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1863 : Second Battle of Fort Wagner Claims Michigan Lives
1863 : Second Battle of Fort Wagner Claims Michigan Lives
Jul 18 all-day
1863 : Second Battle of Fort Wagner Claims Michigan Lives
54th Massachusetts Regiment charging towards Fort Wagner, lithograph by Kurz and Allison, 1890 The 54th Massachusetts, an infantry regiment composed of African-American soldiers led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, led the second Union attack on … Continue reading "1863 : Second Battle of Fort Wagner Claims Michigan Lives"
1885 : Harbor Beach Lighthouse Begins Operations
1885 : Harbor Beach Lighthouse Begins Operations
Jul 18 all-day
1885 : Harbor Beach Lighthouse Begins Operations
The Harbor Beach Lighthouse, sixty miles north of the mouth of the St. Clair River, was built and placed into service in 1885 to mark the entrance to the largest man-made freshwater harbor in the … Continue reading "1885 : Harbor Beach Lighthouse Begins Operations"
1898 : Buffalo Bill Cody’s Troop Comes to Manistee
1898 : Buffalo Bill Cody’s Troop Comes to Manistee
Jul 18 all-day
1898 : Buffalo Bill Cody's Troop Comes to Manistee
William F. Cody, later nicknamed Buffalo Bill, was born in February 1846 in the Iowa Territory. Growing up he became employed by the Pony Express and later fought in the Civil War. After the war … Continue reading "1898 : Buffalo Bill Cody’s Troop Comes to Manistee"
1921 : Michigan Inmates Design Escape-Proof Cellblock
1921 : Michigan Inmates Design Escape-Proof Cellblock
Jul 18 all-day
On July 18, 1921, inmates who had attempted ingenious or daring escapes began designing a new $80,000 escape-proof cellblock at the Marquette prison. In exchange for reductions in their sentences, the escape artists prepared almost … Continue reading "1921 : Michigan Inmates Design Escape-Proof Cellblock"
1938: Ferry Service Between Detroit and Windsor Ends
1938: Ferry Service Between Detroit and Windsor Ends
Jul 18 all-day
1938: Ferry Service Between Detroit and Windsor Ends
  The romantic era of a leisurely ferry ride across the half-mile wide Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor ended when the two ferries, running the route, the La Salle and Cadillac, ceased operations. Mostly … Continue reading "1938: Ferry Service Between Detroit and Windsor Ends"
1980 : Kristen Bell, Actress, Born
1980 : Kristen Bell, Actress, Born
Jul 18 all-day
1980 : Kristen Bell, Actress, Born
Kristen Bell poses with her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Actress Kristen Anne Bell  was born July 18, 1980 in Huntington Woods and  lived near the Detroit Zoo.  She went to Shrine Catholic … Continue reading "1980 : Kristen Bell, Actress, Born"
2013 : Detroit Files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy
2013 : Detroit Files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy
Jul 18 all-day
2013 : Detroit Files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy
The city of Detroit, Michigan, filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on July 18, 2013. It was the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history by debt, estimated at $18–20 billion, exceeding Jefferson County, Alabama’s $4-billion … Continue reading "2013 : Detroit Files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy"
2016 : Jeffrey Montgomery, LGBT Crusader, Dies
2016 : Jeffrey Montgomery, LGBT Crusader, Dies
Jul 18 all-day
Jeffrey Montgomery, founder of the Triangle Foundation and one of the most recognized voices for LGBT rights in Michigan, never set out to be a gay rights leader, his brother said. But the direction of … Continue reading "2016 : Jeffrey Montgomery, LGBT Crusader, Dies"
2018 : Larry Nassar Survivors Receive ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award
2018 : Larry Nassar Survivors Receive ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Jul 18 all-day
Hundreds of young women and girls sexually abused by former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award by ESPN on Wednesday. In a dramatic walk to the stage, 140 women and girls, including Olympic … Continue reading "2018 : Larry Nassar Survivors Receive ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award"
1838 : Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal Project Begins
1838 : Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal Project Begins
Jul 19 all-day
1838 : Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal Project Begins
