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1915 : Grace Lee Boggs Born, Author, Human Rights Advocate, Philosopher
1915 : Grace Lee Boggs Born, Author, Human Rights Advocate, Philosopher
Jun 27 all-day
Born to Chinese immigrants, Ms. Boggs was an author, activist, and philosopher who planted gardens on vacant lots, founded community organizations and political movements, marched against racism, lectured widely on human rights and wrote books … Continue reading "1915 : Grace Lee Boggs Born, Author, Human Rights Advocate, Philosopher"
1947 : First College World Series Takes Place at Western Michigan College; Guess Who Was One of the Players?
1947 : First College World Series Takes Place at Western Michigan College; Guess Who Was One of the Players?
Jun 27 all-day
1947 : First College World Series Takes Place at Western Michigan College; Guess Who Was One of the Players?
On June 27, 1947, the first College World Series began at Western Michigan College in Kalamazoo. California played Yale for the championship, which was a best of three series. California swept. Future President of the … Continue reading "1947 : First College World Series Takes Place at Western Michigan College; Guess Who Was One of the Players?"
1947 : Ford Offers Workers a Pension Plan for the First Time
1947 : Ford Offers Workers a Pension Plan for the First Time
Jun 27 all-day
Under pressure from the United Auto Workers, Ford gave workers a choice between a pension plan, heretofore only available to management, and an across-the-board wage increase. Although employees chose the wages, the company’s willingness to … Continue reading "1947 : Ford Offers Workers a Pension Plan for the First Time"
1990 : Dr. Pearl Kendrick and Dr. Grace Eldering Honored for Their Development of a Vaccine to Fight Whooping Cough
1990 : Dr. Pearl Kendrick and Dr. Grace Eldering Honored for Their Development of a Vaccine to Fight Whooping Cough
Jun 27 all-day
On June 27, 1990, two Grand Rapids scientists, Dr. Pearl Kendrick and Dr. Grace Eldering, were honored by the commemoration in their names of the Public Health Laboratory. During the 1930s, these two remarkable women … Continue reading "1990 : Dr. Pearl Kendrick and Dr. Grace Eldering Honored for Their Development of a Vaccine to Fight Whooping Cough"
2013 : Pure Michigan Dunes Video
2013 : Pure Michigan Dunes Video
Jun 27 all-day
  It’s summertime. Time to visit some of Michigan’s lakeshore sand dunes. Check out YouTube Video. Michigan has more than 300,000 acres of Sand Dunes that offer breathtaking views or thrilling experiences. Watch as we … Continue reading "2013 : Pure Michigan Dunes Video"
2019 : Electric Forest 2019 kicks off
2019 : Electric Forest 2019 kicks off
Jun 27 all-day
2019 : Electric Forest 2019 kicks off
Bright lights and bright colors make for a visual delight at Electric Forest. The popular music and camping festival is known as a photographer’s dream. Seemingly everywhere one looks is a potential scenic, artistic or … Continue reading "2019 : Electric Forest 2019 kicks off"
Log Cabin Day (Last Sunday of June)
Log Cabin Day (Last Sunday of June)
Jun 27 all-day
Log Cabin Day (Last Sunday of June)
The last Sunday in June of each year shall be known as “log cabin day”. History: 1989, Act 60, Imd. Eff. June 16, 1989 (MCL 435.241) Michigan isn’t a state outsiders usually associate with log … Continue reading "Log Cabin Day (Last Sunday of June)"
1900 : President McKinley Stops in Three Oaks To Dedicate Memorial Park
1900 : President McKinley Stops in Three Oaks To Dedicate Memorial Park
Jun 28 all-day
1900 : President McKinley Stops in Three Oaks To Dedicate Memorial Park
