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1679 : First European Outpost in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula
1679 : First European Outpost in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula
Nov 1 all-day
Robert Cavalier de la Salle built a fort at the mouth of the St. Joseph River near St. Joseph. It was the first European outpost in the Lower Peninsula. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1815 : Michigan Territorial Legislature Passes Law Regarding Non-White Population
1815 : Michigan Territorial Legislature Passes Law Regarding Non-White Population
Nov 1 all-day
On November 1, 1815, the Michigan Territorial legislature passed an act that decreed that Negro, Indian, and mulatto slaves would be given corporal punishment rather than go to jail for non-capital offenses. Source : Historical … Continue reading "1815 : Michigan Territorial Legislature Passes Law Regarding Non-White Population"
1916 : Edsel Ford and Eleanor Lowthian Clay Marry
1916 : Edsel Ford and Eleanor Lowthian Clay Marry
Nov 1 all-day
1916 : Edsel Ford and Eleanor Lowthian Clay Marry
Photograph courtesy of the  Edsel & Eleanor Ford House His father was one of the wealthiest men in America, a Detroit icon and entrepreneur. But when Edsel Ford, Henry Ford’s only child, married Eleanor Lowthian … Continue reading "1916 : Edsel Ford and Eleanor Lowthian Clay Marry"
1918 : Harold A. Furlong Wins Congressional Medal of Honor
1918 : Harold A. Furlong Wins Congressional Medal of Honor
Nov 1 all-day
1918 : Harold A. Furlong Wins Congressional Medal of Honor
Congressional Medal of Honor citation : Harold A. Furlong, 1st Lieutenant, 33rd Infantry, 89th Division.  For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy near Bois-de-Bantheville, France, November 1, … Continue reading "1918 : Harold A. Furlong Wins Congressional Medal of Honor"
1923 : Belle Isle Bridge Reopens
1923 : Belle Isle Bridge Reopens
Nov 1 all-day
1923 : Belle Isle Bridge Reopens
On November 1, 1923, the current bridge to Belle Isle in Detroit was opened, replacing an earlier wooden structure that burned in 1915. It cost $2.64 million to build, the equivalent $35.8 million today, when … Continue reading "1923 : Belle Isle Bridge Reopens"
1930 : Detroit Windsor Tunnel Dedicated
1930 : Detroit Windsor Tunnel Dedicated
Nov 1 all-day
Did you know that the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is the only existing sub aqueous international automobile border crossing? That means it is the only underwater-tunnel for automobiles that cross International borders in the entire world! As … Continue reading "1930 : Detroit Windsor Tunnel Dedicated"
1957 : Mackinac Bridge Opens to Traffic
1957 : Mackinac Bridge Opens to Traffic
Nov 1 all-day
1957 : Mackinac Bridge Opens to Traffic
G. Mennon Williams, Michigan’s governor at the time, was the first paying customer to cross the Mackinac Bridge on this day in 1957. By connecting the two peninsulas, the new bridge put an end to … Continue reading "1957 : Mackinac Bridge Opens to Traffic"
1966 : New Christmas Stamp Released in Christmas, Michigan
1966 : New Christmas Stamp Released in Christmas, Michigan
Nov 1 all-day
On November 1, 1966, the U.S. Post Office issued a five-cent multicolored Christmas stamp featuring a Madonna and child in Christmas, Michigan. Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1973 : I-75 Completed in Michigan
1973 : I-75 Completed in Michigan
Nov 1 all-day
1973 : I-75 Completed in Michigan
Interstate 75 The state’s longest expressway, I-75 from the Ohio border near Toledo to Sault Ste. Marie (395 miles) was formally completed. Source: Interstate 75 in Michigan Wikipedia Entry.
1974 : No More Red Man Chewing Tobacco Ads on Barns
1974 : No More Red Man Chewing Tobacco Ads on Barns
Nov 1 all-day
1974 : No More Red Man Chewing Tobacco Ads on Barns
On this day in 1974, it became illegal to paint advertising on barns in Michigan. The state paid to have 47 barns, most with tobacco ads, repainted. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1979 : License Plate Renewal Mandated on Birthdays
1979 : License Plate Renewal Mandated on Birthdays
Nov 1 all-day
A new law went into effect requiring auto owners to renew their license plates on their birthday.
2014 : President Obama Visiting Wayne State University To Support Democratic Candidates
2014 : President Obama Visiting Wayne State University To Support Democratic Candidates
Nov 1 all-day
President Barack Obama will speak in Detroit tonight to an expected crowd of 5,000 people at Wayne State University — marking his first visit to the Motor City in three years. Obama will speak at … Continue reading "2014 : President Obama Visiting Wayne State University To Support Democratic Candidates"
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1835 : Michigan Legislature Convenes for First Time
1835 : Michigan Legislature Convenes for First Time
Nov 2 all-day
The first session of the state Legislature met Nov. 2, 1835, in Detroit. During that noon meeting, officials chose a secretary of state, a speaker of the House and Michigan’s two U.S. senators. The date … Continue reading "1835 : Michigan Legislature Convenes for First Time"
1917 : Lansing Butcher Tarred and Feathered
1917 : Lansing Butcher Tarred and Feathered
Nov 2 all-day
William Saier was tarred and feathered on the first tee of a Lansing golf course because he committed what The State Journal called “an unprintable crime against the Star Spangled Banner.” It was Nov. 2, … Continue reading "1917 : Lansing Butcher Tarred and Feathered"
1920 : First Woman Elected to Michigan Legislature
1920 : First Woman Elected to Michigan Legislature
Nov 2 all-day
1920 : First Woman Elected to Michigan Legislature
Eva M. Hamilton of Grand Rapids was the first woman elected to the Michigan legislature, winning a seat in the Senate in 1920. Like so many other pioneer female lawmakers, Eva McCall Hamilton was a … Continue reading "1920 : First Woman Elected to Michigan Legislature"
1924: Cora Reynolds Anderson, First Woman and Only Native American Woman Elected to House
1924: Cora Reynolds Anderson, First Woman and Only Native American Woman Elected to House
Nov 2 all-day
1924: Cora Reynolds Anderson, First Woman and Only Native American Woman Elected to House
Cora Reynolds Anderson, born on April 10, 1882,  was the first woman elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, serving one term from 1925 to 1926. She is also believed to be the only Native … Continue reading "1924: Cora Reynolds Anderson, First Woman and Only Native American Woman Elected to House"
1954 : Michigan’s First African-American Elected to Congress, Early Civil Rights Champion
1954 : Michigan’s First African-American Elected to Congress, Early Civil Rights Champion
Nov 2 all-day
1954 : Michigan's First African-American Elected to Congress, Early Civil Rights Champion
On November 2, 1954 Charles Diggs Jr.,  a Detroit mortician and former state senator, was elected to the U.S. Congress, becoming Michigan’s first African-American congressman. The same year that he was sworn into congress, Diggs … Continue reading "1954 : Michigan’s First African-American Elected to Congress, Early Civil Rights Champion"
1973 : First Ice Hockey Home Game at Yost Ice Arena
1973 : First Ice Hockey Home Game at Yost Ice Arena
Nov 2 all-day
1973 : First Ice Hockey Home Game at Yost Ice Arena
Ice Hockey Gets a New Home In the summer of 1973, following the suggestion of U-M baseball coach Don Lund, the University of Michigan began a renovation project to convert Yost Field House into Yost … Continue reading "1973 : First Ice Hockey Home Game at Yost Ice Arena"
1976 : Michigan Voters Approve 10-Cent Can Deposit Fee
1976 : Michigan Voters Approve 10-Cent Can Deposit Fee
Nov 2 all-day
1976 : Michigan Voters Approve 10-Cent Can Deposit Fee
Despite staunch opposition from retailers and beverage manufacturers, voters approved a 10-cent deposit on cans and bottles on this day. Governor William Milliken and his wife were instrumental in starting a petition to put the … Continue reading "1976 : Michigan Voters Approve 10-Cent Can Deposit Fee"
1982 : Michigan’s First Woman Lieutenant Governor Elected
1982 : Michigan’s First Woman Lieutenant Governor Elected
Nov 2 all-day
1982 : Michigan's First Woman Lieutenant Governor Elected
Martha Griffiths became the first woman to be elected Michigan lieutenant governor. Source : Historical Society of Michigan Martha Griffiths wikipedia entry Martha Griffiths and the Equal Rights Amendment
1983 : Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s Campaign to Establish Martin Luther King Day Bears Fruit
1983 : Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s Campaign to Establish Martin Luther King Day Bears Fruit
Nov 2 all-day
1983 : Rep. John Conyers Jr.'s Campaign to Establish Martin Luther King Day Bears Fruit
MLK Day support: U.S. Rep John Conyers Jr., D-Detroit, helped establish the national holiday commemorating MLK. Conyers introduced legislation four days after King’s assassination in 1968 for a federal holiday honoring King. The bill, however, … Continue reading "1983 : Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s Campaign to Establish Martin Luther King Day Bears Fruit"
2011 : Inventor of Highway Centerline Receives International Honor
2011 : Inventor of Highway Centerline Receives International Honor
Nov 2 all-day
The late Edward N. Hines, a Michigan resident who invented the highway centerline, was honored today with the first Paul Mijksenaar Design for Function Award in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Widely recognized as one of the … Continue reading "2011 : Inventor of Highway Centerline Receives International Honor"
2014 : MSU Women’s Cross Country Captures Second Straight Big Ten Championship
2014 : MSU Women’s Cross Country Captures Second Straight Big Ten Championship
Nov 2 all-day
Led by Leah O’Connor in first place and three other top-10 finishers, the top-ranked Michigan State women’s cross country team captured their second-straight Big Ten Championship Nov. 2. The Michigan State women’s team recorded 26 … Continue reading "2014 : MSU Women’s Cross Country Captures Second Straight Big Ten Championship"
2017 : Michiganders or Michiganians? Lawmakers settle it
2017 : Michiganders or Michiganians? Lawmakers settle it
Nov 2 all-day
Are you a Michigander or a Michiganian? In the eyes of the state Legislature, Michigander is the official term for the residents of Michigan and they have a bill that passed unanimously in both the House … Continue reading "2017 : Michiganders or Michiganians? Lawmakers settle it"
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1908 : Taft Sweeps Every County in Michigan
1908 : Taft Sweeps Every County in Michigan
Nov 3 all-day
On Nov. 3, 1908, Republican William Howard Taft won all of Michigan’s 83 counties in a 62 to 32 percent romp over Democrat William Jennings Bryan in the presidential race. Taft, the handpicked candidate of … Continue reading "1908 : Taft Sweeps Every County in Michigan"
1911 : William C. Durant Forms Chevrolet Motor Company
1911 : William C. Durant Forms Chevrolet Motor Company
Nov 3 all-day
William C. Durant who had been ousted from control of General Motors organized the Chevrolet Motor Company to build cars developed by racecar driver Louis Chevrolet. Source : Historical Society of Michigan For more information, … Continue reading "1911 : William C. Durant Forms Chevrolet Motor Company"
1926 : Ty Cobb Retires From Baseball
1926 : Ty Cobb Retires From Baseball
Nov 3 all-day
On November 3, 1926, Ty Cobb stepped down as manager for the Detroit Tigers and retired from baseball. Source ” Michigan History, November/December 2015
1930 : Detroit Windsor Tunnel Opens to Motor Vehicle Traffic; 1st International Underwater Roadway Tunnel
1930 : Detroit Windsor Tunnel Opens to Motor Vehicle Traffic; 1st International Underwater Roadway Tunnel
Nov 3 all-day
Despite opposition from backers of the recently opened Ambassador Bridge, an underwater motor vehicle tunnel was opened to traffic on this day in 1930, becoming the first underwater international roadway tunnel. Sources : Michigan Every … Continue reading "1930 : Detroit Windsor Tunnel Opens to Motor Vehicle Traffic; 1st International Underwater Roadway Tunnel"
1948 : Dewey Defeats Truman, Chicago Tribune Gaff
1948 : Dewey Defeats Truman, Chicago Tribune Gaff
Nov 3 all-day
1948 : Dewey Defeats Truman, Chicago Tribune Gaff
Truman holding the infamous November 3, 1948 issue of the Chicago Daily Tribune (later Chicago Tribune). One of the most famous news photographs of all time blares out “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN!” with Truman himself holding … Continue reading "1948 : Dewey Defeats Truman, Chicago Tribune Gaff"
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1907 : Faygo Founded
1907 : Faygo Founded
