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1812 : First American Casualties of War of 1812 Occur at Turkey Creek
1812 : First American Casualties of War of 1812 Occur at Turkey Creek
Jul 25 all-day
1812 : First American Casualties of War of 1812 Occur at Turkey Creek
On July 25, 1812, six American soldiers died in the skirmish with a group of Indians near Turkey Creek, on the east side of the Detroit River, making it the first record of U.S. casualties … Continue reading "1812 : First American Casualties of War of 1812 Occur at Turkey Creek"
1932 : Diego Rivera Begins Painting Frescoes at Detroit Institute of Arts
1932 : Diego Rivera Begins Painting Frescoes at Detroit Institute of Arts
Jul 25 all-day
1932 : Diego Rivera Begins Painting Frescoes at Detroit Institute of Arts
On July 25, 1932, artist Diego Rivera began the actual painting of his frescoes in the Garden Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Rivera had begun his research and preparation in April. The 27-panel … Continue reading "1932 : Diego Rivera Begins Painting Frescoes at Detroit Institute of Arts"
1966 : Michigan Appoints Its First State Ombudsman
1966 : Michigan Appoints Its First State Ombudsman
Jul 25 all-day
On July 25, 1966, Secretary of State James Hare appointed 26-year-old Gordon Alexander as Michigan’s first and the nation’s second state ombudsman who took on the task of handling complaints about their government. Source: Mich-again’s … Continue reading "1966 : Michigan Appoints Its First State Ombudsman"
1974 : Miliken v. Bradley Decision by Supreme Court Enables White Flight to Suburbs
1974 : Miliken v. Bradley Decision by Supreme Court Enables White Flight to Suburbs
Jul 25 all-day
On July 25, 1974—only 38 years ago—the Supreme Court in Milliken v. Bradley restricted its earlier decision about school busing, now holding that outlying districts were exempt from aiding the desegregation of inner-city school systems. … Continue reading "1974 : Miliken v. Bradley Decision by Supreme Court Enables White Flight to Suburbs"
2010 : Kalamazoo River Oil Spill Worst Michigan Environmental Disaster to Date
2010 : Kalamazoo River Oil Spill Worst Michigan Environmental Disaster to Date
Jul 25 all-day
On Sunday, July 25th 2010 an estimated 1.1 million gallons of raw tar sands crude oil burst from a pipeline into a creek that feeds the Kalamazoo River. The oil spread quickly in the flooded … Continue reading "2010 : Kalamazoo River Oil Spill Worst Michigan Environmental Disaster to Date"
2015 : Baphomet, the goat-headed wraith, unveiled in Detroit
2015 : Baphomet, the goat-headed wraith, unveiled in Detroit
Jul 25 all-day
2015 : Baphomet, the goat-headed wraith, unveiled in Detroit
A little before midnight on Saturday, a crowd of around 700 gathered in an old industrial warehouse a few blocks from the Detroit River for what they’d been told was the “largest public satanic ceremony … Continue reading "2015 : Baphomet, the goat-headed wraith, unveiled in Detroit"
1701 : Construction Begins on St. Anne’s Church in Detroit
1701 : Construction Begins on St. Anne’s Church in Detroit
Jul 26 all-day
On July 26, 1701, just two days after Cadillac’s arrival, construction began on St. Anne’s church in Detroit, and the first Mass was celebrated. Now located near the Ambassador Bridge, St. Anne’s is the longest … Continue reading "1701 : Construction Begins on St. Anne’s Church in Detroit"
1883 : Nation’s Largest Logjam Threatens Grand Rapids
1883 : Nation’s Largest Logjam Threatens Grand Rapids
Jul 26 all-day
1883 : Nation's Largest Logjam Threatens Grand Rapids
During June and July of 1863, heavy rains caused the Grand River to rise nearly twenty inches. Lumbermen took advantage of the high water to bring their logs down river where they were held by … Continue reading "1883 : Nation’s Largest Logjam Threatens Grand Rapids"
