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1832 : Cholera Strikes Down Gen. Winfield Scott’s Army, Forced To Land at Fort Gratiot, Michigan
1832 : Cholera Strikes Down Gen. Winfield Scott’s Army, Forced To Land at Fort Gratiot, Michigan
Jul 8 all-day
The Asiatic cholera was the enemy, the conqueror of conquerors, which attacked [General Winfield] Scott’s expedition up the lakes, and soon destroyed all its power or utility as a military corps… Scott had, as we … Continue reading "1832 : Cholera Strikes Down Gen. Winfield Scott’s Army, Forced To Land at Fort Gratiot, Michigan"
1850 : Strang Crowned King James on Beaver Island
1850 : Strang Crowned King James on Beaver Island
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1850 : Strang Crowned King James on Beaver Island
In 1843, James Jesse Strang settled in Burlington, Wisconsin, and became a member of the Mormon Church. When the founder of Mormonism Joseph Smith was murdered in 1844, Strang claimed to be his successor. While … Continue reading "1850 : Strang Crowned King James on Beaver Island"
1907 : Future Michigan Governor George Romney Born in Mexico
1907 : Future Michigan Governor George Romney Born in Mexico
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1907 : Future Michigan Governor George Romney Born in Mexico
George Wilcken Romney (July 8, 1907 – July 26, 1995) was an American businessman and Republican Party politician. He was chairman and president of American Motors Corporation from 1954 to 1962, the 43rd Governor of … Continue reading "1907 : Future Michigan Governor George Romney Born in Mexico"
1909 : First Illuminated Baseball Game in Grand Rapids
1909 : First Illuminated Baseball Game in Grand Rapids
Jul 8 all-day
About 4500 fans gathered in Grand Rapids to watch one of the first illuminated professional baseball games, played between teams from Grand Rapids and Zanesville, Ohio. Source : Michigan History, July/August 2013.
1924 : DeHart Hubbard, First African American to Win Olympic Championship
1924 : DeHart Hubbard, First African American to Win Olympic Championship
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1924 : DeHart Hubbard, First African American to Win Olympic Championship
William DeHart Hubbard, University of Michigan broad jumper, leaped 24 feet, 5 1/2 inches in Paris, France, becoming the first Negro to win an Olympic championship in an individual event at the 1924 Paris Summer … Continue reading "1924 : DeHart Hubbard, First African American to Win Olympic Championship"
1936 : Killer Heat Wave Grips Detroit (July 8-14)
1936 : Killer Heat Wave Grips Detroit (July 8-14)
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1936 was the first year that Detroit ever had consecutive days of triple digit temperature readings. In 1936, air conditioning was a new luxury, and movie theaters were some of the few places that had … Continue reading "1936 : Killer Heat Wave Grips Detroit (July 8-14)"
1938 : Last Person Executed In Michigan
1938 : Last Person Executed In Michigan
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1938 : Last Person Executed In Michigan
On July 8, 1938, Anthony Chebatoris, was hung at the Federal Correctional Institution in Milan for killing a bystander during a failed bank robbery in Midland. He was the last person executed in Michigan and … Continue reading "1938 : Last Person Executed In Michigan"
1950 : Governor G. Mennon Williams Narrowly Escapes Becoming Prison Hostage
1950 : Governor G. Mennon Williams Narrowly Escapes Becoming Prison Hostage
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Saturday morning, July 8, 1950. Michigan’s rookie governor G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams, mulling his chances of winning another term as chief executive, was flying north for some politicking, inspections and square-dance calling in the Upper … Continue reading "1950 : Governor G. Mennon Williams Narrowly Escapes Becoming Prison Hostage"
1962 : Roger Roberts First Black Firefighter in Lansing
1962 : Roger Roberts First Black Firefighter in Lansing
Jul 8 all-day
Roger Roberts was the first black firefighter in Lansing, Michigan, serving from July 8, 1962 until February 17, 1973. Source : Black History Month, Lansing State Journal, February 27, 2014, p. 91.
2011 : Feral Pigs Become Invasive Species in Michigan
2011 : Feral Pigs Become Invasive Species in Michigan
Jul 8 all-day
Feral swine pose a significant risk to Michigan’s wildlife, ecosystems and agricultural resources, and they are a serious disease threat to humans, wildlife and domesticated pigs. Once populations are established, feral swine are an unsolvable … Continue reading "2011 : Feral Pigs Become Invasive Species in Michigan"
2011 : First Lady Betty Ford Dies
2011 : First Lady Betty Ford Dies
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2011 : First Lady Betty Ford Dies
Despite the fact that Betty Ford had one of the shortest terms as First Lady, she was definitely one of the most influental women to have held the position: In the opinion of The New … Continue reading "2011 : First Lady Betty Ford Dies"
2013 : Trio Crosses Lake Michigan on Paddleboards
2013 : Trio Crosses Lake Michigan on Paddleboards
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Fifty minutes shy of 24-hours Monday morning, the trio of brothers Craig and Trent Masselink and friend Ginny Melby came ashore in Muskegon, bringing their Lake Michigan paddle board crossing to an end. Nearly 100 … Continue reading "2013 : Trio Crosses Lake Michigan on Paddleboards"
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