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1845 : German Lutherans Settle in Frankenmuth
1845 : German Lutherans Settle in Frankenmuth
Aug 18 all-day
1845 : German Lutherans Settle in Frankenmuth
The emigrants departed from Nuernberg on April 5, 1845 and traveled by foot, wagons, and trains to Bremerhafen, where they bought the provisions for their voyage. On April 20 they boarded the CAROLINE, where four … Continue reading "1845 : German Lutherans Settle in Frankenmuth"
1904: Belle Isle Aquarium Opens for First Time
1904: Belle Isle Aquarium Opens for First Time
Aug 18 all-day
1904: Belle Isle Aquarium Opens for First Time
The Belle Isle Aquarium was designed by famed Detroit architect, Albert Kahn, and opened on August 18, 1904. It is the oldest aquarium in the country and has served the Detroit community as a beloved attraction … Continue reading "1904: Belle Isle Aquarium Opens for First Time"
1922 : WKAR, Michigan’s First Public Radio Educational Station
1922 : WKAR, Michigan’s First Public Radio Educational Station
Aug 18 all-day
WKAR is a National Public Radio member station in East Lansing, Michigan; broadcasting at 870 kHz. It is owned by Michigan State University, and carries news and talk shows from NPR. It is part of … Continue reading "1922 : WKAR, Michigan’s First Public Radio Educational Station"
1926 : Traverse City Cherry Pie Gains National Exposure
1926 : Traverse City Cherry Pie Gains National Exposure
Aug 18 all-day
On Aug. 18, 1926, a giant Traverse City cherry pie on President Calvin Coolidge’s dinner table brought great attention to the region’s pastry. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported that the pie was shipped to Coolidge … Continue reading "1926 : Traverse City Cherry Pie Gains National Exposure"
1933 : Baby Face Nelson Robs First Bank in Grand Haven, Michigan
1933 : Baby Face Nelson Robs First Bank in Grand Haven, Michigan
Aug 18 all-day
1933 : Baby Face Nelson Robs First Bank in Grand Haven, Michigan
The man who became Baby Face Nelson was born Lester Joseph Gillis in Chicago in 1908. He began his criminal career early, being sentenced to juvenile detention at least three times before embarking on more … Continue reading "1933 : Baby Face Nelson Robs First Bank in Grand Haven, Michigan"
1940 : Walter Percy Chrysler Dies, Founder of the Chrysler Corporation
1940 : Walter Percy Chrysler Dies, Founder of the Chrysler Corporation
Aug 18 all-day
1940 : Walter Percy Chrysler Dies, Founder of the Chrysler Corporation
Walter Percy Chrysler, the founder of the American automotive corporation that bears his name, dies on this day in 1940 at his estate in Great Neck, New York, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. He was … Continue reading "1940 : Walter Percy Chrysler Dies, Founder of the Chrysler Corporation"
1941 : Congressman John Dingell Proposes Putting Japanese Americans in Internment Camps
1941 : Congressman John Dingell Proposes Putting Japanese Americans in Internment Camps
Aug 18 all-day
On August 18, 1941, Congressman John Dingell of Michigan sent a letter to President Roosevelt. He had an idea which might cause Japanese officials to change their minds about Asian conquests. What if the United … Continue reading "1941 : Congressman John Dingell Proposes Putting Japanese Americans in Internment Camps"
1967 : Jack Hall, 1st African American Michigan State Trooper
1967 : Jack Hall, 1st African American Michigan State Trooper
Aug 18 all-day
1967 : Jack Hall, 1st African American Michigan State Trooper
Jack Hall became the first African-American Michigan State Police trooper when he was sworn in on Aug. 18, 1967. The Benton Township patrolman had tried to enlist before, but the white recruiter in Paw Paw … Continue reading "1967 : Jack Hall, 1st African American Michigan State Trooper"
2014 : WMU Stryker School of Medicine Welcomes Inaugural Class
2014 : WMU Stryker School of Medicine Welcomes Inaugural Class
Aug 18 all-day
The nation’s newest medical school, the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, welcomed its inaugural class of 54 students Aug. 18, and it includes three WMU graduates who took advantage of WMU’s preferred … Continue reading "2014 : WMU Stryker School of Medicine Welcomes Inaugural Class"
2016 : Marquette’s Helen Maroulis Becomes 1st U.S. Woman With Wrestling Gold
2016 : Marquette’s Helen Maroulis Becomes 1st U.S. Woman With Wrestling Gold
Aug 18 all-day
