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1866 : Michigan Home for Veterans Established in Grand Rapids
1866 : Michigan Home for Veterans Established in Grand Rapids
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On December 1, 1866, the Michigan Soldiers Home was opened in Grand Rapids for veterans of the Mexican War, Civil War and Spanish-American War who were disabled by disease or wounds and were incapable of … Continue reading "1866 : Michigan Home for Veterans Established in Grand Rapids"
1913 : Ford Introduces the Assembly Line
1913 : Ford Introduces the Assembly Line
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 On December 1, 1913, Henry Ford installs the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. His innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from more than … Continue reading "1913 : Ford Introduces the Assembly Line"
1953 ; Former Michigan Governor Kim Sigler Dies in Plane Crash
1953 ; Former Michigan Governor Kim Sigler Dies in Plane Crash
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1953 ; Former Michigan Governor Kim Sigler Dies in Plane Crash
December 1, 1953, former Michigan Governor Kim Sigler and three passengers were killed when Sigler’s personal plane crashed into a radio tower near Battle Creek. Kim Sigler, who rocketed to the Michigan governor’s chair seven … Continue reading "1953 ; Former Michigan Governor Kim Sigler Dies in Plane Crash"
1955 : Rosa Parks Arrested for Not Giving Up Her Seat
1955 : Rosa Parks Arrested for Not Giving Up Her Seat
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1955 : Rosa Parks Arrested for Not Giving Up Her Seat
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks took the bus home from work.  In one of her books, she tells us what happened when she was told to give up her seat: One evening in early … Continue reading "1955 : Rosa Parks Arrested for Not Giving Up Her Seat"
1982 : Lansing TV Station Fox 47 Launched
1982 : Lansing TV Station Fox 47 Launched
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Lansing’s TV station, WFSL, first called “Independent Station TV 47”, began on December 1, 1982 and later became Fox 47, WSYM. Source: John Robinson, “Lansing History : Fox 47 Debuts, December 1” WFMK Blog, April … Continue reading "1982 : Lansing TV Station Fox 47 Launched"
1987 : Hitsville USA Michigan Historical Marker Dedicated
1987 : Hitsville USA Michigan Historical Marker Dedicated
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1987 :  Hitsville USA Michigan Historical Marker Dedicated
The Hitsville U.S.A. building in Detroit, Michigan On December 1, 1987, Michigan Governor James Blanchard and Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young, along with Motown stars Smokey Robinson and the Temptations’ Eddie Kendricks, attended a ceremony … Continue reading "1987 : Hitsville USA Michigan Historical Marker Dedicated"
2014: David Zinn, Ann Arbor, Michigan Street Artist
2014: David Zinn, Ann Arbor, Michigan Street Artist
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2014: David Zinn, Ann Arbor, Michigan Street Artist
  David Zinn is an Ann Arbor artist known for his temporary street art composed entirely of chalk, charcoal and found objects that is entirely improvised on location. Most of these drawings (most notably “Sluggo”) … Continue reading "2014: David Zinn, Ann Arbor, Michigan Street Artist"
2017 : Elk is in, loon is out for Michigan’s wildlife license plate
2017 : Elk is in, loon is out for Michigan’s wildlife license plate
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2017 : Elk is in, loon is out for Michigan's wildlife license plate
The elk is booting the common loon off Michigan’s wildlife license plate. Starting December 1, the giant mammal will be featured on the new plates, which cost $35 and help support wildlife management in the … Continue reading "2017 : Elk is in, loon is out for Michigan’s wildlife license plate"
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