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1783 : Americans Unable to Take Over Detroit From English
1783 : Americans Unable to Take Over Detroit From English
Jul 4 all-day
Although the American Revolution is over, the English refuse to turn over Fort Detroit to the former American colonists. It will be another 13 years before control of Detroit passes to the United States. Source … Continue reading "1783 : Americans Unable to Take Over Detroit From English"
1829 : Pre-Independence Day Celebration At Future Site of Jackson, Michigan
1829 : Pre-Independence Day Celebration At Future Site of Jackson, Michigan
Jul 4 all-day
Jackson’s history began on the banks of the Grand River, at present-day Trail Street. Three men — Capt. Alex Laverty, Horace Blackman and their Indian guide Pee-wy-tum — arrived there in time to celebrate America’s … Continue reading "1829 : Pre-Independence Day Celebration At Future Site of Jackson, Michigan"
1829 : The City of Jackson Officially Begins
1829 : The City of Jackson Officially Begins
Jul 4 all-day
The city of Jackson officially began July 4, 1829. Through the efforts of several men, Horace Blackman was able to stake his claim of 160 acres as was allowed by territorial law. Although Blackman was … Continue reading "1829 : The City of Jackson Officially Begins"
1834 : Grand Rapids Celebrates July 4th for First Time
1834 : Grand Rapids Celebrates July 4th for First Time
Jul 4 all-day
A year after the first settlers arrived, the residents of Grand Rapids marched up and down the Indian trail, singing and shouting, fiddling and hurrahing. According to Charles Baxter, even the local Indians joined in. … Continue reading "1834 : Grand Rapids Celebrates July 4th for First Time"
1843 : Villages in Royal Oak and Birmingham Salute New Train
1843 : Villages in Royal Oak and Birmingham Salute New Train
Jul 4 all-day
On the “glorious fourth”, the Governor, accompanied by several members of his cabinet and staff, together with a number of private citizens, took a ride on the new Detroit and Pontiac Railroad by the invitation … Continue reading "1843 : Villages in Royal Oak and Birmingham Salute New Train"
1847 : James A. McGinnis (James A. Bailey) of Barnum & Bailey Circus Fame Born in Detroit
1847 : James A. McGinnis (James A. Bailey) of Barnum & Bailey Circus Fame Born in Detroit
Jul 4 all-day
A Detroit native, James A. McGinnis took the surname Bailey at the age of 14 when he joined the circus. Developing a striking talent for advertising and management, he bought the Cooper & Bailey Shows, … Continue reading "1847 : James A. McGinnis (James A. Bailey) of Barnum & Bailey Circus Fame Born in Detroit"
1859 : First Hot Air Balloon Ascension in Grand Rapids
1859 : First Hot Air Balloon Ascension in Grand Rapids
Jul 4 all-day
Professor William D. Bannister is credited with the birth of flight in Grand Rapids, ascending in the hot air balloon Pride of America at 5 p.m. on July 4th, 1859. On the day before the … Continue reading "1859 : First Hot Air Balloon Ascension in Grand Rapids"
1863 : 5000 Gather at the Dearbornville Arsenal to Celebrate Union Victory at Gettysburg
1863 : 5000 Gather at the Dearbornville Arsenal to Celebrate Union Victory at Gettysburg
Jul 4 all-day
Just a day after the Union victory at Gettysburg, a large celebration was held. Nearly 5,000 people gathered at the Arsenal parade grounds for a day of festivities. The Declaration of Independence was read by … Continue reading "1863 : 5000 Gather at the Dearbornville Arsenal to Celebrate Union Victory at Gettysburg"
1863 : Battle of Monterey Pass (PA)
1863 : Battle of Monterey Pass (PA)
Jul 4 all-day
1863 : Battle of Monterey Pass (PA)
July 4-5, 1963 follow-up to Battle of Gettysburg Battle of Monterey Pass During a torrential rainstorm on the night of July 4-5, 1863, the Michigan Cavalry Brigade moved to intercept the retreating Army of Northern … Continue reading "1863 : Battle of Monterey Pass (PA)"
1863 : Michigan’s 25th Infantry Earns Grudging Respect of Confederates at Battle of Tebbs Bend