Nov 4 all-day
1907 : Faygo Founded
Russian immigrant brothers Ben and Perry Feigensen founded a pop brand on this day, starting with grape,  fruitpunch, and strawberry which would later be renamed as redpop as the initial flavors.  The flavors were based … Continue reading "1907 : Faygo Founded"
1939: Western Michigan University’s Waldo Stadium Dedicated
1939: Western Michigan University’s Waldo Stadium Dedicated
Nov 4 all-day
1939: Western Michigan University's Waldo Stadium Dedicated
Western Michigan has competed in football since 1906, when they played three games in their inaugural season. WMU (then Western State Teacher College) played at the current location of Waldo Stadium from 1914 until 1938, … Continue reading "1939: Western Michigan University’s Waldo Stadium Dedicated"
1952 : First Black Woman Elected to Michigan Senate
1952 : First Black Woman Elected to Michigan Senate
Nov 4 all-day
1952 : First Black Woman Elected to Michigan Senate
When she was elected on this day in 1952, Cora Mae  Brown became the first woman of color ever to serve in the Michigan Senate. Cora Mae Brown (April 19, 1914 – Dec. 17, 1972) … Continue reading "1952 : First Black Woman Elected to Michigan Senate"
1975 : Marquette and Iron Mountain Turn Down Proposal for 51st State
1975 : Marquette and Iron Mountain Turn Down Proposal for 51st State
Nov 4 all-day
On November 4, 1975, Marquette and Iron Mountain residents had the chance to secede from Michigan, a move that would have turned their communities into the 51st state. An advisory election proved Michiganders weren’t thrilled … Continue reading "1975 : Marquette and Iron Mountain Turn Down Proposal for 51st State"
1993 : White Pine History: Logging in Michigan 1840-1900 Documentary Released
1993 : White Pine History: Logging in Michigan 1840-1900 Documentary Released
Nov 4 all-day
This YouTube video, produced in 1993, contains information on Michigan’s logging era, with an emphasis on Clare County during the last quarter of the 19th century. This video was part of the Forrest Meek collection … Continue reading "1993 : White Pine History: Logging in Michigan 1840-1900 Documentary Released"
2014 : Richard Bernstein, First Blind Person to Run for Statewide Office, Wins Seat on Michigan Supreme Court
2014 : Richard Bernstein, First Blind Person to Run for Statewide Office, Wins Seat on Michigan Supreme Court
Nov 4 all-day
2014 : Richard Bernstein, First Blind Person to Run for Statewide Office, Wins Seat on Michigan Supreme Court
History was made Tuesday night when 39-year-old Richard Bernstein won a spot on Michigan’s Supreme Court. Bernstein’s victory was significant because the Bloomfield Hills native has been classified as legally blind since birth. He is … Continue reading "2014 : Richard Bernstein, First Blind Person to Run for Statewide Office, Wins Seat on Michigan Supreme Court"
2016: Matilda R. Dodge Wilson Day
2016: Matilda R. Dodge Wilson Day
Nov 4 all-day
The Michigan House  passed a resolution on September 14th to recognize November 4 as Matilda R. Dodge Wilson Day in the state of Michigan. In 1957, the Matilda Dodge Wilson family donated the entire 1,500 … Continue reading "2016: Matilda R. Dodge Wilson Day"
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1912 : Michigan Voters Back Third Party Candidate Theodore Roosevelt
1912 : Michigan Voters Back Third Party Candidate Theodore Roosevelt
Nov 5 all-day
In the presidential election, Michigan voters backed Progressive candidate Theodore Roosevelt, marking the first time since 1856 that Michigan had not supported a Republican. Source : Michigan History, November-December 2014.
1918 : Michigan Women Gain Right to Vote
1918 : Michigan Women Gain Right to Vote
Nov 5 all-day
On November 5, 1918, the suffrage amendment was passed by the legislature. As a result, Michigan became the 7th state to allow women to vote. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1918 : Truman Newberry Defeats Henry Ford for the U.S. Senate
1918 : Truman Newberry Defeats Henry Ford for the U.S. Senate
Nov 5 all-day
On November 5, 1918, Truman Newberry, a modest, well-mannered scion of an old-money Detroit family, suddenly found himself under federal indictment and his very name synonymous with political corruption. Newberry’s “crime”? He had run for … Continue reading "1918 : Truman Newberry Defeats Henry Ford for the U.S. Senate"
1962 : Martin Luther King Speaks at University of Michigan
1962 : Martin Luther King Speaks at University of Michigan
Nov 5 all-day
Ann Arbor speech: On Nov. 5 1962, King spoke to students at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium. “It wasn’t a big crowd, it appears to be somewhat small,” Karen Lee Jania, an archivist at … Continue reading "1962 : Martin Luther King Speaks at University of Michigan"
1974 : Sales Tax on Food and Medicine Repealed
1974 : Sales Tax on Food and Medicine Repealed
Nov 5 all-day
Voters repealed sales tax on food and medicines.
1980 : Detroit Pistons Win First Game at the Palace of Auburn Hills
1980 : Detroit Pistons Win First Game at the Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov 5 all-day
The date was November 5, 1988, and Pistons Fever was an epidemic. Hopes were sky high. “It doesn’t matter what we do [in the regular season],” third-year forward Dennis Rodman said after the first game … Continue reading "1980 : Detroit Pistons Win First Game at the Palace of Auburn Hills"
1992 : Unarmed Malice Green Killed by Detroit Police Officers
1992 : Unarmed Malice Green Killed by Detroit Police Officers
Nov 5 all-day
1992 : Unarmed Malice Green Killed by Detroit Police Officers
Malice Green, an unarmed African-American Detroit man is stopped for questioning outside a reputed crack house on West Warren in Detroit. Green died of repeated blows to the head with heavy flashlights. The two officers, … Continue reading "1992 : Unarmed Malice Green Killed by Detroit Police Officers"
2002 : Jennifer Granholm Becomes Michigan’s First Woman Governor
2002 : Jennifer Granholm Becomes Michigan’s First Woman Governor
Nov 5 all-day
2002 : Jennifer Granholm Becomes Michigan's First Woman Governor
J On this day, Jennifer Granholm became the first woman to be elected governor of Michigan. Jennifer Mulhern Granholm (born February 5, 1959) is a Canadian-born American politician, lawyer, educator, author, political commentator and member … Continue reading "2002 : Jennifer Granholm Becomes Michigan’s First Woman Governor"
2004 : Polar Express Debuts in Grand Rapids, Michigan
2004 : Polar Express Debuts in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nov 5 all-day
2004 : Polar Express Debuts in Grand Rapids, Michigan
The premier of the Tom Hanks movie “The Polar Express” — based on a book by Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg — was held in the author’s hometown on November 5, 2004. The classic … Continue reading "2004 : Polar Express Debuts in Grand Rapids, Michigan"
2011 : Detroit Free Press Honors Memory of Arthur L. Johnson
2011 : Detroit Free Press Honors Memory of Arthur L. Johnson
Nov 5 all-day
His voice was soft, but commanding. His presence understated, but unmistakable. As those who knew him described six decades of devotion to Detroit, civil rights leader Arthur L. Johnson was laid to rest Saturday — … Continue reading "2011 : Detroit Free Press Honors Memory of Arthur L. Johnson"
2013 : Duggan Elected Mayor of Detroit
2013 : Duggan Elected Mayor of Detroit
Nov 5 all-day
2013 : Duggan Elected Mayor of Detroit
Michael Edward Duggan (born July 15, 1958) is an American politician and businessman. He was elected the 75th mayor of Detroit, Michigan in 2013, receiving national attention in part for being the first white mayor … Continue reading "2013 : Duggan Elected Mayor of Detroit"
2013 : Raquel Castañeda-López, 1st Latinx member of Detroit City Council
2013 : Raquel Castañeda-López, 1st Latinx member of Detroit City Council
Nov 5 all-day
2013 : Raquel Castañeda-López, 1st Latinx member of Detroit City Council
Raquel Castañeda-López, a lifelong Detroiter who grew up in Southwest Detroit, is the first person of Latin American heritage to win a seat on the Detroit City Council.   First elected in 2013, Castañeda-López won … Continue reading "2013 : Raquel Castañeda-López, 1st Latinx member of Detroit City Council"
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1861 : First Ladies Soldiers Aid Society Organized in Detroit
1861 : First Ladies Soldiers Aid Society Organized in Detroit
Nov 6 all-day
1861 : First Ladies Soldiers Aid Society Organized in Detroit
On Nov. 6, 1861, the nation’s first Ladies Soldiers Aid Society organized in Detroit to supply comfort to Civil War soldiers at hospitals, camps and battlefields. As soldiers marched off to war, Michigan women made … Continue reading "1861 : First Ladies Soldiers Aid Society Organized in Detroit"
1912 : Sparrow Hospital Opens on East Michigan Avenue
1912 : Sparrow Hospital Opens on East Michigan Avenue
Nov 6 all-day
The Women’s Hospital Association raised funds for a new hospital in Lansing. Thanks to Edward Sparrow, enough money was put together to open a new facility on East Michigan Avenue on this day in 1912. … Continue reading "1912 : Sparrow Hospital Opens on East Michigan Avenue"
1923 : Ottawa Beach Hotel Burns
1923 : Ottawa Beach Hotel Burns
Nov 6 all-day
1923 : Ottawa Beach Hotel Burns
As the 20th century summer resort season unfolded, the spacious Ottawa Beach Hotel on the north Lake Macatawa shores was regarded as a place of beauty with a 200-room capacity and a dining room seating … Continue reading "1923 : Ottawa Beach Hotel Burns"
1962 : Imposter Elected to Michigan House, and Again, and Again
1962 : Imposter Elected to Michigan House, and Again, and Again
Nov 6 all-day
1962 : Imposter Elected to Michigan House, and Again, and Again
In 1962, voters in Wayne County’s 6th House District elected (November 6, 1962; Sworn in January 9, 1963) a Democrat calling himself Daniel West as one of three representatives for the district in Detroit. He … Continue reading "1962 : Imposter Elected to Michigan House, and Again, and Again"
1965 : the First Wild Turkey Legally Shot in Michigan in Modern Times
1965 : the First Wild Turkey Legally Shot in Michigan in Modern Times
Nov 6 all-day
Turkeys were once plentiful across our continent, and in Detroit. An island in the Detroit River known today as Fighting Island was first called “Turkey Island” because, well, that’s where the turkeys lived; Silas Farmer … Continue reading "1965 : the First Wild Turkey Legally Shot in Michigan in Modern Times"
1973 : Coleman Young Elected as First Black Mayor of Detroit
1973 : Coleman Young Elected as First Black Mayor of Detroit
Nov 6 all-day
1973 : Coleman Young Elected as First Black Mayor of Detroit
Coleman Young, a former member of the U.S. Army Air Force with the Tuskegee Airmen, and state of Michigan politician, was elected mayor of Detroit on this day. He would go on to serve five … Continue reading "1973 : Coleman Young Elected as First Black Mayor of Detroit"
2001 : Kwame Kilpatrict Elected Mayor Detroit
2001 : Kwame Kilpatrict Elected Mayor Detroit
Nov 6 all-day
Michigan House Majority Leader, Kwame Kilpatrick is elected mayor of Detroit. At 31 years old, he is the youngest ever elected. Source : Detroit African American History Project
2012 : First Arab American Muslim Wins Statewide Office
2012 : First Arab American Muslim Wins Statewide Office
Nov 6 all-day
Brian Mosallam set a new precedent last week when he was elected by over 1.9 million Michigan residents on the Michigan State University (MSU) Board of Trustees, becoming the first Arab American Muslim to win … Continue reading "2012 : First Arab American Muslim Wins Statewide Office"
2012 : First Chaldean American Elected to Michigan Legislature
2012 : First Chaldean American Elected to Michigan Legislature
Nov 6 all-day
Klint Kesto, newly elected republican state representative for Michigan’s 39th House District made history Tuesday when he became the first Chaldean American to serve on the state legislature. For more information, see Natasha Dado, “Chaldean … Continue reading "2012 : First Chaldean American Elected to Michigan Legislature"
2015 : Joshua Davis records version of ‘MSU Shadows’
2015 : Joshua Davis records version of ‘MSU Shadows’
Nov 6 all-day
Joshua Davis, an MSU College of Arts & Letters graduate, native of Michigan and finalist on the eighth season of NBC’s “The Voice,” has released a recording and music video of his version of Michigan … Continue reading "2015 : Joshua Davis records version of ‘MSU Shadows’"
2018 : Gretchin Whitmer Elected Governor
2018 : Gretchin Whitmer Elected Governor
Nov 6 all-day
Whitmer Elected Michigan Governor Gretchen Esther Whitmer was elected Michigan’s 49th governor this evening, putting a successful end to a campaign that lasted 672 days, Michigan’s longest in gubernatorial history.