1905: Copper Country Shaken
1905: Copper Country Shaken
Jul 26 all-day
1905: Copper Country Shaken
On July 26, 1905 the Keewenaw Peninsula was shaken by an earthquake.  It was determined to be a VIII on the Mercalli Scale, which translates on the Richter Scale as being between 5.0-5.9.  Chimneys were toppled and … Continue reading "1905: Copper Country Shaken"
1967 : Algiers Hotel Murders During Detroit Race Riot
1967 : Algiers Hotel Murders During Detroit Race Riot
Jul 26 all-day
1967 : Algiers Hotel Murders During Detroit Race Riot
The Algiers Motel as seen from Woodward Avenue with the three story annex in the background. Three unarmed black teens were murdered/found dead on the floor inside a transient motel annex north of downtown Detroit … Continue reading "1967 : Algiers Hotel Murders During Detroit Race Riot"
2015 : Lansing’s John Smoltz Becomes Member of Baseball Hall of Fame
2015 : Lansing’s John Smoltz Becomes Member of Baseball Hall of Fame
Jul 26 all-day
On July 26, 2015, John Smoltz of Lansing was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was voted in on the first ballot by the Baseball Writers Association of America on January 6, 2015. … Continue reading "2015 : Lansing’s John Smoltz Becomes Member of Baseball Hall of Fame"
1818 : Detroit Passes Law To Enforce Morality
1818 : Detroit Passes Law To Enforce Morality
Jul 27 all-day
Detroit passed an ordinance providing for public whipping of drunkards, disorderly persons, petty thieves, and wife-beaters. Source : Historical Society of Michigan Michigan Historical Calendar
1934 : Michigan Mails First Old-Age Pension Checks
1934 : Michigan Mails First Old-Age Pension Checks
Jul 27 all-day
On July 27, 1934, the newly created state Old Age Assistance Bureau mailed the first ever old-age pension checks, ranging from $5 to $12, to 100 applicants in nine counties. Source: Mich-again’s Day
1980 : Earthquake Rocks Southern Michigan
1980 : Earthquake Rocks Southern Michigan
Jul 27 all-day
The upper tail of an earthquake centering in Kentucky hit Michigan on July 27, 1980. Automobiles in Allegan, Coldwater, Flint, Hastings, and Mount Pleasant rocked noticeably, while dishes broke in Detroit. Also, during the fifth … Continue reading "1980 : Earthquake Rocks Southern Michigan"
1951 : President Truman Help Detroit Celebrate Its 250th Birthday
1951 : President Truman Help Detroit Celebrate Its 250th Birthday
Jul 28 all-day
800,000 residents watched a birthday parade featuring Detroit’s history. President Truman was even on hand. “Detroit Relives Colorful Past in Blaze of Glory; Spectacular Parade Thrills 800,000 on Line of March”, Detroit Free Press, July … Continue reading "1951 : President Truman Help Detroit Celebrate Its 250th Birthday"
1967 : Detroit Free Press Demands That the Detroit News Surrender
1967 : Detroit Free Press Demands That the Detroit News Surrender
Jul 28 all-day
During the 1967 riot, the Free Press borrows an armored personnel carrier (sans gun) from Chrysler Corp., which builds them in Warren. The vehicle is used to protect reporters in riot areas. But one morning, … Continue reading "1967 : Detroit Free Press Demands That the Detroit News Surrender"
1967 : Final Day of Detroit Race Riots
1967 : Final Day of Detroit Race Riots
Jul 28 all-day
Between July 23 and July 28, 1967, 43 died, 467 were injured, and over 7000 were arrested in Detroit during a series of skirmishes between Detroit police, the National Guard, the U.S. Army, and the … Continue reading "1967 : Final Day of Detroit Race Riots"
1999 : The First Casino License in Detroit
1999 : The First Casino License in Detroit
Jul 28 all-day
The first casino license in Detroit here was issued to MGM Grand Detroit on July 28, 1999. Source : Robert Allen, “Who’s winning big at Detroit’s casinos“, Detroit Free Press, July 17, 2017.
