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1796 : U.S. Flag Flies Over Detroit For First Time
1796 : U.S. Flag Flies Over Detroit For First Time
Jul 11 all-day
1796 : U.S. Flag Flies Over Detroit For First Time
On July 11, 1796, an advanced detachment of a regiment under the command of Colonel John Francis Hamtramck reaches Detroit. At noon, the British surrendered to Captain Moses Porter, the Union Jack came down, and … Continue reading "1796 : U.S. Flag Flies Over Detroit For First Time"
1863 : John Hunt Morgan’s Raid Terrorizes North
1863 : John Hunt Morgan’s Raid Terrorizes North
Jul 11 all-day
1863 : John Hunt Morgan's Raid Terrorizes North
July 11-26, 1863 On July 11, 1863, Brigadier-General John Hunt Morgan, a Confederate cavalry leader, led approximately two thousand soldiers across the Ohio River into southern Indiana. He and his men spread fear as they … Continue reading "1863 : John Hunt Morgan’s Raid Terrorizes North"
1918 : Ford Launches 1st WWI Eagle Boat
1918 : Ford Launches 1st WWI Eagle Boat
Jul 11 all-day
1918 : Ford Launches 1st WWI Eagle Boat
In the summer of 1917, Henry Ford was invited to Washington by President Woodrow Wilson who hoped to induce him to serve on the U. S. Shipping Board. Ford discussed with Edward N. Hurley, Chairman … Continue reading "1918 : Ford Launches 1st WWI Eagle Boat"
1973 : Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament Born in Lowell, Michigan
1973 : Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament Born in Lowell, Michigan
Jul 11 all-day
1973 : Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament Born in Lowell, Michigan
Gus Macker is THE godfather of street basketball. A table of Gus Macker trophies. “No, no, the curb’s out. The tape don’t mean nothin’.” -Player in the 1985 tournament, and probably someone you’re related to, if … Continue reading "1973 : Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament Born in Lowell, Michigan"
1974 : Gov. William Milliken Signs Endangered Species Act
1974 : Gov. William Milliken Signs Endangered Species Act
Jul 11 all-day
On July 11, 1974, Gov. William Milliken signed the Endangered Species Act into law, and it took effect Sept. 1, 1974. The law has been immensely beneficial to the DNR and its conservation partners by … Continue reading "1974 : Gov. William Milliken Signs Endangered Species Act"
2018 : Former MSU Football Coach Darryl Rogers Dies
2018 : Former MSU Football Coach Darryl Rogers Dies
Jul 11 all-day
2018 : Former MSU Football Coach Darryl Rogers Dies
Former Michigan State and Detroit Lions coach Darryl Rogers died on July 11, 2018 at the age of 83. Rogers coached the Spartans for four seasons while winning a share of a Big Ten title … Continue reading "2018 : Former MSU Football Coach Darryl Rogers Dies"
1831 : Stevens Mason Named Secretary of Michigan Territory
1831 : Stevens Mason Named Secretary of Michigan Territory
Jul 12 all-day
On July 12, 1831, 19-year-old Stevens T. Mason is named secretary of the territory of Michigan when the former secretary, his father John Mason, is sent on a mission to Mexico by President Andrew Jackson. … Continue reading "1831 : Stevens Mason Named Secretary of Michigan Territory"
1832 : Cholera Epidemic Begins in Rochester, Michigan
1832 : Cholera Epidemic Begins in Rochester, Michigan
Jul 12 all-day
Edward Pearsol (also called Isreal Pearsall) came to Rochester by way of the Erie Canal on the 11th of July. He had had diarrhea severals days. On the morning of the 12th he went to … Continue reading "1832 : Cholera Epidemic Begins in Rochester, Michigan"
1864 : Frank Baldwin of Michigan Wins His First Medal of Honor
1864 : Frank Baldwin of Michigan Wins His First Medal of Honor
Jul 12 all-day
1864 : Frank Baldwin of Michigan Wins His First Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, Company D, 19th Michigan Infantry. Place and date: At Peachtree Creek, Georgia, July 12, 1864. Citation: “Led his company in a countercharge at Peach Tree Creek, Ga., 12 July 1864, under … Continue reading "1864 : Frank Baldwin of Michigan Wins His First Medal of Honor"
1872 : Alpena Burns
1872 : Alpena Burns
Jul 12 all-day
Alpena’s greatest fire occurred July 12, 1872, when about fifteen acres were laid to waste, and upward of $175,000 worth of property destroyed. The number of buildings destroyed was not far from seventy. The heart … Continue reading "1872 : Alpena Burns"
1936 : Detroit Zoo’s Star Performer Suzie Dies From Heat Exhaustion