2018 : Rashida Tlaib First Muslim-American Women Elected to Congress
2018 : Rashida Tlaib First Muslim-American Women Elected to Congress
Nov 6 all-day
2018 : Rashida Tlaib First Muslim-American Women Elected to Congress
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) in House proceedings Rashida Tlaib wins U.S. House seat, becomes among first Muslim-American women elected Former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib will be among the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress … Continue reading "2018 : Rashida Tlaib First Muslim-American Women Elected to Congress"
2018 : Record Number of Women Elected to Michigan Legislature
2018 : Record Number of Women Elected to Michigan Legislature
Nov 6 all-day
51 women were elected to the Michigan Legislature, crushing the previous record of 37.
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1910: Philip Parmelee of St. Johns Makes First Air Freight Delivery
1910: Philip Parmelee of St. Johns Makes First Air Freight Delivery
Nov 7 all-day
We’re into November now and the holiday shipping season is kicking into high gear. In the weeks to come, billions of tons of cargo will be flown around the world. A small slice of that … Continue reading "1910: Philip Parmelee of St. Johns Makes First Air Freight Delivery"
1913 : The Great Storm of 1913
1913 : The Great Storm of 1913
Nov 7 all-day
1913 : The Great Storm of 1913
In early November 1913, not quite 19 months after the loss of the Titanic in midatlantic, an autumn gale descended on the Great Lakes. “Gales of November” – like the one that sank the Edmund … Continue reading "1913 : The Great Storm of 1913"
1936 : Charles Diggs Sr. Elected to Michigan Senate
1936 : Charles Diggs Sr. Elected to Michigan Senate
Nov 7 all-day
On November 7, 1936, Charles Diggs Sr. became only the second African American and the first African American Democrat elected to the Michigan Senate. Diggs had a personal story of traveling to Lansing in 1937 … Continue reading "1936 : Charles Diggs Sr. Elected to Michigan Senate"
1950 : Alexa Irene Canady Born, First African American Neurosurgeon
1950 : Alexa Irene Canady Born, First African American Neurosurgeon
Nov 7 all-day
1950 : Alexa Irene Canady Born, First African American Neurosurgeon
Alexa Irene Canady (born November 7, 1950) is a retired American medical doctor specializing in neurosurgery. She was born in Lansing, Michigan and earned both her bachelors and medical degree from the University of Michigan. … Continue reading "1950 : Alexa Irene Canady Born, First African American Neurosurgeon"
1950 : Yellow Oleomargarine Becomes Legal in Michigan
1950 : Yellow Oleomargarine Becomes Legal in Michigan
Nov 7 all-day
1950 : Yellow Oleomargarine Becomes Legal in Michigan
Because of opposition from the state’s dairy industry, citizens of Michigan had to pass a statewide referendum to allow the sale of yellow oleomargarine. On Nov. 7, 1950, Michiganders marched to the polls and voted … Continue reading "1950 : Yellow Oleomargarine Becomes Legal in Michigan"
1970 : First Pigs vs. Freaks Charity Football Game Held in East Lansing
1970 : First Pigs vs. Freaks Charity Football Game Held in East Lansing
Nov 7 all-day
In the late 1960s, many young people protested against the customs and traditions of society. These young people who called themselves “hippies” thought people should always say what they feel and act accordingly. The hippies … Continue reading "1970 : First Pigs vs. Freaks Charity Football Game Held in East Lansing"
1972 : Michigan Voters Approve Daylight Savings Time
1972 : Michigan Voters Approve Daylight Savings Time
Nov 7 all-day
Voters approved daylight savings time adding an extra hour of evening sunlight from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1991 : Magic Johnson Announces He Has AIDS
1991 : Magic Johnson Announces He Has AIDS
Nov 7 all-day
Former Michigan State University basketball star Ervin “Magic” Johnson announced that he had tested positive for the AIDS virus. Although at the time, many though Johnson would die from AIDS, he would go on to … Continue reading "1991 : Magic Johnson Announces He Has AIDS"
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1836 : Michigan Citizens Vote for the U.S. President for the First Time
1836 : Michigan Citizens Vote for the U.S. President for the First Time
Nov 8 all-day
On November 8, 1836, Michigan citizens voted, for the first time, in a U.S. presidential election and helped place Martin Van Buren in the oval office. Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1870 : African-Americans Were Allowed to Vote for the First Time
1870 : African-Americans Were Allowed to Vote for the First Time
Nov 8 all-day
For the first time, African-Americans were allowed to vote in a state election on November 8, 1870. Although Michigan voters had earlier rejected giving the vote to African Americans, the Fifteenth Amendment guaranteeing blacks the … Continue reading "1870 : African-Americans Were Allowed to Vote for the First Time"
1874 : Frank Baldwin Wins Second Medal of Honor
1874 : Frank Baldwin Wins Second Medal of Honor
Nov 8 all-day
1874 : Frank Baldwin Wins Second Medal of Honor
First Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Captain, Company D, 19th Michigan Infantry. Place and date: At Peachtree Creek, Georgia, July 12, 1864. Citation: “Led his company in a countercharge at Peach Tree Creek, Ga., … Continue reading "1874 : Frank Baldwin Wins Second Medal of Honor"
1895 : 37 People Killed in Detroit Due to Boiler Explosion
1895 : 37 People Killed in Detroit Due to Boiler Explosion
Nov 8 all-day
On November 8, 1895, in one of the state’s worst accidents, a boiler exploded in the Journal Building (home of the Detroit Journal newspaper and other businesses) in downtown Detroit, killing 37 people. The building … Continue reading "1895 : 37 People Killed in Detroit Due to Boiler Explosion"
1975 : 100,000+ Big House Attendance Streak Begins
1975 : 100,000+ Big House Attendance Streak Begins
Nov 8 all-day
On November 8, 1975, the football team at the University of Michigan began its streak of having 100,000-plus fans attend every home game. The Wolverines shutout Purdue, starting an attendance streak that still continues today. … Continue reading "1975 : 100,000+ Big House Attendance Streak Begins"
2002 : Eminem (Marshall Mathers) Releases Movie 8 Mile
2002 : Eminem (Marshall Mathers) Releases Movie 8 Mile
Nov 8 all-day
On Nov. 8, 2002, Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem, released the movie 8 Mile loosely based on his life story. Born in Kansas, Eminem and his family shuffled back and forth between Detroit and … Continue reading "2002 : Eminem (Marshall Mathers) Releases Movie 8 Mile"
2011 : Rep. Paul Scott, First Michigan Legislator Recalled in 28 Years
2011 : Rep. Paul Scott, First Michigan Legislator Recalled in 28 Years
Nov 8 all-day
Despite raising almost twice the money as his recall supporters, Rep. Pual Scott loses vote. Scott’s opponents sought to recall the second-term lawmaker for several reasons, including his votes to cut K-12 education funding, add … Continue reading "2011 : Rep. Paul Scott, First Michigan Legislator Recalled in 28 Years"
2016 : Trump Wins Michigan 47.6% to 47.31%, Closest Race In State History
2016 : Trump Wins Michigan 47.6% to 47.31%, Closest Race In State History
Nov 8 all-day
Republican Donald J. Trump’s road the White House included Michigan’s 16 Electoral College votes as part of a thin 13,225-vote victory, the closest presidential election in terms of percentages in Michigan history. According to unofficial … Continue reading "2016 : Trump Wins Michigan 47.6% to 47.31%, Closest Race In State History"
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1775 : Henry Hamilton Appointed British Governor of Fort Detroit
1775 : Henry Hamilton Appointed British Governor of Fort Detroit
Nov 9 all-day
On November 9, 1775, British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton Takes Charge of Fort Detroit. He used Detroit as a base for raids on American colonists living on the frontier. He became known as “the hair … Continue reading "1775 : Henry Hamilton Appointed British Governor of Fort Detroit"
1895 : Last Horse-Drawn Streetcar in Detroit
1895 : Last Horse-Drawn Streetcar in Detroit
Nov 9 all-day
Detroit’s last horse car made its farewell during ceremonies held on November 9, 1895, in Campus Martius; marking the end of the “antiquated system of transit” in Detroit. Just after 3 o’clock on a rainy … Continue reading "1895 : Last Horse-Drawn Streetcar in Detroit"
1900 : John Theodore Herrmann Born in Lansing
1900 : John Theodore Herrmann Born in Lansing
Nov 9 all-day
John Theodore Herrmann was born in Lansing, Michigan on November 9, 1900. He lived in Paris in the 1920s, as part of its famous expatriate American writers’ circle, and was friends with figures such as … Continue reading "1900 : John Theodore Herrmann Born in Lansing"
1912 : Seeandbee Launched
1912 : Seeandbee Launched
Nov 9 all-day
1912 : Seeandbee Launched
The Seeandbee was the only four-stack passenger steamer to ever sail the Great Lakes. The overnight passenger vessel Seeandbee was so massive, you could land an airplane on her – and they did. The 500-foot, … Continue reading "1912 : Seeandbee Launched"
1912 : UM Faculty Attempt to Prevent Ann Arbor Saloonkeepers From Serving Students
1912 : UM Faculty Attempt to Prevent Ann Arbor Saloonkeepers From Serving Students
Nov 9 all-day
November 9, 1912 : Ann Arbor’s prosecuting attorney and University faculty members united against local saloonkeepers in an attempt to charge them with the sale of intoxicating liquors to students, a violation of state law. … Continue reading "1912 : UM Faculty Attempt to Prevent Ann Arbor Saloonkeepers From Serving Students"
1917: MAC Encourages Rationing In Response to WWI
1917: MAC Encourages Rationing In Response to WWI
Nov 9 all-day
1917: MAC Encourages Rationing In Response to WWI
Rising to the Challenge: M. A. C. and Food Rationing During World War I There seems to be nothing more patriotic than sacrifice, especially when your country needs you. The sacrifice that most people think of … Continue reading "1917: MAC Encourages Rationing In Response to WWI"
1962 : Ford Rotunda Burns
1962 : Ford Rotunda Burns
Nov 9 all-day
From 1936 to 1962, the gear-shaped Ford Rotunda attracted visitors from around the world. It was the fifth most popular tourist destination in the United States in the 1950s. The building had its roots in … Continue reading "1962 : Ford Rotunda Burns"
2012 : First Armed Forces Classic Held at Ramstein Air Base
2012 : First Armed Forces Classic Held at Ramstein Air Base
Nov 9 all-day
The Armed Forces Classic is a college basketball game that is played outside of the United States in front of forward deployed military personnel. The first game was held on November 9, 2012 between Michigan … Continue reading "2012 : First Armed Forces Classic Held at Ramstein Air Base"
2013 : Senator Carl Levin’s Remarks At Christening of USS Gerald R. Ford
2013 : Senator Carl Levin’s Remarks At Christening of USS Gerald R. Ford
Nov 9 all-day
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered keynote remarks today at the christening ceremony of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, at Newport News Shipbuilding. … Continue reading "2013 : Senator Carl Levin’s Remarks At Christening of USS Gerald R. Ford"
2013 : USS Gerald R. Ford Christened
2013 : USS Gerald R. Ford Christened
