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1675 : Father Marquette Dies Along Sunset Side of Michigan
1675 : Father Marquette Dies Along Sunset Side of Michigan
May 18 all-day
Father Jacques Marquette, better known as Pere Marquette, was reburied on June 8, 1677, according to American-Indian funeral customs. The French-born Jesuit priest — who explored the Mississippi River and the shores of Lake Michigan, … Continue reading "1675 : Father Marquette Dies Along Sunset Side of Michigan"
1846 : Michigan Outlaws The Death Penalty
1846 : Michigan Outlaws The Death Penalty
May 18 all-day
On this day, Governor Alpheus Felch signed a bill outlawing capital punishment, making Michigan the first government in the English-speaking world to do so. Furthermore, it was also banned in the state Constitution in 1964. … Continue reading "1846 : Michigan Outlaws The Death Penalty"
1927 : Disgruntled Farmer Bombs Bath School
1927 : Disgruntled Farmer Bombs Bath School
May 18 all-day
1927 : Disgruntled Farmer Bombs Bath School
   One of the first and one of the worst cases of school violence ever recorded. We live in an age where we think that schools shootings, bombings, and the like are only a … Continue reading "1927 : Disgruntled Farmer Bombs Bath School"
1929 : First Holland Tulip Time Festival Held
1929 : First Holland Tulip Time Festival Held
May 18 all-day
1929 : First Holland Tulip Time Festival Held
The first Holland Tulip Time was held on May 18, 1929. Two years earlier, local high school biology teacher Lida Rogers had pitched to the Women’s Literary Club the idea of planting tulips in the … Continue reading "1929 : First Holland Tulip Time Festival Held"
1929 : Purple Gang Members Arrested
1929 : Purple Gang Members Arrested
May 18 all-day
1929 : Purple Gang Members Arrested
On May 18, 1929, members of the notorious Jewish organized crime organization, the Purple Gang, were arrested for arms violations and protecting Detroit drug dealers. Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook page Detroit’s Purple Gang … Continue reading "1929 : Purple Gang Members Arrested"
1940 : FDR Calls Bill Knudsen in Detroit To Talk About War Production
1940 : FDR Calls Bill Knudsen in Detroit To Talk About War Production
May 18 all-day
On May 28, 1940, the phone rang in Bill Knudsen’s office in the General Motors Building. Knudsen, a Danish immigrant who had made parts for Henry Ford’s Model T in a bicycle factory in Buffalo … Continue reading "1940 : FDR Calls Bill Knudsen in Detroit To Talk About War Production"
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