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1806 : Territorial Legislature Calls for a Bank in Detroit
1806 : Territorial Legislature Calls for a Bank in Detroit
Sep 19 all-day
On Sept. 19, 1806, Michigan’s territorial legislature passed an act to establish a bank in Detroit. As it turned out, the bank was a fraud. It distributed $165,000 in bank notes it was unable to … Continue reading "1806 : Territorial Legislature Calls for a Bank in Detroit"
1844 : Marquette Range of Iron Ore Discovered
1844 : Marquette Range of Iron Ore Discovered
Sep 19 all-day
On September 19, 1844 William Austin Burt’s surveying party discovered the Marquette Range of Iron Ore. The following year the Jackson Mine of the Jackson Mining Company was started, leading to the growth of the … Continue reading "1844 : Marquette Range of Iron Ore Discovered"
1862 : Photograph Of Michigan Soldier’s Grave at Antietam
1862 : Photograph Of Michigan Soldier’s Grave at Antietam
Sep 19 all-day
1862 : Photograph Of Michigan Soldier's Grave at Antietam
An unburied Rebel soldier lies next to the grave of Lt. John Clark of the 7th Michigan on the Antietam battlefield. Alexander Gardner’s The Contrast image was taken on September 19, 1862. Three weeks later, … Continue reading "1862 : Photograph Of Michigan Soldier’s Grave at Antietam"
1864 : Civil War Comes to the Detroit River / Lake Erie
1864 : Civil War Comes to the Detroit River / Lake Erie
Sep 19 all-day
1864 : Civil War Comes to the Detroit River / Lake Erie
A sketch of the Philo Parsons On September 19, 1864,  the American steamer “Philo Parsons” was seized off Kelley’s Island by some thirty Confederate sympathizers under John Y. Beale, a Southern naval officer. The group, … Continue reading "1864 : Civil War Comes to the Detroit River / Lake Erie"
1876 : Melville Bissell Awarded Carpet Sweeper Patent
1876 : Melville Bissell Awarded Carpet Sweeper Patent
Sep 19 all-day
1876 : Melville Bissell Awarded Carpet Sweeper Patent
Prior to the introduction of “electric suction cleaners”, most housewives used brooms and dust pans. Many of the mid-Victorian homes had large “Axminster” or “Turkish” carpets on the floors of principal rooms. In order to … Continue reading "1876 : Melville Bissell Awarded Carpet Sweeper Patent"
1891 : St. Clair Railroad Tunnel Completed
1891 : St. Clair Railroad Tunnel Completed
Sep 19 all-day
1891 : St. Clair Railroad Tunnel Completed
Port Huron, Michigan, United States to Sarnia, Ontario, Canada Completed 1891 The St. Clair tunnel between Sarnia and Port Huron was opened on September 19, 1891. It was built by the Grand Trunk Railway and … Continue reading "1891 : St. Clair Railroad Tunnel Completed"
1968 : Michigan’s First Heart Transplant
1968 : Michigan’s First Heart Transplant
Sep 19 all-day
1968 : Michigan's First Heart Transplant
On September 19, 1968, Michigan’s first heart transplant took place when Philip T. Barnum of Kalamazoo received the heart of a prison inmate in an operation at the University of Michigan. Sources: WAKV, The Memory … Continue reading "1968 : Michigan’s First Heart Transplant"
2014 : International Talk Like a Pirate Day
2014 : International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Sep 19 all-day
2014 : International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Senator Kahn Continues International Talk Like a Pirate Day in Michigan Senate Donning a tri-corner hat and eye patch, Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw) once again expressed support for swashbuckling speech by officially acknowledging International Talk … Continue reading "2014 : International Talk Like a Pirate Day"
2014 : Oakland University Dedicates New Bell Tower
2014 : Oakland University Dedicates New Bell Tower
Sep 19 all-day
Oakland University dedicated a 151-foot-tall bell tower Friday afternoon, celebrating a new landmark at the center of its campus. A ceremony for the newly built Elliott Tower was attended by a crowd that included Hugh … Continue reading "2014 : Oakland University Dedicates New Bell Tower"
1863 : Johnny Clem Becomes the Famous Drummer Boy of Chickamauga
1863 : Johnny Clem Becomes the Famous Drummer Boy of Chickamauga
Sep 20 all-day
1863 : Johnny Clem Becomes the Famous Drummer Boy of Chickamauga
Separating fact from myth is always hard when it comes to celebrity soldiers like Clem. He was born Aug. 13, 1851, in Newark, Ohio, and was just 9 years old when he “ran off to … Continue reading "1863 : Johnny Clem Becomes the Famous Drummer Boy of Chickamauga"
