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1817 : The Detroit Gazette Debuts, Michigan First Successful, Regularly Issued Paper
1817 : The Detroit Gazette Debuts, Michigan First Successful, Regularly Issued Paper
Aug 1 all-day
The weekly Detroit Gazette, Michigan’s first successful newspaper, began a 13 year run on this day. The Detroit Gazette was a French-English weekly newspaper published by John P. Sheldon and Ebenezer Reed on the third … Continue reading "1817 : The Detroit Gazette Debuts, Michigan First Successful, Regularly Issued Paper"
1834 : Emancipation Day Celebrated in Ypsilanti
1834 : Emancipation Day Celebrated in Ypsilanti
Aug 1 all-day
1834 : Emancipation Day Celebrated in Ypsilanti
In the social and political life of African-American Ypsilanti, no day was more important than the First of August, Emancipation Day, the oldest celebration of the ending of slavery in North America. Ypsilanti’s deep ties … Continue reading "1834 : Emancipation Day Celebrated in Ypsilanti"
1856 : Samuel Horton Settles at Horton Bay
1856 : Samuel Horton Settles at Horton Bay
Aug 1 all-day
1856 : Samuel Horton Settles at Horton Bay
Samuel Horton, accompanied by his family, traveling on the small sailing vessel Rover, arrives on a beautiful bay and decides to settle there.   The Bay and area still bears name — Horton Bay.   They are … Continue reading "1856 : Samuel Horton Settles at Horton Bay"
1863 : Detroit Launches Public Transportation With Horse-Drawn Streetcars
1863 : Detroit Launches Public Transportation With Horse-Drawn Streetcars
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1863 : Detroit Launches Public Transportation With Horse-Drawn Streetcars
August 1-4, 1863 Horse-drawn rail-cars operated along the streets of Detroit for thirty years before the operation of the electric-powered streetcar.  In the above photo, taken shortly before the arrival of the first electric cars, … Continue reading "1863 : Detroit Launches Public Transportation With Horse-Drawn Streetcars"
1878 : Eastern Michigan Asylum Opens in Pontiac
1878 : Eastern Michigan Asylum Opens in Pontiac
Aug 1 all-day
1878 : Eastern Michigan Asylum Opens in Pontiac
On August 1, 1878, the State of Michigan opened the Eastern Michigan Asylum in Pontiac. The asylum, built to supplement the state’s first institution at Kalamazoo, housed 330 patients and served 20 southeast Michigan counties. … Continue reading "1878 : Eastern Michigan Asylum Opens in Pontiac"
1911 : Michigan Aviator Becomes First Licensed Female Pilot in U.S.
1911 : Michigan Aviator Becomes First Licensed Female Pilot in U.S.
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1911 : Michigan Aviator Becomes First Licensed Female Pilot in U.S.
On August 1, 1911, Harriet Quimby of Kinderhook Township, Michigan, became the first licensed female aviator in the United States. For more information see Henry M. Holden, Her Mentor was an Albatross: the Autobiography of … Continue reading "1911 : Michigan Aviator Becomes First Licensed Female Pilot in U.S."
1928: Acting Detroit Mayor Escapes Serious Injury at Detroit Zoo Opening
1928: Acting Detroit Mayor Escapes Serious Injury at Detroit Zoo Opening
Aug 1 all-day
1928: Acting Detroit Mayor Escapes Serious Injury at Detroit Zoo Opening
On Aug. 1, 1928, Acting Detroit Mayor John Nagel was scheduled to speak at the opening day festivities of the Detroit Zoo. As he made his way to the bandstand, he was greeted by a … Continue reading "1928: Acting Detroit Mayor Escapes Serious Injury at Detroit Zoo Opening"
1959 : Fenner Nature Center Opens in Lansing
1959 : Fenner Nature Center Opens in Lansing
Aug 1 all-day
Fenner Nature Center opened as the City of Lansing’s Arboretum Park on August 1, 1959. Within a few years the park contained 4 bison, 3 pronghorn antelopes, 25 prairie dogs, 3 white-tailed deer and a … Continue reading "1959 : Fenner Nature Center Opens in Lansing"
1983 : Pinball Machines Corrupting Youth
1983 : Pinball Machines Corrupting Youth
Aug 1 all-day
According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, west side residents blamed robberies and burglaries on kids’ cravings for coins to feed flashing machines that emitted “strange musical sounds and zapping noises” from tall … Continue reading "1983 : Pinball Machines Corrupting Youth"
2013 : Gabriella (Gail) Joyce Kobe, Michigan Born Actress, Dies
2013 : Gabriella (Gail) Joyce Kobe, Michigan Born Actress, Dies
Aug 1 all-day
Ms. Kobe, born and raised in Hamtramck, got her acting break in the 1956 epic “The Ten Commandments,” in which she played a servant and other roles. Ms. Kobe later appeared in dozens of TV … Continue reading "2013 : Gabriella (Gail) Joyce Kobe, Michigan Born Actress, Dies"
2017 : Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Featured on 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Program
2017 : Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Featured on 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Program
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2017 : Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Featured on 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Program
One of Michigan’s natural treasures will soon be showcased on a quarter. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula has been selected as one of the designs for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters … Continue reading "2017 : Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Featured on 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Program"
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