The citizens of Three Oaks, Michigan won a contest to raise the most money per capita in memory of the U.S.S. Maine, which was sunk in the Havana Harbor before the start of the War … Continue reading "1900 : President McKinley Stops in Three Oaks To Dedicate Memorial Park"
1938 : Monkeys on the Loose At Belle Isle
1938 : Monkeys on the Loose At Belle Isle
Jun 28 all-day
As if a fancifully written news report about escaped monkeys on Belle Isle weren’t adorable enough, a police inspector’s six-year-old daughter had to get involved. June 28, 1938 Escaped Belle Isle Monkeys Make Picnic an … Continue reading "1938 : Monkeys on the Loose At Belle Isle"
1946 : Gilda Radner Born in Detroit
1946 : Gilda Radner Born in Detroit
Jun 28 all-day
1946 : Gilda Radner Born in Detroit
Gilda Radner – a 1964 Liggett School alumna and University of Michigan dropout who originally wanted to be a teacher for special-needs children — is best known for her work on “Saturday Night Live” in … Continue reading "1946 : Gilda Radner Born in Detroit"
1948 : Michigan State Police Crack Down on Wild City Fliers
1948 : Michigan State Police Crack Down on Wild City Fliers
Jun 28 all-day
On June 28, 1948, nine months after they received their first airplane, the Michigan State Police began patrolling airways over Detroit to control “wild city fliers.” —Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1953 : Workers Assemble First Corvette in Flint, Michigan
1953 : Workers Assemble First Corvette in Flint, Michigan
Jun 28 all-day
On June 28, 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assemble the first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. The first completed production car rolled off the assembly … Continue reading "1953 : Workers Assemble First Corvette in Flint, Michigan"
1958: Mackinac Bridge Officially Dedicated
1958: Mackinac Bridge Officially Dedicated
Jun 28 all-day
On June 28, 1958, the Mackinac Bridge was officially dedicated by Gov. G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams, Bridge Authority Chair Prentis Brown and their wives. They stood at the North Anchor block and tied together a … Continue reading "1958: Mackinac Bridge Officially Dedicated"
1965 : The Petoskey Stone Becomes Michigan’s Official State Stone
1965 : The Petoskey Stone Becomes Michigan’s Official State Stone
Jun 28 all-day
On June 28, 1965, Governor George Romney signed a bill that made the Petoskey Stone Michigan’s official State Stone. It was fitting that Miss Ella Jane Petoskey, the only living grand-child of Chief Petosegay, was … Continue reading "1965 : The Petoskey Stone Becomes Michigan’s Official State Stone"
1976 : The Game That Made Mark Fidrych (The Bird) Famous
1976 : The Game That Made Mark Fidrych (The Bird) Famous
Jun 28 all-day
1976 : The Game That Made Mark Fidrych (The Bird) Famous
Today we remember the game that made Mark ?The Bird? Fidrych famous. It was a night game played at Tiger Stadium on June 28, 1976. The Tigers squared off against the New York Yankees for … Continue reading "1976 : The Game That Made Mark Fidrych (The Bird) Famous"
1990: Nelson Mandela Visits Detroit
1990: Nelson Mandela Visits Detroit
Jun 28 all-day
1990: Nelson Mandela Visits Detroit
Nelson Mandela spoke to over 49,000 people at Tiger Stadium in Detroit in June 1990. “The man who stands before you is not a stranger,” Mandela said. “I am a member of the UAW; I … Continue reading "1990: Nelson Mandela Visits Detroit"
2013 : Miguel Cabrera Sets Another Record
2013 : Miguel Cabrera Sets Another Record
Jun 28 all-day
Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has done something this season that no big-league hitter has done since at least 1900. He has produced three games in one season in which he has gone 4-for-4 with … Continue reading "2013 : Miguel Cabrera Sets Another Record"
1797 : Bishop Frederic Baraga Born
1797 : Bishop Frederic Baraga Born
Jun 29 all-day
1797 : Bishop Frederic Baraga Born
Bishop Frederic Baraga was born on June 29, 1797 in the castle of Mala vas in the Northwestern part of Slovenia, and for over half of the 71 years of his life Baraga covered a … Continue reading "1797 : Bishop Frederic Baraga Born"
1853 : Elizabeth (Bessie) Jane Eaglesfield, First University of Michigan Woman Law Graduate
1853 : Elizabeth (Bessie) Jane Eaglesfield, First University of Michigan Woman Law Graduate
Jun 29 all-day
1853 : Elizabeth (Bessie) Jane Eaglesfield, First University of Michigan Woman Law Graduate
Elizabeth (Bessie) Jane Eaglesfield was born June 29, 1853, in Clay County, Indiana. She was educated in the high school at Terre Haute, Ind., and would go on to win multiple degrees from the University … Continue reading "1853 : Elizabeth (Bessie) Jane Eaglesfield, First University of Michigan Woman Law Graduate"
1863 : George Armstrong Custer Takes Command of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade
1863 : George Armstrong Custer Takes Command of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade
Jun 29 all-day
1863 : George Armstrong Custer Takes Command of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade
Raised in Monroe, Michigan, George Armstrong Custer graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1861. Serving as a junior officer for the first two years of the Civil War, Custer — and … Continue reading "1863 : George Armstrong Custer Takes Command of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade"
1916 : Detroit Cigar Factory Women Strike
1916 : Detroit Cigar Factory Women Strike
Jun 29 all-day
1916 : Detroit Cigar Factory Women Strike
Cigars … Luxurious, expensive, elitist…. But about a century ago working-class Americans enjoyed cigars every day, and Detroit was famous for manufacturing the best smokes in the nation. The industry took for a number of … Continue reading "1916 : Detroit Cigar Factory Women Strike"
1928: Michigan’s First Concerted Attempt at Eliminating Pollution
1928: Michigan’s First Concerted Attempt at Eliminating Pollution
Jun 29 all-day
On June 29, 1928, the Michigan Conservation Department and Department of Health launched a joint program of pollution control, the state’s first concerted attempt at eliminating human and industrial waste in Michigan’s lakes and streams. … Continue reading "1928: Michigan’s First Concerted Attempt at Eliminating Pollution"
1978 : Fireworks Banned Again
1978 : Fireworks Banned Again
Jun 29 all-day
On June 29, 1978, Michigan’s new fireworks law, which banned fireworks bigger than paper caps and sparklers, was slated to take effect during the coming weekend. The law included a 24-hour grace period that allows … Continue reading "1978 : Fireworks Banned Again"
1805 : First Michigan Territorial Governor Appointed
1805 : First Michigan Territorial Governor Appointed
Jun 30 all-day
1805 : First Michigan Territorial Governor Appointed
On June 30, 1805, the first governor of the territory of Michigan was appointed. William Hull, a Massachusetts native, was appointed to govern the state out of the new capital in Detroit. Although the British … Continue reading "1805 : First Michigan Territorial Governor Appointed"
1915 : Detroit Girls Toss A Message In a Bottle; Discovered Nearly 100 Years Later
1915 : Detroit Girls Toss A Message In a Bottle; Discovered Nearly 100 Years Later