1889 : 160 Issues of Plaindealer, One of Detroit’s First Afro-American Newspapers (Sept. 20, 1889-May 19, 1893)
1889 : 160 Issues of Plaindealer, One of Detroit’s First Afro-American Newspapers (Sept. 20, 1889-May 19, 1893)
Sep 20 all-day
1889 : 160 Issues of Plaindealer, One of Detroit's First Afro-American Newspapers (Sept. 20, 1889-May 19, 1893)
The Plaindealer broke ground not only as Detroit’s first black newspaper but as one of the first of its kind in the country. Its creators referred to the Plaindealer as an “Afro-American” newspaper, consciously rejecting … Continue reading "1889 : 160 Issues of Plaindealer, One of Detroit’s First Afro-American Newspapers (Sept. 20, 1889-May 19, 1893)"
1912 : Ballot Proposal Blunder
1912 : Ballot Proposal Blunder
Sep 20 all-day
On September 20, 1912, it was discovered that the Michigan Legislature made a blunder in preparing a ballot proposal on equal rights for the public. They failed to include the whole amendment and so the … Continue reading "1912 : Ballot Proposal Blunder"
1918 : Charles Howard Wright Born, Founder of Wright Museum of African American History
1918 : Charles Howard Wright Born, Founder of Wright Museum of African American History
Sep 20 all-day
1918 : Charles Howard Wright Born, Founder of Wright Museum of African American History
Charles Howard Wright was born in Dothan, Alabama.  He attended Southeast Alabama High School. The school had few resources, only four teachers, and no heat or indoor plumbing. He graduated in 1935 without even taking … Continue reading "1918 : Charles Howard Wright Born, Founder of Wright Museum of African American History"
2017 : MSU Dedicates Grand Rapids Medical Research Center
2017 : MSU Dedicates Grand Rapids Medical Research Center
Sep 20 all-day
Amid protests over Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ appearance, Michigan State University cut the ribbon Wednesday on its Grand Rapids Medical Research Center, an $88 million building where researchers will work on cures for cancer, … Continue reading "2017 : MSU Dedicates Grand Rapids Medical Research Center"
1824 : Detroit Council’s First Meeting
1824 : Detroit Council’s First Meeting
Sep 21 all-day
At the Detroit Council’s first meeting, the mayor and aldermen vote to purchase 4 brass candlesticks, two snuffers, 10 pounds of sperm candles, and a box to store the stuff to provide light for meetings. … Continue reading "1824 : Detroit Council’s First Meeting"
1877 : Michigan’s First Commercial Telephone Line Strung in Detroit
1877 : Michigan’s First Commercial Telephone Line Strung in Detroit
Sep 21 all-day
On September 21, 1877, Michigan’s first commercial telephone line was strung in Detroit and ran between Stean’s Drugstore and their laboratory. Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1903: Preston Thomas Tucker, Automobile Pioneer, Born
1903: Preston Thomas Tucker, Automobile Pioneer, Born
Sep 21 all-day
1903: Preston Thomas Tucker, Automobile Pioneer, Born
On Sept. 21, 1903, Preston Thomas Tucker, an automobile pioneer, was born in Capac. Tucker was the architect of a vehicle called the “Tucker torpedo,” a radical vehicle for its time that included a padded … Continue reading "1903: Preston Thomas Tucker, Automobile Pioneer, Born"
1911 : President William Howard Taft Visits Kalamazoo College and Western State Normal School
1911 : President William Howard Taft Visits Kalamazoo College and Western State Normal School
Sep 21 all-day
1911 : President William Howard Taft Visits Kalamazoo College and Western State Normal School
On Sept. 21, 1911, then-President William Howard Taft visited Kalamazoo. He gave speeches at Kalamazoo College and Western State Normal School, and closed the visit with a major speech on settling international disputes through arbitration. … Continue reading "1911 : President William Howard Taft Visits Kalamazoo College and Western State Normal School"
1945 : Jerry Bruckheimer Born, One of the Most Successful TV and Film Producers of All Time
1945 : Jerry Bruckheimer Born, One of the Most Successful TV and Film Producers of All Time
Sep 21 all-day
1945 : Jerry Bruckheimer Born, One of the Most Successful TV and Film Producers of All Time
Bruckheimer at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June 2013 On Sept. 21, 1945, Jerry Bruckheimerwas was born in Detroit to Jewish immigrants from Germany. At home, he … Continue reading "1945 : Jerry Bruckheimer Born, One of the Most Successful TV and Film Producers of All Time"
