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1881 : Leonidas G. Woolley Patents First Electric Locomotive Headlight
1881 : Leonidas G. Woolley Patents First Electric Locomotive Headlight
May 3 all-day
On May 3, 1881, Leonidas G. Woolley, of Mendon, patented the nation’s first electric locomotive headlight. Woolley suspended his polygonal lamp frame in position with opposing strings which neutralized jarring. —Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1921 : Sugar Ray Robinson Born
1921 : Sugar Ray Robinson Born
May 3 all-day
Champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson was born in Detroit, Michigan. One of the greatest pugilists in history, Sugar Ray Robinson (born Walker Smith Jr.) was born in Detroit. When he was a teenager his parents … Continue reading "1921 : Sugar Ray Robinson Born"
1948 : U.S. Supreme Court Rules Housing Racial Covenants Unconstitutional
1948 : U.S. Supreme Court Rules Housing Racial Covenants Unconstitutional
May 3 all-day
  On May 3, 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in a case brought by a Detroit couple that racial covenants in housing were unconstitutional. Racial covenants had been used for years to bar … Continue reading "1948 : U.S. Supreme Court Rules Housing Racial Covenants Unconstitutional"
1954 : Vincent Markowski, a.k.a. Tom Tyler, Dies in Hamtramck
1954 : Vincent Markowski, a.k.a. Tom Tyler, Dies in Hamtramck
May 3 all-day
If life were like a Saturday-matinee serial, the further adventures of Vincent Markowski would have had a more upbeat, action-packed ending. However, this was Hamtramck, not Hollywood, and Markowski — better known to the world … Continue reading "1954 : Vincent Markowski, a.k.a. Tom Tyler, Dies in Hamtramck"
2011 : Statuary Hall Welcomes Gerald Ford
2011 : Statuary Hall Welcomes Gerald Ford
May 3 all-day
A bronze statue of former President Gerald Ford was unveiled at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. on May 3, 2011. The National Statuary Hall Collection consists of 100 likenesses, representing … Continue reading "2011 : Statuary Hall Welcomes Gerald Ford"
2014: Harness Racing Comes to an End at Hazel Park Track
2014: Harness Racing Comes to an End at Hazel Park Track
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After 62 years, live harness racing came to a close Saturday night at Hazel Park Raceway. The track, in an effort to increase its dwindling revenue, plans to return to thoroughbred racing next month for … Continue reading "2014: Harness Racing Comes to an End at Hazel Park Track"
2017 : 300 Million Year Old Fossil of Extinct Fish Found at Bay View Park
2017 : 300 Million Year Old Fossil of Extinct Fish Found at Bay View Park
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Fossils of an extinct fish were discovered last week here in Alpena. The ancient discovery took place along the limestone break wall at Bay View Park. The remains were from more than 300 million years … Continue reading "2017 : 300 Million Year Old Fossil of Extinct Fish Found at Bay View Park"
2018: Patricia Birkholz, Michigan Environmental Warrior, Dies
2018: Patricia Birkholz, Michigan Environmental Warrior, Dies
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2018: Patricia Birkholz, Michigan Environmental Warrior, Dies
Patty Birkholz Patricia Birkholz, whose 14 years in the Legislature left a legacy of major policy changes, especially on natural resources and the environment, died Thursday of cancer. She was 74. Ms. Birkholz, a Saugatuck … Continue reading "2018: Patricia Birkholz, Michigan Environmental Warrior, Dies"
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