Michigan Township Act Signed, Creating Political Units"
1861 : Keweenaw County Organized
1861 : Keweenaw County Organized
Mar 11 all-day
March 11, 1861 In the 1840s hundreds of people flocked to the Keweenaw Peninsula — a slender, rugged protrusion jutting sixty miles into Lake Superior. They came for copper. Eastern investors, speculators, adventurers and miners … Continue reading "1861 : Keweenaw County Organized"
1912 : Governor Chase Osborn Calls For Prohibition of Brewery-Owned Saloons
1912 : Governor Chase Osborn Calls For Prohibition of Brewery-Owned Saloons
Mar 11 all-day
On Mar. 11, 1912, Gov. Chase Osborn asked an “extraordinary session” of the Michigan Legislature to pass legislation to outlaw breweries from owning a saloon, of which there were 4,366 in Michigan at the time. … Continue reading "1912 : Governor Chase Osborn Calls For Prohibition of Brewery-Owned Saloons"
1970 : University of Michigan Holds Environmental Teach-In
1970 : University of Michigan Holds Environmental Teach-In
Mar 11 all-day
1970 : University of Michigan Holds Environmental Teach-In
March 11-14, 1970 Photo of Teach-In on the Environment at the University of Michigan in 1970. Before the internet, one of the main ways to mobilize public opinion on campuses was to have teach-ins. The … Continue reading "1970 : University of Michigan Holds Environmental Teach-In"
2013 : Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Convicted on Corruption Charges
2013 : Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Convicted on Corruption Charges
Mar 11 all-day
Jurors in a city buffeted by financial crisis convicted former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on corruption charges Monday, capping a five-month trial that exposed a brazen pay-to-play culture during his years in office while the … Continue reading "2013 : Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Convicted on Corruption Charges"
2020 : Universities Discontinue Face-To-Face Classes
2020 : Universities Discontinue Face-To-Face Classes
Mar 11 all-day
2020 : Universities Discontinue Face-To-Face Classes
In response to the first two confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged schools, community groups and businesses to consider cancelling gatherings or events with more than 100 people.   In response, … Continue reading "2020 : Universities Discontinue Face-To-Face Classes"
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1859 : Frederick Douglass and John Brown Meet With Detroit Abolitionists
1859 : Frederick Douglass and John Brown Meet With Detroit Abolitionists
Mar 12 all-day
1859 : Frederick Douglass and John Brown Meet With Detroit Abolitionists
On the night of March 12, 1859, Frederick Douglass and John Brown met with Detroit abolitionists at the home of William Webb (historical marker on University of Detroit Mercy campus) to discuss the best means … Continue reading "1859 : Frederick Douglass and John Brown Meet With Detroit Abolitionists"
1861 : Detroit Police Department Born
1861 : Detroit Police Department Born
Mar 12 all-day
According to the Detroit Historical Society, a four-member Police Commission appointed by Michigan’s governor formed the Detroit Police Department on March 12, 1861. However, the first 40 uniformed officers did not take to the streets … Continue reading "1861 : Detroit Police Department Born"
1926 : One reason we might be called “Wolverines”
1926 : One reason we might be called “Wolverines”
Mar 12 all-day
Conrad Ten Eyck built a tavern along the old Chicago Road in 1826. In that time, it was about a day’s journey from Detroit. (When General Palmer was writing, the trolley had shortened the trip … Continue reading "1926 : One reason we might be called “Wolverines”"
1972 : Detroit Red Wings Retire Gordie Howe’s Number
1972 : Detroit Red Wings Retire Gordie Howe’s Number
Mar 12 all-day
On March 12, 1972, the Detroit Red Wings retired Gordie Howe’s uniform number (9). After sitting out two seasons, he came out of retirement to play with his sons Mark and Marty on the WHA’s … Continue reading "1972 : Detroit Red Wings Retire Gordie Howe’s Number"
1974 : University of Michigan Joins Nationwide Streaking Fad
1974 : University of Michigan Joins Nationwide Streaking Fad
Mar 12 all-day
The streakers of 1974 were hardly the first American students to run through public spaces with no clothes on. Impromptu nudism on U.S. college campuses dates back at least to the 19th century, when Robert … Continue reading "1974 : University of Michigan Joins Nationwide Streaking Fad"
1984 : Isiah Thomas Signs Record Contract with Detroit Pistons
1984 : Isiah Thomas Signs Record Contract with Detroit Pistons
Mar 12 all-day
1984 : Isiah Thomas Signs Record Contract with Detroit Pistons
Thomas competing for the Detroit Pistons against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York in 1985 On March 12, 1984, the Detroit Pistons signed NBA all-star guard Isiah Thomas to an … Continue reading "1984 : Isiah Thomas Signs Record Contract with Detroit Pistons"
1995 : Shawn Respert Starts MSU Senior Day Basketball Tradition
1995 : Shawn Respert Starts MSU Senior Day Basketball Tradition
Mar 12 all-day
Shawn Respert scored 31 points in his final home game to lead ninth-ranked Michigan State to a 97-72 rout of Wisconsin in the last Big Ten game in Coach Jud Heathcote’s 19-year career with the … Continue reading "1995 : Shawn Respert Starts MSU Senior Day Basketball Tradition"
2016 : Daylight Savings Time Trivia
2016 : Daylight Savings Time Trivia
Mar 12 all-day
2016 : Daylight Savings Time Trivia
You might be surprised to know that Michigan didn’t implement Daylight Saving Time (DST) when Congress initially ordered all states to use DST. In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act requiring all 50 state … Continue reading "2016 : Daylight Savings Time Trivia"
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1872 : Governor Henry P. Baldwin Calls for New Capitol Building
1872 : Governor Henry P. Baldwin Calls for New Capitol Building
Mar 13 all-day
Read Governor Henry P. Baldwin’s Speech Calling for a New Michigan Capitol Building. More about Michigan Governor Henry Porter Baldwin from the National Governor’s Association. Henry P. Baldwin wikipedia entry
1888 : Detroit Athletic Club Holds First Annual Meeting
1888 : Detroit Athletic Club Holds First Annual Meeting
Mar 13 all-day
The Detroit Athletic Club held its first annual meeting, with 419 members in attendance, on this day. Source : Michigan History, March/April 2017, p.8.
1946 : GM Strike Ends
1946 : GM Strike Ends
Mar 13 all-day
On March 13, 1946, a strike at General Motors lasting 113 days ended. The strike, led by the United Auto Workers, resulted when GM offered a 10 percent wage increase and the union wanted a … Continue reading "1946 : GM Strike Ends"
1997 : Detroit Free Press Reports On Michigan Booster Ed Martin’s Improprieties
1997 : Detroit Free Press Reports On Michigan Booster Ed Martin’s Improprieties
Mar 13 all-day
On March 13, 1997, the University of Michigan announced it would reopen their investigation into allegations that booster Ed Martin gave cash and other improper benefits to the school’s men basketball players in response to … Continue reading "1997 : Detroit Free Press Reports On Michigan Booster Ed Martin’s Improprieties"
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1920 : Detroit Residents Fish for Jack Daniels
1920 : Detroit Residents Fish for Jack Daniels
Mar 14 all-day
1920 : Detroit Residents Fish for Jack Daniels
During Prohibition, a truck hauling a load of Jack Daniels from Canada to Detroit broke through the ice and sunk. When federal agents noticed that Detroit residents were attempting to fish for bottles from the … Continue reading "1920 : Detroit Residents Fish for Jack Daniels"
1966 : UFOs Spotted in Ann Arbor
1966 : UFOs Spotted in Ann Arbor
Mar 14 all-day
1966 : UFOs Spotted in Ann Arbor
This is how ‘It’ Looked: This drawing of one of the unidentified flying objects reported over Dexter Township last night was made by Sheriff’s Cpl. David B. Severance from descriptions provided by a half-dozen deputies … Continue reading "1966 : UFOs Spotted in Ann Arbor"
1968 : Martin Luther King Speaks in Grosse Pointe
1968 : Martin Luther King Speaks in Grosse Pointe
Mar 14 all-day
1968 : Martin Luther King Speaks in Grosse Pointe
Photo by Renee Landuyt Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors President Alexis DeLuca and Grosse Pointe News Publisher John Minnis stand by the marker their organizations helped bring to fruition. Martin Luther King Jr. in Grosse … Continue reading "1968 : Martin Luther King Speaks in Grosse Pointe"
1994 : President Clinton Brings G7 Group to Detroit
1994 : President Clinton Brings G7 Group to Detroit
Mar 14 all-day
1994 : President Clinton Brings G7 Group to Detroit
President Bill Clinton opens the G7 Jobs Conference, held at Detroit’s Fox Theater, March 14, 1994. On March 14, 1994, President Clinton brought the leaders of the world’s industrial nations to the Fox Theater to … Continue reading "1994 : President Clinton Brings G7 Group to Detroit"
1997 : Worst Ice Storm in Detroit History?
