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1881 : Thumb Burns
1881 : Thumb Burns
Sep 5 all-day
1881 : Thumb Burns
On September 5, 1881, Michigan’s Great Thumb Fire began when gale force winds swept into the thumb area where small fires were already burning. The fire raged for three days, burned a million acres in … Continue reading "1881 : Thumb Burns"
1959: Governor G. Mennen Williams Leads First Mackinac Bridge Walk
1959: Governor G. Mennen Williams Leads First Mackinac Bridge Walk
Sep 5 all-day
On Sept. 5, 1959, the first Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk was held and more than 15,000 hikers joined Gov. G. Mennen Williams as he set the first time record for governors, crossing the 4.5-mile … Continue reading "1959: Governor G. Mennen Williams Leads First Mackinac Bridge Walk"
1975: President Gerald Ford Survives Assassination Attempt
1975: President Gerald Ford Survives Assassination Attempt
Sep 5 all-day
Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme, a 26-year old member of the Manson family, tried to shoot President Gerald R. Ford in Sacramento, CA on this day. Seventeen days later, Sara Jane Moore would try again in San … Continue reading "1975: President Gerald Ford Survives Assassination Attempt"
2011 : President Barack Obama Participates in Detroit’s Labor Day Celebration
2011 : President Barack Obama Participates in Detroit’s Labor Day Celebration
Sep 5 all-day
In his strongest words of support for organized labor, President Barack Obama told a riverfront crowd of thousands Monday in Detroit: “As long as I’m in the White House, I’m going to stand up for … Continue reading "2011 : President Barack Obama Participates in Detroit’s Labor Day Celebration"
2017 : Little Caesars Arena Ribbon Cutting
2017 : Little Caesars Arena Ribbon Cutting
Sep 5 all-day
2017 : Little Caesars Arena Ribbon Cutting
More than a new home for two professional sports teams, the Little Caesars Arena, set for a ribbon-cutting next week, is the centerpiece of a 50-block development dubbed District Detroit that is expected to breathe life … Continue reading "2017 : Little Caesars Arena Ribbon Cutting"
1824 : John R. Williams Elected Detroit’s First Mayor
1824 : John R. Williams Elected Detroit’s First Mayor
Sep 6 all-day
1824 : John R. Williams Elected Detroit's First Mayor
John R. Williams receives 102 votes to his opponents’ collective 12 to become Michigan’s first mayor. He was probably still mad about losing the election the previous year to become Michigan’s first territorial representative in … Continue reading "1824 : John R. Williams Elected Detroit’s First Mayor"
1835 : Michigan’s Militia Invades Toledo, Ohio
1835 : Michigan’s Militia Invades Toledo, Ohio
Sep 6 all-day
Disregarding his removal as acting governor of the Michigan Territory on August 29, Stevens T. Mason led the Michigan militia to Toledo on September 6 to prevent any Ohio judges from holding court the following … Continue reading "1835 : Michigan’s Militia Invades Toledo, Ohio"
1897 : Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye, Michigan Civil War Soldier, Asks for Increase in Her Military Pension
1897 : Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye, Michigan Civil War Soldier, Asks for Increase in Her Military Pension
Sep 6 all-day
1897 : Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye, Michigan Civil War Soldier, Asks for Increase in Her Military Pension
< After the fall of Fort Sumter, Sarah volunteered for the Union cause and under disguise she soldiered using the alias Franklin (Frank) Thompson. She joined the United States Army, Company F, Second Michigan Volunteer … Continue reading "1897 : Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye, Michigan Civil War Soldier, Asks for Increase in Her Military Pension"
1901 : Michigan Anarchist Assassinates President McKinley
1901 : Michigan Anarchist Assassinates President McKinley