1936 : Detroit Zoo’s Star Performer Suzie Dies From Heat Exhaustion
Jul 12 all-day
1936 : Detroit Zoo's Star Performer Suzie Dies From Heat Exhaustion
The heat was on, and so was Suzie. For the ninth time on a broiling hot Sunday in 1936, the headline actress of the Jo Mendi Theatre at the Detroit Zoo gave a crowd of … Continue reading "1936 : Detroit Zoo’s Star Performer Suzie Dies From Heat Exhaustion"
1974 : Women Join the Michigan National Guard for First Time
1974 : Women Join the Michigan National Guard for First Time
Jul 12 all-day
Women were allowed to join the Michigan National Guard for the first time. Four women signed up in Flint. Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
1979 : Anti-Disco Event Forces Chicago White Sox to Forfeit Game to Detroit
1979 : Anti-Disco Event Forces Chicago White Sox to Forfeit Game to Detroit
Jul 12 all-day
  On this day in Chicago, the Detroit Tigers won the second game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox by forfeit when an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 people swarmed out of the stands … Continue reading "1979 : Anti-Disco Event Forces Chicago White Sox to Forfeit Game to Detroit"
1787 : Congress Passes the Northwest Ordinance (Ordinance of 1787)
1787 : Congress Passes the Northwest Ordinance (Ordinance of 1787)
Jul 13 all-day
One of the most important pieces of legislation ever enacted in the United States, the Northwest Ordinance, provided for the orderly division and governance of what would eventually become the states of the Upper Midwest: … Continue reading "1787 : Congress Passes the Northwest Ordinance (Ordinance of 1787)"
1796 : Colonel John Hamtramck Arrives in Detroit
1796 : Colonel John Hamtramck Arrives in Detroit
Jul 13 all-day
1796 : Colonel John Hamtramck Arrives in Detroit
On this day, Colonel John Francis Hamtramck arrives in Detroit to command the American garrison. Only 5 foot 4 inches, he was known as a disciplinarian and for his hot temper. In 1962, he would … Continue reading "1796 : Colonel John Hamtramck Arrives in Detroit"
1889 : Chang Ball Opens First Chinese Store in Grand Rapids
1889 : Chang Ball Opens First Chinese Store in Grand Rapids
Jul 13 all-day
The people of Grand Rapids are invited to check out the first store in Grand Rapids featuring Chinese goods exclusively. Source : “First Chinese Store”, Grand Rapids Evening Leader, July 13, 1889, p. 1.  Courtesy … Continue reading "1889 : Chang Ball Opens First Chinese Store in Grand Rapids"
1936 : Michigan Hottest Day Recorded in Mio
1936 : Michigan Hottest Day Recorded in Mio
Jul 13 all-day
On July 13, 1936, the temperature reached 112 degrees fahrenheit in Mio, the hottest day recorded in Michigan. Source : Michigan History, July/August 2012.
1938 : Lake Michigan Tsunami Kills 5 at Holland State Park
1938 : Lake Michigan Tsunami Kills 5 at Holland State Park
Jul 13 all-day
Five died when a 10-foot wave hit  Holland State Park on July 13, 1938.  It was a calm day.    In the past, researchers have said that water pushed toward Wisconsin after two days of … Continue reading "1938 : Lake Michigan Tsunami Kills 5 at Holland State Park"
1951 : Last Black Civil War Veteran Dies in Dearborn
1951 : Last Black Civil War Veteran Dies in Dearborn
Jul 13 all-day
In September 1948, 104-year-old Joseph Clovese moved without fanfare from his native Louisiana to Pontiac to live with friends. Born a slave in 1844, Clovese had run away from his owner to join the Union … Continue reading "1951 : Last Black Civil War Veteran Dies in Dearborn"
1971 : Reggie Jackson Rocks The All Star Game in Detroit
1971 : Reggie Jackson Rocks The All Star Game in Detroit
Jul 13 all-day
1971 : Reggie Jackson Rocks The All Star Game in Detroit
I think this would have to be the longest one I’ve ever hit.” -Reggie Jackson, 1971 On July 13,  1971, Reggie Jackson nearly turned out the lights at Tiger Stadium by blasting a homer off … Continue reading "1971 : Reggie Jackson Rocks The All Star Game in Detroit"
1978 : Lee Iacoca Fired As President of the Ford Motor Company
1978 : Lee Iacoca Fired As President of the Ford Motor Company
Jul 13 all-day
On July 13, 1978, Lee Iacocca, who had developed the Mustang, was fired as president of the Ford Motor Company by chairman Henry Ford II. (The next year, he was hired as president of Chrysler … Continue reading "1978 : Lee Iacoca Fired As President of the Ford Motor Company"
2012 : Elijah J. McCoy Regional Patent Office Opens in Detroit, First Satellite Office Outside of Washington, D.C.
