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1781 : British Purchase Mackinac Island From Chippewa Indians
1781 : British Purchase Mackinac Island From Chippewa Indians
May 12 all-day
On May 12, 1781, the Ojibwe tribe sold Mackinac Island to the British for five-thousand pounds… The transaction was completed with the commander of Fort Michilimackinac, Lt. Patrick Sinclair, and the chiefs of several bands … Continue reading "1781 : British Purchase Mackinac Island From Chippewa Indians"
1891 : Detroit’s Streetcar Employees Unionize
1891 : Detroit’s Streetcar Employees Unionize
May 12 all-day
In April of 1891, local transit workers struck the Detroit Street Railway and the smaller independent Grand River Railway companies, resulting in a bloody and violent 3-day riot. A move by the transit workers to … Continue reading "1891 : Detroit’s Streetcar Employees Unionize"
1891 : Shave Costs 15 Cents in Detroit
1891 : Shave Costs 15 Cents in Detroit
May 12 all-day
On May 12, 1891, Detroit barbers raised the price for a shave from 10 to 15 cents. Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook page
1936 : Black Legion Members Execute Charley Poole Outside Detroit
1936 : Black Legion Members Execute Charley Poole Outside Detroit
May 12 all-day
On May 12, 1936, a young unemployed autoworker — Charley Poole — was taken into the countryside west of Detroit and shot five times at point-blank range, an honor killing that was the latest in … Continue reading "1936 : Black Legion Members Execute Charley Poole Outside Detroit"
1961 : Judy Garland Entertains Fans at Masonic Auditorium in Detroit
1961 : Judy Garland Entertains Fans at Masonic Auditorium in Detroit
May 12 all-day
On this day Judy Garland entertained her fans in Detroit to glowing reviews in the local newspapers. She performed classics such as “Almost Like Falling in Love”, “Chicago”, “Clang! Clang! Clang! Went the Trolley”, and … Continue reading "1961 : Judy Garland Entertains Fans at Masonic Auditorium in Detroit"
2017 : Qline Officially Begins Offering Rides in Detroit
2017 : Qline Officially Begins Offering Rides in Detroit
May 12 all-day
The QLine streetcars will formally roll up and down Woodward beginning May 12, officials announced Thursday. After more than a decade of discussions and delays, construction on the tracks began in July 2014 and QLine … Continue reading "2017 : Qline Officially Begins Offering Rides in Detroit"
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