1959 : Anatomy of a Murder Premieres in Detroit
Jul 1 all-day

On July 1, 1959, “Anatomy of a Murder,” a film based on the work of John D. Voelker , an Upper Peninsula outdoorsman and lawyer who became a Michigan State Supreme Court justice, premiered at the United Artists Theater in Detroit. The movie starred James Stewart, Lee Reemick and George C. Scott. The courtroom drama tells the story of a defendant charged with murder who claimed insanity because the victim had raped his wife. The story was filmed in Big Bay and Marquette.

Anatomy Of A Murder World Premiere - 1959
Anatomy Of A Murder World Premiere – 1959

John D. Voelker, the author of Anatomy of a Murder, entered the world in June of 1903. He wrote it under the pen name “Robert Traver.” The book spawned a classic 1959 film adaptation. Voelker  based the story on a 1952 Marquette County murder trial. Voelker represented the defendant in the trial.

A publisher accepted Anatomy of a Murder in December 1956, the month that Voelker was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court. In 1958, director Otto Preminger bought the film rights and began shooting the movie in Marquette County. Voelker frequently visited the set. The film debuted in 1959, to critical acclaim. The book and movie provided Voelker with financial security, and he retired from the Court later that year. He returned to his beloved Upper Peninsula to continue writing. He also actively pursued his two other favorite activities – fishing and cribbage playing. John Voelker died near Ishpeming on March 18, 1991.


Michigan Every Day

Bob Garrett, “Anatomy of a Lawyer”, Seeking Michigan, September 25, 2012.

1963 : Non-Mandatory ZIP Codes for Entire Country Announced
Jul 1 all-day


On July 1, 1963, non-mandatory ZIP codes were announced for the whole country.

Sources :

ZIP Code History – A Brief History of the Development of the ZIP Code in the United States

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” – the ZIP Code is 50, Library of Congress Blog entry by Ellen Terrell, June 28, 2013.

1974 : Colleen House Becomes Youngest Female Member of Michigan House
Jul 1 all-day

On July 1, 1974, at the age of 22, Colleen House (Bay City) was sworn in as the youngest female member in the history of the Michigan House of Representatives. She later married another notable young member of the House, John Engler (Beal City).

Source: Mich-Again’s Day.

2001 : Michigan’s Concealed Weapon Law Implemented
Jul 1 all-day

Michigan’s 10-year old concealed weapons law has virtually no oversight — but there’s absolutely no penalty for folks failing to report information.

Records are incomplete. Compliance by counties is spotty. Convictions for crimes go unreported.

It’s against the law, but there is no penalty.

And Senator Mike Green wants to eliminate the few restrictions required by the law so you can carry your .44 in the school or church of your choice.

For the full article, see Susan Dumas, “Michigan’s concealed weapons law is a holy mess, but the Legislature is waiting to hear back from the NRA”, MLive, June 26, 2011.

For another, see John Barnes, “Special report: Concealed gun law turns 10 years old”, MLive, June 26, 2011.

For another article, see John Agar, “Worst fears about concealed guns never materialized, but permits can’t be credited for crime drop either”, Grand Rapids Press via MLive, June 26, 2011.

For an editorial, see “Editorial: What’s still concealed 10 years after a concealed weapons law took effect in Michigan“, MLive, June 26, 2011.

2005 : Michigan Launches Children’s Protection Registry (Email)
Jul 1 all-day

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) J. Peter Lark today announced that on July 1, Michigan will become the first state in the nation to launch a child protection registry that will enable parents to guard children from unwanted electronic messages.

“Michigan’s child protection registry is a great way parents can shield their children from inappropriate email,” said Granholm. “I’m proud that Michigan is the first state in the nation to develop this registry and provide a way for parents and teachers to protect our children from unsuitable emails.”

Michigan’s child protection registry, called the Protect MI Child Registry, will allow individuals and schools to register email addresses to which minors have access. In the near future, instant message IDs, mobile phone numbers, fax numbers, pager numbers, and other contact points can also be registered. There is no cost to register.

On July 21, 2004, the Governor signed SB 1025, creating the Michigan Children’s Protection Registry Act (Public Act 241).

Public Act 241 prohibits persons from sending to registered addresses messages about products or services that are legally prohibited for children. Examples include pornography, tobacco, gambling, alcohol, illegal or prescription drugs, firearms, and fireworks. Senders of material are required to remove registered email addresses from their mailing lists within 30 days.