1997 : Worst Ice Storm in Detroit History?
Mar 14 – Mar 15 all-day
On March 14, 1997, more than 200,000 metro Detroit households lost power in the worst ice storm in the history of Detroit Edison. Source : Detroit Historical Society of Michigan Facebook Page
2015 : Spartan Leah O’Connor Wins Second National Title in NCAA Championship Meet
2015 : Spartan Leah O’Connor Wins Second National Title in NCAA Championship Meet
Mar 14 all-day
Senior Leah O’Connor came through with another record-setting race and won her second career individual national title on Saturday as the Michigan State track and field squad wrapped up its 2015 indoor season at the … Continue reading "2015 : Spartan Leah O’Connor Wins Second National Title in NCAA Championship Meet"
2018 : Grand Traverse Pie Company Helps Celebrate Pi Day
2018 : Grand Traverse Pie Company Helps Celebrate Pi Day
Mar 14 all-day
2018 : Grand Traverse Pie Company Helps Celebrate Pi Day
Grand Traverse Pie Co. has announced that anyone who places an order today will receive a free piece of pie on PI Day. It’s almost time for the coolest (and yummiest) mathematical day of the … Continue reading "2018 : Grand Traverse Pie Company Helps Celebrate Pi Day"
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1847: Shiawasseetown Capital of Michigan for One Day
1847: Shiawasseetown Capital of Michigan for One Day
Mar 15 all-day
On March 15, 1847, lawmakers voted to briefly make Shiawasseetown the state capital. A day later, Lansing became the state capital. A monument commemorating the novelty of Shiawasseetown having been the state capital for just … Continue reading "1847: Shiawasseetown Capital of Michigan for One Day"
1863 : American Draft Dodgers Seeking Refuge in Windsor and Other Parts of Canada
1863 : American Draft Dodgers Seeking Refuge in Windsor and Other Parts of Canada
Mar 15 all-day
The Detroit Advertiser of March 15, 1863, said that the number of skedaddlers climbed daily in Windsor, “though for the honor of Michigan, we are happy to say that they are by no means all … Continue reading "1863 : American Draft Dodgers Seeking Refuge in Windsor and Other Parts of Canada"
1867 : Mary Chase Perry Stratton Born in Hancock; Develops Pewabic Pottery
1867 : Mary Chase Perry Stratton Born in Hancock; Develops Pewabic Pottery
Mar 15 all-day
1867 : Mary Chase Perry Stratton Born in Hancock; Develops Pewabic Pottery
Mary Chase Perry Stratton (March 15, 1867 – April 15, 1961) was an American ceramic artist. She was a co-founder, along with Horace James Caulkins, of Pewabic Pottery, a form of ceramic art used to … Continue reading "1867 : Mary Chase Perry Stratton Born in Hancock; Develops Pewabic Pottery"
1867 : Michigan First State to Tax Property to Raise Money for University
1867 : Michigan First State to Tax Property to Raise Money for University
Mar 15 all-day
Michigan becomes 1st state to tax property to support a university Source : HistoryOrb.com
1887 : 1st Salaried Fish and Game Warden in Michigan Hired
1887 : 1st Salaried Fish and Game Warden in Michigan Hired
Mar 15 all-day
1887 : 1st Salaried Fish and Game Warden in Michigan Hired
William Alden Smith of Grand Rapids was selected as the 1st salaried fish & game warden in Michigan and served for eight years. Later on in his life, Smith went onto a career in politics, … Continue reading "1887 : 1st Salaried Fish and Game Warden in Michigan Hired"
1963 : NCAA Regional Semifinal at Jennison Field House
1963 : NCAA Regional Semifinal at Jennison Field House
Mar 15 all-day
On March 15, 1963, the all-white Mississippi State basketball team snuck out of its home state, defying a court injunction prohibiting the team from competing against black players. The team traveled to East Lansing, Michigan … Continue reading "1963 : NCAA Regional Semifinal at Jennison Field House"
1982 : Zingerman’s Deli Founded in Ann Arbor
1982 : Zingerman’s Deli Founded in Ann Arbor
Mar 15 all-day
That’s the feeling I got the other night when I joined several dozen other foodies to hear Ari Weinzweig, one of the world’s great nosh kings, share origin stories — and generous samples — of … Continue reading "1982 : Zingerman’s Deli Founded in Ann Arbor"
1994 : Proposal A Changes School Funding In Michigan
1994 : Proposal A Changes School Funding In Michigan
Mar 15 all-day
Whether you like it or not, Proposal A was a landmark event in Michigan school finance. After 25 years of futility and 12 ballot proposals, in 1994 Michigan voters approved Proposal A, which revamped the … Continue reading "1994 : Proposal A Changes School Funding In Michigan"
2004 : Bob Seger Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
2004 : Bob Seger Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Mar 15 all-day
2004 : Bob Seger Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
On March 15, 2004, Bob Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Born in Ann Arbor, Seger was a recording artist and a favorite in Detroit for more than 10 years … Continue reading "2004 : Bob Seger Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"
2017 : President Trump’s First Visit to Michigan Since Becoming President
2017 : President Trump’s First Visit to Michigan Since Becoming President
Mar 15 all-day
President Donald Trump is headed to Michigan Wednesday, where he’s expected to use the site of a future autonomous and connected vehicle facility as a backdrop for reinstating a review of future vehicle emissions standards set by … Continue reading "2017 : President Trump’s First Visit to Michigan Since Becoming President"
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1847 : Lansing Designated State Capitol
1847 : Lansing Designated State Capitol
Mar 16 all-day
On March 16, 1847, Lansing — a hard-to-reach, malaria-infested swamp — became the state Capitol over other established cities like Jackson, Marshall or Kalamazoo, thanks to the arguments of Ingham County’s charismatic representative, Joseph Kilbourne.  … Continue reading "1847 : Lansing Designated State Capitol"
1893 : Detroit Young Women’s Christian Association Founded
1893 : Detroit Young Women’s Christian Association Founded
Mar 16 all-day
On March 16, 1893, the Detroit Young Women’s Christian Association was founded by Grace Whitney Hoff, the daughter of lumber baron David Whitney, and 15 other women. Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page
1913 : Detroit Public Library Receives Clarence Burton’s Home and Historical Collection
1913 : Detroit Public Library Receives Clarence Burton’s Home and Historical Collection
Mar 16 all-day
On March 16, 1913, Clarence Munroe Burton offered his former residence and vast collection of books, pamphlets and papers to the Detroit Public Library. It remains a vital resource for historical research and also features … Continue reading "1913 : Detroit Public Library Receives Clarence Burton’s Home and Historical Collection"
1939 : Governor Frank Fitzgerald, Michigan’s First and Only Governor to Die In Office
1939 : Governor Frank Fitzgerald, Michigan’s First and Only Governor to Die In Office
Mar 16 all-day
1939 : Governor Frank Fitzgerald, Michigan's First and Only Governor to Die In Office
Frank Fitzgerald On this day Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald died soon after starting his second term and was succeeded by Luren D. Dickinson. Fitzgerald is the only governor to have died while still in office. … Continue reading "1939 : Governor Frank Fitzgerald, Michigan’s First and Only Governor to Die In Office"
1957 : MSU Wins First Elite 8 Game
1957 : MSU Wins First Elite 8 Game
Mar 16 all-day
1957 : MSU Wins First Elite 8 Game
MSU 80, Kentucky 68 Playing in their first Elite Eight game, the Spartans would storm into Lexington to beat the host Wildcats and reach their first Final Four. The Spartans were down 12 points at … Continue reading "1957 : MSU Wins First Elite 8 Game"
2013 : School Districts No Longer Allowed To Deduct Union Dues from Paychecks
2013 : School Districts No Longer Allowed To Deduct Union Dues from Paychecks
Mar 16 all-day
School districts are no longer allowed to deduct union dues and fees from employee paychecks, a move teachers union leaders call “blatant political retribution.” Gov. Rick Snyder today signed the bill, which was opposed by … Continue reading "2013 : School Districts No Longer Allowed To Deduct Union Dues from Paychecks"
2015 : Michigan Relics Subject of TV Documentary
2015 : Michigan Relics Subject of TV Documentary
Mar 16 all-day
2015 : Michigan Relics Subject of TV Documentary
  During the late 1800s, a multitude of strange artifacts were unearthed in Michigan. Written in ancient scripts from around the world, they told of a civilization predating Columbus. Are these relics a lost piece … Continue reading "2015 : Michigan Relics Subject of TV Documentary"
2016 : Bobcat Spotted in Daylight Near Mt. Pleasant
2016 : Bobcat Spotted in Daylight Near Mt. Pleasant
Mar 16 all-day
2016 : Bobcat Spotted in Daylight Near Mt. Pleasant
March 16, 2016 A trail camera set up at the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy’s Audubon Woods Preserve, about eight miles west of Mount Pleasant, recently captured a series of rare daylight photos of a bobcat. Conservancy Executive … Continue reading "2016 : Bobcat Spotted in Daylight Near Mt. Pleasant"
2017 : Nighttime View of Great Lakes
2018 : Celebrating Sunshine Week
2018 : Celebrating Sunshine Week
Mar 16 all-day
2018 : Celebrating Sunshine Week