2012 : Elijah J. McCoy Regional Patent Office Opens in Detroit, First Satellite Office Outside of Washington, D.C.
Jul 13 all-day
On July 13, 2012 the Elijah J. McCoy Regional Patent Office in Detroit, the first satellite patent office outside Washington, D.C., was opened, honoring an early African American inventor from Michigan. Elijah J. McCoy, raised … Continue reading "2012 : Elijah J. McCoy Regional Patent Office Opens in Detroit, First Satellite Office Outside of Washington, D.C."
2018 : Was 96 Tears Recorded in Saginaw?
2018 : Was 96 Tears Recorded in Saginaw?
Jul 13 all-day
2018 : Was 96 Tears Recorded in Saginaw?
What was the only #1 song recorded in a Michigan home? “96 Tears” by Question Mark & The Mysterians back in 1966! According to John Robinson, WFMK Disc Jockey: As for what city Question Mark … Continue reading "2018 : Was 96 Tears Recorded in Saginaw?"
1910 : Detroiters Catch Their First Glimpse of An Airplane
1910 : Detroiters Catch Their First Glimpse of An Airplane
Jul 14 all-day
1910 : Detroiters Catch Their First Glimpse of An Airplane
Detroiters caught their first glimpse of an airplane on July 14, 1910, seven years after Orville Wright’s historic flight at Kitty Hawk. Arch Hoxsey soared and swooped over the State Fairgrounds in his biplane, prompting … Continue reading "1910 : Detroiters Catch Their First Glimpse of An Airplane"
1913 : President Gerald Ford Born
1913 : President Gerald Ford Born
Jul 14 all-day
Gerald Rudolph “Jerry” Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and the 40th Vice President … Continue reading "1913 : President Gerald Ford Born"
1968: Bars Can Resume Serving Liquor on Sundays
1968: Bars Can Resume Serving Liquor on Sundays
Jul 14 all-day
On July 14, 1968, for the first time in more than 50 years, bars were able to legally serve liquor on Sunday. Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1975 : Gov. William Millken Signs Bill Defining Death
1975 : Gov. William Millken Signs Bill Defining Death
Jul 14 all-day
On July 14, 1975, with little fanfare, Gov. William G. Millikin signed a law that stipulated that death has occurred in Michigan when no brain waves show on encephalgraphs taken twice within a 24-hour period. … Continue reading "1975 : Gov. William Millken Signs Bill Defining Death"
1975 : Time Publishes Expose on Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Swainson
1975 : Time Publishes Expose on Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Swainson
Jul 14 all-day
1975 : Time Publishes Expose on Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Swainson
On July 14, 1975, Time magazine published an article on Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Swainson being convicted of perjury over his testimony to a grand jury on a case in which he was accused … Continue reading "1975 : Time Publishes Expose on Michigan Supreme Court Justice John Swainson"
1980 : Detroit Hosts Republican National Convention
1980 : Detroit Hosts Republican National Convention
Jul 14 all-day
1980 : Detroit Hosts Republican National Convention
July 14-17, 1980   Detroit put on a grand old party when it hosted the Republican National Convention 30 years ago this month. From July 14 until July 17, 1980, Joe Louis Arena was packed … Continue reading "1980 : Detroit Hosts Republican National Convention"
2018 : Statue of Betty Ford Dedicated at Gerald Ford Museum
2018 : Statue of Betty Ford Dedicated at Gerald Ford Museum
Jul 14 all-day
On what would have been President Ford’s 105th birthday , a statue of First Lady Betty Ford is unveiled at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Saturday, July 14, 2018. … Continue reading "2018 : Statue of Betty Ford Dedicated at Gerald Ford Museum"
President Gerald Ford Day
President Gerald Ford Day
Jul 14 all-day
In honor of the only President from Michigan, the Michigan Legislature passed the following legislation (MCL 435.302): ec. 2.  (1) The legislature recognizes the exceptional contributions to American life, history, and leadership made by Gerald R. … Continue reading "President Gerald Ford Day"