If a registered contact receives a prohibited message, a complaint may be filed with the Michigan Attorney General’s office. A first violation is a misdemeanor; subsequent violations are felonies. Civil penalties may also be sought.

“The Protect MI Child Registry has been designed to be very user-friendly,” said MPSC Chairman J. Peter Lark. “Parents and others who have expressed outrage and frustration at the endless stream of unwanted messages to which their children have access now have a way to reduce those messages.”

The registry was created and will be operated by Unspam Registry Services. For more details on the registry, visit What You Need to Know About Michigan Children’s Protection Registry. The site will go live for registrations at 7 a.m. (EST) on July 1.

Source: Michigan Newswire, June 30, 2005

2011 : University of Michigan Campuses Become Smoke-Free
Jul 1 all-day

University of Michigan Block M Smoke Free Campus sign

More than 300 colleges and universities, including four Big Ten schools, have adopted smoke-free campus policies. President Mary Sue Coleman has announced that the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn campuses will go smoke-free on July 1, 2011. However, achieving a smoke-free campus will be challenging.

Source : Sally Pobojewski, “Vanishing act”, Michigan Today, November 11, 2009.

2014 : University of Maryland and Rutgers University Join Big Ten Conference
Jul 1 all-day

The University of Maryland and Rutgers University became official members of the Big Ten Conference today, increasing the Big Ten’s membership to 14 institutions. In addition, Johns Hopkins University officially became a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse.

The Big Ten now has more than 520,000 total students and 5.7 million living alumni. The conference’s broad-based athletic programs will feature almost 9,500 student-athletes for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports, including 28 official Big Ten sports. Maryland and Rutgers are already members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), an academic consortium of Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago that is a highly regarded model for effective and voluntary collaboration among top research universities. In 2012, CIC institutions produced over $10 billion in research expenditures.

Maryland and Rutgers will take part in their first Big Ten event as official members of the conference at the 2014 Football Media Days and 43rd annual Kickoff Luncheon. This year’s event will be held on Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29, at the Hilton Chicago. The Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon feature all 14 head coaches and some of the nation’s top returning players.

The Terrapins and Scarlet Knights will each take part in their first athletic competition as members of the Big Ten Conference with a pair of women’s soccer games on August 22, when Maryland visits UCLA and Rutgers hosts Stony Brook. The two institutions open Big Ten competition on September 12 when Maryland hosts Rutgers in women’s soccer. That same day in men’s soccer, Maryland visits Michigan and Rutgers travels to Wisconsin. The 2014 cross country, field hockey, golf, tennis and volleyball seasons will begin in late August and early September.

The Rutgers football team begins its first season as a Big Ten program on August 28 at Washington State. Two days later, Maryland’s football squad will do the same with a home game against James Madison. The Scarlet Knights will make their debut in Big Ten action at home against Penn State on September 13. The Terrapins will open conference play at Indiana on Sept. 27, before hosting Ohio State in their first Big Ten home game on Oct. 4. The conference’s two newest members will meet on November 29 at Maryland in the final week of the regular season.

The 2014 football season will feature new division alignments, with Maryland and Rutgers joined by Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State in the East Division. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin will play in the West Division. A representative from each division will play in the Big Ten Football Championship Game on Dec. 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with the winner earning the Big Ten Championship.

The cross country teams from Maryland and Rutgers will have the first opportunity to compete in a Big Ten Championship, with both schools taking part in the 2014 Big Ten Cross Country Championships to be hosted by Iowa on Nov. 2.

The inaugural season of Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse will begin in 2015, with Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers playing both sports, Johns Hopkins participating in men’s lacrosse and Northwestern competing in women’s lacrosse. The Terrapins and Scarlet Knights will host their first Big Ten Tournaments beginning in April, with the inaugural men’s tournament held from April 30 to May 2 at Maryland and the first women’s event hosted by Rutgers from April 30 to May 3.

