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1881 : J. L. Hudson’s Haberdashery Opens in Detroit, Will Evolve Into Hudson’s Department Store
1881 : J. L. Hudson’s Haberdashery Opens in Detroit, Will Evolve Into Hudson’s Department Store
Apr 2 all-day
The forerunner of Hudson’s, which would become a storied Detroit retailer, opened April 2, 1881. J. L. Hudson’s haberdashery was at the old Detroit Opera House. It opened as a department store a decade later … Continue reading "1881 : J. L. Hudson’s Haberdashery Opens in Detroit, Will Evolve Into Hudson’s Department Store"
1884 : First Self-Propelled Automobile in Michigan
1884 : First Self-Propelled Automobile in Michigan
Apr 2 all-day
If you’re driving around and you come across this Michigan historical marker, you may think it’s honoring the old 1950’s sci-fi film, “The Thing”….but it’s far from it. “The Thing” was the first self-propelled vehicle in … Continue reading "1884 : First Self-Propelled Automobile in Michigan"
1912 : MacGregor Murder Trial Grips Ubly, Michigan
1912 : MacGregor Murder Trial Grips Ubly, Michigan
Apr 2 all-day
1912 : MacGregor Murder Trial Grips Ubly, Michigan
Was Dr. Robert MacGregor of Ubly, Michigan a murderer? A poisoner? A serial killer? The residents in the small Michigan Thumb town of Ubly are still split on this decision, and have been ever since … Continue reading "1912 : MacGregor Murder Trial Grips Ubly, Michigan"
1951 : Life Features Ferry Morse Seed Company of Detroit
1951 : Life Features Ferry Morse Seed Company of Detroit
Apr 2 all-day
1951 : Life Features Ferry Morse Seed Company of Detroit
Detroit was — once, and briefly — the world-capital of seed production, as the headquarters of the D.M. Ferry Seed Co., founded by Dexter Mason Ferry in 1856. Today, you can find Ferry-Morse seed packets on the seasonal shelves at … Continue reading "1951 : Life Features Ferry Morse Seed Company of Detroit"
1954 : Michigan State College Can Change Name to Michigan State University
1954 : Michigan State College Can Change Name to Michigan State University
Apr 2 all-day
On April 2, 1954, the Detroit Free Press reported that Michigan Attorney General Thomas Kavanagh ruled that there was no state constitutional provision prohibiting Michigan State College from changing its name to Michigan State University. … Continue reading "1954 : Michigan State College Can Change Name to Michigan State University"
1966 : Coho Salmon Released in Platte River
1966 : Coho Salmon Released in Platte River
Apr 2 all-day
1966 : Coho Salmon Released in Platte River
The first of 850,000 coho salmon, imported from the West Coast, were released in the Platte River in Benzie County, aimed at creating a new sport fishery in Lake Michigan. The Rest of the Story … Continue reading "1966 : Coho Salmon Released in Platte River"
1977 : First Michigan Anti-Smoking Law?
1977 : First Michigan Anti-Smoking Law?
Apr 2 all-day
On April 2, 1977, a new anti-smoking law banned smoking in grocery stores and required no-smoking areas in restaurants. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1992 : World’s Largest Fungus Resides in Michigan
1992 : World’s Largest Fungus Resides in Michigan
Apr 2 all-day
1992 : World's Largest Fungus Resides in Michigan
The Non-mycological world first became aware that one of Earth’s largest and oldest organisms was living in Michigan on this date in 1992. In the early 1990’s scientists discovered a giant fungus growing outside of … Continue reading "1992 : World’s Largest Fungus Resides in Michigan"
2014 : President Obama Visits Ann Arbor to Pitch Raising Minimum Wage
2014 : President Obama Visits Ann Arbor to Pitch Raising Minimum Wage
Apr 2 all-day
After eating lunch at Zimmerman’s in Ann Arbor, President Obama gave a speech at the University of Michigan urging people to get behind his proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 a hour, from … Continue reading "2014 : President Obama Visits Ann Arbor to Pitch Raising Minimum Wage"
2020 : Marriage Ceremonies No Longer Restricted to Ministers
2020 : Marriage Ceremonies No Longer Restricted to Ministers
Apr 2 all-day
The state now allows secular people to perform and legalize marriages in Michigan as opposed to reserving the right for religious ministers. The Michigan Attorney General reversed its stance against the issue after a lawsuit … Continue reading "2020 : Marriage Ceremonies No Longer Restricted to Ministers"
2020: Michigan Ranks 3rd In Terms of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths
2020: Michigan Ranks 3rd In Terms of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths
Apr 2 all-day
Just over three weeks after Michigan’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, the state has over 10,000 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus. The state reported 1,457 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 80 more people have died from … Continue reading "2020: Michigan Ranks 3rd In Terms of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths"
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