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1872 : Elijah J. McCoy Patent Granted
1872 : Elijah J. McCoy Patent Granted
Jul 23 all-day
On July 23, 1872, Elijah J. McCoy, an Afro-American inventor raised in Ypsilanti, patented the first automatic lubricator for locomotives and other machinery. His device was so effective “the real McCoy” became synonymous with anything … Continue reading "1872 : Elijah J. McCoy Patent Granted"
1913 : Calumet Copper Miners Strike Children’s Parade
1913 : Calumet Copper Miners Strike Children’s Parade
Jul 23 all-day
1913 : Calumet Copper Miners Strike Children’s Parade
Here’s a photo from July 23, 1913 showing children marching in Calumet during the tumultuous miners’ strikes of 1913. It’s an interesting case study for our modern world given that the driver was the same … Continue reading "1913 : Calumet Copper Miners Strike Children’s Parade"
1915 : The Newill Smith Automobile Tax Law Expected to Generate $1,750,000 in Tax Revenue
1915 : The Newill Smith Automobile Tax Law Expected to Generate $1,750,000 in Tax Revenue
Jul 23 all-day
The Newill Smith Automobile Tax Law is expected to generate about $1,750,00 in fees for the coming year; only half of that amount will be returned to counties where it is collected. The tax will … Continue reading "1915 : The Newill Smith Automobile Tax Law Expected to Generate $1,750,000 in Tax Revenue"
1932 : Jerome T. Hart , One of Michigan’s Longest Serving Senators, Born
1932 : Jerome T. Hart , One of Michigan’s Longest Serving Senators, Born
Jul 23 all-day
July 23, 1932 Jerome T. Hart (1932-1995), was Saginaw’s state senator from 1965 to 1991, becoming one of the Legislature’s most senior statesmen before term limits were enacted in the early 1990s. The Democrat, a … Continue reading "1932 : Jerome T. Hart , One of Michigan’s Longest Serving Senators, Born"
1958 : Dutch Village Opens
1958 : Dutch Village Opens
Jul 23 all-day
1958 : Dutch Village Opens
On July 3, 1958, Dutch Village opened for the first time.  According to the Holland Sentinel, it only had two customers and made $12.73. The history of the business actually goes back further to Nelis’ … Continue reading "1958 : Dutch Village Opens"
1967: Detroit Race Riot Begins
1967: Detroit Race Riot Begins
Jul 23 all-day
  A massive race riot erupted in Detroit. The summer of 1967 was a turbulent time in American history. The Detroit rioting began near 12th Street and Clairmount in a predominantly African-American, overcrowded, and low-income … Continue reading "1967: Detroit Race Riot Begins"
2014 : Helen J. Claytor Dedication in Grand Rapids
2014 : Helen J. Claytor Dedication in Grand Rapids
Jul 23 all-day
On July 23, 2014, Helen J. Claytor was honored by the dedication of a bronze statue, one of a series of influential figures immortalized at sites around the city as a part of the Grand … Continue reading "2014 : Helen J. Claytor Dedication in Grand Rapids"
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