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1814 : U.S. Attacks Mackinac Island
1814 : U.S. Attacks Mackinac Island
Aug 4 all-day
After losing Fort Mackinaw to the British during the War of 1812, American forces decided to make a landing in the northwest bay of Mackinac Island and make a lodgment from which to annoy and … Continue reading "1814 : U.S. Attacks Mackinac Island"
1841 : U.S. Congress Appropriates Money to Build Fort Wayne
1841 : U.S. Congress Appropriates Money to Build Fort Wayne
Aug 4 all-day
1841 : U.S. Congress Appropriates Money to Build Fort Wayne
On August 4, 1841, an act of the U.S. Congress appropriated $50,000 to build a new fort in accordance with the Army’s Great Lakes Defense Plan. The fort would support ground force operations, control the … Continue reading "1841 : U.S. Congress Appropriates Money to Build Fort Wayne"
1876 : Calvin College Founded
1876 : Calvin College Founded
Aug 4 all-day
1876 : Calvin College Founded
The Christian Reformed Church in North America founded the school on August 4, 1876, as part of Calvin College and Theological Seminary (with the seminary becoming Calvin Theological Seminary) to train church ministers. The college … Continue reading "1876 : Calvin College Founded"
1877 : Grand Rapids Plaster Company, Owner of First Telephone in Michigan, Gives Demonstration
1877 : Grand Rapids Plaster Company, Owner of First Telephone in Michigan, Gives Demonstration
Aug 4 all-day
The honor for owning the first telephone in Michigan goes to a Grand Rapids plaster company whose president was a close personal friend of Alexander Graham Bell. Bell sent his friend a pair of prototype … Continue reading "1877 : Grand Rapids Plaster Company, Owner of First Telephone in Michigan, Gives Demonstration"
1902 : Detroit Boat House Building Dedicated
1902 : Detroit Boat House Building Dedicated
Aug 4 all-day
1902 : Detroit Boat House Building Dedicated
Founded in 1839 — a mere two years after Michigan became a state — the Detroit Boat Club holds the title as the nation’s oldest boat club. Originally a rowing club, it was one of the … Continue reading "1902 : Detroit Boat House Building Dedicated"
1912 : Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg Born, Hail to the Valiant
1912 : Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg Born, Hail to the Valiant
Aug 4 all-day
1912 : Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg Born, Hail to the Valiant
Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg, Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat, and humanitarian was born on August 4, 1912. Before outfoxing the Nazis, risking his life, and saving 100,000 Jews from the hell of World War II death camps. Before … Continue reading "1912 : Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg Born, Hail to the Valiant"
1913 : Robert Hayden Born, First African American Poet Laureate
1913 : Robert Hayden Born, First African American Poet Laureate
Aug 4 all-day
On Aug. 4, 1913, poet Robert Hayden was born in Detroit. In 1976, he became the first black American appointed Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress. Born Asa Bundy Sheffey, Hayden had a tumultuous … Continue reading "1913 : Robert Hayden Born, First African American Poet Laureate"
1929 : Passenger Ferry Service Begins from Copper Harbor to Isle Royale
1929 : Passenger Ferry Service Begins from Copper Harbor to Isle Royale
Aug 4 all-day
On Aug. 4, 1929, a 20-passenger ferry, the Water Lily, began service from Copper Harbor to Isle Royale, and Michigan residents could, for the first time, travel to their great wilderness island in upper Lake … Continue reading "1929 : Passenger Ferry Service Begins from Copper Harbor to Isle Royale"
1985 : Mitch Albom’s First Column in Detroit Free Press
1985 : Mitch Albom’s First Column in Detroit Free Press
Aug 4 all-day
Writing for a new audience can strum your nerves a bit. But not for long. Sports have a way of bridging gaps between people. Like when Casey Stengel caught a pitcher sneaking back at 4 … Continue reading "1985 : Mitch Albom’s First Column in Detroit Free Press"
2013 : Central Michigan University Welcomes First Medical School Students
2013 : Central Michigan University Welcomes First Medical School Students
Aug 4 all-day
Central Michigan University welcomed its first group of doctors-in-training for a ceremony Sunday to mark the start of their professional education and the opening of the school’s new medical school. CMU joins the University of … Continue reading "2013 : Central Michigan University Welcomes First Medical School Students"
2013 : David A. Pawecki, Author of Michigan’s Sunshine Laws, Dies
2013 : David A. Pawecki, Author of Michigan’s Sunshine Laws, Dies
Aug 4 all-day
Former state senator and one-time Democratic gubernatorial candidate David A. Plawecki died Sunday at the age of 65. Plawecki, of Dearborn Heights, began his Senate career in 1971. According to an obituary released by the … Continue reading "2013 : David A. Pawecki, Author of Michigan’s Sunshine Laws, Dies"
2015 : Grand Rapids Elects First Woman Mayor
2015 : Grand Rapids Elects First Woman Mayor
Aug 4 all-day
A day after her 40th birthday, Rosalynn Bliss has been elected the city’s 59th mayor, and she becomes the first female to win the job. Bliss received two-thirds of the vote Tuesday, Aug. 4, to … Continue reading "2015 : Grand Rapids Elects First Woman Mayor"
2017: Claressa Shields Wins WBC and IBF Super Middleweight World Titles
2017: Claressa Shields Wins WBC and IBF Super Middleweight World Titles
Aug 4 all-day
  Flint boxer Claressa Shields scored a fifth-round TKO victory against German fighter Nikki Adler on Friday, Aug. 4 at MGM Grand Detroit. Shields capturing the WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles. Scott Atkinson, … Continue reading "2017: Claressa Shields Wins WBC and IBF Super Middleweight World Titles"
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