Jun 30 all-day
1915 : Detroit Girls Toss A Message In a Bottle; Discovered Nearly 100 Years Later
Steamer Tashmoo Loaded With Passengers (around 1901)  Nearly a century ago  Selina Pramstaller and Tillie Esper of Detroit wrote a simple note as they enjoyed a day at a popular amusement park on Harsens Island. … Continue reading "1915 : Detroit Girls Toss A Message In a Bottle; Discovered Nearly 100 Years Later"
1930 : Housewife’s League of Detroit Formed
1930 : Housewife’s League of Detroit Formed
Jun 30 all-day
1930 : Housewife's League of Detroit Formed
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE BURTON HISTORICAL COLLECTION, DETROIT PUBLIC LIBRARY The name “Housewives’ League of Detroit” may conjure up quaint images of genteel tea parties, leisurely bridge games, and gossipy luncheons, or it might sound … Continue reading "1930 : Housewife’s League of Detroit Formed"
1934 : Detroit Lions Purchased for $8,000
1934 : Detroit Lions Purchased for $8,000
Jun 30 all-day
1934 : Detroit Lions Purchased for $8,000
On June 30, 1934, the National Football League’s Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans were purchased by George A. Richards (owner of Detroit’s powerful WJR) and moved to Detroit with a new name — the Lions. The purchase … Continue reading "1934 : Detroit Lions Purchased for $8,000"
1953 : First Corvette Rolls Off Production Line in Flint
1953 : First Corvette Rolls Off Production Line in Flint
Jun 30 all-day
1953 : First Corvette Rolls Off Production Line in Flint
The first Chevrolet Corvette came off an assembly line in Flint, Michigan. Harley Earl, remembered as one of the greatest automotive designers, began working on a car called the Corvette for General Motors in 1951. … Continue reading "1953 : First Corvette Rolls Off Production Line in Flint"
1995 : Remains of Lansing to Howell Plank Road Discovered
1995 : Remains of Lansing to Howell Plank Road Discovered
Jun 30 all-day
On June 30, 1995, workers reconstructing Grand River Avenue in East Lansing, Michigan, ran into a series of logs lying side by side two feet below the road surface. An on-site technician from the Michigan … Continue reading "1995 : Remains of Lansing to Howell Plank Road Discovered"
2010 : Buster Keaton Statue Dedicated in Muskegon
2010 : Buster Keaton Statue Dedicated in Muskegon
Jun 30 all-day
2010 : Buster Keaton Statue Dedicated in Muskegon
The Muskegon, Michigan Connection: This bronze statue of Buster Keaton along with a commemorative plaque was purchased and placed in front of the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon on Western Avenue on June 30, 2010. … Continue reading "2010 : Buster Keaton Statue Dedicated in Muskegon"
2015 : Michigan Experiences Second Earthquake in Two Months
2015 : Michigan Experiences Second Earthquake in Two Months
Jun 30 all-day
A 3.3-magnitude earthquake that struck 13 miles southeast of Battle Creek today has scientists scratching their heads. Today’s temblor was about 20 miles from the location of a magnitude-4.2 quake that occurred 5 miles south … Continue reading "2015 : Michigan Experiences Second Earthquake in Two Months"
2015 : MSU Ranked Among 50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.
2015 : MSU Ranked Among 50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.
Jun 30 all-day
According to Best Colleges Online, MSU’s W.J. Beal Botanical Garden and Hidden Lake Gardens are ranked among the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.” In evaluating the top university botanical … Continue reading "2015 : MSU Ranked Among 50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S."