1909: General Motors Buys Cadillac
1909: General Motors Buys Cadillac
Jul 29 all-day
On July 29, 1909, the newly formed General Motors Corporation (GM) acquires the country’s leading luxury automaker, the Cadillac Automobile Company, for $4.5 million. Cadillac was founded out of the ruins of automotive pioneer Henry … Continue reading "1909: General Motors Buys Cadillac"
1971 : No-Fault Divorce Instituted in Michigan
1971 : No-Fault Divorce Instituted in Michigan
Jul 29 all-day
A bill allowing “no-fault’ divorces was signed into law by Governor William Milliken. Prior to this law an individual seeking a divorce had to prove their partner was an abuser, a drunk, an adulterer, or … Continue reading "1971 : No-Fault Divorce Instituted in Michigan"
1974 : Detroit Pistons Bought by Group Led by Bill Davidson
1974 : Detroit Pistons Bought by Group Led by Bill Davidson
Jul 29 all-day
A group of investors, headed by Guardian Industries President Bill Davidson, bought the Detroit Pistons on July 29, 1974, for $8.1 million. The other owners announced that day were Herb Tyner, co-owner and president of … Continue reading "1974 : Detroit Pistons Bought by Group Led by Bill Davidson"
2021 : Senator Carl Levin Dies
2021 : Senator Carl Levin Dies
Jul 29 all-day
Carl Levin, a liberal Democrat who rose from a prominent Detroit family to become Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. senator and helped set military priorities and investigate corporate behavior for decades before retiring in 2015, died Thursday. … Continue reading "2021 : Senator Carl Levin Dies"
National Lipstick Day
National Lipstick Day
Jul 29 all-day
For makeup lovers, July 29 has become a day to bring out their favorite lipstick shades and flaunt their colored pouts, shop their favorite brands at discounted prices and even score free tubes — if they wake up … Continue reading "National Lipstick Day"
1863 : Henry Ford Born
1863 : Henry Ford Born
Jul 30 all-day
1863 : Henry Ford Born
Born on July 30, 1863 on a Dearborn, Michigan farm, Henry Ford created the Ford Model T car in 1908 and went on to develop the assembly line mode of production, which revolutionized the industry. … Continue reading "1863 : Henry Ford Born"
1864 : Company K Displays Courage at Battle of the Crater (Part 3)
1864 : Company K Displays Courage at Battle of the Crater (Part 3)
Jul 30 all-day
“Among our troops was a company of Indians, belonging to the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters. They did splendid work (at the Battle of the Crater), crawling to the very top of the bank, and rising up, … Continue reading "1864 : Company K Displays Courage at Battle of the Crater (Part 3)"
1864 : Company K Participates in Battle of the Crater (Part 1)
1864 : Company K Participates in Battle of the Crater (Part 1)
Jul 30 all-day
1864 : Company K Participates in Battle of the Crater (Part 1)
Company K of the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters resting after the Battle of the Wilderness. A contingent of 150 Native Americans who comprised Company K of the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters during the Civil War fought in … Continue reading "1864 : Company K Participates in Battle of the Crater (Part 1)"
1864 : Company K Participates in Battle of the Crater (Part 2)
1864 : Company K Participates in Battle of the Crater (Part 2)
Jul 30 all-day
On July 30, 1864, the Union forces detonated four tons of black powder in a tunnel that had been dug directly under the Confederate works at Petersburg. The blast cut out a crater in the … Continue reading "1864 : Company K Participates in Battle of the Crater (Part 2)"
1928 : Chrysler Buys Dodge Brothers
1928 : Chrysler Buys Dodge Brothers
Jul 30 all-day
The purchase, which quadrupled Chrysler’s size, was criticized, but Walter Chrysler defended his decision. “The Chrysler Corp. got the huge Dodge foundry and forges, which enabled it to increase production to other models,” Rosenbusch explained. … Continue reading "1928 : Chrysler Buys Dodge Brothers"
1975 : The Night Jimmy Hoffa Disappears, Never to Be Seen Again
1975 : The Night Jimmy Hoffa Disappears, Never to Be Seen Again
Jul 30 all-day
On July 30, 1975, Jimmy Hoffa left home for an afternoon meeting with Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone, a reputed crime capo in Detroit, and Anthony Provenzano, a New Jersey Teamster boss known to friends as … Continue reading "1975 : The Night Jimmy Hoffa Disappears, Never to Be Seen Again"
1997 : Charter Schools Declared Constitutional in Michigan
1997 : Charter Schools Declared Constitutional in Michigan
Jul 30 all-day