When Michigan was granted statehood in 1837, “boy governor” Stevens T. Mason (then 26) had a vision: develop a system of canals and railroads to boost the economy. The railroads eventually got built. The canals? … Continue reading "1838 : Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal Project Begins"
1909 : Neal Ball’s Unassisted Triple Play Makes MLB History
1909 : Neal Ball’s Unassisted Triple Play Makes MLB History
Jul 19 all-day
1909 : Neal Ball's Unassisted Triple Play Makes MLB History
The unassisted triple play is one of the rarest fabulous feats in Major League baseball. It has been accomplished only fifteen times in history and  is a legacy that will follow each and every player … Continue reading "1909 : Neal Ball’s Unassisted Triple Play Makes MLB History"
1949 : Former Michigan Governor Frank Murphy Dies
1949 : Former Michigan Governor Frank Murphy Dies
Jul 19 all-day
On July 19, 1949, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy died at the age of 59. Over his career in public life, he served as a Judge of Detroit Recorders Court, Mayor of Detroit, Governor … Continue reading "1949 : Former Michigan Governor Frank Murphy Dies"
2005 : Cold Pills Now Require ID in Michigan
2005 : Cold Pills Now Require ID in Michigan
Jul 19 all-day
On July 19th Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a law requiring customers to show photo identification before buying some cold and flu medicines. It is aimed at restricting pseudoephedrine or ephedrine, the key ingredient for making … Continue reading "2005 : Cold Pills Now Require ID in Michigan"
2019 : Faster Horses Festival (July 19-21, 2019)
2019 : Faster Horses Festival (July 19-21, 2019)
Jul 19 all-day
Not to generalize, but a fair number of country music songs are written about good times spent in the summertime sun, drinking and partying with friends. In that sense, Faster Horses is just like a … Continue reading "2019 : Faster Horses Festival (July 19-21, 2019)"
1907 : Michigan’s Deadliest Train Crash
1907 : Michigan’s Deadliest Train Crash
Jul 20 all-day
More than 30 people were killed when an 11-car Pere Marquette train slammed into a seven-car freight train in Northville Township shortly after 9 a.m. Most of the approximately 650 people aboard the Pere Marquette … Continue reading "1907 : Michigan’s Deadliest Train Crash"
1910: Michigan-Born Doctor Boards Ship To Escape Manhunt in England
1910: Michigan-Born Doctor Boards Ship To Escape Manhunt in England
Jul 20 all-day
Hawley Crippen, a Michigan-born homeopathic doctor who became the first criminal caught using wireless telegraph, boarded a ship to escape the manhunt for him in England, on July 20, 1910. He was accused of poisoning … Continue reading "1910: Michigan-Born Doctor Boards Ship To Escape Manhunt in England"
1948 : First Transatlantic Flight of U.S. Aircraft Originates from Selfridge Air Force Base
1948 : First Transatlantic Flight of U.S. Aircraft Originates from Selfridge Air Force Base
Jul 20 all-day
A new website, produced by the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, offers history and heritage highlights from the nearly 100 years of aviation at the base. Included is a report on the … Continue reading "1948 : First Transatlantic Flight of U.S. Aircraft Originates from Selfridge Air Force Base"
1977 : Michigan Hunters Required to Wear Fluorescent Orange Vest, Jackets, or Caps
1977 : Michigan Hunters Required to Wear Fluorescent Orange Vest, Jackets, or Caps
Jul 20 all-day
On July 20, 1977, Gov. William Milliken signed a law making it mandatory for wild game or bird hunters to wear fluorescent orange vests, jackets or caps. Source: Mich-again’s Day
1993 : Michigan Legislature Approves Proposal A
1993 : Michigan Legislature Approves Proposal A
Jul 20 all-day
A Napkin That Changed History Saturday, July 20, marks the anniversary of the evening session of the Senate that stunned the state when the chamber voted overwhelmingly to eliminate all property taxes for education – … Continue reading "1993 : Michigan Legislature Approves Proposal A"
2013 : Camp Grayling Celebrates 100th Anniversary
2013 : Camp Grayling Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Jul 20 all-day
2013 : Camp Grayling Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Founded in 1913 on a land grant from Grayling lumber baron Rasmus Hanson to the State of Michigan for the purpose of military training – Camp Grayling now spans 147,000 acres in Crawford, Kalkaska, and … Continue reading "2013 : Camp Grayling Celebrates 100th Anniversary"