2016 : Marquette’s Helen Maroulis Becomes 1st U.S. Woman With Wrestling Gold
After winning the Olympic gold medal — the first for the U.S. in women’s wrestling — Helen Maroulis dropped her head to the mat. As the referee lifted her hand in victory, Maroulis covered her … Continue reading "2016 : Marquette’s Helen Maroulis Becomes 1st U.S. Woman With Wrestling Gold"
1844 : First USS Michigan Enters Active Service on Great Lakes
1844 : First USS Michigan Enters Active Service on Great Lakes
Aug 19 all-day
1844 : First USS Michigan Enters Active Service on Great Lakes
The USS Michigan was the United States Navy’s first iron-hulled warship. Commissioned in August 1844, the Michigan was then, and for decades thereafter, one of the fastest ships in the world. For sixty-eight years (the … Continue reading "1844 : First USS Michigan Enters Active Service on Great Lakes"
1899 : Kathleen Morrison (Colleen Moore) Born, Future Famous Actress and Flapper
1899 : Kathleen Morrison (Colleen Moore) Born, Future Famous Actress and Flapper
Aug 19 all-day
1899 : Kathleen Morrison (Colleen Moore) Born, Future Famous Actress and Flapper
Cute as a button, silent screen star Colleen Moore was born Kathleen Morrison, on August 19th, 1900 (or August 19, 1899 according to Michigan History and Wikipedia) in Port Huran, Michigan, into a secure and … Continue reading "1899 : Kathleen Morrison (Colleen Moore) Born, Future Famous Actress and Flapper"
1951 : St. Louis Browns Coach Sends Midget to the Plate Against Detroit Tigers
1951 : St. Louis Browns Coach Sends Midget to the Plate Against Detroit Tigers
Aug 19 all-day
1951 : St. Louis Browns Coach Sends Midget to the Plate Against Detroit Tigers
Eddie Gaedel (right) in his only plate appearance. In 1951, St. Louis owner and showman Bill Veeck sent 3’7” midget Eddie Gaedell in as a pinch hitter for the Browns’ leadoff batter in the second … Continue reading "1951 : St. Louis Browns Coach Sends Midget to the Plate Against Detroit Tigers"
1958 : Governor Rick Snyder Born
1958 : Governor Rick Snyder Born
Aug 19 all-day
1958 : Governor Rick Snyder Born
On Aug. 19, 1958, Rick Snyder was born in Battle Creek. Snyder graduated from Lakeview High School and went on to earn three college degrees by age 23. He started his professional career at Coopers … Continue reading "1958 : Governor Rick Snyder Born"
1959 : Kalamazoo Opens Nation’s First Downtown Pedestrian Mall
1959 : Kalamazoo Opens Nation’s First Downtown Pedestrian Mall
Aug 19 all-day
1959 : Kalamazoo Opens Nation's First Downtown Pedestrian Mall
The Kalamazoo Mall opened on August 19th, 1959, as the nation’s first downtown pedestrian mall. The Mall in 1960. Eisenhower was President. Elvis was King. It was August 19, 1959, and a new era in … Continue reading "1959 : Kalamazoo Opens Nation’s First Downtown Pedestrian Mall"
1992 : Mary Fisher Announces She Has AIDS at GOP National Convention
1992 : Mary Fisher Announces She Has AIDS at GOP National Convention
Aug 19 all-day
Two decades ago, Mary Fisher moved a Republican National Convention audience by calling on each of those assembled to be human, to take a compassionate and public stand and embrace those who had been diagnosed … Continue reading "1992 : Mary Fisher Announces She Has AIDS at GOP National Convention"
1995 : First Woodward Dream Cruise
1995 : First Woodward Dream Cruise
Aug 19 all-day
1995 : First Woodward Dream Cruise
A view of the 13th Annual Dream Cruise (2007) from atop a building located on Woodward Ave. near Maple Road (aka: 15 Mile Road) in Birmingham, MI On August 19, 1995, the inaugural Woodward Dream … Continue reading "1995 : First Woodward Dream Cruise"
2013 : President’s Family Adopts Dog from Michigan
2013 : President’s Family Adopts Dog from Michigan
Aug 19 all-day
President Barack Obama and his family welcomed a new 14-month-old Michigan-born puppy Sunny to the White House on Monday. Sunny was born in Michigan in June 2012 – and like Bo, the First Family’s other … Continue reading "2013 : President’s Family Adopts Dog from Michigan"
2016 : L. L. Bean Opens Store In Clinton Township
2016 : L. L. Bean Opens Store In Clinton Township
Aug 19 all-day
2016 : L. L. Bean Opens Store In Clinton Township
Michigan’s first L. L. Bean Store is located in Clinton Township. “We’ve been looking to open a Michigan store for four years,” he said. “Our brand is strong in Michigan. … Michigan has great outdoor … Continue reading "2016 : L. L. Bean Opens Store In Clinton Township"
