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1861 : 1st Michigan Infantry Arrives in Washington, D.C.
1861 : 1st Michigan Infantry Arrives in Washington, D.C.
May 16 all-day
May 16, 1861 : The 1st Michigan Infantry Regiment marched into Washington, D.C., at the start of the Civil War.  President Lincolnn, who wondered if the west would support the war, was said to exclaim, … Continue reading "1861 : 1st Michigan Infantry Arrives in Washington, D.C."
1891 : Grand Rapids Furniture Store Workers Riot
1891 : Grand Rapids Furniture Store Workers Riot
May 16 all-day
On May 16, 1891, a riot broke out in Grand Rapids that was finally quelled by fire hoses. The riot stemmed from some 4,000 furniture workers walking off their jobs at 35 plants. Better pay … Continue reading "1891 : Grand Rapids Furniture Store Workers Riot"
1916 : Oldest Continuous Operating Bowling Alley Started
1916 : Oldest Continuous Operating Bowling Alley Started
May 16 all-day
Joe Zainea’s love for people can be felt the moment he shakes your hand as a gracious welcome to the Detroit bowling alley that’s been in his family for more than 70 years. Zainea, affectionately … Continue reading "1916 : Oldest Continuous Operating Bowling Alley Started"
1919 : Former Detroit Tiger Germany Schaefer Dies
1919 : Former Detroit Tiger Germany Schaefer Dies
May 16 all-day
1919 : Former Detroit Tiger Germany Schaefer Dies
Nobody in the long history of baseball ever craved the spotlight more than the zany, ruddy-faced Herman “Germany” Schaefer, for whom no gag was too outrageous or primitive and no audience too small or unfriendly. … Continue reading "1919 : Former Detroit Tiger Germany Schaefer Dies"
1956 : General Motors Technical Center Dedicated in Warren
1956 : General Motors Technical Center Dedicated in Warren
May 16 all-day
On May 16, 1956, the General Motors Technical Center was dedicated in Warren. Costing around $100 million–or about half a billion in today’s dollars–to develop and staffed by around 4,000 scientists, engineers, designers and other … Continue reading "1956 : General Motors Technical Center Dedicated in Warren"
1972 : Michigan Voters Approve State Lottery
1972 : Michigan Voters Approve State Lottery
May 16 all-day
On May 16, 1972, by a 2-1 margin, Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing a state lottery. Sources: Michigan History Official Michigan State Lottery website Michigan Lottery Wikipedia entry
1986 : Top Gun Released
1986 : Top Gun Released
May 16 all-day
1986 : Top Gun Released
Originally released May 16, 1986, “Top Gun” grossed approximately $171.1 million by the end of the year. When the home video market was in its infancy, the release of “Top Gun” on videocassette in March … Continue reading "1986 : Top Gun Released"
2010 : Rima Fakih of Dearborn Crowned Miss USA
2010 : Rima Fakih of Dearborn Crowned Miss USA
May 16 all-day
2010 : Rima Fakih of Dearborn Crowned Miss USA
The Lebanon-born beauty and Dearborn resident (since 2003, when she moved from Queens, N.Y.) is the third Michigan woman to capture the Miss USA title. Fakih previously won the Miss Michigan pageant on September 19, … Continue reading "2010 : Rima Fakih of Dearborn Crowned Miss USA"
2015 : Miguel Cabrera Hits 400th Home Run
2015 : Miguel Cabrera Hits 400th Home Run
May 16 all-day
The Tigers first baseman hit his 400th home run in the first inning of today’s game against the Cardinals, swatting a full-count fastball from left-hander Tyler Lyons over the centerfield fence. The home run was … Continue reading "2015 : Miguel Cabrera Hits 400th Home Run"
2016 : Black Marine Honored for WWII Service
2016 : Black Marine Honored for WWII Service
May 16 all-day
A 90-year-old veteran was honored Tuesday more than 70 years after becoming one of the first African-Americans to join the U.S. Marines. A smiling John Willie Jordan of Farmington — on a walker and proudly … Continue reading "2016 : Black Marine Honored for WWII Service"
2018 : MSU Announces $500 Million Payout to Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse Victims
2018 : MSU Announces $500 Million Payout to Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse Victims
May 16 all-day
Michigan State has agreed to pay $500 million to settle lawsuits filed by 332 alleged victims of disgraced former sports physician Larry Nassar, both sides announced Wednesday, ending the university’s involvement in litigation over the … Continue reading "2018 : MSU Announces $500 Million Payout to Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse Victims"
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