1796 : Wayne County Established
1796 : Wayne County Established
Jul 15 all-day
The first county in Michigan is named for American General Anthony Wayne, who defeated the English and their Indian allies at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in Northern Ohio on August 20, 1794, ending British … Continue reading "1796 : Wayne County Established"
1862 : Detroit Draft Riot
1862 : Detroit Draft Riot
Jul 15 all-day
A rally held in Detroit following Lincoln’s call for 300,000 more volunteers was broken up by hecklers and rowdies. Source : Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State by Willis Frederick Dunbar. Also available in … Continue reading "1862 : Detroit Draft Riot"
1917 : Camp Custer Construction Begins
1917 : Camp Custer Construction Begins
Jul 15 all-day
1917 : Camp Custer Construction Begins
Note: Aerial photo of Camp Custer, 1917. Men arrived – 8,000 strong, from across the Midwest. They came carrying their own hammers and saws for the immense construction undertaking. It was hot, dusty, strenuous work, … Continue reading "1917 : Camp Custer Construction Begins"
1929 : Livingston County Can’t Prohibit Women in Suits from Riding in Cars
1929 : Livingston County Can’t Prohibit Women in Suits from Riding in Cars
Jul 15 all-day
On July 15, 1929, Attorney General Wilbur M. Brucker ruled that, since control over highways was vested in the state highway commission, Livingston County did not have the authority to prohibit women in suits from … Continue reading "1929 : Livingston County Can’t Prohibit Women in Suits from Riding in Cars"
1936 : First Passenger Train Begins Service Between Detroit and Cleveland
1936 : First Passenger Train Begins Service Between Detroit and Cleveland
Jul 15 all-day
1936 : First Passenger Train Begins Service Between Detroit and Cleveland
On July 15, 1936, the Mercury, Michigan’s first streamlined passenger train began service on the New York Central System between Detroit and Cleveland. By November 1938, the Mercury was also operating between Detroit and Chicago. … Continue reading "1936 : First Passenger Train Begins Service Between Detroit and Cleveland"
1940 : World’s Tallest Man Dies in Manistee
1940 : World’s Tallest Man Dies in Manistee
Jul 15 all-day
On July 15, 1940, Robert Pershing Wadlow, the world’s tallest man at 8-foot-11 died in Manistee. His death at age 22 came after Wadlow suffered a blister from his leg braces that caused a deadly … Continue reading "1940 : World’s Tallest Man Dies in Manistee"
1975 : Women Don’t Have To Take Husband’s Last Name
1975 : Women Don’t Have To Take Husband’s Last Name
Jul 15 all-day
On July 15, 1975, Attorney General Frank Kelley ruled that when a woman married she did not have to adopt her husband’s last name. Source : Historical Society of Michigan Michigan History Calendar
1812 : British Capture Mackinac Island
1812 : British Capture Mackinac Island
Jul 16 all-day
1812 : British Capture Mackinac Island
July 16-17, 1812 British soldiers stand around the British Landing cannon this morning. It was the 200th anniversary of the British landing in the dark of night July 16, 1812, for their surprise attack on … Continue reading "1812 : British Capture Mackinac Island"
1898 : Buffalo Bill Cody Brings His Wild West Show to Saginaw
1898 : Buffalo Bill Cody Brings His Wild West Show to Saginaw
Jul 16 all-day
1898 : Buffalo Bill Cody Brings His Wild West Show to Saginaw
On July 16, 1898, Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show came to Saginaw, including 650 cowboys, Indians, Cossacks, and Bengal lancers, all performing unbelievable stunts. A well-known scout for the army and a buffalo hunter … Continue reading "1898 : Buffalo Bill Cody Brings His Wild West Show to Saginaw"
1909 : Tigers Battle Senators In American League’s Longest Scoreless Game
1909 : Tigers Battle Senators In American League’s Longest Scoreless Game
Jul 16 all-day