1794 : Battle of Fallen Timbers Opens Northwest to American Settlers
1794 : Battle of Fallen Timbers Opens Northwest to American Settlers
Aug 20 all-day
1794 : Battle of Fallen Timbers Opens Northwest to American Settlers
Led by General “Mad Anthony” Wayne, a force of two thousand Americans succeeded in defeating a confederation of one thousand Shawnee, Mingo, Delaware, Wyandot, Miami, Ottawa, Chippewa and Pottawatomie warriors just south of present-day Toledo, … Continue reading "1794 : Battle of Fallen Timbers Opens Northwest to American Settlers"
1911 : Cadillac Announces Self-Starting Motor
1911 : Cadillac Announces Self-Starting Motor
Aug 20 all-day
1911 : Cadillac Announces Self-Starting Motor
In 1912 Cadillac fitted the first starter motor as standard equipment on its Model 30. This deceptively simple device made it possible for anyone , no matter what their strength, to turn over a multi-cylinder … Continue reading "1911 : Cadillac Announces Self-Starting Motor"
1971 : Oscoda Claims Paul Bunyan
1971 : Oscoda Claims Paul Bunyan
Aug 20 all-day
1971 : Oscoda Claims Paul Bunyan
On Aug. 20, 1971, the city of Oscoda held a Paul Bunyan Festival to establish ownership of the legendary logger who could straighten rivers, strip trees by sliding down them with axes tied to his … Continue reading "1971 : Oscoda Claims Paul Bunyan"
1981 : Huron Valley Men’s Facility Opens
1981 : Huron Valley Men’s Facility Opens
Aug 20 all-day
1981 : Huron Valley Men's Facility Opens
On Aug. 20, 1981, the Huron Valley Men’s facility, the state’s third maximum-security prison, opened near Ypsilanti. Twenty maximum-security inmates from the Marquette prison were the first of 411 of the toughest prisoners in the … Continue reading "1981 : Huron Valley Men’s Facility Opens"
2013 : Governor Snyder Goes Scuba Diving to Publicize Marine Sanctuaries
2013 : Governor Snyder Goes Scuba Diving to Publicize Marine Sanctuaries
Aug 20 all-day
2013 : Governor Snyder Goes Scuba Diving to Publicize Marine Sanctuaries
Governor Rick Snyder performed what was surely a gubernatorial first Tuesday when he personally embarked on a scuba dive into Lake Huron to get a first-hand look at one of the shipwrecks in the marine … Continue reading "2013 : Governor Snyder Goes Scuba Diving to Publicize Marine Sanctuaries"
2013 : Novelist Elmore Leonard, ‘Dickens of Detroit’, Dies
2013 : Novelist Elmore Leonard, ‘Dickens of Detroit’, Dies
Aug 20 all-day
2013 : Novelist Elmore Leonard, 'Dickens of Detroit', Dies
Elmore Leonard, one of America’s greatest crime novelists and often called the “Dickens of Detroit,” has died. A worldly former advertising man, Leonard had a particular gift for the snappy, visceral dialogue of the street … Continue reading "2013 : Novelist Elmore Leonard, ‘Dickens of Detroit’, Dies"
2015 : Michigan History for Kids Relaunched
2015 : Michigan History for Kids Relaunched
Aug 20 all-day
2015 : Michigan History for Kids Relaunched
Michigan History for Kids   The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) announces the release of Michigan History for Kids magazine and its accompanying website, www.michigankids.org. Aimed at children in third and fourth grades, where state … Continue reading "2015 : Michigan History for Kids Relaunched"
1897 : Olds Motor Works Founded
1897 : Olds Motor Works Founded
Aug 21 all-day
1897 : Olds Motor Works Founded
Ransom Eli Olds of Lansing, Michigan, founds Olds Motors Works–which will later become Oldsmobile–on August 21, 1897. Born in Geneva, Ohio, in 1864, Olds went to work for his family’s machine-repair and engine-building business in … Continue reading "1897 : Olds Motor Works Founded"
1912 : Suffragette Speaks to 3000 Auto Workers at Ford Plant in Detroit
1912 : Suffragette Speaks to 3000 Auto Workers at Ford Plant in Detroit
Aug 21 all-day
According to the August 21, 1912 Detroit Free Press, women’s rights advocate Rev. Ida C. Hultin of Boston addressed approximately 3000 Ford Motor Company workers at noon exhorting the need for women to receive the … Continue reading "1912 : Suffragette Speaks to 3000 Auto Workers at Ford Plant in Detroit"
1964 : Capri Drive-In Opens in Coldwater
1964 : Capri Drive-In Opens in Coldwater
Aug 21 all-day
1964 : Capri Drive-In Opens in Coldwater
The Capri Drive-in in Coldwater is not only an emblem of a fading Michigan icon (the state once had 100 drive-ins) but a major surviving attraction along U.S. 12, which began as the Great Saulk … Continue reading "1964 : Capri Drive-In Opens in Coldwater"