Since the announcement to add Maryland and Rutgers in November 2012, the Big Ten has made a series of announcements highlighting the conference’s increased presence on the East Coast. Last June, the Big Ten announced an agreement to take part in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, sending conference football teams to play at Yankee Stadium on an annual basis. In April, the Big Ten announced that it would open a second office in New York City while securing access to satellite office space in Washington, D.C. In May, the conference unveiled plans to take part in the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season men’s basketball series with the Big East named in honor of Dave Gavitt, and announced that the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Also in May, BTN confirmed that the network had reached deals with Time Warner Cable and Cablevision for broad distribution to their subscribers in the New York/New Jersey television markets. In June, BTN confirmed that a similar agreement was reached with Comcast for broad distribution in Maryland and New Jersey.

Source : Big Ten Conference News Release, July 1, 2014

2015 : Eastern Michigan University Goes Tobacco-Free
Jul 1 all-day

Eastern Michigan University’s campus will be tobacco free starting July 1, 2015.

The EMU Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve President Susan Martin’s recommendation to change its existing policy – which prohibits smoking within 25 feet of a building and near vents and windows, and only allows for smoking in university-designated locations – to a completely tobacco-free policy.

Under the new policy, all tobacco-derived or containing products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes (clove, bidis, kreteks), electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, hookah-smoked products, and all oral tobacco including spit and spitless, smokeless, chew and snuff are banned.

It also includes all products that mimic tobacco products, contains tobacco flavoring or delivers nicotine other than for the purpose of cessation.

Additionally, tobacco use will be prohibited on all university grounds, university owned or leased properties, and in campus-owned, leased or rented vehicles.

For the full article, see Jeremy Allen, “Eastern Michigan University bans tobacco use on campus starting in 2015”, MLive, December 5, 2014.

1812: Cuyahoga Packet Captured
Jul 2 all-day
On July 2, 1812, the schooner Cuyahoga Packet is sailing up the Detroit River when it is spotted on the Canadian side, at Amherstburg, by Lieutenant Frederic Rolette. Cuyahoga is sailing slowly past the British fort. The day before General William Hull’s American Army of the Northwest had reached Lake Erie. Hull still did not know that war had been declared. He hired the  Cuyahoga to carry his personal baggage, band instruments and sick soldiers upriver. His  personal baggage includes his journals, war plans and all his correspondence with Secretary of War William Eustis. The rest of the army continued to cut their way through the Michigan forests on their way to Detroit.
When Rolette spots the Cuyahoga, he rows out with six armed men in a longboat. Captain Chapin of the Cuyahoga is surprised when Rolette demands that he surrender his vessel and men. After some hesitation and a warning shot from Rolette, the captain is convinced to surrender. In any event, he is not in a position to resist. All the arms of the Cuyahoga are stowed below deck. There are thirty soldiers on board but they are too sick to fight.
After securing the vessel, Rolette informs Captain Chapin that the United States has declared war. Rolette  also “liberates” some musical instruments. As the Cuyahoga sets sail for Fort Malden, Rolette forces the Americans to play “God Save The King.”
Later, Rolette discovers Hull’s personal baggage with the cargo that had been captured.  These documents provide valuable intelligence that is forwarded to General Brock.
Reposted from 1812Now
1824: Cyrus Luce Born, Future Governor of Michigan
Jul 2 all-day

I cyrus luce portrait

Governor Cyrus Luce was born July 2, 1824.

Born in Ohio in 1824, he moved with his parents to Indiana and later on his own to Branch County about 1849.  He purchased and cleared about 80 acres for a farm and developed a lifetime relationship with the Grange, an organization that advocated for the interests of farmer 

He soon became involved in township, local and state politics, serving on the Board of Agriculture, in the legislature, and as a member of the 1867 constitutional convention.

Running as a Republican party candidate, Luce was elected Governor of Michigan in November 1886, defeating George L. Yaple, taking office on January 1, 1887. He was reelected in 1888 and served two two-year terms. During his tenure, a local liquor option law was sanctioned and a state game warden was established, reportedly the first salaried state game wardenship in the United States. To fill this position Luce appointed William Alden Smith, who would later represent Michigan in the U.S. Senate.

Luce County, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is named for Luce. He was the last governor of the state to have a county named in his honor. His administration was marked by rapid population growth and development in northern Michigan, led by the lumber industry. A state landmark, the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, was built in 1887 during his administration.

Luce’s portrait is the only piece in the Michigan Capitol Collection of rendered in charcoal.

Cyrus Luce Portrait

Source: Cyrus G. Luce wikipedia entry