2016: MSU’s century-old barley revived to make Michigan beer
2016: MSU’s century-old barley revived to make Michigan beer
Jun 30 all-day
In the waning days of prohibition, Congress legalized 3.2 beer, opening up a new market for Michigan farmers. For years they had been growing Spartan barley, a grain developed at Michigan State College in 1916, and … Continue reading "2016: MSU’s century-old barley revived to make Michigan beer"
2020 : Lewis Cass Building Renamed Elliott-Larsen Building
2020 : Lewis Cass Building Renamed Elliott-Larsen Building
Jun 30 all-day
A state office building in downtown Lansing has been renamed to honor the authors of Michigan’s landmark civil rights law, making it the first state building to be named after an African American woman. The … Continue reading "2020 : Lewis Cass Building Renamed Elliott-Larsen Building"
1863 : 24th Michigan Infantry Regiment Suffers 73% Casualties on Gettysburg’s 1st Day, Including One Spartan
1863 : 24th Michigan Infantry Regiment Suffers 73% Casualties on Gettysburg’s 1st Day, Including One Spartan
Jul 1 all-day
1863 : 24th Michigan Infantry Regiment Suffers 73% Casualties on Gettysburg's 1st Day, Including One Spartan
“Iron Brigade” – painting by Don Troiani showing the 24th Michigan in the Herbst Woods on July 1, 1863 Michigan infantry suffered the greatest loss of any northern regiment in Civil War fighting. The Twenty-Fourth … Continue reading "1863 : 24th Michigan Infantry Regiment Suffers 73% Casualties on Gettysburg’s 1st Day, Including One Spartan"
1875 : P. T. Barnum’s Great Roman Hippodrome Tours Michigan
1875 : P. T. Barnum’s Great Roman Hippodrome Tours Michigan
Jul 1 all-day
1875 : P. T. Barnum's Great Roman Hippodrome Tours Michigan
Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, scam artist and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and … Continue reading "1875 : P. T. Barnum’s Great Roman Hippodrome Tours Michigan"
1882 : Passage Island Lighthouse Lit for 1st Time
1882 : Passage Island Lighthouse Lit for 1st Time
Jul 1 all-day
1882 : Passage Island Lighthouse Lit for 1st Time
On July 1, 1882, The Passage Island lighthouse on Isle Royale was lit for the first time. The lighthouse is the northernmost lighthouse in the United States. The  rest of the story: With increased mining … Continue reading "1882 : Passage Island Lighthouse Lit for 1st Time"
1917 : Michigan National Guard Takes Possession of Selfridge Field
1917 : Michigan National Guard Takes Possession of Selfridge Field
Jul 1 all-day
1917 : Michigan National Guard Takes Possession of Selfridge Field
Selfridge Air National Guard Base is one of the oldest continuously operating military airfields in the nation. The Michigan National Guard took possession of the former Joy Aviation Field on July 1, 1917. The first … Continue reading "1917 : Michigan National Guard Takes Possession of Selfridge Field"
1945 : Hank Greenburg Hits Home Run
1945 : Hank Greenburg Hits Home Run
Jul 1 all-day
1945 : Hank Greenburg Hits Home Run
July 1, 1945: Hank Greenberg hits a home run in his first game back after four years of service in World War II Source : Today in Tiger History
1946 : Clarissa Young, Lansing’s First Female Police Officer
1946 : Clarissa Young, Lansing’s First Female Police Officer
Jul 1 all-day
Clarissa M. Young was born in the very small town of Shepherd, Michigan, on January 5, 1922, but she has had an almost “larger-than-life” effect on the lives of many men, women, and children throughout … Continue reading "1946 : Clarissa Young, Lansing’s First Female Police Officer"
1955 : Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science Becomes a University
1955 : Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science Becomes a University
Jul 1 all-day
1955 : Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science Becomes a University
John Hannah observes signing the Michigan State University Bill, 1955. Courtesy On the Banks of the Red Cedar On July 1st of 1955, “Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science” changed its name to … Continue reading "1955 : Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science Becomes a University"