2016 : Flint’s Claressa Shields Wins Olympic Gold Medal for Second Time
2016 : Flint’s Claressa Shields Wins Olympic Gold Medal for Second Time
Aug 21 all-day
2016 : Flint's Claressa Shields Wins Olympic Gold Medal for Second Time
Flint’s Claressa Shields made history this afternoon, becoming the first U.S. boxer to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals, defeating the Netherland’s Nouchka Fontijn in the women’s middleweight (75 kg). And the Flint native did it … Continue reading "2016 : Flint’s Claressa Shields Wins Olympic Gold Medal for Second Time"
2016: Former Spartan Draymond Green Wins Gold Medal As Member of Men’s Basketball Team
2016: Former Spartan Draymond Green Wins Gold Medal As Member of Men’s Basketball Team
Aug 21 all-day
Former Saginaw High and Michigan State star Draymond Green became the second athlete from Saginaw and third basketball player from MSU to bring home a gold medal. Green scored two points Sunday in the United … Continue reading "2016: Former Spartan Draymond Green Wins Gold Medal As Member of Men’s Basketball Team"
1892 : Detroit Citizens Street Railway Begins Electrifying Trolley Lines in Detroit
1892 : Detroit Citizens Street Railway Begins Electrifying Trolley Lines in Detroit
Aug 22 all-day
1892 : Detroit Citizens Street Railway Begins Electrifying Trolley Lines in Detroit
On August 22, 1892, the first electric trolley began operation in Detroit along Jefferson Avenue. At the beginning of the Gay ’90’s, the horse-car riding public included just about everybody in town. Even the most … Continue reading "1892 : Detroit Citizens Street Railway Begins Electrifying Trolley Lines in Detroit"
1902: Cadillac Automobile Company Formed
1902: Cadillac Automobile Company Formed
Aug 22 all-day
1902: Cadillac Automobile Company Formed
On Aug. 22, 1902, Henry M. Leland formed the Cadillac Automobile Company with a group of investors who had previously tried but failed to start a car company with Henry Ford. The company’s first car … Continue reading "1902: Cadillac Automobile Company Formed"
1916 : Oakland County Celebrates Centennial
1916 : Oakland County Celebrates Centennial
Aug 22 all-day
Police estimated that the crowd watching the centennial parade in Pontiac was larger than the city’s population.  The parade was two miles long, and included over 200 floats.  6000 men and 500 women participated. Source … Continue reading "1916 : Oakland County Celebrates Centennial"
1954 : Frandor Center Opens, Michigan’s 2nd Oldest Mall
1954 : Frandor Center Opens, Michigan’s 2nd Oldest Mall
Aug 22 all-day
1954 : Frandor Center Opens, Michigan's 2nd Oldest Mall
A sign that once stood at the north end of Frandor Center welcomes mid-century shoppers into the vast – and totally for free –  parking area. It could accommodate nearly five thousand autos. Photo from www.lostlansing.com … Continue reading "1954 : Frandor Center Opens, Michigan’s 2nd Oldest Mall"
2018 : Lansing State Journal Features Historical Amusement Parks
2018 : Lansing State Journal Features Historical Amusement Parks
Aug 22 all-day
2018 : Lansing State Journal Features Historical Amusement Parks
Ever wonder what Michigan’s old amusement parks were like? Lansing State Journal rounded up parks you may remember and some you probably never knew existed. Here are a few of the lost and abandoned amusement … Continue reading "2018 : Lansing State Journal Features Historical Amusement Parks"
1861 : August 23 Michigan Argus
1861 : August 23 Michigan Argus
Aug 23 all-day
The subscription rate for the 1861 Michigan Argus (Ann  Arbor) was $1.50 per  year. The Ann Arbor District Library now makes it available for free online. Most of the news revolves around the Civil War, … Continue reading "1861 : August 23 Michigan Argus"
1873 : Detroit Evening News Debuts, Predecessor of Detroit News
1873 : Detroit Evening News Debuts, Predecessor of Detroit News
Aug 23 all-day
James Edmund Scripps published the first issue of the The Evening News, predecessor of the Detroit News. Scripps had a revolutionary idea in newspaper publishing. Instead of depending on support from a political party, he … Continue reading "1873 : Detroit Evening News Debuts, Predecessor of Detroit News"
1975 : Detroit Lions Move to Pontiac
1975 : Detroit Lions Move to Pontiac
Aug 23 all-day