1969 : Black Madonna and Child Dedicated at University of Detroit-Mercy
1969 : Black Madonna and Child Dedicated at University of Detroit-Mercy
Sep 21 all-day
1969 : Black Madonna and Child Dedicated at University of Detroit-Mercy
In the summer of 1968, the Special Projects students of the University of Detroit met and discussed the need for the University to become more relevant to black students. These discussions led to the decision … Continue reading "1969 : Black Madonna and Child Dedicated at University of Detroit-Mercy"
1976 : Detroit Resurrects Limited Trolley Service
1976 : Detroit Resurrects Limited Trolley Service
Sep 21 all-day
1976 : Detroit Resurrects Limited Trolley Service
Detroit restarts trolley service on a limited basis after twenty-year hiatus and 81 years after the first electric trolley servicd. Service would continue until June 21, 2003. In 1979, the line was carrying 75,000 riders … Continue reading "1976 : Detroit Resurrects Limited Trolley Service"
1994 : Pokagan Band of Potawatomi Indians Recognized by Federal Government
1994 : Pokagan Band of Potawatomi Indians Recognized by Federal Government
Sep 21 all-day
1994 : Pokagan Band of Potawatomi Indians Recognized by Federal Government
With President Bill Clinton’s signature, the Pokagan Band of Potawatami Indians were recognized by the federal government on this day. For more information about the Pokagan Band, visit Pokagan Band of Potawatomi History.
2019 : Suttons Bay Native American Family Wins Michigan Powerfall Jackpot
2019 : Suttons Bay Native American Family Wins Michigan Powerfall Jackpot
Sep 21 all-day
Dawn and Phillip Chippewa didn’t expect to win the Powerball Jackpot lottery, in fact they didn’t even remember to check their tickets until a family member texted Dawn to ask what their numbers were. “I … Continue reading "2019 : Suttons Bay Native American Family Wins Michigan Powerfall Jackpot"
1688 : Louis de Lahonton Departs from Fort Michilimackinac to Explore the West
1688 : Louis de Lahonton Departs from Fort Michilimackinac to Explore the West
Sep 22 all-day
1688 : Louis de Lahonton Departs from Fort Michilimackinac to Explore the West
Lahontan set out from Michilimackinac on September 22, 1688, accompanied by his “own Detachment” of at least ten or twenty men (perhaps more), and the five seasoned Ottawa hunters “who indeed did me a great … Continue reading "1688 : Louis de Lahonton Departs from Fort Michilimackinac to Explore the West"
1828 : John Johnston Dies, Fur Trader and Early Sault Ste. Marie Resident
1828 : John Johnston Dies, Fur Trader and Early Sault Ste. Marie Resident
Sep 22 all-day
1828 : John Johnston Dies, Fur Trader and Early Sault Ste. Marie Resident
John Johnston was a local fur trader, born in Ireland in 1762. He was one of the Sault Ste. Marie’s first permanent white settlers. His connections with “the old county” are among the nobility. He … Continue reading "1828 : John Johnston Dies, Fur Trader and Early Sault Ste. Marie Resident"
1850 : Michigan First Jewish Congregation Established
1850 : Michigan First Jewish Congregation Established
Sep 22 all-day
On September 22, 1850, 25 German Jewish families, who had arrived at Detroit from the New York area, formally organized the Beth El Society and became Michigan’s first Jewish congregation. The members met initially in … Continue reading "1850 : Michigan First Jewish Congregation Established"
1926 : St. Clair Inn Opens, First U.S. Hotel with Central Air Conditioning
1926 : St. Clair Inn Opens, First U.S. Hotel with Central Air Conditioning
Sep 22 all-day
When the St. Clair Inn opened in 1926, it was the first U.S. hotel with central air conditioning. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. In its prime,  the hotel was host to … Continue reading "1926 : St. Clair Inn Opens, First U.S. Hotel with Central Air Conditioning"
1929 : Detroit News Launches Campaign To Reforest Michigan
1929 : Detroit News Launches Campaign To Reforest Michigan
Sep 22 all-day
By the 1920s, much of Northern Michigan looked pretty bleak. Most of the forests that once blanketed the region were gone. The farms that followed the log drives had failed. The land was barren and … Continue reading "1929 : Detroit News Launches Campaign To Reforest Michigan"
1931 : Longest Parade in Michigan History?
1931 : Longest Parade in Michigan History?