1959 : Anatomy of a Murder Premieres in Detroit
1959 : Anatomy of a Murder Premieres in Detroit
Jul 1 all-day
1959 : Anatomy of a Murder Premieres in Detroit
On July 1, 1959, “Anatomy of a Murder,” a film based on the work of John D. Voelker , an Upper Peninsula outdoorsman and lawyer who became a Michigan State Supreme Court justice, premiered at … Continue reading "1959 : Anatomy of a Murder Premieres in Detroit"
1963 : Non-Mandatory ZIP Codes for Entire Country Announced
1963 : Non-Mandatory ZIP Codes for Entire Country Announced
Jul 1 all-day
1963 : Non-Mandatory ZIP Codes for Entire Country Announced
On July 1, 1963, non-mandatory ZIP codes were announced for the whole country. Sources : ZIP Code History – A Brief History of the Development of the ZIP Code in the United States Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” – … Continue reading "1963 : Non-Mandatory ZIP Codes for Entire Country Announced"
1974 : Colleen House Becomes Youngest Female Member of Michigan House
1974 : Colleen House Becomes Youngest Female Member of Michigan House
Jul 1 all-day
On July 1, 1974, at the age of 22, Colleen House (Bay City) was sworn in as the youngest female member in the history of the Michigan House of Representatives. She later married another notable … Continue reading "1974 : Colleen House Becomes Youngest Female Member of Michigan House"
2001 : Michigan’s Concealed Weapon Law Implemented
2001 : Michigan’s Concealed Weapon Law Implemented
Jul 1 all-day
Michigan’s 10-year old concealed weapons law has virtually no oversight — but there’s absolutely no penalty for folks failing to report information. Records are incomplete. Compliance by counties is spotty. Convictions for crimes go unreported. … Continue reading "2001 : Michigan’s Concealed Weapon Law Implemented"
2005 : Michigan Launches Children’s Protection Registry (Email)
2005 : Michigan Launches Children’s Protection Registry (Email)
Jul 1 all-day
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) J. Peter Lark today announced that on July 1, Michigan will become the first state in the nation to launch a child … Continue reading "2005 : Michigan Launches Children’s Protection Registry (Email)"
2011 : University of Michigan Campuses Become Smoke-Free
2011 : University of Michigan Campuses Become Smoke-Free
Jul 1 all-day
2011 : University of Michigan Campuses Become Smoke-Free
More than 300 colleges and universities, including four Big Ten schools, have adopted smoke-free campus policies. President Mary Sue Coleman has announced that the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn campuses will go … Continue reading "2011 : University of Michigan Campuses Become Smoke-Free"
2014 : University of Maryland and Rutgers University Join Big Ten Conference
2014 : University of Maryland and Rutgers University Join Big Ten Conference
Jul 1 all-day
The University of Maryland and Rutgers University became official members of the Big Ten Conference today, increasing the Big Ten’s membership to 14 institutions. In addition, Johns Hopkins University officially became a sport affiliate member … Continue reading "2014 : University of Maryland and Rutgers University Join Big Ten Conference"
2015 : Eastern Michigan University Goes Tobacco-Free
2015 : Eastern Michigan University Goes Tobacco-Free
Jul 1 all-day
Eastern Michigan University’s campus will be tobacco free starting July 1, 2015. The EMU Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve President Susan Martin’s recommendation to change its existing policy – which prohibits smoking within … Continue reading "2015 : Eastern Michigan University Goes Tobacco-Free"
1812: Cuyahoga Packet Captured
1812: Cuyahoga Packet Captured
Jul 2 all-day
On July 2, 1812, the schooner Cuyahoga Packet is sailing up the Detroit River when it is spotted on the Canadian side, at Amherstburg, by Lieutenant Frederic Rolette. Cuyahoga is sailing slowly past the British fort. … Continue reading "1812: Cuyahoga Packet Captured"