Nov 9 all-day
2013 : USS Gerald R. Ford Christened
On November 9, 2013, the U.S. Navy christened its newest aircraft carrier named after Michigan’s only president, Gerald R. Ford. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered the ceremony’s principal … Continue reading "2013 : USS Gerald R. Ford Christened"
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1808 : Jesse W. Fell Born, Man Who Named Pontiac and Livingston County
1808 : Jesse W. Fell Born, Man Who Named Pontiac and Livingston County
Nov 10 all-day
November 10, 2018 is the 200th birthday of Jesse W. Fell, the man who named Pontiac and Livingston County and who was one of Abraham Lincoln’s first political backers. Jesse W. Fell was born Nov. … Continue reading "1808 : Jesse W. Fell Born, Man Who Named Pontiac and Livingston County"
1975 : Edmund Fitzgerald Sinks in Lake Superior
1975 : Edmund Fitzgerald Sinks in Lake Superior
Nov 10 all-day
1975 : Edmund Fitzgerald Sinks in Lake Superior
You Tube video by Joseph Fulton. A tribute to the 29 men who died November 10, 1975, aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior. Video and images set to Gordon Lightfoot’s 1976 song. At 2:30 … Continue reading "1975 : Edmund Fitzgerald Sinks in Lake Superior"
2005 : Kalamazoo Promise Announced
2005 : Kalamazoo Promise Announced
Nov 10 all-day
In 2005 Kalamazoo, like many mid-sized cities in America’s “rust belt”, was visibly fading, having gradually lost jobs, home values and tax revenues. On November 10 of that year, a meeting of the Kalamazoo School … Continue reading "2005 : Kalamazoo Promise Announced"
2012 : Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University Dedicated
2012 : Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University Dedicated
Nov 10 all-day
2012 : Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University Dedicated
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, a new Zaha Hadid-designed contemporary art museum, opened on November 10, 2012. The dedication ceremony included Gov. Rick Snyder, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, MSU … Continue reading "2012 : Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University Dedicated"
2017 : Michigan’s Last Surviving WWII Fly Girl Honored
2017 : Michigan’s Last Surviving WWII Fly Girl Honored
Nov 10 all-day
2017 : Michigan's Last Surviving WWII Fly Girl Honored
Mildred (Jane) Baessler in the pilot’ seat. Jane Doyle held a heavy bronze medal in her creased hands, running her fingers over the engraved surface. It shone in the light streaming through the window of her apartment … Continue reading "2017 : Michigan’s Last Surviving WWII Fly Girl Honored"
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1918 : Detroit Celebrates End of World War I
1918 : Detroit Celebrates End of World War I
Nov 11 all-day
1918 : Detroit Celebrates End of World War I
This crowd marches triumphantly through downtown Detroit, carrying an effigy of the humiliated German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II. On Armistice Day, November 11, 1918 — after peace was announced — Detroit’s mayor called for a … Continue reading "1918 : Detroit Celebrates End of World War I"
1928 : Detroit’s Fisher Theater Opens as Movie and Vaudeville House
1928 : Detroit’s Fisher Theater Opens as Movie and Vaudeville House
Nov 11 all-day
1928 : Detroit's Fisher Theater Opens as Movie and Vaudeville House
The Fisher Theatre opened as a movie and vaudeville house on November 11, 1928. It featured Mexican-Indian art, banana trees, a goldfish pond and wandering macaws that audience members fed by hand. Remodeled as a … Continue reading "1928 : Detroit’s Fisher Theater Opens as Movie and Vaudeville House"
1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens
1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens
Nov 11 all-day
1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens
The Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Canada was dedicated on November 11, 1929. Large crowds of 50,000 gathered on the Canadian side and possibly up to 100,000 on the American side. Sirens were sounded from … Continue reading "1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens"
1939 : Cedar Springs, Michigan, Holds First Red Flannel Festival
1939 : Cedar Springs, Michigan, Holds First Red Flannel Festival
Nov 11 all-day
1939 : Cedar Springs, Michigan, Holds First Red Flannel Festival
Here is the story of how Cedar Springs, Michigan became the Red Flannel capital. In the winter of 1936, in the midst of the great depression, the whole country was in the throes of a … Continue reading "1939 : Cedar Springs, Michigan, Holds First Red Flannel Festival"
1940 : Armistice Day Storm
1940 : Armistice Day Storm
Nov 11 all-day
The forecast for Nov. 11, 1940 was nothing out of the ordinary. It was unseasonably warm, with the high temperature pushing 60 degrees before noon. All throughout the Midwest, people left their homes in short … Continue reading "1940 : Armistice Day Storm"
1954 : Lansing’s First Veterans Day Parade
1954 : Lansing’s First Veterans Day Parade
Nov 11 all-day
Veterans Day, celebrated nationally on November 11, originated as Armistice Day in 1926, commemorating the date in 1981 when World War I effectively ended. In 1954, President Eisenhower declared that in order to honor veterans … Continue reading "1954 : Lansing’s First Veterans Day Parade"
1975 : Rev. Richard W. Ingalls, Sr. Tolls Mariner Church’s Bell 29 Times for the Edmund Fitzgerald
1975 : Rev. Richard W. Ingalls, Sr. Tolls Mariner Church’s Bell 29 Times for the Edmund Fitzgerald
Nov 11 all-day
Rev. Richard W. Ingalls Sr. first tolled the Mariner Church of Detroit’s bell 29 times on the morning of Nov. 11, 1975, for each man lost on the freighter S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in … Continue reading "1975 : Rev. Richard W. Ingalls, Sr. Tolls Mariner Church’s Bell 29 Times for the Edmund Fitzgerald"
2011 : MSU 1st Big Ten Team to Play on Aircraft Carrier
2011 : MSU 1st Big Ten Team to Play on Aircraft Carrier
Nov 11 all-day
2011 : MSU 1st Big Ten Team to Play on Aircraft Carrier
On November 11, 2011, Michigan State University played the University of North Carolina aboard the U.S. Aircraft Carrier Carl Vinson in San Diego, California to honor the nation’s veterans. UNC won the basketball game, 67 … Continue reading "2011 : MSU 1st Big Ten Team to Play on Aircraft Carrier"
2014 : Ford Launches 2015 F-150 Aluminum Trucks at Rouge Plant
2014 : Ford Launches 2015 F-150 Aluminum Trucks at Rouge Plant
Nov 11 all-day
For Bill Ford, today’s event to mark the start of production of the all-new 2015 F-150 at the Ford Rouge Center is personal. “It is a great day for me and the family. The Rouge … Continue reading "2014 : Ford Launches 2015 F-150 Aluminum Trucks at Rouge Plant"
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1862 : First Graduation Ceremony at Michigan State Agricultural College
1862 : First Graduation Ceremony at Michigan State Agricultural College
Nov 12 all-day
The first graduation ceremony at Michigan State Agicultural College was pre-empted by the outbreak of the Civil War. As a result, the first true graduation ceremony took place on November 12, 1862. All of the … Continue reading "1862 : First Graduation Ceremony at Michigan State Agricultural College"
1904 : Headless Chicken Lives for 17 Days
1904 : Headless Chicken Lives for 17 Days
Nov 12 all-day
Herbert Hughs of Sault Ste. Marie cut the head off of a chicken which then lived for seventeen days. It is not entirely uncommon for a chicken to run around once its head has been … Continue reading "1904 : Headless Chicken Lives for 17 Days"
1909 : First Paved Concrete Road in Michigan
1909 : First Paved Concrete Road in Michigan
Nov 12 all-day
1909 : First Paved Concrete Road in Michigan
The first mile of paved concrete road was laid on Woodward Avenue (M-1) between 6th and 7 mile roads. Laying the concrete Mission accomplished Seven years later, the rest of the 27-mile stretch of Woodward … Continue reading "1909 : First Paved Concrete Road in Michigan"
1998 : Austrian Archduke Dies in Upper Peninsula
1998 : Austrian Archduke Dies in Upper Peninsula
Nov 12 all-day
1998 : Austrian Archduke Dies  in Upper Peninsula
His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Stefan of Austria, Prince of Hungary, Bohemia and Tuscany, is buried beside his wife, Mary Jerrine Soper, in the quaint St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in remote Northern Michigan. Archduke Stefan was … Continue reading "1998 : Austrian Archduke Dies in Upper Peninsula"
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1994 : Michigan Governor’s Wife Delivers Triplets
1994 : Michigan Governor’s Wife Delivers Triplets
Nov 13 all-day
Michigan’s first family more than doubled Sunday with the birth of triplets to Michelle Engler, the wife of Gov. John Engler. Three health baby girls — Margaret Rose, Hannah Michelle and Madeleine Jenny — were … Continue reading "1994 : Michigan Governor’s Wife Delivers Triplets"
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1828 : British Surrender Last Post in Michigan
1828 : British Surrender Last Post in Michigan
Nov 14 all-day
1828 : British Surrender Last Post in Michigan
On Nov. 14, 1828, the British surrendered their last post in Michigan after the War of 1812. The last post was on Drummond Island, once a critical region for trade and military dominance. They moved … Continue reading "1828 : British Surrender Last Post in Michigan"
1834: Epaphroditus Ransom Arrives in the Michigan Territory
1834: Epaphroditus Ransom Arrives in the Michigan Territory
Nov 14 all-day
1834: Epaphroditus Ransom Arrives in the Michigan Territory
On November 14, 1834, Epaphroditus Ransom brought his family to the Michigan Territory and settled in Bronson, Michigan (the citizens later changed the name of the settlement to Kalamazoo). A lawyer by trade, he traveled … Continue reading "1834: Epaphroditus Ransom Arrives in the Michigan Territory"
1857 : First Gas Light in Grand Rapids
1857 : First Gas Light in Grand Rapids
Nov 14 all-day
On November 14, 1857, the first gas light in Grand Rapids was lit by Francis B. Gilbert, president of the Grand Rapids Gas Light Co. The event “caused a crowd to gather at Canal and … Continue reading "1857 : First Gas Light in Grand Rapids"
1907 : Michigan Relics Hoax Exposed
1907 : Michigan Relics Hoax Exposed
Nov 14 all-day
1907 : Michigan Relics Hoax Exposed
Shortly after the turn of the century Michigan became an archeological gold mine and a brisk trade developed in Biblical treasures like the diary of Noah, plans for the Tower of Babel, and copies of … Continue reading "1907 : Michigan Relics Hoax Exposed"
1914 : First Dodge Automobile Built
1914 : First Dodge Automobile Built
Nov 14 all-day
1914 : First Dodge Automobile Built
On November 14, 1914, John and Horace Dodge built the first Dodge automobile at their facility in Hamtramck. It was the four-cylinder Dodge Model 30 and marketed as a slightly more upscale competitor to the … Continue reading "1914 : First Dodge Automobile Built"
1970 : Freda Payne Sings Band of Gold on American Bandstand
1970 : Freda Payne Sings Band of Gold on American Bandstand
Nov 14 all-day
Detroit native Freda Charcilia Payne (born September 19, 1942) is an American Soul/R&B singer and actress best known for her million selling 1970 hit single, “Band of Gold”. On November 14th 1970, Freda Payne performed … Continue reading "1970 : Freda Payne Sings Band of Gold on American Bandstand"