2013 : Wayne State Grad Helen Thomas Dies
2013 : Wayne State Grad Helen Thomas Dies
Jul 20 all-day
Helen Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents — often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions, and … Continue reading "2013 : Wayne State Grad Helen Thomas Dies"
2018 : Grand Rapids Public Museum / Anniversary of Apollo Landing on the Moon
2018 : Grand Rapids Public Museum / Anniversary of Apollo Landing on the Moon
Jul 20 all-day
2018 : Grand Rapids Public Museum / Anniversary of Apollo Landing on the Moon
July 20th just happens to be the anniversary of our first steps on the moon (July 20, 1969).   To commemorate the occasion, and tie it to Michigan, the Mix 95.7 Grand Rapids  provides the following … Continue reading "2018 : Grand Rapids Public Museum / Anniversary of Apollo Landing on the Moon"
2018 : Sault Ste. Marie Celebrates 350th Anniversary
2018 : Sault Ste. Marie Celebrates 350th Anniversary
Jul 20 all-day
2018 : Sault Ste. Marie Celebrates 350th Anniversary
Sault Ste. Marie 350th Anniversary Festival July 20-27, 2018 Michigan’s first city, Sault Ste. Marie,  will be celebrating its Semiseptcentennial anniversary with a week-long festival filled with history, games, kids zone, music, entertainment, and food.
1763 : The Battle of Bloody Run
1763 : The Battle of Bloody Run
Jul 21 all-day
1763 : The Battle of Bloody Run
In June, 1763, in an attempt to lift the siege of Detroit by Chief Pontiac and his Indian allies, Captain James Dalyell sailed up the Detroit River to Fort Detroit. The Indians lacked naval vessels … Continue reading "1763 : The Battle of Bloody Run"
1861 : First Michigan Infantry Regiment Loses 6 Men in First Battle of Bull Run
1861 : First Michigan Infantry Regiment Loses 6 Men in First Battle of Bull Run
Jul 21 all-day
1861 : First Michigan Infantry Regiment Loses 6 Men in First Battle of Bull Run
On July 21, 1861, the First Michigan Infantry Regiment lost 6 men in the first major land battle of the American Civil War. Union and Confederate armies clashed near Manassas Junction, Virginia, Known as the … Continue reading "1861 : First Michigan Infantry Regiment Loses 6 Men in First Battle of Bull Run"
1864 : Battery F, First Michigan Light Artillery, Initiates Bombardment of Atlanta, Georgia
1864 : Battery F, First Michigan Light Artillery, Initiates Bombardment of Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 21 all-day
1864 : Battery F, First Michigan Light Artillery, Initiates Bombardment of Atlanta, Georgia
On Jan. 9, 1862, Battery F, First Michigan Light Artillery, was mustered into federal service at Coldwater. Battery F left the state for Kentucky on March 3, 1862. After months of service in Kentucky, the … Continue reading "1864 : Battery F, First Michigan Light Artillery, Initiates Bombardment of Atlanta, Georgia"
1928 : Interurban Railroad Car Holdup
1928 : Interurban Railroad Car Holdup
Jul 21 all-day
On July 21, 1928, in wild-west stagecoach holdup style, two masked bandits jumped onto an interurban railroad car traveling from Flint to Saginaw-Bay City and, at pistol-point, robbed 19 passengers of $300. Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1931 : Congressman Bob Traxler Born
1931 : Congressman Bob Traxler Born
Jul 21 all-day
Born July 21, 1931, in Kawkawlin, Michigan, Jerome Bob Traxler attended schools in Bay City before earning degrees from Michigan State University and the Detroit College of Law, according to a congressional biography. He served in … Continue reading "1931 : Congressman Bob Traxler Born"
1932 : Amelia Earhart Helps Launch the Essex-Terraplane in Detroit
1932 : Amelia Earhart Helps Launch the Essex-Terraplane in Detroit
Jul 21 all-day
The new Essex-Terraplane was launched on July 21, 1932, “with sensational vigor”.  Accounts of the affair appeared in newspapers throughout the United States. The special event included over 2,000 dealers who came from 40 states … Continue reading "1932 : Amelia Earhart Helps Launch the Essex-Terraplane in Detroit"
1951 : Robin Williams Born
1951 : Robin Williams Born
Jul 21 all-day
1951 : Robin Williams Born
Photo of Robin Williams, as printed on the March 12, 1979, cover of Time magazine, and installed in the National Portrait Gallery to commemorate him posthumously. Believe it or not, but Robin Williams, famous actor … Continue reading "1951 : Robin Williams Born"
1831 : Michigan’s First Tourist?