1863 : Michigan’s 25th Infantry Earns Grudging Respect of Confederates at Battle of Tebbs Bend
Jul 4 all-day
On July 4, 1863, about 250 men of Michigan’s 25th Infantry were about 90 miles South of Louisville, Ky. It was halfway through the American Civil War. Under the command of Orlando Moore, from Schoolcraft, … Continue reading "1863 : Michigan’s 25th Infantry Earns Grudging Respect of Confederates at Battle of Tebbs Bend"
1866 : Civil War Soldiers March in Detroit for Last Time
1866 : Civil War Soldiers March in Detroit for Last Time
Jul 4 all-day
Civil War soldiers from Michigan rallied in Detroit for one last march. They presented their flags to Governor Henry Crapo. Source : This Day in Michigan History, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central … Continue reading "1866 : Civil War Soldiers March in Detroit for Last Time"
1876 : Grand Rapids Celebrates
1876 : Grand Rapids Celebrates
Jul 4 all-day
1876 : Grand Rapids Celebrates
July 4, 1876 was doubly auspicious for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Not only did residents have the nation’s centennial to look forward to but, coincidentally, 1876 also marked the 50th anniversary of the … Continue reading "1876 : Grand Rapids Celebrates"
1876 : Muskegon Celebrates July 4th In a Different Fashion
1876 : Muskegon Celebrates July 4th In a Different Fashion
Jul 4 all-day
On July 4, 1876, as part of an Independence Day centennial celebration, “Big Delia” a 6-foot, two-inch, 225 pound tobacco-chewing madam, and her employees built a pavilion near Muskegon, hired two bands, invited their “sisters” … Continue reading "1876 : Muskegon Celebrates July 4th In a Different Fashion"
1891 : Marquette Celebrates Independence Day
1891 : Marquette Celebrates Independence Day
Jul 4 all-day
1891 : Marquette Celebrates Independence Day
Panoramic views from the wooden breakwater in Marquette’s harbor about 1887; photographs taken by James Pendill. July 4-5, 1891 Marquette’s celebrations in 1891 were extensive and began at sunrise with a 44-gun salute. People had … Continue reading "1891 : Marquette Celebrates Independence Day"
1915 : Potter Park Zoo Dedicated
1915 : Potter Park Zoo Dedicated
Jul 4 all-day
Independence Day won’t be the only thing that we’re celebrating this 4th of July. We’ll also be celebrating the day that J.W. and Sarah Potter donated 58 acres of land to the City of Lansing. … Continue reading "1915 : Potter Park Zoo Dedicated"
1919 : Polar Bears March on Belle Isle
1919 : Polar Bears March on Belle Isle
Jul 4 all-day
The Polar Bears, or American North Russian Expeditionary Force, are the only American troops ever to fight in Russia, the decades-long enemy of the U.S. during the Cold War that followed World War II. The … Continue reading "1919 : Polar Bears March on Belle Isle"
1924 : Jackson Hosts One of the Largest KKK Rallies in Michigan History
1924 : Jackson Hosts One of the Largest KKK Rallies in Michigan History
Jul 4 all-day
It was a Fourth of July festival few at the time likely would ever forget. Under a cloudless sky on a warm day in a field along Seymour Street, vendors sold food, drinks, confections, tobacco … Continue reading "1924 : Jackson Hosts One of the Largest KKK Rallies in Michigan History"
1925 : Ku Klux Klan Parade in Grand Rapids
1925 : Ku Klux Klan Parade in Grand Rapids
Jul 4 all-day
Independence Day 1925 saw a 3,000-person march of the KKK, starting along Bridge Street on Grand Rapids’ Northwest Side. Hoping to bolster Michigan’s struggling Klan, the marchers donned their uniforms but went hoodless to show … Continue reading "1925 : Ku Klux Klan Parade in Grand Rapids"
1929 : Seiche or Tsunami Strikes Grand Haven, Killing 10
1929 : Seiche or Tsunami Strikes Grand Haven, Killing 10
Jul 4 all-day
On July 4, 1929, a 20-foot wave that scientists now believe was caused by a meteotsunami crashed over holiday beach-goers on a pier in Grand Haven. Ten people were pulled out into Lake Michigan and … Continue reading "1929 : Seiche or Tsunami Strikes Grand Haven, Killing 10"
1930 : W. D. Fard Founds Nation of Islam in Detroit
1930 : W. D. Fard Founds Nation of Islam in Detroit