Sep 22 all-day
On Sept. 22, 1931, the American Legion sponsored the longest parade in Michigan’s history. The parade in Detroit lasted eight hours and had 85,000 marchers and 1 million spectators. Sources: Historical Society of Michigan via … Continue reading "1931 : Longest Parade in Michigan History?"
1934 : Detroit Lions Win First Football Game
1934 : Detroit Lions Win First Football Game
Sep 22 all-day
The Detroit Lions beat the New York Giants 9-0 during their first NFl Game at the University of Detroit Stadium. Source :  Michigan History, September/October 2017.
1941 : Ernest Green, Member of Little Rock Nine and MSU Alumnus, Born
1941 : Ernest Green, Member of Little Rock Nine and MSU Alumnus, Born
Sep 22 all-day
1941 : Ernest Green, Member of Little Rock Nine and MSU Alumnus, Born
Ernest Gideon Green (born September 22, 1941) was one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central … Continue reading "1941 : Ernest Green, Member of Little Rock Nine and MSU Alumnus, Born"
1989 : Yugo Blown Off Mackinac Bridge
1989 : Yugo Blown Off Mackinac Bridge
Sep 22 all-day
On September 22, 1989, a young woman in a Yugo — on her way to visit her boyfriend in the Upper Peninsula — was blown off the Mackinac Bridge and died. Today, the Mackinac Bridge … Continue reading "1989 : Yugo Blown Off Mackinac Bridge"
1992 : Presidential Candidate Bill Clinton Visits Michigan State
1992 : Presidential Candidate Bill Clinton Visits Michigan State
Sep 22 all-day
Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Bill Clinton visited Michigan State University and spoke to a crowd behind the bell tower on this day in East Lansiing. After the speech he walked by the Union and down … Continue reading "1992 : Presidential Candidate Bill Clinton Visits Michigan State"
1879 : Detroit Buys Belle Island
1879 : Detroit Buys Belle Island
Sep 23 all-day
1879 : Detroit Buys Belle Island
On September 23, 1879, the city of Detroit purchased Belle Island with the hope of creating a grand park that might eventually rival New York City’s Central Park. The rest of the story: The Pottawotami … Continue reading "1879 : Detroit Buys Belle Island"
1934 : Detroit Lions Win First Game
1934 : Detroit Lions Win First Game
Sep 23 all-day
1934 : Detroit Lions Win First Game
Photograph of 1934 Detroit Lions Football Game. The Detroit Lions, previously known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, played their first National Football League game, beating the New York Giants 9-0 at the University of Detroit … Continue reading "1934 : Detroit Lions Win First Game"
1943 : UAW Charges Race Bias at Ford’s Willow Run Plant
1943 : UAW Charges Race Bias at Ford’s Willow Run Plant
Sep 23 all-day
1943 : UAW Charges Race Bias at Ford's Willow Run Plant
African-Americans voice frustration about Jim Crow and race discrimination during World War II. The Afro-American newspaper Detroit Tribune reports on the continuing struggle, September 23, 1943: Source : South Adams Street circa 1900 Facebook Page, March … Continue reading "1943 : UAW Charges Race Bias at Ford’s Willow Run Plant"
1958 : Spirit of Detroit Statue Dedicated
1958 : Spirit of Detroit Statue Dedicated
Sep 23 all-day
1958 : Spirit of Detroit Statue Dedicated
The Spirit of Detroit is a city monument with a large bronze statue created by Marshall Fredericks and located at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It was commissioned … Continue reading "1958 : Spirit of Detroit Statue Dedicated"
2014: Cadillac Abandons Motown
2014: Cadillac Abandons Motown
Sep 23 all-day
Cadillac, long the king of Detroit’s auto brands, is abandoning Motown. General Motors Co. GM -0.66% said on Tuesday that its struggling luxury brand will move 50 key employees and its headquarters to New York … Continue reading "2014: Cadillac Abandons Motown"
1819 : Saginaw Treaty Signed With Native Americans
1819 : Saginaw Treaty Signed With Native Americans
Sep 24 all-day
1819 : Saginaw Treaty Signed With Native Americans
Treaty signed : September 24, 1819. Treaty Proclamation  by the President of the United States : March 25, 1820 Placed into law as 7 Stat. 203. The Treaty of Saginaw, also known as the Treaty with the … Continue reading "1819 : Saginaw Treaty Signed With Native Americans"
1819 : Treat of Saginaw Signed
1819 : Treat of Saginaw Signed
Sep 24 all-day
1819 : Treat of Saginaw Signed