1831 : Michigan’s First Tourist?
Jul 22 all-day
1831 : Michigan's First Tourist?
On July 22, 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville arrived in Michigan. He found the inhabitants incredulous that he merely wanted to visit to learn background for his various writings, such as Democracy in America. After a … Continue reading "1831 : Michigan’s First Tourist?"
1895 : Fastest Man on Earth
1895 : Fastest Man on Earth
Jul 22 all-day
1895 : Fastest Man on Earth
Prior to the advent of auto racing in the early 1900s, bicycle racers were the fastest men alive. And from 1895 to 1900, no Detroiter was faster than Tom Cooper. Cooper was born in Birmingham, … Continue reading "1895 : Fastest Man on Earth"
1908 : Fisher Body Company Incorporated
1908 : Fisher Body Company Incorporated
Jul 22 all-day
1908 : Fisher Body Company Incorporated
On July 22, 1908, brothers Fred and Charles Fisher incorporated the Fisher Body Company with financing assistance from an uncle. Within a short time, Fred and Charles brought their five younger brothers into the business. … Continue reading "1908 : Fisher Body Company Incorporated"
1911 : Owasippe, Nation’s Oldest Boy Scouts Camp
1911 : Owasippe, Nation’s Oldest Boy Scouts Camp
Jul 22 all-day
It was 1911 when the boys from Chicago first climbed aboard a steamship to head into wilds unknown. They were among a new breed who called themselves Boy Scouts, committed to being helpful, loyal, obedient … Continue reading "1911 : Owasippe, Nation’s Oldest Boy Scouts Camp"
1930 : Detroit Mayor Recalled Over Corruption Charges and Ties With KKK
1930 : Detroit Mayor Recalled Over Corruption Charges and Ties With KKK
Jul 22 all-day
July 22, 1930 – Mayor Charles Bowles of Detroit is recalled in the first large-city mayoral recall in the United States. Charges of corruption and ties with the KKK results in his demise. The day … Continue reading "1930 : Detroit Mayor Recalled Over Corruption Charges and Ties With KKK"
1872 : Elijah J. McCoy Patent Granted
1872 : Elijah J. McCoy Patent Granted
Jul 23 all-day
On July 23, 1872, Elijah J. McCoy, an Afro-American inventor raised in Ypsilanti, patented the first automatic lubricator for locomotives and other machinery. His device was so effective “the real McCoy” became synonymous with anything … Continue reading "1872 : Elijah J. McCoy Patent Granted"
1913 : Calumet Copper Miners Strike Children’s Parade
1913 : Calumet Copper Miners Strike Children’s Parade
Jul 23 all-day
1913 : Calumet Copper Miners Strike Children’s Parade
Here’s a photo from July 23, 1913 showing children marching in Calumet during the tumultuous miners’ strikes of 1913. It’s an interesting case study for our modern world given that the driver was the same … Continue reading "1913 : Calumet Copper Miners Strike Children’s Parade"
1915 : The Newill Smith Automobile Tax Law Expected to Generate $1,750,000 in Tax Revenue
1915 : The Newill Smith Automobile Tax Law Expected to Generate $1,750,000 in Tax Revenue
Jul 23 all-day
The Newill Smith Automobile Tax Law is expected to generate about $1,750,00 in fees for the coming year; only half of that amount will be returned to counties where it is collected. The tax will … Continue reading "1915 : The Newill Smith Automobile Tax Law Expected to Generate $1,750,000 in Tax Revenue"
1932 : Jerome T. Hart , One of Michigan’s Longest Serving Senators, Born
1932 : Jerome T. Hart , One of Michigan’s Longest Serving Senators, Born
Jul 23 all-day