Jul 4 all-day
W. D. Fard, also known as W. D. Fard Muhammad, announces the founding of the Temple of Islam, later to become Temple Number 1 of the Nation of Islam, in Detroit, Michigan. The religious sect incorporates … Continue reading "1930 : W. D. Fard Founds Nation of Islam in Detroit"
1969 : Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Contest Begins
1969 : Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Contest Begins
Jul 4 all-day
1969 : Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Contest Begins
W. T. (Bill) Rabe founded the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping and Gerplunking Club (MISS&GC) with the inaugural Mackinac Island 4th of July Stone Skipping Contest in 1969. He continued to be the tournament director and … Continue reading "1969 : Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Contest Begins"
1977 : Diana Lewis Becomes Co-Anchor on WXYZ-TV in Detroit
1977 : Diana Lewis Becomes Co-Anchor on WXYZ-TV in Detroit
Jul 4 all-day
1977 : Diana Lewis Becomes Co-Anchor on WXYZ-TV in Detroit
On Independence Day in 1977, Diana Lewis signed on to be the co-anchor of Action News at 5:30 p.m. Since then, Detroiters have relied on Lewis to guide them through the events and issues that … Continue reading "1977 : Diana Lewis Becomes Co-Anchor on WXYZ-TV in Detroit"
2002 : Michigan’s Last Survivor of the 1912 Titanic Sinking Dies
2002 : Michigan’s Last Survivor of the 1912 Titanic Sinking Dies
Jul 4 all-day
Winifred Quick Van Tongerloo, Michigan’s last survivor of the 1912 sinking of RMS Titanic, died on July 4, 2002. She was ninety-eight years of age and had lived in East Lansing for the past six … Continue reading "2002 : Michigan’s Last Survivor of the 1912 Titanic Sinking Dies"
2018 : Saugatuck Celebrates 150th Anniversary
2018 : Saugatuck Celebrates 150th Anniversary
Jul 4 all-day
2018 : Saugatuck Celebrates 150th Anniversary
From the outside, one wouldn’t suspect a bookstore building in downtown Saugatuck was built in 1838, floated down the Kalamazoo River to its current location, and is one of a few remaining buildings from an … Continue reading "2018 : Saugatuck Celebrates 150th Anniversary"
1812: General William Hull Arrives in Detroit for Invasion of Canada
1812: General William Hull Arrives in Detroit for Invasion of Canada
Jul 5 all-day
Acting on orders from Washington, Hull crossed the Detroit River on July 12 without opposition and established a base at what is now Windsor, Ontario, with plans to attack British-held Fort Malden at Amherstburg. By … Continue reading "1812: General William Hull Arrives in Detroit for Invasion of Canada"
1942 : REO Motor Car Company In World War II
1942 : REO Motor Car Company In World War II
Jul 5 all-day
1942 : REO Motor Car Company In World War II
The REO Motor Car Company did its part to support the nation during World War II. Even before the U.S. became involved, REO supplied trucks for the lend lease program to Canada, the U.K., and … Continue reading "1942 : REO Motor Car Company In World War II"
1948 : Michigan Radio (91.7 FM, WUOM) Takes to the Air
1948 : Michigan Radio (91.7 FM, WUOM) Takes to the Air
Jul 5 all-day
1948 : Michigan Radio (91.7 FM, WUOM) Takes to the Air
When Michigan Radio first went on air on July 5, 1948, only 500,000 people in the United States owned a radio set. There were only fifty FM channels in existence, and only 8 educational channels. … Continue reading "1948 : Michigan Radio (91.7 FM, WUOM) Takes to the Air"
2002 : Cussing Declared Legal in Michigan
2002 : Cussing Declared Legal in Michigan
Jul 5 all-day
One August day in 1998, Timothy Boomer of Roseville fell out of his canoe on the Rifle River and was issued a ticket for cussing in the presence of women and children, his wife and … Continue reading "2002 : Cussing Declared Legal in Michigan"
1776 : Macomb Brothers Buy Grosse Isle
1776 : Macomb Brothers Buy Grosse Isle
Jul 6 all-day
On July 6, 1776 – just two days after the rebels signed their Declaration of Independence from George III in Philadelphia – the Macomb brothers, William and Alexander, bought Grosse Ile from the Potawatomi Indians. … Continue reading "1776 : Macomb Brothers Buy Grosse Isle"