1972 : First Michigan Lottery Green Ticket Sold
1972 : First Michigan Lottery Green Ticket Sold
Nov 14 all-day
On November 14, 1972, the first Michigan Lottery Green Ticket Game ticket was sold for 50 cents. The first weekly drawing was held on Nov. 24. On Feb. 22, 1973, the Michigan Lottery saw its … Continue reading "1972 : First Michigan Lottery Green Ticket Sold"
1973 : Betsy Brandt, American Actress, Born in Bay City, Michigan
1973 : Betsy Brandt, American Actress, Born in Bay City, Michigan
Nov 14 all-day
1973 : Betsy Brandt, American Actress, Born in Bay City, Michigan
Betsy Brandt is an American actress. Born in Bay City, she developed a love for theater after winning the lead in a high school performance in her junior year. She graduated from Western High School … Continue reading "1973 : Betsy Brandt, American Actress, Born in Bay City, Michigan"
1977 : Michigan’s First State Prison for Women Opens
1977 : Michigan’s First State Prison for Women Opens
Nov 14 all-day
The state’s first prison for women, The Huron Valley Women’s Facility in Ypsilanti, opened. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1986 : Court of Appeals Judge Charged with Bribery, Commits Suicide
1986 : Court of Appeals Judge Charged with Bribery, Commits Suicide
Nov 14 all-day
On November 14, 1986, Lansing was rocked when Court of Appeals Judge S. Jerome Bronson was arrested by Michigan State Police and arraigned on felony bribery charges stemming from a case pending before him. Authorities … Continue reading "1986 : Court of Appeals Judge Charged with Bribery, Commits Suicide"
2013 : Miguel Cabrera Wins AL MVP for Second Year in a Row
2013 : Miguel Cabrera Wins AL MVP for Second Year in a Row
Nov 14 all-day
Cabrera, 30, in 2012 became the first player to win a Triple Crown in 45 years, and he followed that feat up with an even better season. He won his third consecutive batting championship (.348), … Continue reading "2013 : Miguel Cabrera Wins AL MVP for Second Year in a Row"
2014 : Michigan State Medical Campus in Flint Has Open House
2014 : Michigan State Medical Campus in Flint Has Open House
Nov 14 all-day
Renovation has been completed and the public is invited to see the expansion of Michigan State University’s medical school in Flint. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting and open house are planned Friday at Michigan State’s College of … Continue reading "2014 : Michigan State Medical Campus in Flint Has Open House"
2014 : MSU enrollment tops 50,000 students
2014 : MSU enrollment tops 50,000 students
Nov 14 all-day
The first time Michigan State University enrolled more than 10,000 students was in the 1946-47 academic year, when soldiers returning from the second World War nearly doubled the size of the student body. What followed … Continue reading "2014 : MSU enrollment tops 50,000 students"
2016 : Laura Cox To Become First Female Chair of House Appropriation Committee
2016 : Laura Cox To Become First Female Chair of House Appropriation Committee
Nov 14 all-day
State Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, is set to become the first female chair of Michigan’s House Appropriations Committee next year. Cox, who was first elected to her seat in 2014, currently serves on the Appropriations … Continue reading "2016 : Laura Cox To Become First Female Chair of House Appropriation Committee"
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1892 : Cornerstone Laid For First Building at the Central Michigan Normal School
1892 : Cornerstone Laid For First Building at the Central Michigan Normal School
Nov 15 all-day
1892 : Cornerstone Laid For First Building at the Central Michigan Normal School
The cornerstone was laid for the first building of the Central Michigan Normal School campus, now called Central Michigan University. Old Main, as it came to be called, was the first building constructed for Central … Continue reading "1892 : Cornerstone Laid For First Building at the Central Michigan Normal School"
1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens for Traffic
1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens for Traffic
Nov 15 all-day
1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens for Traffic
When the Ambassador Bridge opened on November 15, 1929, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The George Washington Bridge in New York displaced this record in 1931, yet the Ambassador remains the … Continue reading "1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens for Traffic"
1942 : Meat Shortages at University of Michigan
1942 : Meat Shortages at University of Michigan
Nov 15 all-day
Despite a shortage of meat due to the ongoing World War II, residence halls and the Michigan League guaranteed that they would not run out of meat because they contracted their supplies. But Purchasing Agent … Continue reading "1942 : Meat Shortages at University of Michigan"
1985 : Unabomber Strikes Ann Arbor
1985 : Unabomber Strikes Ann Arbor
Nov 15 all-day
1985 : Unabomber Strikes Ann Arbor
  November 15, 1985. A research assistant is injured when a package from the Unabomber addressed to a University of Michigan professor explodes  The professor James V. McConnell would experience hearing loss, Nicklaus Suino burns … Continue reading "1985 : Unabomber Strikes Ann Arbor"
2012 : Miguel Cabrera Wins AL Most Valuable Player Award
2012 : Miguel Cabrera Wins AL Most Valuable Player Award
Nov 15 all-day
On November 15, 2012, Miguel Cabrera was voted the American League’s most valuable player, joining former Detroit Tigers Mickey Cochrane (1934), Hank Greenberg (1935, 1940), Charlie Gehringer (1937), Hal Newhouser (1944, 1945), Denny McLain (1968), … Continue reading "2012 : Miguel Cabrera Wins AL Most Valuable Player Award"
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1926 : Barnett Rosenberg Born, Discover of Cisplatin
1926 : Barnett Rosenberg Born, Discover of Cisplatin
Nov 16 all-day
1926 : Barnett Rosenberg Born, Discover of Cisplatin
Barnett Rosenberg (16 November 1926 – 8 August 2009) was an American chemist best known for the discovery of the anti-cancer drug cisplatin. Sometimes the greatest discoveries are made as a matter of chance. Were … Continue reading "1926 : Barnett Rosenberg Born, Discover of Cisplatin"
1926 : House of David Cult Leader Arrested in Benton Harbor
1926 : House of David Cult Leader Arrested in Benton Harbor
Nov 16 all-day
1926 : House of David Cult Leader Arrested in Benton Harbor
Picture of Mary and Benjamin Purnell State police broke into the House of David at Benton Harbor to arrest its religious leader, King Benjamin Purnell. Long a nuisance to law enforcement officials in southwest Michigan, … Continue reading "1926 : House of David Cult Leader Arrested in Benton Harbor"
1928 : Detroit Ranks Third in Cigar Production
1928 : Detroit Ranks Third in Cigar Production
Nov 16 all-day
1928 : Detroit Ranks Third in Cigar Production
Did you know in 1928 that Detroit produced the third most cigars of any US city? [Detroit Free Press 11/16/1928] Source : Michigan’s Past, November 16, 2018.
1979: Cesar Chavez Visits Michigan Legislature
1979: Cesar Chavez Visits Michigan Legislature
Nov 16 all-day
In the state capitol to promote a UFW boycott of “Red Coach” lettuce, Cesar Chavez addressed a House-Senate meeting which drew only slightly more that 20 lawmakers — most of them liberal Democrats.  The rest … Continue reading "1979: Cesar Chavez Visits Michigan Legislature"
2011 : Michigan Messenger Folds
2011 : Michigan Messenger Folds
Nov 16 all-day
After four years of operation, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to end the separate liberal Michigan Messenger and shift publication of its news into a single site, The American Independent … Continue reading "2011 : Michigan Messenger Folds"
2012 : Former Michigan First Lady Helen Milliken Dies, Noted Feminist
2012 : Former Michigan First Lady Helen Milliken Dies, Noted Feminist
Nov 16 all-day
Among Michigan first ladies, Helen Milliken set the modern standard. Dignified, stylish, and deferential to her husband, former Gov. William Milliken. But she also was outspoken, passionate and unyielding. Helen Milliken is perhaps best remembered … Continue reading "2012 : Former Michigan First Lady Helen Milliken Dies, Noted Feminist"
2015 : Michigan From Outer Space
2015 : Michigan From Outer Space
Nov 16 all-day
2015 : Michigan From Outer Space
Many astronauts are using social media to showcase images of the blue planet from outer space – including awe-inspiring photos featuring Michigan cities and its Great Lakes. Monday morning, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted out … Continue reading "2015 : Michigan From Outer Space"
2018 : Lansing Celebrates Silver Bells
2018 : Lansing Celebrates Silver Bells
Nov 16 all-day
2018 : Lansing Celebrates Silver Bells
Started from humble beginnings in 1985 by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, to the full blown extravaganza the city experiences today, Silver Bells in the City has been providing fun, merriment and joy to … Continue reading "2018 : Lansing Celebrates Silver Bells"
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1807 : Treaty of Detroit Signed
1807 : Treaty of Detroit Signed
Nov 17 all-day
1807 : Treaty of Detroit Signed
The 1807 Treaty of Detroit ceded the olive-colored area in southeast Michigan.  The treaty also ceded the dark yellow area north of the Maumee River in northwest Ohio. The Treaty of Detroit was a treaty … Continue reading "1807 : Treaty of Detroit Signed"
1929 : University of Detroit Football Fans Arrested, Fined in East Lansing
1929 : University of Detroit Football Fans Arrested, Fined in East Lansing
Nov 17 all-day
12 University of Detroit fans fined, 10 Jailed For Riot after UD football  victory over Michigan State in East Lansing.  Intoxication and disorderly conduct were contributing factors, buy how often did the University of Detroit … Continue reading "1929 : University of Detroit Football Fans Arrested, Fined in East Lansing"
2004 : KMart Announces It Will Buy Sears
2004 : KMart Announces It Will Buy Sears
Nov 17 all-day
Troy-based Kmart announced on Nov. 17, 2004, its plans to buy Sears. The purchase made Sears Holdings the third-largest retailer in the U.S. — $55 billion in annual sales and close to 3,500 stores. The … Continue reading "2004 : KMart Announces It Will Buy Sears"
2006 : University of Michigan Football Coach Dies
2006 : University of Michigan Football Coach Dies
Nov 17 all-day
2006 : University of Michigan Football Coach Dies
On November 17, 2006, former University of Michigan football coach Glenn “Bo” Schembechler collapsed during the taping of a Michigan-Ohio State pregame show at WXYZ-TV in Southfield and pronounced dead a couple hours later at … Continue reading "2006 : University of Michigan Football Coach Dies"
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1883 : Railroads Attempt to Assign Michigan to Central Time Zone
1883 : Railroads Attempt to Assign Michigan to Central Time Zone
Nov 18 all-day
1883 : Railroads Attempt to Assign Michigan to Central Time Zone
November 18, 1883: Railroads Establish American Time Zones; Michigan Located in Central Time Zone. A notable exception was Detroit, they used a local time basis until 1900, when the City Council decreed that clocks should … Continue reading "1883 : Railroads Attempt to Assign Michigan to Central Time Zone"
1911 : MAC-Ohio Northern Football Game Cancelled Due to Heavy Downpour!
