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1833 : Thorton Blackbird and his Wife Lucie, Runaway Slaves, Rescued by Detroit African Americans
1833 : Thorton Blackbird and his Wife Lucie, Runaway Slaves, Rescued by Detroit African Americans
Jun 17 all-day
Runaway slaves Thorton Blackburn and Lucie escaped Kentucky, made their way to Michigan where they married and settled into a good life in Detroit. Unfortunately a visitor recognized Thorton and reported his presence to their … Continue reading "1833 : Thorton Blackbird and his Wife Lucie, Runaway Slaves, Rescued by Detroit African Americans"
1866 : Lewis Cass Dies In Detroit
1866 : Lewis Cass Dies In Detroit
Jun 17 all-day
Nicknamed the “father of popular sovereignty”, Lewis Cass was born in New Hampshire in 1782. He moved to Ohio as a child, and relocated to the Michigan Territory to help fight against the British in … Continue reading "1866 : Lewis Cass Dies In Detroit"
1913 : First Auto Strike in Michigan & the Country
1913 : First Auto Strike in Michigan & the Country
Jun 17 all-day
On June 17, 1913, the 1st automobile strike in Michigan and the country occurred at multiple Studebaker plants in Detroit. The Industrial Workers of the World, an union w/only 200 members in Detroit, were trying … Continue reading "1913 : First Auto Strike in Michigan & the Country"
1915 : Cross-Country Road Trip
1915 : Cross-Country Road Trip
Jun 17 all-day
1915 : Cross-Country Road Trip
On June 17, 1915, Edsel B. Ford (and a few other sons of Detroit industry) heading out of Dearborn for a cross-country road trip. Ford drove a Model T, naturally, while his friends came along … Continue reading "1915 : Cross-Country Road Trip"
1945 : Dixie Ann Cheney Born, Early TV Star
1945 : Dixie Ann Cheney Born, Early TV Star
Jun 17 all-day
1945 : Dixie Ann Cheney Born, Early TV Star
In the early days of television – the 1950’s, to be precise – there was a television show based on the comic strip, “Blondie”. The entire Bumstead family was there: Dagwood, Blondie, son Alexander, daughter … Continue reading "1945 : Dixie Ann Cheney Born, Early TV Star"
1958 : Detroit Tigers’s First Player of Color
1958 : Detroit Tigers’s First Player of Color
Jun 17 all-day
1958 : Detroit Tigers's First Player of Color
A decade before hometown hero Willie Horton would help the Detroit Tigers win a world championship, Ozzie Virgil took the field at Tiger Stadium on June 17, 1958, as the ballclub’s first player of color. … Continue reading "1958 : Detroit Tigers’s First Player of Color"
June 17, 1873 : Clara Ward Born, Nineteenth Century Celebrity
June 17, 1873 : Clara Ward Born, Nineteenth Century Celebrity
Jun 17 all-day
June 17, 1873 : Clara Ward Born, Nineteenth Century Celebrity
Happy Birthday Clara Ward, Princess de Chimay!   Clara Ward was born June 17, 1873 to Captain Eber Brock Ward of Detroit, Michigan’s first millionaire. She married the Belgian Prince of Caraman-Chimay when she was … Continue reading "June 17, 1873 : Clara Ward Born, Nineteenth Century Celebrity"
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