Sunshine Sunday First came Sunshine Sunday, which began in 2002 in Florida when lawmakers were trying to weaken that state’s public records laws. Following three Sunshine Sundays that publicized the importance of open government, more … Continue reading "2018 : Celebrating Sunshine Week"
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1808 : St. Patrick’s Day Celebrated in Detroit for First Time
1808 : St. Patrick’s Day Celebrated in Detroit for First Time
Mar 17 all-day
1808 : St. Patrick's Day Celebrated in Detroit for First Time
Detroit’s St. Patrick’s Day is not one of the biggest in the U.S. but it is among the oldest. City historian Silas Farmer recorded that the very first St. Patrick’s Day in Detroit was in … Continue reading "1808 : St. Patrick’s Day Celebrated in Detroit for First Time"
1847 : State Legislature Meets for Last Time in Detroit
1847 : State Legislature Meets for Last Time in Detroit
Mar 17 all-day
On March 17, 1847, Michigan’s capital moved from Detroit to Lansing following legislation signed the day before by Gov. William Greenly. The move out of Detroit was made for at least two reasons. For one, … Continue reading "1847 : State Legislature Meets for Last Time in Detroit"
1929 : Social Discourse Banned at University of Detroit
1929 : Social Discourse Banned at University of Detroit
Mar 17 all-day
An angry president of the University of Detroit threatened to expel a coed caught talking to boys. “It would not be so bad,” he added, “if they were content to talk with one boy at … Continue reading "1929 : Social Discourse Banned at University of Detroit"
1970 : State-Certified Clinics Allowed to Conduct Abortions
1970 : State-Certified Clinics Allowed to Conduct Abortions
Mar 17 all-day
On March 17, 1970, Gov. William Millikin endorsed abortion reform legislation that would allow pregnancies to be terminated in state-certified clinics, perhaps even in doctors’ offices. The woman would need to be a state resident … Continue reading "1970 : State-Certified Clinics Allowed to Conduct Abortions"
2014 : MSU Breaks Ground for FRIB
2014 : MSU Breaks Ground for FRIB
Mar 17 all-day
Michigan State University breaks ground today on a $730 million nuclear science facility that’s funded mainly by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams will increase the university’s potential to find … Continue reading "2014 : MSU Breaks Ground for FRIB"
2018 : Allen Park’s Uniroyal Tire Remains Icon After 53 Years
2018 : Allen Park’s Uniroyal Tire Remains Icon After 53 Years
Mar 17 all-day
2018 : Allen Park's Uniroyal Tire Remains Icon After 53 Years
It was a home, Ferris wheel, marriage proposal site, target for arrows, and ogled by Paul McCartney. But mainly, it’s the biggest dang tire you’ve ever seen. It’s the giant Uniroyal tire on Interstate 94 … Continue reading "2018 : Allen Park’s Uniroyal Tire Remains Icon After 53 Years"
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1809 : Lt. Gov. Charles Bush Born
1809 : Lt. Gov. Charles Bush Born
Mar 18 all-day
Lt. Gov. Charles Bush, best known for casting the deciding vote to move the state capital from Detroit to Lansing, was born on March 18, 1809. The Ithaca, N.Y., native moved to Michigan in 1836 … Continue reading "1809 : Lt. Gov. Charles Bush Born"
1837: University of Michigan Board of Regents Authorized by State Legislature
1837: University of Michigan Board of Regents Authorized by State Legislature
Mar 18 all-day
1837: University of Michigan Board of Regents Authorized by State Legislature
A Board of Regents was established by state act for the University of Michigan on this day in 1837. Two days later in 1837, the Legislature adopted an act locating the school in Ann Arbor. … Continue reading "1837: University of Michigan Board of Regents Authorized by State Legislature"
1898 : Future Michigan Governor Murry D. Van Wagoner Born
1898 : Future Michigan Governor Murry D. Van Wagoner Born
Mar 18 all-day
1898 : Future Michigan Governor Murry D. Van Wagoner Born
Though he was only a one-term governor, one could argue that Van Wagoner (March 18, 1898-Jun 12, 1986) was vital to the mid-century boom that made Michigan an industrial powerhouse. As state highway commissioner from … Continue reading "1898 : Future Michigan Governor Murry D. Van Wagoner Born"
1911 : Alma Mail Carriers Receive Easter Eggs from Customers
1911 : Alma Mail Carriers Receive Easter Eggs from Customers
Mar 18 all-day
Alma mail carriers collected more than 2,400 eggs while performing their duties in a show of appreciation by their customers before the Easter holiday. Source : Today in Mid-Michigan History, Mt Pleasant Morning Sun, March … Continue reading "1911 : Alma Mail Carriers Receive Easter Eggs from Customers"
1933 : Studebaker Declares Bankruptcy
1933 : Studebaker Declares Bankruptcy
Mar 18 all-day
1933 : Studebaker Declares Bankruptcy
Eighty years ago this month, Studebaker filed for bankruptcy. While many car companies went under during the Great Depression – and few recovered – Studebaker’s bankruptcy is a particularly sad story of poor management and … Continue reading "1933 : Studebaker Declares Bankruptcy"
1972 : Coed Housing Experiment at University of Michigan Disbanded
1972 : Coed Housing Experiment at University of Michigan Disbanded
Mar 18 all-day
On March 18, 1972, a coed housing experiment at the University of Michigan, where male and female students roomed together in a house they called “Xanadu” ended amid intense media attention. The group of 29 … Continue reading "1972 : Coed Housing Experiment at University of Michigan Disbanded"
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1845 : Houghton County Was Created
1845 : Houghton County Was Created
Mar 19 all-day
Located in the heart of Michigan’s Copper Country, Houghton County received its earliest settlers in the 1840s. After the Civil War, Houghton, named for Douglas Houghton, the state’s first geologist, boomed. During the 1870s, the … Continue reading "1845 : Houghton County Was Created"
1897 : Michigan Supreme Court Rules Against Multiple Office Holding
1897 : Michigan Supreme Court Rules Against Multiple Office Holding
Mar 19 all-day
On March 19, 1897, the state supreme court ruled that Hazen Pingree could not serve both as mayor of Detroit and governor of Michigan. Subsequently, Pingree resigned as mayor so he could serve in Lansing. … Continue reading "1897 : Michigan Supreme Court Rules Against Multiple Office Holding"
1925 : No More Free Fishing in Michigan
1925 : No More Free Fishing in Michigan
Mar 19 all-day
On March 19, 1925  a law was passed in Michigan requiring fishermen to purchase a fishing license. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1991 : John Voelker Dies
1991 : John Voelker Dies
Mar 19 all-day
1991 : John Voelker Dies
John Voelker of Ishpeming was a famous lawyer, county prosecutor, Michigan Supreme Court justice, but an even more famous author of books (such as Anatomy of a Murder) under the pen name Robert Traver. His … Continue reading "1991 : John Voelker Dies"
2018 : Bernstein First Michigan Supreme Court Justice to Visit State Prison
2018 : Bernstein First Michigan Supreme Court Justice to Visit State Prison
Mar 19 all-day
2018 :  Bernstein First Michigan Supreme Court Justice to Visit State Prison
On an early March tour of Michigan’s prison intake center, new Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein learned that corrections officials want more guidance from judges about their expectations for the lawbreakers sent here. New prisoners … Continue reading "2018 : Bernstein First Michigan Supreme Court Justice to Visit State Prison"
March 19, 1863 : Bleeker County Renamed Menominee County
March 19, 1863 : Bleeker County Renamed Menominee County
Mar 19 all-day
March 19, 1863 : Bleeker County Renamed Menominee County
Bleeker County, Michigan only lasted two years and 4 days before locals successfully petitioned to rename it Menominee County on March 19, 1863. Source : MSU Map Library, @MSUMapLib, November 2, 2017
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1881 : Saginaw’s Hotel Bancroft First to Use Commerical Incandescent Electric Lamps
1881 : Saginaw’s Hotel Bancroft First to Use Commerical Incandescent Electric Lamps
Mar 20 all-day
1881 : Saginaw's Hotel Bancroft First to Use Commerical Incandescent Electric Lamps
Bancroft House Hotel, Saginaw Michigan, around 1900. Sept. 7, 1859 — Lumber baron Jesse Hoyt financed the building of the Bancroft Hotel, and named for his friend, George Bancroft, a historian. The main entrance was … Continue reading "1881 : Saginaw’s Hotel Bancroft First to Use Commerical Incandescent Electric Lamps"
1897 : First Kresge Dime Store Opens in Detroit
1897 : First Kresge Dime Store Opens in Detroit
Mar 20 all-day
On March 20, 1897, Sebastian Spering Kresge and associates opened the first Kresge dime store in Detroit, carrying over 1500 items costing a dime or less.  Kresge Store #1 would go on to become one … Continue reading "1897 : First Kresge Dime Store Opens in Detroit"
1898 : War Fever Grips Detroit
1898 : War Fever Grips Detroit
Mar 20 all-day
At a March 20, 1898, rally in Detroit, the speaker’s platform was covered in a tent and canopy made from a giant American flag with American and Cuba Libre (Free Cuba) flags lining the sides … Continue reading "1898 : War Fever Grips Detroit"
1900 : Calumet Theatre Opens, First Municipally Built Theater
1900 : Calumet Theatre Opens, First Municipally Built Theater
Mar 20 all-day
1900 : Calumet Theatre Opens, First Municipally Built Theater