On July 16, 1909, at Detroit, the Tigers and Senators battled for 18 scoreless innings before darkness called a halt to the longest scoreless game in American League history. Source: Mich-again’s Day
1777 : Henry Hamilton Unleashes War Parties Against Kentucky
1777 : Henry Hamilton Unleashes War Parties Against Kentucky
Jul 17 all-day
On July 17, 1777 Lieutenant Governor and Superintendent of Indian Affairs Henry Hamilton stationed at Fort Detroit sent 15 war parties into Kentucky to attack frontier settlements to halt the spread of settlers from the United … Continue reading "1777 : Henry Hamilton Unleashes War Parties Against Kentucky"
1812 : British Capture Fort Mackinac
1812 : British Capture Fort Mackinac
Jul 17 all-day
On July 17, 1812, a combined force of British, Canadian, and Native American soldiers captured Fort Mackinac from a small, unsuspecting American garrison. The fall of Mackinac, one of the first engagements of the War … Continue reading "1812 : British Capture Fort Mackinac"
1812 : Sloop Friends Good Will Seized By British
1812 : Sloop Friends Good Will Seized By British
Jul 17 all-day
1812 : Sloop Friends Good Will Seized By British
Oliver Williams was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, a village near Boston, in 1774. Undoubtedly, he grew up aware of, and hearing stories about, the birth of his young nation. Oliver Williams later saw opportunity in … Continue reading "1812 : Sloop Friends Good Will Seized By British"
1983 : Michigan Panthers Win United States Football League’s First Championship
1983 : Michigan Panthers Win United States Football League’s First Championship
Jul 17 all-day
1983 : Michigan Panthers Win United States Football League's First Championship
The Michigan Panthers won the United States Football League’s first championship on this day, beating the Philadelphia Stars 24-22 in Denver. Sources : Michigan History, July/August 2015, p. 6. Michigan Panthers wikipedia entry
1997 : Governor Engler Signs Michigan Gaming and Revenue Act
1997 : Governor Engler Signs Michigan Gaming and Revenue Act
Jul 17 all-day
A multitude of losing hands and stingy slots created a mountain of cash from Detroit’s casinos since they were legalized 20 years ago today. The city’s three casinos contributed roughly $4.6 billion in state and city taxes … Continue reading "1997 : Governor Engler Signs Michigan Gaming and Revenue Act"
2007 : Fred Trost Dies
2007 : Fred Trost Dies
Jul 17 all-day
  First Episode of Michigan Outdoors, Hosted by Fred Trost, November 5, 1981 If you loved hunting and fishing, then Fred Trost was your guide. Every Thursday night for decades, Trost hosted Michigan Outdoors (and … Continue reading "2007 : Fred Trost Dies"
2013: Rev. Lyman Parks Sr. Statue Dedicated
2013: Rev. Lyman Parks Sr. Statue Dedicated
Jul 17 all-day
2013: Rev. Lyman Parks Sr. Statue Dedicated
Standing aside a veiled statue out front of Grand Rapids City Hall, Lyman Parks, Jr. lauded his father as a family man who loved his immediate family, his extended family and his church family. And … Continue reading "2013: Rev. Lyman Parks Sr. Statue Dedicated"
2018 : Gordie Howe International Bridge Groundbreaking
2018 : Gordie Howe International Bridge Groundbreaking
Jul 17 all-day
A groundbreaking for the advance construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge was held Tuesday, July 17, 2018,  in southwest Detroit. U.S. and Canadian officials touted the friendship between the two countries while acknowledging the … Continue reading "2018 : Gordie Howe International Bridge Groundbreaking"
2020 : Michigan Supreme Court Overturns Government Home Equity Theft
2020 : Michigan Supreme Court Overturns Government Home Equity Theft
Jul 17 all-day
“[G]overnment shall not collect more in taxes than are owed, nor shall it take more property than is necessary to serve the public[.]” With these words, the Michigan Supreme Court on Friday confirmed what Uri … Continue reading "2020 : Michigan Supreme Court Overturns Government Home Equity Theft"
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