1911 : MAC-Ohio Northern Football Game Cancelled Due to Heavy Downpour!
Nov 18 all-day
Much to the disappointment of the student body, the football game between the Michigan Agricultural College and Northern Ohio University was cancelled yesterday due to an undending downpour of rain. Snow had been removed from … Continue reading "1911 : MAC-Ohio Northern Football Game Cancelled Due to Heavy Downpour!"
1922 : U.S. Senator Truman Newberry Resigns
1922 : U.S. Senator Truman Newberry Resigns
Nov 18 all-day
1922 : U.S. Senator Truman Newberry Resigns
  Michigan Republican Truman H. Newberry was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1918, beating out Henry Ford (yes that Henry Ford) in the general election. But to accomplish this he spent $175,000, which was … Continue reading "1922 : U.S. Senator Truman Newberry Resigns"
1927 : Hank Ballard Born in Detroit, Originator of the Twist
1927 : Hank Ballard Born in Detroit, Originator of the Twist
Nov 18 all-day
1927 : Hank Ballard Born in Detroit, Originator of the Twist
Hank Ballard was born John Henry Kendricks in Detroit on Nov. 18, 1927, though as a performer, he routinely shaved nine years off his age by claiming a 1936 birth date. His father, a truck … Continue reading "1927 : Hank Ballard Born in Detroit, Originator of the Twist"
1958: Carl D Bradley Sinks in Lake Michigan
1958: Carl D Bradley Sinks in Lake Michigan
Nov 18 all-day
1958: Carl D Bradley Sinks in Lake Michigan
The Carl D. Bradley, traveling light departed Buffington, Indiana around 9:30 pm, Monday, November 17, and headed up Lake Michigan bound for the Port of Calcite. Roland Bryan, a sailor since age fourteen, was the … Continue reading "1958: Carl D Bradley Sinks in Lake Michigan"
1982 : Rev. M. Gregory Gentry Preaches Longest Sermon
1982 : Rev. M. Gregory Gentry Preaches Longest Sermon
Nov 18 all-day
The Rev. M. Gregory Gentry of Canton broke the world record for the longest sermon on Nov. 18, 1982, after preaching for 97 hours. The stunt helped raised $10,318.86 — close to $25,000 in today’s … Continue reading "1982 : Rev. M. Gregory Gentry Preaches Longest Sermon"
2015 : Bill Clinton Receives 1st Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service
2015 : Bill Clinton Receives 1st Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service
Nov 18 all-day
Former President Bill Clinton urged an audience of dignitaries and Michigan State University students to find ways to engage in public service during a Wednesday evening speech that touched on current events such as the … Continue reading "2015 : Bill Clinton Receives 1st Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service"
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1892 : George Jewett, Michigan’s First African American Football Letterman
1892 : George Jewett, Michigan’s First African American Football Letterman
Nov 19 all-day
1892 : George Jewett, Michigan's First African American Football Letterman
Intelligent, driven, and athletically blessed, George Jewett was a classic all-American: He’d been valedictorian of Ann Arbor High School. He’d captained both the football and baseball teams there — as well as the debate club. … Continue reading "1892 : George Jewett, Michigan’s First African American Football Letterman"
1892 : Who won the Oberlin-Michigan Football Game?
1892 : Who won the Oberlin-Michigan Football Game?
Nov 19 all-day
To stress the perils of documentary research for students writing seminar papers, historians urge skepticism about everything they read until it can be verified by another source. To underscore the point, I used to teach … Continue reading "1892 : Who won the Oberlin-Michigan Football Game?"
1953 : MSU Wins First Paul Bunyan Governor’s Trophy
1953 : MSU Wins First Paul Bunyan Governor’s Trophy
Nov 19 all-day
1953 : MSU Wins First Paul Bunyan Governor's Trophy
  In 1949 Michigan voters elected Gerhard Mennen Williams as the state’s 41st governor.  Williams would serve a then record six two-year terms before choosing not to seek re-election in 1960.  During his 12 years … Continue reading "1953 : MSU Wins First Paul Bunyan Governor’s Trophy"
1956 : Two Michigan State Police Troopers Killed While on Duty
1956 : Two Michigan State Police Troopers Killed While on Duty
Nov 19 all-day
On November 19, 1956, two Michigan State Police troopers — Bert Pozza, 27, and George Lappi, 27, of the Flint post — were shot and killed with a deer rifle after responding to back up … Continue reading "1956 : Two Michigan State Police Troopers Killed While on Duty"
1966 : the Game of the Century
1966 : the Game of the Century
Nov 19 all-day
1966 : the Game of the Century
In a game to determine the number-one ranking in college football against the MSU Spartans, Notre Dame coach, Ara Parseghian had his team run out the clock rather than risk a pass and try to … Continue reading "1966 : the Game of the Century"
1975 : MSU Protests CIA Recruiting
1975 : MSU Protests CIA Recruiting
Nov 19 all-day
Recruiters for the Central Intelligence Agency came to campus only to be greeted by one of largest student protests in years. Associate Professor Zolten Ferency was one of faculty speakers denouncing the CIA. Micki Maynard, … Continue reading "1975 : MSU Protests CIA Recruiting"
1992 : Michigan Capital Awarded National Historic Landmark Status
1992 : Michigan Capital Awarded National Historic Landmark Status
Nov 19 all-day
The newly restored Michigan capitol was officially rededicated and awarded National Historic Landmark Status. Source : Michigan History, November-December 2014.
2004 : Worst Brawl in NBA History
2004 : Worst Brawl in NBA History
Nov 19 all-day
On November 19, 2004, a fight broke out between members of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. As the on-court fight died down, a fan threw a cup of Diet Coke at Pacers forward … Continue reading "2004 : Worst Brawl in NBA History"
2017 : Detroit Native Della Reese, Jazz Singer and Actress, Dies
2017 : Detroit Native Della Reese, Jazz Singer and Actress, Dies
Nov 19 all-day
2017 : Detroit Native Della Reese, Jazz Singer and Actress, Dies
Della Reese, the husky-voiced singer and actress who spent almost a decade playing a down-to-earth heavenly messenger on the CBS series “Touched by an Angel” and became an ordained minister in real life, died on … Continue reading "2017 : Detroit Native Della Reese, Jazz Singer and Actress, Dies"
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1916 : Harry Houdini Wows Grand Rapids
1916 : Harry Houdini Wows Grand Rapids
Nov 20 all-day
1916 : Harry Houdini Wows Grand Rapids
As a young performer struggling to make a name, Houdini visited Grand Rapids in 1897. His impressive, well-publicized handcuff escape at the police station brought large crowds to the evening theater show. A Grand Rapids … Continue reading "1916 : Harry Houdini Wows Grand Rapids"
1951 : Traverse City Woman’s Search for Husband Makes National News
1951 : Traverse City Woman’s Search for Husband Makes National News
Nov 20 all-day
On November 20, 1951, the Traverse City Record Eagle printed a front-page story about how 39-year-old Margaret Ealy wanted “a husband who will be a good father” to her 5-year-old son, Jamie. A large caption … Continue reading "1951 : Traverse City Woman’s Search for Husband Makes National News"
1953 : Birmingham Is 1st City in Michigan With Direct Distance Dialing
1953 : Birmingham Is 1st City in Michigan With Direct Distance Dialing
Nov 20 all-day
Birmingham became Michigan’s first-and the nation’s second-community to have direct distance dialing enabling customers to dial their own long distance without operator assistance. Source : “Michigan Historical Calendar”, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at … Continue reading "1953 : Birmingham Is 1st City in Michigan With Direct Distance Dialing"
2014 : Dexter Officially Becomes a City
2014 : Dexter Officially Becomes a City
Nov 20 all-day
On Nov. 20, 2014, Dexter officially became a city after its charter was filed. Village officials began taking steps toward becoming a city nearly a decade ago. And following lots of paperwork and countless trips … Continue reading "2014 : Dexter Officially Becomes a City"
2018 : Ontonagon River Part of USPS Wild and Scenic Rivers Series
2018 : Ontonagon River Part of USPS Wild and Scenic Rivers Series
Nov 20 all-day
2018 : Ontonagon River Part of USPS Wild and Scenic Rivers Series
A new stamp will allow a slice of the Upper Peninsula to be sent across the country. The United States Postal Service unveiled the stamp which depicts the Ontonagon River, on Nov. 20. The 25-mile … Continue reading "2018 : Ontonagon River Part of USPS Wild and Scenic Rivers Series"
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1945 : UAW Initiates Strike Against General Motors
1945 : UAW Initiates Strike Against General Motors
Nov 21 all-day
1945 : UAW Initiates Strike Against General Motors
Joining the movement: Workers at the 36th Street GM plant in Wyoming joined in a bitter 113-day nationwide UAW strike starting in the fall of 1945. It ended in the spring of 1946, with a … Continue reading "1945 : UAW Initiates Strike Against General Motors"
1977: I-96 Between Muskegon and Detroit Completed
1977: I-96 Between Muskegon and Detroit Completed
Nov 21 all-day
1977: I-96 Between Muskegon and Detroit Completed
On November 21, 1977, I-96 between Muskegon and Detroit was completed, with the opening of the final stretch of the Jeffries Freeway between M-39 and I-275. Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page
2005 : The Night a Red Wing Died, But Was Brought Back to Life
2005 : The Night a Red Wing Died, But Was Brought Back to Life
Nov 21 all-day
Every precious second became more and more desperate. There was Mike Babcock, a first-year Detroit Red Wings coach, who waved frantically for paramedics. Men in suits flooded the Wings bench. Wide-eyed players stood helplessly. Doctors … Continue reading "2005 : The Night a Red Wing Died, But Was Brought Back to Life"
2019 : First Michigan Black Lieutenant Governor to Sign Bill Into Law
2019 : First Michigan Black Lieutenant Governor to Sign Bill Into Law
Nov 21 all-day
Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist has signed a bill into law, making him the first black lieutenant governor to sign a bill into law in Michigan’s history, according to the governor’s office. “As the first black lieutenant … Continue reading "2019 : First Michigan Black Lieutenant Governor to Sign Bill Into Law"
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1893 : Harley Earl, American Automobile Designer and Executive, Born
1893 : Harley Earl, American Automobile Designer and Executive, Born
Nov 22 all-day
1893 : Harley Earl, American Automobile Designer and Executive, Born
General Motors designer Harley Earl sits inside the Buick Y-Job, the industry’s first concept car. Harley J. Earl (November 22, 1893 – April 10, 1969) was an American automotive designer and business executive. He was the … Continue reading "1893 : Harley Earl, American Automobile Designer and Executive, Born"
1910 : MAC Football, Baseball, and Basketball Coach Chester Brewer Honored
1910 : MAC Football, Baseball, and Basketball Coach Chester Brewer Honored
Nov 22 all-day
1910 : MAC Football, Baseball, and Basketball Coach Chester Brewer Honored
Coach Chester Brewer liked to take his dog Laddie to work.  Photo in 1911 MAC Yearbook courtesy of MSU Archives. The biggest event covered in the Lansing Michigan paper on November 23, 1910 was a … Continue reading "1910 : MAC Football, Baseball, and Basketball Coach Chester Brewer Honored"
1967 : The Who Perform at Southfield High School
1967 : The Who Perform at Southfield High School
Nov 22 all-day
1967 : The Who Perform at Southfield High School
The night of November 22, 1967, is indelibly etched in the memories of local music fans lucky enough to nab a ticket to The Who’s performance at Southfield High School’s gym. “It was packed to … Continue reading "1967 : The Who Perform at Southfield High School"
1975 : First MHSAA State High School Football Championships Held
1975 : First MHSAA State High School Football Championships Held
Nov 22 all-day
The first MHSSA state high school football championship games were played. Winners were Livonia Franklin in Class A, Dearborn Divine Child in Class B, Ishpeming in Class C, and Crystal Falls in Class D.