Sep 6 all-day
1901 : Michigan Anarchist Assassinates President McKinley
On Sept. 6, 1901, a Michigan native shot and killed President William McKinley during his visit to the Pan American Exhibition in Buffalo, N.Y. Leon F. Czolgosz, an anarchist from Michigan living in Cleveland, believed … Continue reading "1901 : Michigan Anarchist Assassinates President McKinley"
1960 : JFK Gave a Labor Day Speech in Cadillac Square
1960 : JFK Gave a Labor Day Speech in Cadillac Square
Sep 6 all-day
On September 6, 1960, a bushy haired U.S. senator with a New England accent came to Cadillac Square in downtown Detroit on Labor Day to deliver his first official campaign speech for president before a … Continue reading "1960 : JFK Gave a Labor Day Speech in Cadillac Square"
1964 : Beatles Perform at Olympia Stadium
1964 : Beatles Perform at Olympia Stadium
Sep 6 all-day
To the delight of their fans, the Beatles traveled to Olympia Stadium in September 6, 1964 in Detroit. The Beatles actually performed two concerts at the 15,000-capacity Detroit Olympia that day. The other acts on … Continue reading "1964 : Beatles Perform at Olympia Stadium"
1989 : Dave Russell, First Modern Day Sparty, Debuts
1989 : Dave Russell, First Modern Day Sparty, Debuts
Sep 6 all-day
1989 : Dave Russell, First Modern Day Sparty, Debuts
In 1989, a full-body foam and rubber warrior with bulging muscles, ripped abs and cartoonish face was born — and an unknown engineering student became the first official Sparty. His name was never disclosed. Thirty … Continue reading "1989 : Dave Russell, First Modern Day Sparty, Debuts"
2011 : Online News Magazine Bridge Debuts
2011 : Online News Magazine Bridge Debuts
Sep 6 all-day
On September 6, 2011, Bridge announced its launch as an online news magazine providing in-depth coverage of the state’s public policy and economic challenges. To see the original announcement and a few articles that were … Continue reading "2011 : Online News Magazine Bridge Debuts"
1835 : Ohio Officials Attempt To Demonstrate Legal Authority Over Toledo Strip, But Flee Instead
1835 : Ohio Officials Attempt To Demonstrate Legal Authority Over Toledo Strip, But Flee Instead
Sep 7 all-day
Ohio officials attempted to show legal authority in the disputed Toledo Strip by holding a brief 3 a.m. court session in Lucas County, then fleeing before Michigan troops could catch them. Sources : Michigan History, … Continue reading "1835 : Ohio Officials Attempt To Demonstrate Legal Authority Over Toledo Strip, But Flee Instead"
1948 : President Truman Makes Campaign Stop in Lansing
1948 : President Truman Makes Campaign Stop in Lansing
Sep 7 all-day
1948 : President Truman Makes Campaign Stop in Lansing
President Truman giving a campaign speech at Lansing Union Depot with his daughter Margaret and Governor Kim Sigler – Labor Day 1948 [Lansing State Journal 9/7/1948]
1956 : Michigan Test Pilot Reaches Altitude Record
1956 : Michigan Test Pilot Reaches Altitude Record
Sep 7 all-day
1956 : Michigan Test Pilot Reaches Altitude Record
  On September 7, 1956, U.S. Air Force captain Iven Carl Kincheloe, Jr. of Cassopolis, Mich., became the first man to fly into outer space (as it was defined at the time) when his X-2 … Continue reading "1956 : Michigan Test Pilot Reaches Altitude Record"
1760 : The French and Indian War Ends, New France Becomes Part of England
1760 : The French and Indian War Ends, New France Becomes Part of England
Sep 8 all-day
Pierre Francois de Riguad, Marquis de Vaudreuil-Cavagnal, the last governor of New France, finally capitulated to the English in Montreal on Sept. 8, 1760. The move ended most of the active fighting in the French … Continue reading "1760 : The French and Indian War Ends, New France Becomes Part of England"
1815 : Treaty of Spring Wells
1815 : Treaty of Spring Wells
Sep 8 all-day