1824: Cyrus Luce Born, Future Governor of Michigan
1824: Cyrus Luce Born, Future Governor of Michigan
Jul 2 all-day
1824: Cyrus Luce Born, Future Governor of Michigan
Governor Cyrus Luce was born July 2, 1824. Born in Ohio in 1824, he moved with his parents to Indiana and later on his own to Branch County about 1849.  He purchased and cleared about … Continue reading "1824: Cyrus Luce Born, Future Governor of Michigan"
1862 : Morrill Act Anniversary
1862 : Morrill Act Anniversary
Jul 2 all-day
1862 : Morrill Act Anniversary
Beaumont Tower at Michigan State University marks the site of College Hall which is the first building in the United States to teach agricultural science. For 20 years prior to the first introduction of the … Continue reading "1862 : Morrill Act Anniversary"
1863 : 4th Michigan Faces Action at Gettysburg’s Wheat Field; Colonel Harrison Jeffords Dies, the Only Officer to be Bayoneted During Battle
1863 : 4th Michigan Faces Action at Gettysburg’s Wheat Field; Colonel Harrison Jeffords Dies, the Only Officer to be Bayoneted During Battle
Jul 2 all-day
1863 : 4th Michigan Faces Action at Gettysburg's Wheat Field; Colonel Harrison Jeffords Dies, the Only Officer to be Bayoneted During Battle
After being pushed to limit by the confederate onslaught, the 4th Michigan regiment secured the “Wheatfield “.   During this time there was major action on Stony Hill. The Union forces under Zook were overrun by … Continue reading "1863 : 4th Michigan Faces Action at Gettysburg’s Wheat Field; Colonel Harrison Jeffords Dies, the Only Officer to be Bayoneted During Battle"
1877 : William Alfred Comstock, 33rd Governor of Michigan, is Born
1877 : William Alfred Comstock, 33rd Governor of Michigan, is Born
Jul 2 all-day
1877 : William Alfred Comstock, 33rd Governor of Michigan, is Born
Comstock was born on July 2nd 1877 in Alpena, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1899. While at the University of Michigan he joined the fraternity Zeta Psi. Within the fraternity he … Continue reading "1877 : William Alfred Comstock, 33rd Governor of Michigan, is Born"
1881 : Former University of Michigan Student Charles Guiteau Shoots President Garfield
1881 : Former University of Michigan Student Charles Guiteau Shoots President Garfield
Jul 2 all-day
1881 : Former University of Michigan Student Charles Guiteau Shoots President Garfield
When James A. Garfield was attacked on July 2, 1881, the nation was shocked, enraged, and captivated. President for just four months, Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau as he was about to board a … Continue reading "1881 : Former University of Michigan Student Charles Guiteau Shoots President Garfield"
1936 : Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop Moves it To Dearborn Village
1936 : Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop Moves it To Dearborn Village
Jul 2 all-day
On July 2, 1936, Henry Ford purchased the Wright brothers’ Dayton, Ohio, bicycle shop and Home And Moves them to Greenfield Village. It was on July 2nd, 1936 that Henry Ford purchased the Wright Brothers’ … Continue reading "1936 : Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop Moves it To Dearborn Village"
1942 : Detroit Resident Found Guilty of Treason
1942 : Detroit Resident Found Guilty of Treason
Jul 2 all-day
1942 : Detroit Resident Found Guilty of Treason
On July 2, 1942, Max Stephan of Detroit was found guilty of treason for assisting a Nazi prisoner. A German prisoner-of-war escaped from Canada to Detroit in April 1942 and was introduced, by a former … Continue reading "1942 : Detroit Resident Found Guilty of Treason"
1954 : Don’t Put Your Eye Out!
1954 : Don’t Put Your Eye Out!
Jul 2 all-day
1954 : Don't Put Your Eye Out!
The Daisy Air Rifle was first manufactured and sold as an incentive to help market windmills. According to Michigan Every Day, when Clarence Hamilton showed the owner of the Plymouth Iron Windmill Factory his metal … Continue reading "1954 : Don’t Put Your Eye Out!"