In 1875 the Village of Calumet was the center of the copper mining industry in North America. As the community grew, the Town Hall was built in 1886; and in 1898 it was decided that … Continue reading "1900 : Calumet Theatre Opens, First Municipally Built Theater"
1919 : Wayne County Allows Women Jurors
1919 : Wayne County Allows Women Jurors
Mar 20 all-day
On March 20, 1919, women served as jurors for the first time in Wayne County. Sources: Historical Society of Michigan and Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page
1941 : Elizabeth Sparks Adams Appointed to Michigan Historical Commission, Starting 54 Years of State Service
1941 : Elizabeth Sparks Adams Appointed to Michigan Historical Commission, Starting 54 Years of State Service
Mar 20 all-day
Elizabeth (Betty) Sparks Adams was born on December 12, 1911 in Romeo, Michigan. She graduated from Pontiac High School (as valedictorian) in 1930 and received an A.B. from Eastern Michigan University in 1934. She went … Continue reading "1941 : Elizabeth Sparks Adams Appointed to Michigan Historical Commission, Starting 54 Years of State Service"
1948 : University of Michigan Wins First NCAA Hockey Championship
1948 : University of Michigan Wins First NCAA Hockey Championship
Mar 20 all-day
On March 20, 1948, the University of Michigan became the first NCAA hockey champs. In the first National Collegiate Athletic Association hockey championship — now called the Frozen Four — the University of Michigan, Dartmouth … Continue reading "1948 : University of Michigan Wins First NCAA Hockey Championship"
1952 : Panty Raid / Riot Breaks Out on University of Michigan Campus
1952 : Panty Raid / Riot Breaks Out on University of Michigan Campus
Mar 20 all-day
1952 : Panty Raid / Riot Breaks Out on University of Michigan Campus
Panty raid or riot? The campus newspaper reports Mass Riot Rocks Campus. But others claim spring fever. Either way, the events of that night set off a panty-raid craze at campuses around the nation. The … Continue reading "1952 : Panty Raid / Riot Breaks Out on University of Michigan Campus"
1970 : Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner Assassinated
1970 : Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner Assassinated
Mar 20 all-day
1970 : Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner Assassinated
  Burton I. Gordon, the head of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, was murdered three blocks from a Detroit Police station on this day, only six years after the commission was created. Although white, Gordon … Continue reading "1970 : Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner Assassinated"
1971 : Lake Superior State University Celebrates Arrival of Spring By Burning Snowman
1971 : Lake Superior State University Celebrates Arrival of Spring By Burning Snowman
Mar 20 all-day
Members of Lake Superior State University’s maintenance department and student volunteers are working on the main attraction for the University’s time-honored tradition of welcoming spring. At high noon on Tuesday, March 20, LSSU will mark … Continue reading "1971 : Lake Superior State University Celebrates Arrival of Spring By Burning Snowman"
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1837 : Ill-Fated Michigan Public Improvements Act Passed
1837 : Ill-Fated Michigan Public Improvements Act Passed
Mar 21 all-day
Michigan would borrow five million dollars to build 3 railroads and 2 canals across the state. After the Panic of 1837 and failure of the state’s bonding agent, the state was broke and its credit … Continue reading "1837 : Ill-Fated Michigan Public Improvements Act Passed"
1865 : Major General Owen Squier Born, Inventor of Muzak
1865 : Major General Owen Squier Born, Inventor of Muzak
Mar 21 all-day
1865 : Major General Owen Squier Born, Inventor of Muzak
Major General George Owen Squier. The name may not be familiar, but his work in the fields of aeronautics and radio communications rivaled that of better-known contemporaries like Alexander Bell and the Wright Brothers. Squier, … Continue reading "1865 : Major General Owen Squier Born, Inventor of Muzak"
1869 : Legendary Detroit Architect Albert Kahn Born
1869 : Legendary Detroit Architect Albert Kahn Born
Mar 21 all-day
1869 : Legendary Detroit Architect Albert Kahn Born
Legendary Detroit architect Albert Kahn was born on March 21, 1869 in Rhaunen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Kahn came to Detroit in 1880 at the age of 11. His father Joseph was trained as a rabbi. His … Continue reading "1869 : Legendary Detroit Architect Albert Kahn Born"
1891 : Eau Claire Incorporated
1891 : Eau Claire Incorporated
Mar 21 all-day
On March 21, 1891, Eau Claire was incorporated. First settled about 1850, the Berrien County settlement, whose name means in French “clear water,” becomes a village. Source: Michigan History Magazine
1933 : Diego Rivera’s Murals Unveiled at Detroit Institute of Arts
1933 : Diego Rivera’s Murals Unveiled at Detroit Institute of Arts
Mar 21 all-day
1933 : Diego Rivera's Murals Unveiled at Detroit Institute of Arts
Despite fierce criticism of the President of Marygrove College Dr. George Derry, Henry Ford decided to go ahead and have the Marxist painter Diego Rivera from Mexico complete his murals in the Detroit Institute of … Continue reading "1933 : Diego Rivera’s Murals Unveiled at Detroit Institute of Arts"
1946 : First Microfilm Projector Installed
1946 : First Microfilm Projector Installed
Mar 21 all-day
1946 : First Microfilm Projector Installed
On March 21, 1946, the Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek (formerly the Battle Creek Sanitarium) installed the nation’s first microfilm projector. The device, made by University Microfilms and Argus Cameras of Ann Arbor, … Continue reading "1946 : First Microfilm Projector Installed"
1953 : S. S. Badger Makes Maiden Vogage
1953 : S. S. Badger Makes Maiden Vogage
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1953 : S. S. Badger Makes Maiden Vogage
On March 21, 1953, the S.S. Badger made its maiden voyage. Originally built to carry railroad cars across the lake, the Badger was considered a trainferry, rather than a carferry. However, when the business of … Continue reading "1953 : S. S. Badger Makes Maiden Vogage"
1982 : 1st Black Woman Mayor (Harry Lee Scott) Featured in Detroit Free Press
1982 : 1st Black Woman Mayor (Harry Lee Scott) Featured in Detroit Free Press
Mar 21 all-day
According to the Michigan Municipal League, Harry Lee Scott is the first black female mayor in Michigan.   Born in Selma, Alabama, Harry Lee worked in the local foundry for most of her life.   When she … Continue reading "1982 : 1st Black Woman Mayor (Harry Lee Scott) Featured in Detroit Free Press"
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1851 : Flint Ladies Library Association Formed; Establishes Library
1851 : Flint Ladies Library Association Formed; Establishes Library
Mar 22 all-day
On March 22, 1851 a group of women, concerned about the lack of cultural and educational opportunities in their community, met at the home of Maria Smith Stockton. As a result of the meeting, the … Continue reading "1851 : Flint Ladies Library Association Formed; Establishes Library"
1878 : Passenger Pigeons Wiped Out Near Petoskey
1878 : Passenger Pigeons Wiped Out Near Petoskey
Mar 22 all-day
1878 : Passenger Pigeons Wiped Out Near Petoskey
One of the final stands for the passenger pigeon occurred near Petoskey, Michigan during the spring of 1878. When the first Europeans arrived in North America, it is estimated that there were 3 billion to … Continue reading "1878 : Passenger Pigeons Wiped Out Near Petoskey"
1954 : First Suburban Shopping Mall
1954 : First Suburban Shopping Mall
Mar 22 all-day
1954 : First Suburban Shopping Mall
On March 22, 1954, the state’s first regional shopping mall opened in Southfield. As Detroit’s population spread north and west out of the city, the J. L. Hudson Company built the huge Northland Shopping Center … Continue reading "1954 : First Suburban Shopping Mall"
1958 : Dave DeBusschere Leads Austin Catholic To State Championship
1958 : Dave DeBusschere Leads Austin Catholic To State Championship
Mar 22 all-day
1958 : Dave DeBusschere Leads Austin Catholic To State Championship
David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 – May 14, 2003) was an American professional National Basketball Association player and coach and Major League baseball player. In 1996, DeBusschere was named as one of the 50 … Continue reading "1958 : Dave DeBusschere Leads Austin Catholic To State Championship"
1966 : GM Apologizes for Spying on Ralph Nader
1966 : GM Apologizes for Spying on Ralph Nader
Mar 22 all-day
1966 : GM Apologizes for Spying on Ralph Nader
General Motors President James Roche appeared before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on March 22, 1966 and apologized for harassing Ralph Nader, consumer advocate who had criticized GM’s Corvair in his book “Unsafe at Any Speed”. … Continue reading "1966 : GM Apologizes for Spying on Ralph Nader"
1999 : Dr. Death, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Goes On Trial
1999 : Dr. Death, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Goes On Trial
Mar 22 all-day
1999 : Dr. Death, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Goes On Trial
On March 22, 1999, Dr. Jack Kevorkian went on trial for the murder of Thomas Youk after a videotape of Youk’s September 17, 1998 death was shown on the CBS news program “60 Minutes.” Kevorkian … Continue reading "1999 : Dr. Death, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Goes On Trial"
