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1820 : Michigan Territorial Legislature Imposes Property Tax
1820 : Michigan Territorial Legislature Imposes Property Tax
May 8 all-day
On May 8, 1820, the Michigan Territorial legislature imposed the first Michigan tax on personal property and land. The sheriff could arrest anyone who did not pay. Source : Historical Society of Michigan Calendar
1901 : Norman Thomas “Turkey” Stearnes Born, Best African-American Baseball Player in Detroit’s History
1901 : Norman Thomas “Turkey” Stearnes Born, Best African-American Baseball Player in Detroit’s History
May 8 all-day
1901 : Norman Thomas "Turkey" Stearnes Born, Best African-American Baseball Player in Detroit's History
  Norman Thomas “Turkey” Stearnes (May 8, 1901 – September 4, 1979) was an African American outfielder in the Negro leagues, who played most of his prime with the Detroit Stars. He was elected to … Continue reading "1901 : Norman Thomas “Turkey” Stearnes Born, Best African-American Baseball Player in Detroit’s History"
1913 : Michigan Historical Commission Born
1913 : Michigan Historical Commission Born
May 8 all-day
On a pleasant spring day in Lansing, on May 8, 1913, then-Governor Woodbridge Ferris struck a blow for history. He signed a bill creating the Michigan Historical Commission. The commission was originally autonomous. It was … Continue reading "1913 : Michigan Historical Commission Born"
1917 : Governor Alpert Sleeper Signs Bill Allowing Michigan Women to Vote for Presidential Electors
1917 : Governor Alpert Sleeper Signs Bill Allowing Michigan Women to Vote for Presidential Electors
May 8 all-day
1917 : Governor Alpert Sleeper Signs Bill Allowing Michigan Women to Vote for Presidential Electors
On May 8, 1917, Governor Albert Sleeper signed a bill allowing Michigan women to vote for presidential electors. A year later, male voters approved an amendment to the state constitution granting women the right to … Continue reading "1917 : Governor Alpert Sleeper Signs Bill Allowing Michigan Women to Vote for Presidential Electors"
1921 : World’s First Riding Mower Introduced by Ideal Power Mower Company of Lansing
1921 : World’s First Riding Mower Introduced by Ideal Power Mower Company of Lansing
May 8 all-day
1921 : World's First Riding Mower Introduced by Ideal Power Mower Company of Lansing
The first gasoline-powered lawn mower, 1902. On this day, May 8th, 1921 the world’s first riding lawn mower, manufactured by the Ideal Power Mower Co. of Lansing, was first introduced  in Fort Wayne (and other … Continue reading "1921 : World’s First Riding Mower Introduced by Ideal Power Mower Company of Lansing"
1942 : Kalamazoo Plant Turns Out First WWII Amphibious Cargo Carrier
1942 : Kalamazoo Plant Turns Out First WWII Amphibious Cargo Carrier
May 8 all-day
On May 8, 1942, the first World War II amphibious cargo carrier to be constructed under navy contract was completed at the Ingersoll plant in Kalamazoo, MI. Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1959: First Little Caesars Opens in Garden City, Michigan
1959: First Little Caesars Opens in Garden City, Michigan
May 8 all-day
1959: First Little Caesars Opens in Garden City, Michigan
Mike and Marian Ilitch opened their first Little Caesars restaurant in Garden City, Michigan on May 8, 1959. Mike Ilitch had been on another career path as a talented shortstop with the Detroit Tigers farm … Continue reading "1959: First Little Caesars Opens in Garden City, Michigan"
1973 : Carolyn King of Ypsilanti, First Girl to Play in Little League
1973 : Carolyn King of Ypsilanti, First Girl to Play in Little League
May 8 all-day
1973 : Carolyn King of Ypsilanti, First Girl to Play in Little League
On May 8, 1973, Carolyn King of Ypsilanti became the first girl to play in the Little League. Little League officials then took away the local charter, and the city of Ypsilanti filed a sex-discrimination … Continue reading "1973 : Carolyn King of Ypsilanti, First Girl to Play in Little League"
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