On July 30, 1997, the Supreme Court overturned two lower court decisions and ruled that charter schools are constitutional. The future of charter schools in Michigan had been at stake in the case, which began … Continue reading "1997 : Charter Schools Declared Constitutional in Michigan"
2018 : Mitten State Blog Celebrates the Pasty
2018 : Mitten State Blog Celebrates the Pasty
Jul 30 all-day
2018 : Mitten State Blog Celebrates the Pasty
There are two types of places that you’ll hear the phrase “hands off my pasty!”. One can get you kicked out of an establishment with a cover charge and the other is just any reputable restaurant … Continue reading "2018 : Mitten State Blog Celebrates the Pasty"
Henry Ford Day
Henry Ford Day
Jul 30 all-day
Sec. 3.  (1) The legislature recognizes the outstanding contributions to American life, history, and culture made by Henry Ford, founder of Ford motor company and a man of great vision.  During most of his life, Henry … Continue reading "Henry Ford Day"
1763 : James Kent Born, Namesake for Kent County
1763 : James Kent Born, Namesake for Kent County
Jul 31 all-day
1763 : James Kent Born, Namesake for Kent County
James Kent by Rembrandt Peale (c.1835) James Kent (born July 31, 1763 in Fredericksburg, New York; died December 12, 1847 in New York City) was an Amrican jurist and legal scholar. Some would consider him … Continue reading "1763 : James Kent Born, Namesake for Kent County"
1855 : Andrew Jackson Blackbird Helps Negotiate Treaty With Ottawa and Chippewa
1855 : Andrew Jackson Blackbird Helps Negotiate Treaty With Ottawa and Chippewa
Jul 31 all-day
1855 : Andrew Jackson Blackbird Helps Negotiate Treaty With Ottawa and Chippewa
When the “Treaty With The Ottawa and Chippewa” was signed on July 31, 1855, Andrew Jackson Blackbird served as an interpreter, translator and official witness for the Native Americans. Andrew J. Blackbird (c.1815 – 1908), … Continue reading "1855 : Andrew Jackson Blackbird Helps Negotiate Treaty With Ottawa and Chippewa"
1911 : General Motors Listed on New York Stock Exchange
1911 : General Motors Listed on New York Stock Exchange
Jul 31 all-day
On July 31, 1911, the New York Stock Exchange listed General Motors securities, the first automobile stock to be approved for listing in that body. Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1923 : Car Ferry Service Begins at Straits of Mackinac
1923 : Car Ferry Service Begins at Straits of Mackinac
Jul 31 all-day
1923 : Car Ferry Service Begins at Straits of Mackinac
On this day, the State of Michigan began a state ferry service from Mackinac City to St. Ignace to connect the Upper and Lower Peninsulas — a service that continued until the opening of the … Continue reading "1923 : Car Ferry Service Begins at Straits of Mackinac"
1964 : Tom Gore Born, Owner of Detroit Pistons
1964 : Tom Gore Born, Owner of Detroit Pistons
Jul 31 all-day
Tom Gores was named  Tewfiq Georgious, Arabic: توفيق جورجيوس‎ when he was born  on July 31, 1964 to a practicing Catholic family in Nazareth, Israel, the son of a father of Greek descent and a … Continue reading "1964 : Tom Gore Born, Owner of Detroit Pistons"
1969 : Lansing Mall Opens
1969 : Lansing Mall Opens
Jul 31 all-day
The Lansing Mall opened July 31, 1969. The mall was mid-Michigan’s first enclosed shopping center. It cost $18 million to build. At 600,000 square feet it sprawled across 11 acres, like a small city under … Continue reading "1969 : Lansing Mall Opens"
1987 : Detroit People Mover Officially Opens
1987 : Detroit People Mover Officially Opens
Jul 31 all-day
1987 : Detroit People Mover Officially Opens
On July 31, 1987, the Detroit People Mover opened for the first time. The Detroit Transportation Corporation, City of Detroit, is owner and operator of the Detroit People Mover. The Detroit People Mover (DPM) is … Continue reading "1987 : Detroit People Mover Officially Opens"
1988 : Last American Playboy Club Closes in Lansing
1988 : Last American Playboy Club Closes in Lansing
Jul 31 all-day
1988 : Last American Playboy Club Closes in Lansing
Lansing State Journal photo. The last of the Playboy Clubs, located in the Hilton Inn in Lansing, Michigan, once employed 45 “bunnies.” According to Time magazine (July 25, 1988), the scanty outfits and cottontails donned … Continue reading "1988 : Last American Playboy Club Closes in Lansing"
2017 : Michigan Vietnam Veteran Receives Medal of Honor
2017 : Michigan Vietnam Veteran Receives Medal of Honor
Jul 31 all-day
An Army medic from South Haven who risked his life nine times to rescue comrades in Vietnam is becoming the first person to receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump. Trump is set to present … Continue reading "2017 : Michigan Vietnam Veteran Receives Medal of Honor"
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