July 23, 1932 Jerome T. Hart (1932-1995), was Saginaw’s state senator from 1965 to 1991, becoming one of the Legislature’s most senior statesmen before term limits were enacted in the early 1990s. The Democrat, a … Continue reading "1932 : Jerome T. Hart , One of Michigan’s Longest Serving Senators, Born"
1958 : Dutch Village Opens
1958 : Dutch Village Opens
Jul 23 all-day
1958 : Dutch Village Opens
On July 3, 1958, Dutch Village opened for the first time.  According to the Holland Sentinel, it only had two customers and made $12.73. The history of the business actually goes back further to Nelis’ … Continue reading "1958 : Dutch Village Opens"
1967: Detroit Race Riot Begins
1967: Detroit Race Riot Begins
Jul 23 all-day
  A massive race riot erupted in Detroit. The summer of 1967 was a turbulent time in American history. The Detroit rioting began near 12th Street and Clairmount in a predominantly African-American, overcrowded, and low-income … Continue reading "1967: Detroit Race Riot Begins"
2014 : Helen J. Claytor Dedication in Grand Rapids
2014 : Helen J. Claytor Dedication in Grand Rapids
Jul 23 all-day
On July 23, 2014, Helen J. Claytor was honored by the dedication of a bronze statue, one of a series of influential figures immortalized at sites around the city as a part of the Grand … Continue reading "2014 : Helen J. Claytor Dedication in Grand Rapids"
1701 : Antoine Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac Founds Detroit
1701 : Antoine Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac Founds Detroit
Jul 24 all-day
1701 : Antoine Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac Founds Detroit
The Peace Treaty signed in August of 1701 between the French and the Iroquois removed what had been a major obstacle to the expansion of French influence in the Great Lakes region. Even before the … Continue reading "1701 : Antoine Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac Founds Detroit"
1880 : First Electric Lights in Grand Rapids Stores
1880 : First Electric Lights in Grand Rapids Stores
Jul 24 all-day
The Grand Rapids Daily Democrat of July 25, 1880 reports that the first electric lights were turned on in Grand Rapids Stores on the night before, enabling visitors to read even the smallest print. Interestingly … Continue reading "1880 : First Electric Lights in Grand Rapids Stores"
1880 : World’s First Commercial Hydroelectric Power Plant Launched
1880 : World’s First Commercial Hydroelectric Power Plant Launched
Jul 24 all-day
1880 : World’s First Commercial Hydroelectric Power Plant Launched
Grand Rapids Electric Light & Power Company — the earliest predecessor of Consumers Energy of Jackson, Michigan — began operation of the world’s first commercial central station hydroelectric power plant on Saturday, July 24, 1880, … Continue reading "1880 : World’s First Commercial Hydroelectric Power Plant Launched"
1963 : Julie Krone, The Best Woman Jockey Ever
1963 : Julie Krone, The Best Woman Jockey Ever
Jul 24 all-day
1963 : Julie Krone, The Best Woman Jockey Ever
    Julieann Louise “Julie” Krone (born July 24, 1963 in Benton Harbor, Michigan ), is a retired American jockey. In 1993, she became the first (and so far only) female jockey to win a … Continue reading "1963 : Julie Krone, The Best Woman Jockey Ever"
2017 : Former Rep. Martin Buth Dies
2017 : Former Rep. Martin Buth Dies
Jul 24 all-day
Funeral services were held Monday for former Rep. Martin Buth (R-Comstock Park), who in his 24 years in the House was able to blend a conservative sense with ensuring government provided needed services. Mr. Buth … Continue reading "2017 : Former Rep. Martin Buth Dies"
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