This treaty, signed by General William Henry Harrison and representatives of various tribes on September 8, 1815 in Spring Wells, Michigan Territory, established peace between the United States and the Wyandot, Delaware, Seneca, Shawnee (Shawanoe), … Continue reading "1815 : Treaty of Spring Wells"
1885 : Eleznor Hutzel Born, Women and Children’s Advocate
1885 : Eleznor Hutzel Born, Women and Children’s Advocate
Sep 8 all-day
1885 : Eleznor Hutzel Born, Women and Children's Advocate
If you live in the Detroit area, you might recognize her last name and wonder if she’s connected to Hutzel Women’s Hospital, a part of the DMC. Yep, that hospital was named after Eleanore Hutzel. … Continue reading "1885 : Eleznor Hutzel Born, Women and Children’s Advocate"
1896 : Suomi College Opens in Hancock
1896 : Suomi College Opens in Hancock
Sep 8 all-day
On September 8, 1896, Suomi College, the first Finnish college in the country, opened in rented quarters in Hancock with 27 students. On July 1, 2000, Suomi College changed its name to Finlandia University. Source: … Continue reading "1896 : Suomi College Opens in Hancock"
1974 : President Gerald Ford Pardons Richard Nixon
1974 : President Gerald Ford Pardons Richard Nixon
Sep 8 all-day
To avoid further controversy, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon. Many believe this act crippled Ford’s chances in the subsequent presidential election. Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central … Continue reading "1974 : President Gerald Ford Pardons Richard Nixon"
2017 : Heritage Guitar of Kalamazoo Celebrates 100th Birthday
2017 : Heritage Guitar of Kalamazoo Celebrates 100th Birthday
Sep 8 all-day
Craftsmen have been making guitars and stringed instruments in Kalamazoo for more than 100 years. That is being celebrated Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9, at the epicenter of that work here, the 225 … Continue reading "2017 : Heritage Guitar of Kalamazoo Celebrates 100th Birthday"
1910 : Michigan Car Ferry Pere Marquette 18 Sinks
1910 : Michigan Car Ferry Pere Marquette 18 Sinks
Sep 9 all-day
1910 : Michigan Car Ferry Pere Marquette 18 Sinks
“At least twenty-nine persons died when this vessel sank in Lake Michigan twenty miles off the Wisconsin coast on September 9, 1910. One of the Ludington carferry fleet, the 350 foot S.S. Pere Marquette 18 … Continue reading "1910 : Michigan Car Ferry Pere Marquette 18 Sinks"
1925 : Dr. Ossian Sweet Defends Family, Leading to Changes in Housing Laws
1925 : Dr. Ossian Sweet Defends Family, Leading to Changes in Housing Laws
Sep 9 all-day
1925 : Dr. Ossian Sweet Defends Family, Leading to Changes in Housing Laws
When a white mob threatened Dr. Ossian Sweet’s family, who had just moved into an all-white Detroit neighborhood, a shot was fired from the house that killed an onlooker. Famed lawyer Clarence Darrow successfully defended … Continue reading "1925 : Dr. Ossian Sweet Defends Family, Leading to Changes in Housing Laws"
1938 : Detroit Lions Move Games to Briggs Stadium
1938 : Detroit Lions Move Games to Briggs Stadium
Sep 9 all-day
On September 9, 1938, the Detroit Lions moved their season games to Briggs Stadium, where the Tigers played.  The Lions would continue playing there until they moved to the Pontiac Silverdome in 1975. Source : … Continue reading "1938 : Detroit Lions Move Games to Briggs Stadium"
1986 : The Great Flood of 1986
1986 : The Great Flood of 1986
Sep 9 all-day
A digital archive with information on Michigan’s Great Flood of 1986. From the site: “The rain began late Tuesday evening on Sept. 9, 1986, in west central lower Michigan and gradually moved east into the … Continue reading "1986 : The Great Flood of 1986"
1994 : Rolling Stones Visit Spartan Stadium
1994 : Rolling Stones Visit Spartan Stadium
Sep 9 all-day
1994 : Rolling Stones Visit Spartan Stadium
The first rock event in Spartan Stadium history occurred on September 9, 1994 when the Rolling Stones visited and presented their Voodoo Lounge Tour set.  