2014 : Ingham County Court Clerk Performs First Legal Gay Marriage
2014 : Ingham County Court Clerk Performs First Legal Gay Marriage
Mar 22 all-day
2014 : Ingham County Court Clerk Performs First Legal Gay Marriage
The state’s first gay marriage was performed shortly after 8 a.m. today at the historic courthouse in Mason. Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 52, both of Lansing, were married by Ingham County Clerk Barb … Continue reading "2014 : Ingham County Court Clerk Performs First Legal Gay Marriage"
2017: Water Rights Activists Rally at State Capitol
2017: Water Rights Activists Rally at State Capitol
Mar 22 all-day
Dozens of self-described “water warriors” rallied Wednesday at the Michigan Capitol, asking legislators to address large bills, shutoffs, quality control and more in a demonstration marking World Water Day. Activists who traveled from Detroit, Flint, … Continue reading "2017: Water Rights Activists Rally at State Capitol"
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1710 : First Recorded Le Nain Rouge Parade Held in Detroit
1710 : First Recorded Le Nain Rouge Parade Held in Detroit
Mar 23 all-day
1710 : First Recorded Le Nain Rouge Parade Held in Detroit
On Sunday, March 23, 1710, a Marche was held, proceeding from Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church to the river in an effort at ridding the city of Le Nain Rouge — a short, red-eyed, mysterious, and … Continue reading "1710 : First Recorded Le Nain Rouge Parade Held in Detroit"
1928 : Former Governor Woodbridge Ferris Dies
1928 : Former Governor Woodbridge Ferris Dies
Mar 23 all-day
Governor Woodbridge Ferris passed away on March 23, 1928. Ferris, who founded the Ferris Industrial School, now known as Ferris State University, served as Governor from 1913 to 1916. In 1922, Ferris was elected to … Continue reading "1928 : Former Governor Woodbridge Ferris Dies"
1984 : Michigan’s First Test-Tube Baby Born
1984 : Michigan’s First Test-Tube Baby Born
Mar 23 all-day
A woman from Hazel Park gave birth to the 7 pound, 13 ounce baby boy. Doctors had removed four eggs from the woman, fertilized them with her husband’s sperm, and then transferred one fertile egg … Continue reading "1984 : Michigan’s First Test-Tube Baby Born"
2003 : Eminem Wins Academy Award for Best Original Song
2003 : Eminem Wins Academy Award for Best Original Song
Mar 23 all-day
2003 : Eminem Wins Academy Award for Best Original Song
On March 23, 2003, Eminem won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself” from the film “Eight Mile.” The song, of course, was also part of the Chrysler “Imported From Detroit” spot … Continue reading "2003 : Eminem Wins Academy Award for Best Original Song"
2020 : Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order
2020 : Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order
Mar 23 all-day
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The … Continue reading "2020 : Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order"
2020 : Macomb County Prosecuter To Be Arraigned
2020 : Macomb County Prosecuter To Be Arraigned
Mar 23 all-day
Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith is expected to turn himself in to authorities today on charges connected to a Michigan State Police investigation that had included a search warrant on his Macomb Township home and … Continue reading "2020 : Macomb County Prosecuter To Be Arraigned"
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1888 : Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Founded
1888 : Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Founded
Mar 24 all-day
America’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) was founded. Schools included Albion, Olivet, Michigan Agricultural College (MSU), and Hillsdale College. Michigan schools in the league today are Adrian, Albion, Alma, Calvin, … Continue reading "1888 : Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Founded"
1901 : John Philip Sousa and His Band Perform in Detroit
1901 : John Philip Sousa and His Band Perform in Detroit
Mar 24 all-day
1901 : John Philip Sousa and His Band Perform in Detroit
On March 24, 1901, John Philip Sousa, known as “the March King,” and his band played to a capacity crowd at the Lyceum Theater in Detroit. Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page Sousa and … Continue reading "1901 : John Philip Sousa and His Band Perform in Detroit"
1914: MAC Professor Offers Gardening Advice
1914: MAC Professor Offers Gardening Advice
Mar 24 all-day
Professor R. J. Baldwin, of the Michigan Agricultural College, states that the cost of living can be greatly reduced by city dwellers if they would cultivate a small garden. Fresh garden produce is a great … Continue reading "1914: MAC Professor Offers Gardening Advice"
1936 : Red Wings Play Longest Stanley Cup Game in History
1936 : Red Wings Play Longest Stanley Cup Game in History
Mar 24 all-day
1936 : Red Wings Play Longest Stanley Cup Game in History
On March 24, 1936, the Detroit Red Wings played an NHL Stanley Cup play-off game against the Montreal Maroons that combined 60 minutes of regulation play and 116 minutes, 30 seconds of overtime. Detroit won … Continue reading "1936 : Red Wings Play Longest Stanley Cup Game in History"
1965 : University of Michigan Holds First Teach-In Against the Vietnam War
1965 : University of Michigan Holds First Teach-In Against the Vietnam War
Mar 24 all-day
1965 : University of Michigan Holds First Teach-In Against the Vietnam War
  In March 1965, the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War was at its peak with more than 200,000 troops on the ground in Southeast Asia, and Operation Rolling Thunder in full effect, all … Continue reading "1965 : University of Michigan Holds First Teach-In Against the Vietnam War"
2012 : Mott Community College Wins 4th National Championship in Basketball
2012 : Mott Community College Wins 4th National Championship in Basketball
Mar 24 all-day
Mott Community College solidified itself as the best National Junior College Athletic Association Division II men’s basketball program in the country Saturday night. The No. 1-ranked Bears defeated Community College of Rhode Island, 70-60, to … Continue reading "2012 : Mott Community College Wins 4th National Championship in Basketball"
2016 : Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Nominated for Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People
2016 : Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Nominated for Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People
Mar 24 all-day
The whistleblowing doctor that informed the world of elevated lead levels in children’s blood in Flint amid the water crisis has been nominated for a prestigious recognition. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the Pediatric Residency Program … Continue reading "2016 : Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Nominated for Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People"
2017 : La-Z-Boy Celebrating 90th Anniversary
2017 : La-Z-Boy Celebrating 90th Anniversary
Mar 24 all-day
2017 : La-Z-Boy Celebrating 90th Anniversary
La-Z-Boy Headquarters Located in Monroe, Michigan La-Z-Boy originated in a love of carpentry shared by two cousins, Edward Knabusch and Edwin Shoemaker, both of Monroe, Michigan. In the early 1920s, Knabusch was a carpenter at … Continue reading "2017 : La-Z-Boy Celebrating 90th Anniversary"
2018 : Ferris State Wins DII Basketball Championship
2018 : Ferris State Wins DII Basketball Championship
Mar 24 all-day
Ferris State made sure its first national title was unforgettable. The Bulldogs won the NCAA Division II national championship against Northern State, 71-69, in a thriller Saturday as Markese Mayfield converted a free throw with … Continue reading "2018 : Ferris State Wins DII Basketball Championship"
2018 : March for Our Lives Protest for Gun Control
2018 : March for Our Lives Protest for Gun Control
Mar 24 all-day
2018 : March for Our Lives Protest for Gun Control
Detroit students, teachers, and supporters march along the Detroit River in Detroit on Saturday, March 24, 2018 to protest gun violence. March for Our Lives was a student-led demonstration in support of tighter gun control … Continue reading "2018 : March for Our Lives Protest for Gun Control"
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1680 : La Salle Heads East from Fort Miami (St. Joseph, MI) To Explore the Wilderness of Michigan
1680 : La Salle Heads East from Fort Miami (St. Joseph, MI) To Explore the Wilderness of Michigan
Mar 25 all-day
1680 : La Salle Heads East from Fort Miami (St. Joseph, MI) To Explore the Wilderness of Michigan
René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle Tired of waiting on the Griffon — the first European built ship to sail on Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan — to return, French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, … Continue reading "1680 : La Salle Heads East from Fort Miami (St. Joseph, MI) To Explore the Wilderness of Michigan"
1865 : Detroit Public Library Opens
1865 : Detroit Public Library Opens
Mar 25 all-day
The state’s first constitution stated in 1835 that “The legislature shall provide for libraries” using penal fines to operate. In 1842, the Legislature passed a law mandating that the Detroit Board of Education open a … Continue reading "1865 : Detroit Public Library Opens"
1890 : Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church Formed in U.P.