The Detroit Lions move to the suburbs. Over sixty thousand fans gathered to watch the Detroit Lions play their first game in the new Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium, later called the Pontiac Silverdome. The Lions beat … Continue reading "1975 : Detroit Lions Move to Pontiac"
1834 : Cholera Epidemic Breaks Out in Detroit Second Time
1834 : Cholera Epidemic Breaks Out in Detroit Second Time
Aug 24 all-day
On Aug. 24, 1834, a second wave of the cholera epidemic struck Detroit. Hundreds of Detroiters are believed to have died in August and September 1834 of cholera, which results from a bacterial infection of … Continue reading "1834 : Cholera Epidemic Breaks Out in Detroit Second Time"
1908 : Carrie Nation, Temperence Champion, Descends on Detroit
1908 : Carrie Nation, Temperence Champion, Descends on Detroit
Aug 24 all-day
1908 : Carrie Nation, Temperence Champion, Descends on Detroit
The most famous saloon smasher of them all was Carrie Nation from Medicine Lodge, Kansas, the daughter of a Fundamentalist Kentucky planter father and a psychotic mother. Some historians believe Carrie Nation herself was psychotic. … Continue reading "1908 : Carrie Nation, Temperence Champion, Descends on Detroit"
1912 : Senator William Alden Smith Helps Michigan Claim Three Obsolete Cannon
1912 : Senator William Alden Smith Helps Michigan Claim Three Obsolete Cannon
Aug 24 all-day
There was a time when Michigan was anxious to claim loot from Washington, D.C.   According to the Detroit Free Press, the U.S. Senate raffled off 150 obsolete cannon from the nation’s arsenal on August 24, … Continue reading "1912 : Senator William Alden Smith Helps Michigan Claim Three Obsolete Cannon"
1915 : Michigan Legislature Enacts Rat Bounty
1915 : Michigan Legislature Enacts Rat Bounty
Aug 24 all-day
On August 24, 1915, the state began paying a bounty on dead rats. In part, the act reads: “Every person being an inhabitant of this State who shall kill any black, brown, gray, or Norway … Continue reading "1915 : Michigan Legislature Enacts Rat Bounty"
1969 : East Lansing Resident Crosses Lake Michigan in Bathtub
1969 : East Lansing Resident Crosses Lake Michigan in Bathtub
Aug 24 all-day
1969 : East Lansing Resident Crosses Lake Michigan in Bathtub
On August 24 1969, Victor Jackson, of East Lansing, landed near Manitowac, Wisconsin, after completing a 14 and-a-half hour trip across Lake Michigan in a bathtub. The 32-year-old father of six made the 65-mile journey … Continue reading "1969 : East Lansing Resident Crosses Lake Michigan in Bathtub"
1978 : Olivia Maynard, 1st Female Majority-Party Running Mate in Michigan History
1978 : Olivia Maynard, 1st Female Majority-Party Running Mate in Michigan History
Aug 24 all-day
1978 : Olivia Maynard, 1st Female Majority-Party Running Mate in Michigan History
Olivia Procter Maynard has strived to help the underserved and overlooked, especially children, women, minorities, and senior citizens. The first woman to chair the Michigan Democratic Party (1979-1983), Maynard also was the first woman nominated … Continue reading "1978 : Olivia Maynard, 1st Female Majority-Party Running Mate in Michigan History"
1998 : Michigan State Fair Recalls When Detroit Was Once The Stove Capital of the World
1998 : Michigan State Fair Recalls When Detroit Was Once The Stove Capital of the World
Aug 24 all-day
1998 : Michigan State Fair Recalls When Detroit Was Once The Stove Capital of the World
On Aug. 24, 1998, the Michigan State Fair unveiled a refurbished gigantic stove that represented Detroit’s claim to fame before automobiles came around. Detroit, formerly, was known as the stove capital of the world. In … Continue reading "1998 : Michigan State Fair Recalls When Detroit Was Once The Stove Capital of the World"
2018 : Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest (Date Varies)
2018 : Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest (Date Varies)
Aug 24 all-day
2018 : Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest (Date Varies)
The Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Association (MDCD) will carry on Detroit’s century-long tradition of boat racing as the Gold Cup sponsor of the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest 2018. A fleet of eight H1 teams, … Continue reading "2018 : Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest (Date Varies)"
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