2015 : Obama Pitches Free Community College at Macomb Community College
2015 : Obama Pitches Free Community College at Macomb Community College
Sep 9 all-day
Giving students two years of free community college is simply an extension of America’s historical emphasis on the importance of education, President Barack Obama told a crowd of about 1,000 at Macomb Community College. Referencing … Continue reading "2015 : Obama Pitches Free Community College at Macomb Community College"
1805 : All Michigan Males 16 and Over Assessed $1 Capitation Tax
1805 : All Michigan Males 16 and Over Assessed $1 Capitation Tax
Sep 10 all-day
On Sept. 10, 1805, Michigan territorial law directed that “every male inhabitant in the territory over the age of 16 years should pay annually the sum of $1 as a capitation tax.” The total number … Continue reading "1805 : All Michigan Males 16 and Over Assessed $1 Capitation Tax"
1813 : Battle of Lake Erie
1813 : Battle of Lake Erie
Sep 10 all-day
1813 : Battle of Lake Erie
On September 10, 1813, nine small U.S. ships defeated six British vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie. The British, under Commodore Robert Heriot Barclay, and the Americans, under Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, met near … Continue reading "1813 : Battle of Lake Erie"
1913 : Big Annie Arrested During Copper Strike
1913 : Big Annie Arrested During Copper Strike
Sep 10 all-day
1913 : Big Annie Arrested During Copper Strike
On Sept. 10, 1913, Ana Clemenc, came to be known as “Big Annie,” when she gained national fame for being hauled off to jail during a protest at the Calumet mine. Clemenc, married to a … Continue reading "1913 : Big Annie Arrested During Copper Strike"
1960: Mickey Mantle Hits Longest Home Run in Briggs/Tiger Stadium History
1960: Mickey Mantle Hits Longest Home Run in Briggs/Tiger Stadium History
Sep 10 all-day
Detroit, Sept. 10, 1960: Mickey Mantle hit what many still believe to be the longest home run ever out of the park at Briggs Stadium (renamed Tiger Stadium the following year). Not ‘officially’ measured until … Continue reading "1960: Mickey Mantle Hits Longest Home Run in Briggs/Tiger Stadium History"
2013 : Flags Lowered to Honor State Trooper Paul Butterfield’s Sacrifice
2013 : Flags Lowered to Honor State Trooper Paul Butterfield’s Sacrifice
Sep 10 all-day
Gov. Rick Snyder today ordered U.S. flags on all state buildings and within the state Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, who died as a … Continue reading "2013 : Flags Lowered to Honor State Trooper Paul Butterfield’s Sacrifice"
1912 : Petoskey Smoker Sets Garage and Car on Fire
1912 : Petoskey Smoker Sets Garage and Car on Fire
Sep 11 all-day
With a burning cigar in his mouth, Harry Cooper, employee of Smith’s Garage, started to pour five gallons of gasoline into the tank of Dr. R. D. Engle’s car this evening. The fumes exploded and … Continue reading "1912 : Petoskey Smoker Sets Garage and Car on Fire"
1982 : Third USS Michigan Commissioned by U.S. Navy
1982 : Third USS Michigan Commissioned by U.S. Navy
Sep 11 all-day
1982 : Third USS Michigan Commissioned by U.S. Navy
A newly built Trident-Class Nuclear Submarine became the third vessel in the American Navy to be commissioned bearing the name USS Michigan. The current USS Michigan is a Trident-Class Nuclear Powered Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine. … Continue reading "1982 : Third USS Michigan Commissioned by U.S. Navy"
2015 : Todd Courser Resigns, Cindy Gamrat Expelled from Michigan House
2015 : Todd Courser Resigns, Cindy Gamrat Expelled from Michigan House
Sep 11 all-day
Tea Party Republican Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat,, embattled lawmakers accused of misconduct and misusing taxpayer resources to hide their extra-marital affair, are no longer representatives in the Michigan House. Courser, R-Lapeer, resigned at … Continue reading "2015 : Todd Courser Resigns, Cindy Gamrat Expelled from Michigan House"
2016 : New State Record Set for Smallmouth Bass
2016 : New State Record Set for Smallmouth Bass
Sep 11 all-day
Michigan has a new state record for smallmouth bass. Robert Bruce Kraemer of Treasure Island, Fla., on Sunday caught a 23.10-inch, 9.98-pounder on the Indian River in Cheboygan County. The previous state record was set in October 2015, … Continue reading "2016 : New State Record Set for Smallmouth Bass"
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