1890 : Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church Formed in U.P.
Mar 25 all-day
On March 25, 1890, the various Finnish American congregations in the U.P formed the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church (Suomi Synod). In 1896, the Finnish Americans in the Houghton area of Michigan started Suomi College (named … Continue reading "1890 : Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church Formed in U.P."
1942 : Aretha Franklin Born
1942 : Aretha Franklin Born
Mar 25 all-day
1942 : Aretha Franklin Born
Although born in Memphis, Tennessee, Aretha Franklin’s parents brought her to Detroit at an early age where she and her sister began singing in the gospel choir of her father’s church, New Bethel Baptist Church. … Continue reading "1942 : Aretha Franklin Born"
1965 : Detroit Housewife Murdered By KKK For Standing Up for Civil Rights in Alabama
1965 : Detroit Housewife Murdered By KKK For Standing Up for Civil Rights in Alabama
Mar 25 all-day
1965 : Detroit Housewife Murdered By KKK For Standing Up for Civil Rights in Alabama
On March 25, 1965, Viola Liuzzo, a Detroit housewife and Civil Rights adovocate, was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama. She was killed on the final night of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights … Continue reading "1965 : Detroit Housewife Murdered By KKK For Standing Up for Civil Rights in Alabama"
1966 : Ann Arbor Newspaper Carries Photos of UFOs
1966 : Ann Arbor Newspaper Carries Photos of UFOs
Mar 25 all-day
1966 : Ann Arbor Newspaper Carries Photos of UFOs
The March 25, 1966 edition of The Ann Arbor News included some of the few images captured of the unidentified flying objects.  (From the Ann Arbor District Library Newspaper Archive.) It began in March, 1966 … Continue reading "1966 : Ann Arbor Newspaper Carries Photos of UFOs"
1998 : Michigan Senate Adopts Detroit Public Schools Takeover Bill
1998 : Michigan Senate Adopts Detroit Public Schools Takeover Bill
Mar 25 all-day
On March 25, 1998, the Senate adopted the so-called Detroit Public Schools takeover bill, and sent the legislation to the desk of Gov. John Engler. The measure authorized Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer to appoint a … Continue reading "1998 : Michigan Senate Adopts Detroit Public Schools Takeover Bill"
2018 : Greek Independence Day Celebrated in Detroit
2018 : Greek Independence Day Celebrated in Detroit
Mar 25 all-day
2018 : Greek Independence Day Celebrated in Detroit
Sparty Celebrates Greek Independence Day. Hundreds of revelers paraded through Greektown to celebrate Greek Independence Day and to commemorate more than a century of Greek history in downtown Detroit. As cheering crowds packed the narrow sidewalks on … Continue reading "2018 : Greek Independence Day Celebrated in Detroit"
2018 : Marche du Nain Rouge Held in Detroit
2018 : Marche du Nain Rouge Held in Detroit
Mar 25 all-day
2018 : Marche du Nain Rouge Held in Detroit
Hit the road, Nain, and don’t you come back no more! Loyal Detroiters will unite Sunday to do their civic duty by driving the nasty Nain Rouge from the city for another year. The mythical red … Continue reading "2018 : Marche du Nain Rouge Held in Detroit"
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1804 : Detroit Land Office Opens, Settlers Pour Into Michigan
1804 : Detroit Land Office Opens, Settlers Pour Into Michigan
Mar 26 all-day
The Detroit Land Office, established by an Act of Congress, opened in March 26, 1804.  It listed and sold surveyed government-owned land.  Interested parties entered the building and saw a large map on the wall … Continue reading "1804 : Detroit Land Office Opens, Settlers Pour Into Michigan"
1899 : Harry George Kipke Born, Greatest All Round Lansing Athlete?
1899 : Harry George Kipke Born, Greatest All Round Lansing Athlete?
Mar 26 all-day
1899 : Harry George Kipke Born, Greatest All Round Lansing Athlete?
Harry George Kipke, the son of German immigrants, grew up in Lansing.  He attended Lansing High School, and was captain of the school’s undefeated football team.  He next played football for Fielding H. Yost at the … Continue reading "1899 : Harry George Kipke Born, Greatest All Round Lansing Athlete?"
1922 : Governor William G. Milliken Born
1922 : Governor William G. Milliken Born
Mar 26 all-day
1922 : Governor William G. Milliken Born
On March 26, 1922, former Gov. William Milliken was born in Traverse City. Governor Milliken, from Traverse City, was the longest serving Michigan Governor. He originally became governor in 1969, when Governor Romney accepted a … Continue reading "1922 : Governor William G. Milliken Born"
1944 : Diana Ross Born
1944 : Diana Ross Born
Mar 26 all-day
1944 : Diana Ross Born
On March 26, 1944, recording artist Diana Ross was born in Detroit. According to “Mich-Again’s Day,” by Gary W. Barfknecht, and VH1, Ross started her career in Detroit after she and friends Mary Wilson and … Continue reading "1944 : Diana Ross Born"
1945 : Harry Linn Martin Wins Congressional Medal of Honor
1945 : Harry Linn Martin Wins Congressional Medal of Honor
Mar 26 all-day
1945 : Harry Linn Martin Wins Congressional Medal of Honor
Harry Linn Martin was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his gallantry in action at Iwo Jima on March 26, 1945. 1st Lt. and … Continue reading "1945 : Harry Linn Martin Wins Congressional Medal of Honor"
1950 : Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County Dirt Roads Impassible
1950 : Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County Dirt Roads Impassible
Mar 26 all-day
On March 26, 1950, road officials said that virtually every unpaved road in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties had become an impassable muddy morass for vehicle traffic. Those living in rural communities were not able … Continue reading "1950 : Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County Dirt Roads Impassible"
1979 : Magic Johnson Leads Michigan State Spartans to First National Basketball Title
1979 : Magic Johnson Leads Michigan State Spartans to First National Basketball Title
Mar 26 all-day
1979 : Magic Johnson Leads Michigan State Spartans to First National Basketball Title
Magic Johnson dunks the basketball against Bob Heaton of the Indiana State University Sycamores while Larry Bird (standing in front of No. 23) watches. Michigan State University won the NCAA championship against Indiana State University … Continue reading "1979 : Magic Johnson Leads Michigan State Spartans to First National Basketball Title"
1999 : Jury Finds Dr. Death Guilty
1999 : Jury Finds Dr. Death Guilty
Mar 26 all-day
1999 : Jury Finds Dr. Death Guilty
A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man. Source : HistoryOrb.com For more information, see “People v Kevorkian, The Right to … Continue reading "1999 : Jury Finds Dr. Death Guilty"
2016 : Author Jim Harrison Dies
2016 : Author Jim Harrison Dies
Mar 26 all-day
2016 : Author Jim Harrison Dies
Jim Harrison, the fiction writer, poet, outdoorsman and reveler who wrote with gruff affection for the country’s landscape and rural life and enjoyed mainstream success in middle age with his historical saga “Legends of the … Continue reading "2016 : Author Jim Harrison Dies"
2016 : Broad Art Museum Has Cameo in Batman vs. Superman
2016 : Broad Art Museum Has Cameo in Batman vs. Superman
Mar 26 all-day
  One of Greater Lansing’s most recognizable buildings makes its big-screen debut this weekend. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which opens nationwide this weekend, features at least one scene filmed at East Lansing’s Broad … Continue reading "2016 : Broad Art Museum Has Cameo in Batman vs. Superman"
2016 : Newspaper Pioneer Richard Lee Milliman Dies
2016 : Newspaper Pioneer Richard Lee Milliman Dies
Mar 26 all-day
2016 : Newspaper Pioneer Richard Lee Milliman Dies
Despite constant changes in the media industry, Richard Lee “Dick” Milliman never lost faith in journalism’s power. The Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame member owned or started nearly 30 newspapers in the state over a 35-year span … Continue reading "2016 : Newspaper Pioneer Richard Lee Milliman Dies"
2019 : First Ship of Season Passes Through Soo Locks
2019 : First Ship of Season Passes Through Soo Locks
Mar 26 all-day
2019 : First Ship of Season Passes Through Soo Locks
The Great Lakes 2019 navigation season officially kicked off at 12:01 a.m. today, with the first 1,000-footer to ply the inland seas snagging this year’s bragging rights as the first ship through the Soo Locks. … Continue reading "2019 : First Ship of Season Passes Through Soo Locks"
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1871 : First Females Graduate from University of Michigan