1818 : 1st Public Auction of Land in Michigan
1818 : 1st Public Auction of Land in Michigan
Jul 6 all-day
The first Land Office in what is now Michigan was established at Detroit  Under Act of Congress on March 26, 1804. On May I, I818, a proclamation of President Monroe authorized the first public auction … Continue reading "1818 : 1st Public Auction of Land in Michigan"
1818 : First Public Land Auction Held in Michigan
1818 : First Public Land Auction Held in Michigan
Jul 6 all-day
Average price for land in Michigan goes for $4 an acre at the first public auction in Michigan on July 6, 1818. By 1836, land-hungry easterners were paying $1000 an acre for land near the … Continue reading "1818 : First Public Land Auction Held in Michigan"
1834 : Territorial Governor George Bryan Porter Dies
1834 : Territorial Governor George Bryan Porter Dies
Jul 6 all-day
1834 : Territorial Governor George Bryan Porter Dies
On this day Michigan Territorial Governor George B. Porter died from Asiatic cholera and young Stevens T. Mason became acting governor until removed in 1835 by President Jackson because of the dispute over the “Toledo … Continue reading "1834 : Territorial Governor George Bryan Porter Dies"
1854 : Anti-Slavery Fusion Convention Held in Jackson
1854 : Anti-Slavery Fusion Convention Held in Jackson
Jul 6 all-day
On July 6, 1854, the anti-slavery “Fusion Convention” took place “under the oaks” in Jackson because the city hall did not have enough room for the estimated 1,000 people — 900 Free Soilers and 100 … Continue reading "1854 : Anti-Slavery Fusion Convention Held in Jackson"
1854 : Republican Party Meets for First Time in Michigan
1854 : Republican Party Meets for First Time in Michigan
Jul 6 all-day
1854 : Republican Party Meets for First Time in Michigan
The historical marker “under the oaks,” where more than 1,000 people met to denounce slavery after being outraged over the passage of the Kansas-Nebraka Act, which had opened new territories to slavery.   Walk toward … Continue reading "1854 : Republican Party Meets for First Time in Michigan"
1898 : Mackinac Island Bans Automobiles
1898 : Mackinac Island Bans Automobiles
Jul 6 all-day
1898 : Mackinac Island Bans Automobiles
Early Automobiles on Mackinac Island Mackinac State Historic Parks The Historic Automobile Ban Afraid that the new-fangled sputtering motor cars would scare their horses, Mackinac Island carriage tour drivers turned to the village leaders for … Continue reading "1898 : Mackinac Island Bans Automobiles"
1925 : Bill Haley Born
1925 : Bill Haley Born
Jul 6 all-day
1925 : Bill Haley Born
Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll Bill Haley Born On July 6, 1925, Bill Haley, American rock vocalist Bill Haley, known as the father of Rock ‘n’ Roll was born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 1981). He … Continue reading "1925 : Bill Haley Born"
1845 : Detroit Daily News Appears for the First Time, Predecessor of the Detroit News
1845 : Detroit Daily News Appears for the First Time, Predecessor of the Detroit News
Jul 7 all-day
The Detroit Daily News was published for the first time. The Detroit Daily News was published until 1873, when it was renamed the Evening News. In 1905, the Detroit Tribune and the Evening News merged … Continue reading "1845 : Detroit Daily News Appears for the First Time, Predecessor of the Detroit News"
1852 : Marquette Iron Company Makes First Iron Ore Shipment to Eastern Smelters
1852 : Marquette Iron Company Makes First Iron Ore Shipment to Eastern Smelters
Jul 7 all-day
On July 7, 1852, the Marquette Iron Company shipped six barrels of iron ore down the Great Lakes to New Castle, PA. The Upper-Peninsula ore was the first to reach the Lake Erie smelters via … Continue reading "1852 : Marquette Iron Company Makes First Iron Ore Shipment to Eastern Smelters"
1865 : Jackson Man Supervises Hanging of Lincoln Assassins/Conspirators