1972 : Michigan Legislature Approves State Lottery
1972 : Michigan Legislature Approves State Lottery
Jul 2 all-day
On July 2, 1972, the state Legislature established a lottery to provide additional revenues for the state. —Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1997 : Tornados Devastate Michigan
1997 : Tornados Devastate Michigan
Jul 2 all-day
On July 2, 1997, the Free Press reported that tornadoes and funnel clouds ravaged Michigan from Grand Rapids and Lansing to metro Detroit. “The wind tossed Dumpsters about like cardboard boxes, clogged streets with mangled … Continue reading "1997 : Tornados Devastate Michigan"
2019 : Lee Iacocca Dies
2019 : Lee Iacocca Dies
Jul 2 all-day
Lido Anthony “Lee” Iacocca was an American automobile executive best known for the development of Ford Mustang and Pinto cars, while at the Ford Motor Company in the 1960s, and then later for reviving the … Continue reading "2019 : Lee Iacocca Dies"
1828 : First Territorial Librarian Appointed
1828 : First Territorial Librarian Appointed
Jul 3 all-day
Like many early pioneers, Henry Schoolcraft came to the Michigan Territory from upstate New York. In 1822 he accepted an appointment at Sault Ste. Marie as an Indian agent for the territory. From 1827 to … Continue reading "1828 : First Territorial Librarian Appointed"
1863 : Custer Leads Michigan Calvary Brigade at Gettysberg
1863 : Custer Leads Michigan Calvary Brigade at Gettysberg
Jul 3 all-day
1863 : Custer Leads Michigan Calvary Brigade at Gettysberg
It was unusual in the Union army for all the regiments in a brigade to be from the same state, but the Wolverine Brigade was one of the exceptions. Three days before the fighting started … Continue reading "1863 : Custer Leads Michigan Calvary Brigade at Gettysberg"
1897 : Village of Lake Ann Burns
1897 : Village of Lake Ann Burns
Jul 3 all-day
On July 3, 1897, a small spark arose, creating a huge blaze, soon engulfing the small village of Lake Ann in flames. The fire swept out all 50 buildings making up the village’s downtown, and … Continue reading "1897 : Village of Lake Ann Burns"
1959 : Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Visit Windsor and Detroit
1959 : Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Visit Windsor and Detroit
Jul 3 all-day
On July 3, 1959 : Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip helped celebrate the First Annual Freedom Festival in Windsor. Arriving by train, the Royal Party transferred to the Royal Yacht Britannia and sailed up the … Continue reading "1959 : Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Visit Windsor and Detroit"
1973 : Gaylord vs. Gaylord (Sibling Rivalry)
1973 : Gaylord vs. Gaylord (Sibling Rivalry)
Jul 3 all-day
1973 : Gaylord vs. Gaylord (Sibling Rivalry)
On July 3, 1973, Detroit Tigers pitcher Jim Perry started against the Indians in Cleveland. Except that Cleveland’s starter was his brother, Gaylord Perry. This was the first time in American League history that brothers … Continue reading "1973 : Gaylord vs. Gaylord (Sibling Rivalry)"
2013 : Stars and Stripes Forever
2013 : Stars and Stripes Forever
Jul 3 all-day
To put you in the right state of mind for the 4th of July, listen to the Stars and Stripes Forever recorded by John Philip Sousa’s own band back on August 14, 1903, courtesy of … Continue reading "2013 : Stars and Stripes Forever"
2018 : Charlevoix’s Castle Farms Celebrates Centennial
2018 : Charlevoix’s Castle Farms Celebrates Centennial
Jul 3 all-day
2018 : Charlevoix's Castle Farms Celebrates Centennial
July 3-5, 2018 It’s a castle. It’s a site for weddings. It’s an extraordinary garden. It is — or at least was — a giant rockin’ concert venue. And this year, it is 100 years … Continue reading "2018 : Charlevoix’s Castle Farms Celebrates Centennial"
2018 : Signs Your Were Born and Raised in Michigan
2018 : Signs Your Were Born and Raised in Michigan
Jul 3 all-day
1. You know what euchre is. And how to pronounce it. 2. You grew up with German, Polish, or Norwegian influence. Maybe you ate, or still eat, sauerkraut regularly, or perhaps, like me, your family … Continue reading "2018 : Signs Your Were Born and Raised in Michigan"
2021 : President Visits Central Lake, Traverse City
2021 : President Visits Central Lake, Traverse City
Jul 3 all-day
When a reporter behind the King’s Orchard farm store counter asked President Joe Biden what brought him to Michigan, his answer was brief: cherry pie. He said as much after picking out several pies, from … Continue reading "2021 : President Visits Central Lake, Traverse City"
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