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1861 : First Michigan Musters on Campus Martius
1861 : First Michigan Musters on Campus Martius
May 1 all-day
1861 : First Michigan Musters on Campus Martius
The 1st Michigan Regiment mustered at Campus Martius in Detroit on this date in 1861, called by Abraham Lincoln to protect the nation’s capital. After the regiment received its flags, made by the women of … Continue reading "1861 : First Michigan Musters on Campus Martius"
1915 : Detroit Mandates Pasteurization of Milk
1915 : Detroit Mandates Pasteurization of Milk
May 1 all-day
On May 1, 1915, the City of Detroit mandated that all milk be pasteurized.   Probably as a direct result, along with improved milk facilities and supply,  the health department announced in 1921 that baby death … Continue reading "1915 : Detroit Mandates Pasteurization of Milk"
1918 : Michigan Voters Adopt Prohibition Before the Country as a Whole!
1918 : Michigan Voters Adopt Prohibition Before the Country as a Whole!
May 1 all-day
Michigan voters approved a prohibition amendment to the State’s constitution before national prohibition became effective. However, home production of alcohol and speakeasies quickly became popular. At downtown Detroit’s Richter’s Café on State Street, a single … Continue reading "1918 : Michigan Voters Adopt Prohibition Before the Country as a Whole!"
1919 : World War I Airman Francis I. Lankey Dies
1919 : World War I Airman Francis I. Lankey Dies
May 1 all-day
1919 : World War I Airman Francis I. Lankey Dies
Part of World War I airman Francis I. Lankey’s legacy was the creation of the fight song for Michigan State University. Lankey was born in Bay City in 1896, the only child of Bertha and … Continue reading "1919 : World War I Airman Francis I. Lankey Dies"
1926 : Henry Ford Announce Five Day Work Week
1926 : Henry Ford Announce Five Day Work Week
May 1 all-day
On May 1, 1926, Ford Motor Company becomes one of the first companies in America to adopt a five-day, 40-hour week for workers in its automotive factories. The policy would be extended to Ford’s office … Continue reading "1926 : Henry Ford Announce Five Day Work Week"
1948: 1st Negro Social Fraternity at MSC Recognized
1948: 1st Negro Social Fraternity at MSC Recognized
May 1 all-day
1948: 1st Negro Social Fraternity at MSC Recognized
President John A. Hannah presented a charter to the 1st Negro social fraternity at Michigan State College, Alpha Phi Alpha.   Herbert Burnett of Detroit was President of the fraternity. Source: Detroit Free Press, April 30, … Continue reading "1948: 1st Negro Social Fraternity at MSC Recognized"
1975 : Beer Salesmen Prohibited From Buying A Round of Drinks for Everyone at Bar
1975 : Beer Salesmen Prohibited From Buying A Round of Drinks for Everyone at Bar
May 1 all-day
1975 : Beer Salesmen Prohibited From Buying A Round of Drinks for Everyone at Bar
On May 1, 1975, a new state law prohibited beer salesmen from buying rounds for the house at bars and, instead, allowed them to buy a single beer of the salesman’s company’s brand for one … Continue reading "1975 : Beer Salesmen Prohibited From Buying A Round of Drinks for Everyone at Bar"
1981 : General Motors Poletown Project
1981 : General Motors Poletown Project
May 1 all-day
On May 1, 1981, General Motors held groundbreaking ceremonies for a controversial $600 million, 465.5-acre plant in Hamtramck’s Poletown, one of Detroit’s oldest neighborhoods. Approximately $200 million in federal funds were used to acquire the … Continue reading "1981 : General Motors Poletown Project"
1997 : Mohammed Ali Visits Michigan Legislature to Fight Against Child Abuse
1997 : Mohammed Ali Visits Michigan Legislature to Fight Against Child Abuse
May 1 all-day
The following story appeared in the May 1, 1997, edition of Gongwer News Service/Michigan Report: Accolades were heaped on former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali Thursday, who appeared before the Legislature to praise the efforts … Continue reading "1997 : Mohammed Ali Visits Michigan Legislature to Fight Against Child Abuse"
2010 : Michigan Bans Smoking in Public Areas, Including Restaurants
2010 : Michigan Bans Smoking in Public Areas, Including Restaurants
May 1 all-day
As of May 1, 2010, smoking is generally prohibited in Michigan public places, places of employment and food service establishments.  Exceptions have been made for cigar bars and tobacco specialty stores and for gambling areas … Continue reading "2010 : Michigan Bans Smoking in Public Areas, Including Restaurants"
2010 : President Obama Delivers Commencement Address at University of Michigan
2010 : President Obama Delivers Commencement Address at University of Michigan
May 1 all-day
2010 : President Obama Delivers Commencement Address at University of Michigan
President Barack Obama exits the stage with University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman after delivering the commencement address to University of Michigan graduates at Michigan Stadium, in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, May 1, 2010
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