1865 : Jackson Man Supervises Hanging of Lincoln Assassins/Conspirators
Jul 7 all-day
1865 : Jackson Man Supervises Hanging of Lincoln Assassins/Conspirators
Little is known of Christian Rath’s early life other than he was born on October 22, 1831 in Germany. He either left or fled home – depending on the source – at the age of … Continue reading "1865 : Jackson Man Supervises Hanging of Lincoln Assassins/Conspirators"
1887 : Michigan Supreme Court Accepts Case Concerning the Sale of Rose (A Pregnant Cow)
1887 : Michigan Supreme Court Accepts Case Concerning the Sale of Rose (A Pregnant Cow)
Jul 7 all-day
1887 : Michigan Supreme Court Accepts Case Concerning the Sale of Rose (A Pregnant Cow)
July 7, 1887 : Pregnant Cow Case Filed When you run a grain mill/distilling/vertical integration empire, you’re always looking for news ways to make money from existing resources. And one thing that booze production creates … Continue reading "1887 : Michigan Supreme Court Accepts Case Concerning the Sale of Rose (A Pregnant Cow)"
1916 : Detroit Light Guard Sent to El Paso To Neutralize Pancho Villa
1916 : Detroit Light Guard Sent to El Paso To Neutralize Pancho Villa
Jul 7 all-day
On July 7, 1916, the Detroit Light Guard, a unit of the Michigan National Guard, arrived in El Paso, Texas to join the expedition into Mexico to remove the threat to border towns posed by … Continue reading "1916 : Detroit Light Guard Sent to El Paso To Neutralize Pancho Villa"
1927 : Henry Ford Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Articles in Dearborn Independent
1927 : Henry Ford Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Articles in Dearborn Independent
Jul 7 all-day
Contrite motor magnate Henry Ford and his magazine editor admits Jew charges are not true. “Ford admits Jew Charges are not true”, Detroit Free Press, July 8, 1927.
1933 : Michigan Old Age Assistance Act Predates U.S. Social Security Act
1933 : Michigan Old Age Assistance Act Predates U.S. Social Security Act
Jul 7 all-day
1933 : Michigan Old Age Assistance Act Predates U.S. Social Security Act
Today (July 7) marks the day in 1933 that former Gov. William A. Comstock, Democrat, signed the Old Age Assistance Act, which provided a monthly pension of up to $30 to seniors 70 years old … Continue reading "1933 : Michigan Old Age Assistance Act Predates U.S. Social Security Act"
2019 : Cougar Spotted in Gogebic County, Michigan
2019 : Cougar Spotted in Gogebic County, Michigan
Jul 7 all-day
2019 : Cougar Spotted in Gogebic County, Michigan
An image of a cougar was caught on a landowner’s trail camera in Gogebic County in the west side of the Upper Peninsula, on July 7. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources team of wildlife … Continue reading "2019 : Cougar Spotted in Gogebic County, Michigan"
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
Jul 8 all-day
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
Jul 8 all-day
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
Jul 8 all-day
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)
Jul 8 all-day
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
Jul 8 all-day
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
Jul 8 all-day
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
Jul 8 all-day
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
Jul 8 all-day
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"
1775 : Michigan Odawa Indians Help Defeat Braddock
1775 : Michigan Odawa Indians Help Defeat Braddock
Jul 9 all-day
1775 : Michigan Odawa Indians Help Defeat Braddock
On July 9, 1755, British regulars and American colonial troops under the command of General Edward Braddock, commander in chief of the British Army in North America, were attacked by French and Native American forces  … Continue reading "1775 : Michigan Odawa Indians Help Defeat Braddock"
1805 : Michigan Territory’s First Law
1805 : Michigan Territory’s First Law
Jul 9 all-day
The Michigan Territory’s first law, an act adopting a territorial seal, was passed by the legislative council on July 9, 1805. Source : Michigan History, July/August 2011.
