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1890 : Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, City’s Oldest Continuing African American Church, Started
1890 : Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, City’s Oldest Continuing African American Church, Started
Sep 16 all-day
Messiah Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids was the realization of one pioneering woman’s dream. In the 1880s, Catherine Carter moved to Grand Rapids with her husband, Newton, a barber. In a city with fewer … Continue reading "1890 : Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, City’s Oldest Continuing African American Church, Started"
1899 : Detroit Bicycle Patrolman Run Over by Electric Streetcar
1899 : Detroit Bicycle Patrolman Run Over by Electric Streetcar
Sep 16 all-day
1899 : Detroit Bicycle Patrolman Run Over by Electric Streetcar
The Detroit Police Department (originally called the Metropolitan Police) were among the first to put officers on bicycles. In 1893, Officer Charles J. Stewart was appointed to the department and began his assignment on the … Continue reading "1899 : Detroit Bicycle Patrolman Run Over by Electric Streetcar"
1908 : General Motors Incorporated in New Jersey
1908 : General Motors Incorporated in New Jersey
Sep 16 all-day
William C. “Billy” Durant was working from his office at Buick headquarters in Flint when he began putting together the deals to create GM. The company’s first headquarters was on Flint’s Hamilton Avenue. GM’s incorporation … Continue reading "1908 : General Motors Incorporated in New Jersey"
1931 : Prohibition Leads to Collingwood Manor Massacre in Detroit
1931 : Prohibition Leads to Collingwood Manor Massacre in Detroit
Sep 16 all-day
On Sept. 16, 1931, the Collingwood Massacre brought down several members of the notorious Purple Gang in the Detroit underworld of booze trafficking. The Purple Gang leaders had hired a group of men to work … Continue reading "1931 : Prohibition Leads to Collingwood Manor Massacre in Detroit"
1944 : Oscar Johnson Wins Medal of Honor
1944 : Oscar Johnson Wins Medal of Honor
Sep 16 all-day
The Medal of Honor is the United States highest award for bravery in combat. Only 464 men were awarded the medal for actions in WWII. More than half the recipients never saw the medal as … Continue reading "1944 : Oscar Johnson Wins Medal of Honor"
1960 : Construction Begun on Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge
1960 : Construction Begun on Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge
Sep 16 all-day
Building the Bridge was a joint effort between the United States and Canada. In the U.S., Federal funds were made available because the bridge was connected to the federal freeway system. Ninety percent of the … Continue reading "1960 : Construction Begun on Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge"
1972 : First African American Quarterback Takes the Field for University of Michigan
1972 : First African American Quarterback Takes the Field for University of Michigan
Sep 16 all-day
On September 16, 1972, Dennis Franklin started as quarterback for the University of Michigan football team in their season-opening 7-0 victory over Northwestern. Franklin, the first black quarterback in University of Michigan history, started regularly … Continue reading "1972 : First African American Quarterback Takes the Field for University of Michigan"
1990 : Tanker Jupiter Explodes in Saginaw River
1990 : Tanker Jupiter Explodes in Saginaw River
Sep 16 all-day
September 16, 1990 marks the 25th anniversary of the MV Jupiter explosion. While moored on the West Side of the Saginaw River, unloading 2.3 million gallons of unleaded gasoline at Total Petroleum, the tanker broke … Continue reading "1990 : Tanker Jupiter Explodes in Saginaw River"
2003 : Detroit Shock Win First Championship
2003 : Detroit Shock Win First Championship
Sep 16 all-day
On September 16, 2003, the Detroit Shock won their first of three WNBA championships, defeating the Los Angeles Sparks 83-78 in a hotly contested Game 3 of the final series before a crowd of over … Continue reading "2003 : Detroit Shock Win First Championship"
2013 : Lansing Grand River Scheduled to Build One Millionth Vehicle
2013 : Lansing Grand River Scheduled to Build One Millionth Vehicle
Sep 16 all-day
Twelve years ago, General Motors Co. opened its newest assembly plant in more than a decade on 111 acres just south of downtown Lansing. The plant was more flexible, more robotic, than any other factory … Continue reading "2013 : Lansing Grand River Scheduled to Build One Millionth Vehicle"
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