1871 : First Females Graduate from University of Michigan
Mar 27 all-day
1871 : First Females Graduate from University of Michigan
On March 27, 1871, Amanda Sanford received a Doctor of Medicine degree and Sarah Killgore a Bachelor of Law degree, becoming the first women to graduate from the University of Michigan. One year earlier, when … Continue reading "1871 : First Females Graduate from University of Michigan"
1912 : Michigan Senate Votes for Women’s Suffrage
1912 : Michigan Senate Votes for Women’s Suffrage
Mar 27 all-day
The Snell Joint Resolution adding the Woman’s Suffrage Amendment to the Constitution was passed by the Michigan Senate and sent on to the House for consideration. “Senate Votes To Submit Woman Suffrage Plan”, Detroit Free … Continue reading "1912 : Michigan Senate Votes for Women’s Suffrage"
1946 : Walter Reuther Elected President of the UAW
1946 : Walter Reuther Elected President of the UAW
Mar 27 all-day
1946 : Walter Reuther Elected President of the UAW
On March 27, 1946, Walter Reuther was elected president of the UAW. Actively involved with the Flint Sit-down Strike in early 1937, Reuther also gained recognition when he was beaten by Ford security guards at … Continue reading "1946 : Walter Reuther Elected President of the UAW"
1960 : End of an Era; Last Regularly Scheduled Steam Locomotive Departs from Durand
1960 : End of an Era; Last Regularly Scheduled Steam Locomotive Departs from Durand
Mar 27 all-day
On March 27, 1960, the last regularly scheduled passenger train powered by a steam locomotive pulled away from the Grand Trunk Western Union Depot in Durand. The depot was once the largest in rural Michigan … Continue reading "1960 : End of an Era; Last Regularly Scheduled Steam Locomotive Departs from Durand"
2012 : Dining and Drinking in Old Detroit
2012 : Dining and Drinking in Old Detroit
Mar 27 all-day
Before the famous Delmonico’s restaurant opened in New York City in 1845, there were no restaurants in the United States as we know them today. There were, however, “eating houses.” Detroit had its share, usually … Continue reading "2012 : Dining and Drinking in Old Detroit"
2016 : Curtis Hertel, Sr. Dies, Respected Michigan Legislator and Last House Speaker Before Term Limits Enacted
2016 : Curtis Hertel, Sr. Dies, Respected Michigan Legislator and Last House Speaker Before Term Limits Enacted
Mar 27 all-day
Curtis Hertel, Sr. the last Michigan House Speaker before term limits swung into effect, was widely remembered Monday for his ability to work in a bipartisan manner with Republicans during an historic 55-55 party split … Continue reading "2016 : Curtis Hertel, Sr. Dies, Respected Michigan Legislator and Last House Speaker Before Term Limits Enacted"
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1820 : St. Clair County Created
1820 : St. Clair County Created
Mar 28 all-day
Acting upon a petition presented to him in 1819, Territorial Governor Lewis Cass issued a proclamation setting off and naming St. Clair County, created from part of Macomb County. The county was named after Arthur … Continue reading "1820 : St. Clair County Created"
1836 : Treaty of Washington Signed With the Ottawas and Chippewas
1836 : Treaty of Washington Signed With the Ottawas and Chippewas
Mar 28 all-day
1836 : Treaty of Washington Signed With the Ottawas and Chippewas
On March 28, 1836, in Washington D.C., a few dozen Michigan Anishinaabe Ogemuk signed a treaty with the United States, represented by Henry Schoolcraft. The treaty continues to serve as the original formal acknowledgment of … Continue reading "1836 : Treaty of Washington Signed With the Ottawas and Chippewas"
1859 : Adrian College Chartered by Michigan Legislature
1859 : Adrian College Chartered by Michigan Legislature
Mar 28 all-day
1859 : Adrian College Chartered by Michigan Legislature
n 1840, a group of disenchanted Michigan Methodists seceded from the Michigan Episcopal Church and organized themselves in a conference bearing the name Wesleyan Methodist Connection. This led to the founding of the Leoni Theological … Continue reading "1859 : Adrian College Chartered by Michigan Legislature"
1912 : Detroit Saloonkeepers Upset With Michigan’s Governor
1912 : Detroit Saloonkeepers Upset With Michigan’s Governor
Mar 28 all-day
Detroit saloonkeepers are upset with Governor Osborn. During the election preliminaries two years ago, he swore to be their friend, but now is courting those who favor prohibition! NOW KNOW GOVERNOR’S TREACHERY: SALOONKEEPERS OF DETROIT, … Continue reading "1912 : Detroit Saloonkeepers Upset With Michigan’s Governor"
1950 : Gordie Howe Almost Dies During Game
1950 : Gordie Howe Almost Dies During Game
Mar 28 all-day
Detroit Red Wings star Gordie Howe suffered a near-fatal injury after he tried to slam into Toronto Maple Leafs captain Ted (Teeder) Kennedy during the opening game of the playoffs at Olympia Stadium on March … Continue reading "1950 : Gordie Howe Almost Dies During Game"
1977 : Worst Outbreak of Botulism in Nation’s History
1977 : Worst Outbreak of Botulism in Nation’s History
Mar 28 all-day
On March 28, 1977, the worst outbreak of botulism in the nation’s history occurred when 59 people contracted the disorder after eating food at a Pontiac Mexican restaurant. The source : home canned peppers. Though … Continue reading "1977 : Worst Outbreak of Botulism in Nation’s History"
1979 : Parade of Champions Celebrates MSU’s 1st Basketball Championship
1979 : Parade of Champions Celebrates MSU’s 1st Basketball Championship
Mar 28 all-day
1979 : Parade of Champions Celebrates MSU's 1st Basketball Championship
Thousands of fans line the streets to cheer on the MSU basketball team at the Parade of Champions, March 28, 1979. Lansing State Journal file photo  “Michigan State was doing well in the NCAA basketball … Continue reading "1979 : Parade of Champions Celebrates MSU’s 1st Basketball Championship"
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1815 : Grand Pacification Ball Held in Detroit
1815 : Grand Pacification Ball Held in Detroit
Mar 29 all-day
After news arrived regarding the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, officially ending the War of 1812, Detroiters and Canadians threw a Grand Pacification Ball at the Steamboat Hotel (formerly called the Woodworth Hotel) on … Continue reading "1815 : Grand Pacification Ball Held in Detroit"
1823 : Henry Schoolcraft Marries Jane Johnston
1823 : Henry Schoolcraft Marries Jane Johnston
Mar 29 all-day
1823 : Henry Schoolcraft Marries Jane Johnston
On March 29, 1823, Henry Schoolcraft married an Ojibwa woman from Sault Saine Marie name O-bah-bahm-wawa-ge-zhe-go-qua which translates “Woman of the Sound Which Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky”.  Conveniently for most Michiganders, she was … Continue reading "1823 : Henry Schoolcraft Marries Jane Johnston"
1862 : The Drummer-Boy of Marblehead
1862 : The Drummer-Boy of Marblehead
Mar 29 all-day
The Detroit Free Press of 150 years ago was dominated by articles about the Civil War, including accounts of mishaps and victories around the country. The Drummer-Boy of Marblehead recounts the exploits of a young … Continue reading "1862 : The Drummer-Boy of Marblehead"
1912 : Detroit Needs an Expanded Central Railroad Terminal To Facilitate Commerce
1912 : Detroit Needs an Expanded Central Railroad Terminal To Facilitate Commerce
Mar 29 all-day
Due to growth of population and industry, Detroit’s manufacturers are facing problems of getting delivery of goods by train. Some companies are rebuilding factories elsewhere. A central railroad terminal might help solve the problem. SUGGESTS … Continue reading "1912 : Detroit Needs an Expanded Central Railroad Terminal To Facilitate Commerce"
1912 : House Passes Women’s Suffrage Resolution
1912 : House Passes Women’s Suffrage Resolution
Mar 29 all-day
The Michigan House passed a Women’s Suffrage Resolution. Voters will be allowed to vote on it in next general election. WOMEN WIN OVER HOUSE: SUFFRAGE RESOLUTION FOR SUBMISSION TO PEOPLE PASSES, 75 TO 19, YAPLE … Continue reading "1912 : House Passes Women’s Suffrage Resolution"
1929 : Fireworks Banned in Michigan
1929 : Fireworks Banned in Michigan
Mar 29 all-day
1929 : Fireworks Banned in Michigan
Michigan becomes the first state in the Union to ban fireworks when the legislature adopts a law banning the use of fireworks by the general public. The law only allows displays by licensed operators. Source … Continue reading "1929 : Fireworks Banned in Michigan"
1987 : Wrestlemania III Sets Attendance Record in Pontiac
1987 : Wrestlemania III Sets Attendance Record in Pontiac
Mar 29 all-day
1987 : Wrestlemania III Sets Attendance Record in Pontiac
Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker, provided some comic relief for WrestleMania III, especially during his pre-match interview with Andre the Giant. WrestleMania III was the third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World … Continue reading "1987 : Wrestlemania III Sets Attendance Record in Pontiac"
2013 : Michigan Tech Students Create World’s Largest Snowball
2013 : Michigan Tech Students Create World’s Largest Snowball
Mar 29 all-day
On March 29, 2013,  a giant snowball created by Michigan Technological University students, with a circumference of 32.94 feet and weighing several tons, was certified as the world’s largest snowball by Guinness World Records. Source … Continue reading "2013 : Michigan Tech Students Create World’s Largest Snowball"
2017 : Robert Mahoney Dies, First Blind Person Elected to Michigan Legislature
2017 : Robert Mahoney Dies, First Blind Person Elected to Michigan Legislature
Mar 29 all-day
Robert Mahoney was blind and suffering from a bad heart when his doctors said he had to find an easier job than going door to door in Detroit selling items like brooms and brushes. He … Continue reading "2017 : Robert Mahoney Dies, First Blind Person Elected to Michigan Legislature"
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1815 : Detroiters Celebrate End of War of 1812
1815 : Detroiters Celebrate End of War of 1812
Mar 30 all-day
The War of 1812 left Detroit impoverished. When word reached Michigan about the Treaty of Ghent, which ended America’s second war with Great Britain, Detroiters gathered at Ben Woodworth’s Hotel and held what is called … Continue reading "1815 : Detroiters Celebrate End of War of 1812"
1964 : Michigan’s First Kidney Transplant
1964 : Michigan’s First Kidney Transplant
Mar 30 all-day
Michigan’s first kidney transplant took place at the University of Michigan, when 15-year old Janice Ottenbacher received an organ from her identical twin sister  Joan on March 30, 1964. Janice was dying, her kidneys failing. … Continue reading "1964 : Michigan’s First Kidney Transplant"
1977 : Air Force Announces Closing of Kincheloe Air Force Base in UP
1977 : Air Force Announces Closing of Kincheloe Air Force Base in UP
Mar 30 all-day
On March 30, 1977, the U.S. Air Force announced that it would close Kincheloe Air Force base near Sault Ste. Marie and transfer military personnel and equipment to other bases. Kincheloe had been the financial … Continue reading "1977 : Air Force Announces Closing of Kincheloe Air Force Base in UP"
1978 : Sex Discrimination Case Leads to Sexual Harassment Law
1978 : Sex Discrimination Case Leads to Sexual Harassment Law
Mar 30 all-day
On March 30, 1978, a jury was picked in the trial of a suit filed against a Detroit firm by a woman who claims she was fired because she refused to have sex with her … Continue reading "1978 : Sex Discrimination Case Leads to Sexual Harassment Law"
1979 : Kellogg Defends Itself Before Federal Trade Commission
1979 : Kellogg Defends Itself Before Federal Trade Commission
Mar 30 all-day
1979 : Kellogg Defends Itself Before Federal Trade Commission
Accused of marketing its sugar-coated serials to children by the Federal Trade Commission, the Kellogg Company defended itself by stating it contained no more sugar that other products such as fruit-flavored yogurt or apple pie. … Continue reading "1979 : Kellogg Defends Itself Before Federal Trade Commission"
1998 : The Museum of African American History Renamed for Founder
1998 : The Museum of African American History Renamed for Founder
Mar 30 all-day
1998 : The Museum of African American History Renamed for Founder
On March 30, 1998, the Museum of African American History was officially renamed for its founder, Dr. Charles H. Wright. Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook page. Visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African … Continue reading "1998 : The Museum of African American History Renamed for Founder"
2018: James Del Rio, Former Legislator, Judge, Activist, Dies
2018: James Del Rio, Former Legislator, Judge, Activist, Dies
Mar 30 all-day
2018: James Del Rio, Former Legislator, Judge, Activist, Dies
James Del Rio, who was abandoned as a new-born infant and found in a trash can, who marched in Detroit next to Martin Luther King Jr., who served in the Michigan House and as a … Continue reading "2018: James Del Rio, Former Legislator, Judge, Activist, Dies"
2020 : When the Motor Stops (Detroit’s Response to COVID-19)
2020 : When the Motor Stops (Detroit’s Response to COVID-19)
Mar 30 all-day
2020 : When the Motor Stops (Detroit's Response to COVID-19)
  With Covid-19 spreading in Michigan, ad agency Doner, headquartered in Detroit since the 1930s, chose to send a message of strength and resilience to its city in the form of its new video, ‘When … Continue reading "2020 : When the Motor Stops (Detroit’s Response to COVID-19)"
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1818 : First Permanent Protestant Church Established in Michigan
1818 : First Permanent Protestant Church Established in Michigan
Mar 31 all-day
On March 31, 1818, the Society of Methodists erected a log building near the Rouge River that became Michigan’s first permanent Protestant church. Source : Detroit Historical Society of Michigan
1871 : New Capitol Building Authorized in Lansing
1871 : New Capitol Building Authorized in Lansing
Mar 31 all-day
On March 31, 1871, Gov. Henry P. Baldwin signed legislation to build a new state capitol building and a building for the temporary use of the state officers. Exactly $1.2 million was set aside for … Continue reading "1871 : New Capitol Building Authorized in Lansing"
1918 : Major Edward Edgar Hartwick Dies
1918 : Major Edward Edgar Hartwick Dies
Mar 31 all-day
1918 : Major Edward Edgar Hartwick Dies
In honor of her deceased husband, Karen Hartwick purchased the last virgin pine forest in the lower peninsula and donated it to the state, creating the Hartwick Pines State Park. Edward Hartwick by sculptor Julius … Continue reading "1918 : Major Edward Edgar Hartwick Dies"
1921 : Referee Wears Zebra Stripes for the First Time At MAC Gymnasium?
1921 : Referee Wears Zebra Stripes for the First Time At MAC Gymnasium?
Mar 31 all-day
March 31-April 2, 1921 According to an article from the archives of Referee magazine, the striped design of a referee’s shirt was the brainchild of one Lloyd W. Olds, a longtime high-school and college sports … Continue reading "1921 : Referee Wears Zebra Stripes for the First Time At MAC Gymnasium?"
1954 : Augusta Rosenthal-Thompson, Traverse City’s First Woman Doctor, Dies
1954 : Augusta Rosenthal-Thompson, Traverse City’s First Woman Doctor, Dies
Mar 31 all-day
Augusta Rosenthal-Thompson, Traverse City’s first woman doctor, and the six-year-old son she could not save from diphtheria in the 1890s, finally will get a headstone at Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City. A graveside memorial dedication … Continue reading "1954 : Augusta Rosenthal-Thompson, Traverse City’s First Woman Doctor, Dies"
1957 : Elvis Presley Performs at Olympia Stadium
1957 : Elvis Presley Performs at Olympia Stadium
Mar 31 all-day
1957 : Elvis Presley Performs at Olympia Stadium
On Sunday March 31, 1957 Elvis Presley made his second appearances in Detroit, this time performing at the Olympia. Less than a year earlier they had performed in Detroit at the Fox Theater to about … Continue reading "1957 : Elvis Presley Performs at Olympia Stadium"
1976 : Turning Right on Red Legalized in Michigan
1976 : Turning Right on Red Legalized in Michigan
Mar 31 all-day
1976 : Turning Right on Red Legalized in Michigan
A new traffic law went into effect, which allowed drivers to make right turns after stopping at a red light. The law was adopted in part to conserve fuel. Source : Michigan is Amazing
1998 : Sen. Henry Stallings II Resigns from Michigan Senate
1998 : Sen. Henry Stallings II Resigns from Michigan Senate
Mar 31 all-day
1998 : Sen. Henry Stallings II Resigns from Michigan Senate
Sen. Henry Stallings II resigned reluctantly rather than face expulsion after admitting he used public money to employ a state worker in his Detroit art gallery.  The move spared senators from having to expel a … Continue reading "1998 : Sen. Henry Stallings II Resigns from Michigan Senate"
Cesar Chavez Day in Michigan
Cesar Chavez Day in Michigan
Mar 31 all-day
Cesar Chavez Day in Michigan
With Hispanic community leaders from Michigan gathered around her, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed legislation on December 3, 2003 that establishes March 31 as Cesar E. Chavez Day in Michigan. The day commemorates the late … Continue reading "Cesar Chavez Day in Michigan"