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1834 : Detroit Installs First Streetlights
1834 : Detroit Installs First Streetlights
May 21 all-day
On May 21st, 1834 Detroit’s first streetlights were introduced lighting up Jefferson from Cass Ave. to Randolph st. The estimated cost as follows: 20 lamps including posts: $5 3 quarts of sperm whale oil per … Continue reading "1834 : Detroit Installs First Streetlights"
1891 : Dickinson County Established
1891 : Dickinson County Established
May 21 all-day
On May 21, 1891, Michigan’s final county was established in the Upper Peninsula. Dickinson County was established by an act of the legislature and was named after Donald Dickinson, a Detroiter who served as postmaster … Continue reading "1891 : Dickinson County Established"
1892 : Ransom Olds Sells First Car in Nation for Export
1892 : Ransom Olds Sells First Car in Nation for Export
May 21 all-day
In 1887, Ransom Olds developed an experimental steam-powered car. An updated version of the car was featured in the May 21, 1892 issue of Scientific American. A company in London saw the article and bought … Continue reading "1892 : Ransom Olds Sells First Car in Nation for Export"
1927 : Charles Lindbergh, First Nonstop Solo Transatlantic Flight
1927 : Charles Lindbergh, First Nonstop Solo Transatlantic Flight
May 21 all-day
  Detroit native Charles Lindbergh became the first person to successfully complete a nonstop solo transatlantic flight when he landed the Spirit of St. Louis in Paris on May 21, 1927. He left the Roosevelt … Continue reading "1927 : Charles Lindbergh, First Nonstop Solo Transatlantic Flight"
1937 : “My Michigan” Adopted As Official State Song
1937 : “My Michigan” Adopted As Official State Song
May 21 all-day
“My Michigan” was adopted as an official state song on May 21, 1937. The state Senate returned the bill about the official state tune on that day, after amending it from “the” to “a,” according … Continue reading "1937 : “My Michigan” Adopted As Official State Song"
1941 : Ford Recognizes UAW
1941 : Ford Recognizes UAW
May 21 all-day
On May 21, 1941, after years of bitter and sometimes violent resistance by Henry Ford, workers of the Ford Motor Company voted to have the United Auto Workers represent them. Ford was the last of … Continue reading "1941 : Ford Recognizes UAW"
1958: Dearborn Press Newspaper Features Local Arab American Community
1958: Dearborn Press Newspaper Features Local Arab American Community
May 21 all-day
1958: Dearborn Press Newspaper Features Local Arab American Community
On May 21, 1958, the Dearborn Press published an extensive feature on the Dearborn South End and the early Arab American community that lived there. The full newspaper issue can be read more clearly here: … Continue reading "1958: Dearborn Press Newspaper Features Local Arab American Community"
1971 : Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On Album Released
1971 : Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On Album Released
May 21 all-day
1971 : Marvin Gaye's What's Going On Album Released
On May 21, 1971, “What’s Going On,” the 11th studio album by soul musician Marvin Gaye, was released by @motown subsidiary Tamla Records. Its title song reached #1 on the R&B charts, and the album … Continue reading "1971 : Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On Album Released"
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