1976 : Cathy Guisewite Launches Popular Comic Strip
1976 : Cathy Guisewite Launches Popular Comic Strip
Nov 22 all-day
1976 : Cathy Guisewite Launches Popular Comic Strip
Cathy Guisewite was the creator and cartoonist behind the long-running nationally syndicated comic strip “Cathy,” one of the first mainstream comics created by a woman. Appearing for the first time in 1976, the strip ran … Continue reading "1976 : Cathy Guisewite Launches Popular Comic Strip"
1983 : Sen. Phil Mastin Recalled Over Tax Raise Vote
1983 : Sen. Phil Mastin Recalled Over Tax Raise Vote
Nov 22 all-day
Recall fever swept the legislature in 1983 after it went along with newly elected Gov. James Blanchard’s call for a 38-percent increase in the state income tax. Only one Republican — Sen. Harry DeMaso of … Continue reading "1983 : Sen. Phil Mastin Recalled Over Tax Raise Vote"
2014 : MSU Women’s Cross Country Wins 1st National Title
2014 : MSU Women’s Cross Country Wins 1st National Title
Nov 22 all-day
The Michigan State women’s cross country team has completed a season of perfection. The top-ranked Spartans captured their first national title in program history, finishing unofficially with 85 points – 62 fewer than runner-up Iowa … Continue reading "2014 : MSU Women’s Cross Country Wins 1st National Title"
2016 : Michigan Celebrates Adoption Day (Date Varies)
2016 : Michigan Celebrates Adoption Day (Date Varies)
Nov 22 all-day
Scores of Michigan families will have much to be grateful for Thanksgiving Day after finalizing the adoptions of about 100 children Tuesday during Michigan’s annual Adoption Day. Celebrated the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Adoption Day has … Continue reading "2016 : Michigan Celebrates Adoption Day (Date Varies)"
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1864: Henry Bourne Joy Born
1864: Henry Bourne Joy Born
Nov 23 all-day
1864: Henry Bourne Joy Born
Born in Detroit on November 23, 1864, Henry Bourne Joy was the son of Michigan Central Railroad president James F. Joy, who was involved with the great railroad push to Missouri, and hired Abraham Lincoln … Continue reading "1864: Henry Bourne Joy Born"
1910: Michigan-Born Doctor Hawley Crippen Hanged in England
1910: Michigan-Born Doctor Hawley Crippen Hanged in England
Nov 23 all-day
Hawley Crippen, a Michigan-born homeopathic doctor who became the first criminal caught using wireless telegraph, boarded a ship to escape the manhunt for him in England, on July 20, 1910. He was accused of poisoning … Continue reading "1910: Michigan-Born Doctor Hawley Crippen Hanged in England"
1912 : Captain Santa and His Load of Christmas Trees Disappears
1912 : Captain Santa and His Load of Christmas Trees Disappears
Nov 23 all-day
1912 : Captain Santa and His Load of Christmas Trees Disappears
When the Rouse Simmons went down, it was the end of an era: The last hurrah for a dying age of wooden schooners and the final act of the Great Lakes’ real-life Santa Claus. Although … Continue reading "1912 : Captain Santa and His Load of Christmas Trees Disappears"
1940 : University of Michigan Football Player Tom Harmon Goes Out in Style
1940 : University of Michigan Football Player Tom Harmon Goes Out in Style
Nov 23 all-day
1940 : University of Michigan Football Player Tom Harmon Goes Out in Style
Victim of one of the greatest halfbacks of all time, Tom Harmon, and a great Michigan team, the Buckeyes were smeared with a smashing, terrific loss, 40 to 0. The great Harmon, in his collegiate … Continue reading "1940 : University of Michigan Football Player Tom Harmon Goes Out in Style"
1953 : Air Force Jet Disappears Over Lake Superior in Pursuit of UFO
1953 : Air Force Jet Disappears Over Lake Superior in Pursuit of UFO
Nov 23 all-day
1953 : Air Force Jet Disappears Over Lake Superior in Pursuit of UFO
It’s a stormy November evening in 1953. Somewhere in North America’s Great Lakes region, an unexpected object has just appeared on a United States Air Force radar screen. Keen to get to the bottom of … Continue reading "1953 : Air Force Jet Disappears Over Lake Superior in Pursuit of UFO"
1991 : Desmond Howard Strikes the Heisman Pose
1991 : Desmond Howard Strikes the Heisman Pose
Nov 23 all-day
November 23, 1991. It was the annual Ohio State-Michigan game, and with a little more than four minutes remaining in the first half, a Buckeye named Tim Williams uncorked a punt high and deep into … Continue reading "1991 : Desmond Howard Strikes the Heisman Pose"
2020 : Michigan Certifies Vote for President-Elect Biden; Avoids Constitutional Crisis
2020 : Michigan Certifies Vote for President-Elect Biden; Avoids Constitutional Crisis
Nov 23 all-day
2020 : Michigan Certifies Vote for President-Elect Biden; Avoids Constitutional Crisis
Republican canvasser Norm Shinkle, bottom left, repeatedly made it clear in the meeting that he has wanted to delay certification and audit results because of irregularities he called troubling. (Screenshot) The Michigan State Board of … Continue reading "2020 : Michigan Certifies Vote for President-Elect Biden; Avoids Constitutional Crisis"
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1898 : Louis Elbel Pens iconic fight song “The Victors”
1898 : Louis Elbel Pens iconic fight song “The Victors”
Nov 24 all-day
1898 : Louis Elbel Pens iconic fight song "The Victors"
Inspired by a squeaker of a University of Michigan football win over the University of Chicago on this day in 1898, University of Michigan band member Louis Elbel pens the iconic fight song “The Victors” … Continue reading "1898 : Louis Elbel Pens iconic fight song “The Victors”"
1968 : Ernest Hemingway’s Family Cottage Added to National Historical Landmarks
1968 : Ernest Hemingway’s Family Cottage Added to National Historical Landmarks
Nov 24 all-day
1968 : Ernest Hemingway's Family Cottage Added to National Historical Landmarks
Ernest Hemingway’s family cottage, “Windemere,” in Emmet County was added to the list of national historic landmarks. In 1899, Ernest Hemmingway’s father built the “Windemere” cottage in Emmet County. And it was here that the … Continue reading "1968 : Ernest Hemingway’s Family Cottage Added to National Historical Landmarks"
1975 : MSU Cat Authors Physics Paper
1975 : MSU Cat Authors Physics Paper
Nov 24 all-day
1975 : MSU Cat Authors Physics Paper
THIS IS A DRAMATIZATION. (Photo: Kachalkina Veronika / Shutterstock.com) When one reads a physics paper in an esteemed journal, one does not generally wonder if it was written by a cat. But such was the … Continue reading "1975 : MSU Cat Authors Physics Paper"
1997 : Irving D. Reid, Wayne State University’s First African-American President
1997 : Irving D. Reid, Wayne State University’s First African-American President
Nov 24 all-day
On November 24, 1997, Irving D. Reid took the oath of office to become Wayne State University’s first African-American president. Dr. Reid served as Wayne State University’s ninth president from Nov. 24, 1997 to August … Continue reading "1997 : Irving D. Reid, Wayne State University’s First African-American President"
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1904 : John W. Burdette, MAC Football Player, Dies from Practice Injuries
1904 : John W. Burdette, MAC Football Player, Dies from Practice Injuries
Nov 25 all-day
Thanksgiving 1904 was a somber affair at MAC. A MAC football player died from injuries suffered during a football practice. John W. Burdette’s parents and siblings were with him when he passed on November 25. … Continue reading "1904 : John W. Burdette, MAC Football Player, Dies from Practice Injuries"
1922 : Contract for East Lansing’s First Hotel
1922 : Contract for East Lansing’s First Hotel
Nov 25 all-day
On November 25, 1922, contracts for the erection of a building, with 47 rooms, to be used for East Lansing’s first hotel, was let by Mary E. Champs. While East Lansing, the home of the … Continue reading "1922 : Contract for East Lansing’s First Hotel"
1973 : Michigan – Ohio State Tiebreaker Causes Controversy
1973 : Michigan – Ohio State Tiebreaker Causes Controversy
Nov 25 all-day
The aftermath of the 1973 Ohio State vs. Michigan football game was one of the most notorious episodes in Big Ten history. In this game, both teams were undefeated, with Ohio State ranked 1st, and … Continue reading "1973 : Michigan – Ohio State Tiebreaker Causes Controversy"
2011 : Fred Meijer Dies
2011 : Fred Meijer Dies
Nov 25 all-day
2011 : Fred Meijer Dies
Frederik Meijer, the Grand Rapids billionaire credited with inventing the supercenter store format in 1962 that made his Meijer chain a successful Midwest retailer and was copied by Sam Walton for his chain Wal-Mart, died … Continue reading "2011 : Fred Meijer Dies"
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1620: The Wampanoag Indian Thanksgiving story deserves to be known
1620: The Wampanoag Indian Thanksgiving story deserves to be known
Nov 26 all-day
1620: The Wampanoag Indian Thanksgiving story deserves to be known
Everyone’s history matters: The Wampanoag Indian Thanksgiving story deserves to be known Michele Felice Corné (1752–1845), The Landing of the Pilgrims, 1803. Credit: U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Reception Rooms “The antidote to feel-good history is … Continue reading "1620: The Wampanoag Indian Thanksgiving story deserves to be known"
1824: First Official Thanksgiving in Michigan
1824: First Official Thanksgiving in Michigan
Nov 26 all-day
On November 25, 1824, Territorial Governor Lewis Cass declared the first Thanksgiving holiday for the residents of Michigan in Detroit. Now Thanksgiving also occurs on the 4th Thursday of November. Sources : Pasty Central Day … Continue reading "1824: First Official Thanksgiving in Michigan"
1827 : Detroit Makes Sidewalks Mandatory
1827 : Detroit Makes Sidewalks Mandatory
Nov 26 all-day
1827 : Detroit Makes Sidewalks Mandatory
On November 26, 1827, Detroit passed an ordinance requiring city sidewalks. Planks were used for sidewalk construction into the early 1900s, as shown in this photo of an icy sidewalk on Milwaukee Ave.