1878 : MSU Professor Robert C. Kedzie Warns Legislature About Dangers of Lead
1878 : MSU Professor Robert C. Kedzie Warns Legislature About Dangers of Lead
Jul 9 all-day
1878 : MSU Professor Robert C. Kedzie Warns Legislature About Dangers of Lead
Professor Kedzie lectures on petroleum in the Chemical Laboratory he helped design, 1892. The door at left leads to the laboratory proper. Photo Credit: M.S.U. Archives. On July 9, 1878, the Michigan State Board of … Continue reading "1878 : MSU Professor Robert C. Kedzie Warns Legislature About Dangers of Lead"
1906: Catholic Priest Says Women Should Wear Hats to Church
1906: Catholic Priest Says Women Should Wear Hats to Church
Jul 9 all-day
On July 9, 1906, Father Timothy Murphy of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (St. Joseph) issued an ultimatum that women must wear hats to church. Father Murphy’s directive opened a statewide crusade to keep the burgeoning … Continue reading "1906: Catholic Priest Says Women Should Wear Hats to Church"
1908 : Lt. Thomas Selfridge, 1st Passenger to Die in Plane Crash
1908 : Lt. Thomas Selfridge, 1st Passenger to Die in Plane Crash
Jul 9 all-day
Four years after their ground-breaking flights at Kitty Hawk, the Wright Brothers submitted a bid to the U.S. War Department to design a plane for $25,000 in January of 1907. This bid was in response … Continue reading "1908 : Lt. Thomas Selfridge, 1st Passenger to Die in Plane Crash"
1975 Jack White, Founder of White Stripes and Philanthropist, Born
1975 Jack White, Founder of White Stripes and Philanthropist, Born
Jul 9 all-day
1975 Jack White, Founder of White Stripes and Philanthropist, Born
On July 9, 1975, musician Jack White of The White Stripes, Raconteurs, and Dead Weather was born in Detroit. He was born John Anthony Gillis, and was part of a large musical family. He has … Continue reading "1975 Jack White, Founder of White Stripes and Philanthropist, Born"
2012 : How Did Michigan Cities Get Their Names?
2012 : How Did Michigan Cities Get Their Names?
Jul 9 all-day
Pure Michigan provides a series of web pages describing How Michigan Cities Received Their Names… Part 1 with information on Detroit, Mackinac Island, Traverse City, Luddington, and Grand Rapids. Part 2 with information on Lansing, … Continue reading "2012 : How Did Michigan Cities Get Their Names?"
1805 : Jacob Merritt Howard Born, Abolitionist
1805 : Jacob Merritt Howard Born, Abolitionist
Jul 10 all-day
1805 : Jacob Merritt Howard Born, Abolitionist
Jacob Merritt Howard can easily be credited as one of the most influential persons to our nation’s constitution outside of the Founding Fathers, particularly since he helped draft and pass the 13th, 14th, and 15th … Continue reading "1805 : Jacob Merritt Howard Born, Abolitionist"
1887 : Grand Hotel Opens
1887 : Grand Hotel Opens
Jul 10 all-day
1887 : Grand Hotel Opens
On July 10, 1887, the Grand Hotel opened for the first time. The Rest of the Story In 1886, the Michigan Central Railroad, Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, and Detroit and Cleveland Steamship Navigation Company … Continue reading "1887 : Grand Hotel Opens"
1918 : Pontiac Centennial Parade
1918 : Pontiac Centennial Parade
Jul 10 all-day
1918 : Pontiac Centennial Parade
One hundred years ago, Pontiac marked the centennial of the community’s settlement. Here we are, now at the bicentennial! Photo featured in the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society Calendar. #Pontiac Pontiac Arts‏ @PontiacArts 6tweet, July … Continue reading "1918 : Pontiac Centennial Parade"
1920 : Ed Lowe Born, Creator of Kitty Litter/Tidy Cat
1920 : Ed Lowe Born, Creator of Kitty Litter/Tidy Cat
Jul 10 all-day
1920 : Ed Lowe Born, Creator of Kitty Litter/Tidy Cat
Ed Lowe was born July 10, 1920 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Lulu and Henry E. Lowe. His family later moved near Cassopolis, Michigan, where Ed spent his youth before serving in the U.S. Navy … Continue reading "1920 : Ed Lowe Born, Creator of Kitty Litter/Tidy Cat"
2000 : Michigan Municipal League Attempts To Preserve Local Authority
2000 : Michigan Municipal League Attempts To Preserve Local Authority
Jul 10 all-day
On July 10, 2000, the Michigan Municipal League turned in 467,179 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Bureau of Elections supporting an initiative designed to make it harder for the state’s legislature to pre-empt local … Continue reading "2000 : Michigan Municipal League Attempts To Preserve Local Authority"
2019: Calvin College Becomes Calvin University
2019: Calvin College Becomes Calvin University
Jul 10 all-day
A western Michigan Christian college is becoming a university. Calvin College officials say the Grand Rapids school will officially become Calvin University on Wednesday, July 10th. The date coincides with the birthday of 16th-century theologian … Continue reading "2019: Calvin College Becomes Calvin University"
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