Treaty signed : September 24, 1819. Treaty Proclamation by the President of the United States : March 25, 1820.  Placed into law as 7 Stat. 203. The Treaty of Saginaw, also known as the Treaty with the … Continue reading "1819 : Treat of Saginaw Signed"
1830 : Last Public Execution in Michigan
1830 : Last Public Execution in Michigan
Sep 24 all-day
1830 : Last Public Execution in Michigan
On September 24, 1830, Stephen G. Simmons, after having been tried by a jury of his peers and found guilty of killing his wife, Levana Simmons, in a drunken fury, was executed on the gallows … Continue reading "1830 : Last Public Execution in Michigan"
1851: Lucius Lyon, Surveyor, Statesman, Dies
1851: Lucius Lyon, Surveyor, Statesman, Dies
Sep 24 all-day
1851: Lucius Lyon, Surveyor, Statesman, Dies
Lucius Lyon (February 26, 1800 – September 24, 1851) was a U.S. statesman from the state of Michigan. He was born in Shelburne, Vermont, where he received a common school education and studied engineering and surveying. … Continue reading "1851: Lucius Lyon, Surveyor, Statesman, Dies"
1994 : Colorado Defeats Michigan With Hail Mary Pass
1994 : Colorado Defeats Michigan With Hail Mary Pass
Sep 24 all-day
Colorado’s Miracle at Michigan On September 24, 1994, Kordell Stewart chucks a Hail Mary, which is deflected and caught by Buffaloes WR Michael Westbrook to beat the Wolverines.
1996 : Bruce Springsteen Performs In Kalamazoo, Michigan
1996 : Bruce Springsteen Performs In Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sep 24 all-day
Bruce Springsteen rolled out this tune while playing in Kalamazoo on September 24, 1996; he would play it again in Ann Arbor two days later. As much as Michiganders love getting riled up over hometown … Continue reading "1996 : Bruce Springsteen Performs In Kalamazoo, Michigan"
2017 : French Canadian Heritage Week Celebration Begins
2017 : French Canadian Heritage Week Celebration Begins
Sep 24 all-day
2017 : French Canadian Heritage Week Celebration Begins
September 24-30, 2017 For the 5th year, French Canadian Heritage Week is celebrated in Michigan. The annual resolution was introduced in the Michigan Capitol on September 21st. In 2013, the Michigan Legislature passed the first … Continue reading "2017 : French Canadian Heritage Week Celebration Begins"
1849 : First Michigan State Fair
1849 : First Michigan State Fair
Sep 25 all-day
1849 : First Michigan State Fair
The Michigan State Agricultural Society sponsored Michigan’s first state fair in Detroit, September 25-27, 1849. It was the second state fair in the United States. The first was in New York. The Michigan State Fair … Continue reading "1849 : First Michigan State Fair"
1902 : Theodore Roosevelt Visits Cadillac Square in Detroit
1902 : Theodore Roosevelt Visits Cadillac Square in Detroit
Sep 25 all-day
1902 : Theodore Roosevelt Visits Cadillac Square in Detroit
On September 25, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt was received in Cadillac Square with a parade of horses and carriages, watched by a large crowd. Several of the buildings in the background are decorated with banners, … Continue reading "1902 : Theodore Roosevelt Visits Cadillac Square in Detroit"
1926 : Detroit Businessmen Purchase Red Wings
1926 : Detroit Businessmen Purchase Red Wings
Sep 25 all-day
1926 : Detroit Businessmen Purchase Red Wings
On this day a group of Detroit businessment purchased the Victoria, British Columbia, Cougars and moved the ice hockey team to Detroit. First known as the Detroit Cougars and then the Detroit Falcons, the team … Continue reading "1926 : Detroit Businessmen Purchase Red Wings"
1955 : Detroit Tiger Al Kaline Wins American League Batting Title
1955 : Detroit Tiger Al Kaline Wins American League Batting Title
Sep 25 all-day
1955 : Detroit Tiger Al Kaline Wins American League Batting Title
On September 25, 1955 Detroit Tiger youngster Al Kaline became the youngest player ever to win the American League batting title. He was just twenty years old. Source : This Day in Baseball History More … Continue reading "1955 : Detroit Tiger Al Kaline Wins American League Batting Title"
2014 : Arena District Launched in Detroit
2014 : Arena District Launched in Detroit
Sep 25 all-day
Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings Inc., leads the celebrations for the groundbreaking of the new Red Wings arena and surrounding district in Detroit. Sources: Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Wings Stadium/Arena District courtesy … Continue reading "2014 : Arena District Launched in Detroit"
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