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1673 : Father Jacques Marquette, Fur trader Louis Jolliet Embark on Expedition to Explore the Mississippi River
1673 : Father Jacques Marquette, Fur trader Louis Jolliet Embark on Expedition to Explore the Mississippi River
May 17 all-day
1673 : Father Jacques Marquette, Fur trader Louis Jolliet Embark on Expedition to Explore the Mississippi River
On May 17, 1673, Jesuit missionary Jacques Marquette, fur trader Louis Jolliet and five voyageurs leave the recently established Indian mission at St. Ignace to explore a great river known by the Indians as the … Continue reading "1673 : Father Jacques Marquette, Fur trader Louis Jolliet Embark on Expedition to Explore the Mississippi River"
1866 : Frederick Douglass Speaks in Ypsilanti
1866 : Frederick Douglass Speaks in Ypsilanti
May 17 all-day
1866 : Frederick Douglass Speaks in Ypsilanti
Frederick Douglass is one of the most iconic figures in American history, and, during the height of his career, he visited Ypsilanti on three different occasions to give speeches. According to Matt Siegfried, a local … Continue reading "1866 : Frederick Douglass Speaks in Ypsilanti"
1881 : Gold Discovered Near Ishpeming
1881 : Gold Discovered Near Ishpeming
May 17 all-day
On May 17, 1881, Julius Ropes, a Marquette chemist and geologist, struck his exploring pick into some moss-covered rock near Ispheming, analyzed it, and discovered that it contained gold. Two years later, Ropes opened a … Continue reading "1881 : Gold Discovered Near Ishpeming"
1920 : Ford Rouge Plant Blast Furnaces Fired Up for First Time
1920 : Ford Rouge Plant Blast Furnaces Fired Up for First Time
May 17 all-day
1920 : Ford Rouge Plant Blast Furnaces Fired Up for First Time
On May 17, 1920, the blast furnaces at the Ford Rouge Plant were fired up for the first time. Iron from the furnaces was transported directly to the foundry where it was poured into molds … Continue reading "1920 : Ford Rouge Plant Blast Furnaces Fired Up for First Time"
1964: Detroit Board of Education Reviews WASP History Text
1964: Detroit Board of Education Reviews WASP History Text
May 17 all-day
On May 17, 1964, the Detroit Board of Education was prepared to take up a request by a civil rights group to throw out a ninth-grade world history textbook because it “presents a grossly unrealistic, … Continue reading "1964: Detroit Board of Education Reviews WASP History Text"
2018 : Wallace D. Riley Dies
2018 : Wallace D. Riley Dies
May 17 all-day
Wallace D. Riley  of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan,  husband of the late Justice Dorothy Comstock Riley, one of the founders and president of the Michigan Supreme Court History Society, president of both the Michigan Bar … Continue reading "2018 : Wallace D. Riley Dies"
2019 : Celebrating Motor City Comic Con 30th Anniversary
2019 : Celebrating Motor City Comic Con 30th Anniversary
May 17 all-day
2019 : Celebrating Motor City Comic Con 30th Anniversary
Help Detroit celebrate the 30th anniversary of the most illustrious of our pop culture traditions: the Motor City Comic Con at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi between May 17-19 (2019). In case you haven’t … Continue reading "2019 : Celebrating Motor City Comic Con 30th Anniversary"
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