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1859 : Lansing, Michigan Incorporates As A City
1859 : Lansing, Michigan Incorporates As A City
Feb 15 all-day
A pair of New York speculators plotted and marketed a non-existent city known as “Biddle City”. The New Yorkers that bought into the idea arrive in Lansing to discover that the plots they had bought … Continue reading "1859 : Lansing, Michigan Incorporates As A City"
1898 : Battleship Maine Explodes, Claiming Michigander Lives
1898 : Battleship Maine Explodes, Claiming Michigander Lives
Feb 15 all-day
1898 : Battleship Maine Explodes, Claiming Michigander Lives
Bay City’s 33rd Regiment established the first Michigan National Guard’s hospital corps during the Spanish-American War, according to Prof. Jeremy Kilar. Fate intervened 119 years ago and took the life of a sailor from West … Continue reading "1898 : Battleship Maine Explodes, Claiming Michigander Lives"
1915 : Ionia Mayor and Future Governor Fred Green Pitches Idea for First Ionia Free Fair
1915 : Ionia Mayor and Future Governor Fred Green Pitches Idea for First Ionia Free Fair
Feb 15 all-day
The “free fair” project was launched at the Ionia Businessman’s “solidarity” meeting on February 15, 1915. At that time, Mayor Fred Green, who was to later become the Governor of Michigan, presented his plans for … Continue reading "1915 : Ionia Mayor and Future Governor Fred Green Pitches Idea for First Ionia Free Fair"
1921 : Red Scare Grips Michigan
1921 : Red Scare Grips Michigan
Feb 15 all-day
25 citizens of Michigan were deported to Russia during the first Red Scare of the 1920s. Source : Historical Society of Michigan For further reading, see Young J. Edgar : Hoover, the Red Scare, and … Continue reading "1921 : Red Scare Grips Michigan"
1926 : Dearborn Hosts First Contract Airmail Service in Country
1926 : Dearborn Hosts First Contract Airmail Service in Country
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1926 : Dearborn Hosts First Contract Airmail Service in Country
On Feb. 15, 1926, the nation’s first contract airmail service began from Dearborn to Cleveland. Ford Motor Company’s Ford Air Transport provided the service, as well as a similar service from Dearborn to Chicago. Note … Continue reading "1926 : Dearborn Hosts First Contract Airmail Service in Country"
1935 : Astronaut Roger Bruce Chaffee Born
1935 : Astronaut Roger Bruce Chaffee Born
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1935 : Astronaut Roger Bruce Chaffee Born
  Astronaut Roger Bruce Chaffee was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on this day. Chaffee graduated from high school in 1953 with his sights on an engineering career. In pursuit of this goal, he entered … Continue reading "1935 : Astronaut Roger Bruce Chaffee Born"
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