1883 : Sojourner Truth Dies in Battle Creek
1883 : Sojourner Truth Dies in Battle Creek
Nov 26 all-day
1883 : Sojourner Truth Dies in Battle Creek
Sojourner Truth, the noted abolitionist and women’s rights activist, died in Battle Creek, Michigan, on November 26, 1883. When she passed away at age eighty-six, her funeral at the Congregational Church was thought the largest … Continue reading "1883 : Sojourner Truth Dies in Battle Creek"
1910: Thanksgiving in Lansing Recalled (Date Varies)
1910: Thanksgiving in Lansing Recalled (Date Varies)
Nov 26 all-day
A hundred years ago, Thanksgiving in Lansing was a quiescent affair. The paper describes an abeyance of business throughout the city. However, the post office was open from 7-9 am and a delivery was made. … Continue reading "1910: Thanksgiving in Lansing Recalled (Date Varies)"
1924 : Italian Wooden Puppets Become Featured Part of Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade
1924 : Italian Wooden Puppets Become Featured Part of Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade
Nov 26 all-day
Some are pirates. Some are Martians. Some are animals. And the oldest ones—arguably the most elaborate and haunting — are Italian. Italian, because in the mid-1920s, Charles Wendel, then-director of displays at Hudson’s department store … Continue reading "1924 : Italian Wooden Puppets Become Featured Part of Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade"
1924: First Detroit Thanksgiving Parade
1924: First Detroit Thanksgiving Parade
Nov 26 all-day
In 1924, Charles F. Wendel, display manager at the J.L. Hudson Company, conceived the idea of a grand Thanksgiving parade down Woodward Avenue, with Santa alighting from his sleigh at Hudson’s to take up residence … Continue reading "1924: First Detroit Thanksgiving Parade"
1990 : Chilly Willy Balloon Escapes Detroit Parade
1990 : Chilly Willy Balloon Escapes Detroit Parade
Nov 26 all-day
1990 : Chilly Willy Balloon Escapes Detroit Parade
A newer Chilly Willy balloon photo from a more recent parade. I love Chilly Willy and the Thanksgiving Day Parade and back in 1990, these two combined to make what for me is the best … Continue reading "1990 : Chilly Willy Balloon Escapes Detroit Parade"
1990: How Art Van Elsander Saved Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade
1990: How Art Van Elsander Saved Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade
Nov 26 all-day
On a day dedicated to gratitude and family, furniture mogul Art Van Elslander is especially grateful this year for an on-the-spot decision he made 25 years ago to save a beloved Detroit tradition: the Thanksgiving … Continue reading "1990: How Art Van Elsander Saved Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade"
2018 : Gobblers and the Gridiron – Detroit and Thanksgiving Football
2018 : Gobblers and the Gridiron – Detroit and Thanksgiving Football
Nov 26 all-day
2018 : Gobblers and the Gridiron - Detroit and Thanksgiving Football
It is hard to grow up in Michigan and not have at least seen or heard the Detroit Lions playing on Thanksgiving afternoon. Detroit has played in every Thanksgiving game since 1934. Like turkey, it’s … Continue reading "2018 : Gobblers and the Gridiron – Detroit and Thanksgiving Football"
2018 : Happy Thanksgiving (Date Varies)
2018 : Happy Thanksgiving (Date Varies)
Nov 26 all-day
We hope that you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving where ever you are. The U.S. Government hopes so as well -— and has a page of interesting Thanksgiving information. It has facts and statistics … Continue reading "2018 : Happy Thanksgiving (Date Varies)"
2018 : Thanksgiving and Mary Had a Little Lamb (Date Varies)
2018 : Thanksgiving and Mary Had a Little Lamb (Date Varies)
Nov 26 all-day
2018 : Thanksgiving and Mary Had a Little Lamb (Date Varies)
Do you enjoy Thanksgiving? Can you say the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb?” What do they both have in common? Sarah Hale. Sarah was born Sarah Buell on October 24, 1788, in Newport, … Continue reading "2018 : Thanksgiving and Mary Had a Little Lamb (Date Varies)"
2018 : Who Celebrated the First Thanksgiving?
2018 : Who Celebrated the First Thanksgiving?
Nov 26 all-day
If you guessed “Plymouth Colonists,” you might be surprised. These celebrations predate the Plymouth colonists and their feast of gratitude in 1621 — In May 1541, Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and 1,500 men … Continue reading "2018 : Who Celebrated the First Thanksgiving?"
2018: Turkey Day College Football
2018: Turkey Day College Football
Nov 26 all-day
What’s Thanksgiving without a football game? Football games played on Thanksgiving Day date back to 1876, when Yale and Princeton began an annual tradition of playing each other. The University of Michigan also made it … Continue reading "2018: Turkey Day College Football"
Sojourner Truth Day
Sojourner Truth Day
Nov 26 all-day
Sojourner Truth  Day was established as November 26th of each yer by the Michigan Legislature. MCL 435.361 The Michigan legislature recognizes the fundamental contribution Sojourner Truth made to the cause of abolition of slavery and … Continue reading "Sojourner Truth Day"
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1901 : Horrible Train Wreck Near Adrian
1901 : Horrible Train Wreck Near Adrian
Nov 27 all-day
On November 27, 1901, Thanksgiving Eve, one of the worst railroad disasters in Michigan history occurred about a mile north-east of the tiny village of Seneca in southern Lenawee County. The number of people who … Continue reading "1901 : Horrible Train Wreck Near Adrian"
1953 : Curtis Armstrong (Booger) Born in Detroit
1953 : Curtis Armstrong (Booger) Born in Detroit
Nov 27 all-day
Curtis Armstrong (born November 27, 1953) is an American actor known for his portrayal as Booger in the Revenge of the Nerds movies, as Herbert Viola on Moonlighting, as famed record producer Ahmet Ertegün in … Continue reading "1953 : Curtis Armstrong (Booger) Born in Detroit"
1960 : Gordie Howe Scores 1000th Point
1960 : Gordie Howe Scores 1000th Point
Nov 27 all-day
On Nov. 27, 1960, Gordie Howe scored his 1,000th point. Better known as “Mr. Hockey,” Howe made his professional debut with the Detroit Red Wings in 1946 at the age of 18. In 1997, Howe … Continue reading "1960 : Gordie Howe Scores 1000th Point"
2011 : Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith Premieres on Hallmark Channel
2011 : Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith Premieres on Hallmark Channel
Nov 27 all-day
Mitch Albom (Bradley Whitford) has a pretty great life. He lives in Detroit and is happily married, he’s an award-winning sportswriter, a must-read newspaper columnist, a screenwriter, a radio and television broadcaster. Then two men … Continue reading "2011 : Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith Premieres on Hallmark Channel"
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1864 : Battle of Honey Hill, Georgia
1864 : Battle of Honey Hill, Georgia
Nov 28 all-day
1864 : Battle of Honey Hill, Georgia
During the last days of November 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman was nearing the end of his epic march across Georgia to the sea. As he approached Savanah, Sherman requested that Union forces stationed at … Continue reading "1864 : Battle of Honey Hill, Georgia"
1905: Lake Superior Storm
1905: Lake Superior Storm
Nov 28 all-day
On this day, 29 ships were either damaged or lost during a winter gale on Lake Superior. Source : Pasty Central Day in History, November 28 However, many think the greatest storm ever to occur … Continue reading "1905: Lake Superior Storm"
1929 : Berry Gordy, Jr. Born in Detroit
1929 : Berry Gordy, Jr. Born in Detroit
Nov 28 all-day
1929 : Berry Gordy, Jr. Born in Detroit
Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. brought black music to white audiences. He premiered a new sound, and launched the careers of such artists as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and the Supremes. In … Continue reading "1929 : Berry Gordy, Jr. Born in Detroit"
2016 : Michael ‘Jim’ Delligatti Dies, Creator of Big Mac and MSU Grad
2016 : Michael ‘Jim’ Delligatti Dies, Creator of Big Mac and MSU Grad
Nov 28 all-day
2016 : Michael 'Jim' Delligatti Dies, Creator of Big Mac and MSU Grad
Michael “Jim” Delligatti, an early Ray Kroc franchisee and the man who created the most iconic item on the McDonald’s menu, the Big Mac, died Monday at the age of 98. Delligatti created the infamous … Continue reading "2016 : Michael ‘Jim’ Delligatti Dies, Creator of Big Mac and MSU Grad"
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1760 : French Surrender Michigan to British
1760 : French Surrender Michigan to British
Nov 29 all-day
1760 : French Surrender Michigan to British
Painting of the French surrender of Fort Pontchartain du Detroit to English. On Nov. 29, 1760, the French surrendered Michigan to the British after only three-score years of rule. Captain Francoise-Marie Picote, Sieur de Bellestre, … Continue reading "1760 : French Surrender Michigan to British"
1847 : Michigan’s First Telegraph Line Completed
1847 : Michigan’s First Telegraph Line Completed
Nov 29 all-day
On November 29, 1847, Michigan’s first telegraph line was completed along the Michigan Central railroad tracks between Detroit and Ypsilanti. The first messages sent were long and ranged from the price of wheat and putty … Continue reading "1847 : Michigan’s First Telegraph Line Completed"
1870 : Susan B. Anthony Demands Right to Vote In Detroit
1870 : Susan B. Anthony Demands Right to Vote In Detroit
Nov 29 all-day
1870 : Susan B. Anthony Demands Right to Vote In Detroit
Speaking at the Northwestern Woman’s Suffrage Association in Detroit on November 29, 1870, Susan B. Anthony shared her ideas on woman suffrage, her reasons for demanding it, the abuses women suffer for lacking it. The … Continue reading "1870 : Susan B. Anthony Demands Right to Vote In Detroit"
1883 : Former Michigan Gov. William Greenly Dies, Signed Legislation to Move Capitol to Lansing
1883 : Former Michigan Gov. William Greenly Dies, Signed Legislation to Move Capitol to Lansing
Nov 29 all-day
On Nov. 29, 1883, former Michigan Gov. William Greenly, the state’s sixth governor, died in his hometown of Adrian at age 70. Greenly served as lieutenant governor until Mar. 4, 1847, when Gov. Alpheus Felch … Continue reading "1883 : Former Michigan Gov. William Greenly Dies, Signed Legislation to Move Capitol to Lansing"
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1816 : Tiffin, U.S. Surveyor General, Reports That Michigan is “Interminable Swamp”
1816 : Tiffin, U.S. Surveyor General, Reports That Michigan is “Interminable Swamp”
Nov 30 all-day
At the end of the War of 1812, Congress authorized bounty lands to be awarded to soldiers, to compensate them for their service. Each man would get 160 acres in the Old Northwest Territory, which … Continue reading "1816 : Tiffin, U.S. Surveyor General, Reports That Michigan is “Interminable Swamp”"
1885 : Traverse City State Hospital for the Insane Opens
1885 : Traverse City State Hospital for the Insane Opens
Nov 30 all-day
1885 : Traverse City State Hospital for the Insane Opens
Created by Michigan Public Act Number 155, and originally called the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane, the Traverse City mental health institution had a total of five names in its one hundred plus year … Continue reading "1885 : Traverse City State Hospital for the Insane Opens"
1932 : Detroit Police Raid Oasis Club During the Height of Prohibition
1932 : Detroit Police Raid Oasis Club During the Height of Prohibition
Nov 30 all-day
On November 30, 1932, Detroit Police raided the Oasis Club, a blind pig located near the Detroit City College campus (now Wayne State University). Source : Detroit Historical Society For more information about Prohibition, see … Continue reading "1932 : Detroit Police Raid Oasis Club During the Height of Prohibition"
1961 : Michigan Nurse Killed in Vietnam, Only Female Casualty
1961 : Michigan Nurse Killed in Vietnam, Only Female Casualty
Nov 30 all-day
On November 30, 1961,  Hedwig Diane Orlowkski, a 1st Lieutenant and member of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, was killed in Vietnam, the only Michigan woman killed in the conflict. 7 other female nurses also … Continue reading "1961 : Michigan Nurse Killed in Vietnam, Only Female Casualty"
1983 : Senator David Serotkin Recalled Over Tax Raise Vote
1983 : Senator David Serotkin Recalled Over Tax Raise Vote
Nov 30 all-day
Recall fever swept the legislature in 1983 after it went along with newly elected Gov. James Blanchard’s call for a 38-percent increase in the state income tax. Only one Republican — Sen. Harry DeMaso of … Continue reading "1983 : Senator David Serotkin Recalled Over Tax Raise Vote"