Calendar

24 Sun 25 Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu 29 Fri 30 Sat
All-day
1901 : Michigan Schoolteacher First Person To Survive Plunge Over Niagara Falls
1901 : Michigan Schoolteacher First Person To Survive Plunge Over Niagara Falls
Oct 24 all-day
1901 : Michigan Schoolteacher First Person To Survive Plunge Over Niagara Falls
On October 24, 1901, a 63-year-old schoolteacher from Bay City became the first person to conquer Niagara Falls in a barrel.  Annie Edson Taylor hoped plunging over the falls would help her earn some money … Continue reading "1901 : Michigan Schoolteacher First Person To Survive Plunge Over Niagara Falls"
1943 ; Robert Fish Helps Organize Operation Carpetbagger in WWII
1943 ; Robert Fish Helps Organize Operation Carpetbagger in WWII
Oct 24 all-day
Robert Fish, a native of Gladwin, MI, joined the Army Air Corps in 1939, received his wings in 1940, and would serve in the military for the next 30 years. During World War II, he … Continue reading "1943 ; Robert Fish Helps Organize Operation Carpetbagger in WWII"
1958: British Vulcan Jet Crashes Into Detroit
1958: British Vulcan Jet Crashes Into Detroit
Oct 24 all-day
1958: British Vulcan Jet Crashes Into Detroit
On October 24, `1958, on a practice run from Goose Bay, Labrador to Lincoln, Nebraska during the height of the Cold War, a four-engine British Vulcan military jet tore through treetops before burying itself in … Continue reading "1958: British Vulcan Jet Crashes Into Detroit"
1998 : Detroit Hudson’s Building Imploded
1998 : Detroit Hudson’s Building Imploded
Oct 24 all-day
1998 : Detroit Hudson's Building Imploded
Although it had been closed for a number of years, it was still sad on October 24, 1998 when Mayor Dennis Archer pressed a button to implode the the downtown Detroit Hudson’s Building. At the … Continue reading "1998 : Detroit Hudson’s Building Imploded"
2005 : Rosa Parks Dies in Detroit
2005 : Rosa Parks Dies in Detroit
Oct 24 all-day
2005 : Rosa Parks Dies in Detroit
On October 24, 2005, civil rights icon Rosa Parks died at the age of 92 in her adopted hometown of Detroit. As a testimony to her legacy, the front seats of city buses in Detroit … Continue reading "2005 : Rosa Parks Dies in Detroit"
2008 : Beatosu and Goblu Appear on Michigan Highway Map as Towns!
2008 : Beatosu and Goblu Appear on Michigan Highway Map as Towns!
Oct 24 all-day
2008 : Beatosu and Goblu Appear on Michigan Highway Map as Towns!
How could fictitious towns have been placed on a state highway map? Peter Fletcher, then Chairman of the Michigan State Highway Commission, admitted responsibility. To learn more, this author went directly to the source. I … Continue reading "2008 : Beatosu and Goblu Appear on Michigan Highway Map as Towns!"
2013: Former Rep. Stephen Shepich Dies
2013: Former Rep. Stephen Shepich Dies
Oct 24 all-day
Steve was born October 12, 1948 in Stambaugh, MI and graduated from Stambaugh High School in 1966 and was an all U.P. running back. At the age of 17, Steve attended Northern Michigan University on … Continue reading "2013: Former Rep. Stephen Shepich Dies"
1889 : Underwater Telephone Cable Connects Upper and Lower Peninsulas
1889 : Underwater Telephone Cable Connects Upper and Lower Peninsulas
Oct 25 all-day
An underwater telephone cable allowed the first permanent connection between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan on this day in 1889. Source : Michigan History, September/October 2011.
1891 : Father Charles Coughlin Born
1891 : Father Charles Coughlin Born
Oct 25 all-day
1891 : Father Charles Coughlin Born
Stations in London, Rome and Madrid carried his program. Fr. Coughlin was called many things: Social watchdog, Nazi, saint, anti-Semite. In response to the charge of anti-Semitism, he replied that he had also…assailed prominent Gentiles, … Continue reading "1891 : Father Charles Coughlin Born"
1902 : Sault Ste. Marie Celebrates Opening of Hydro-Power Plant
1902 : Sault Ste. Marie Celebrates Opening of Hydro-Power Plant
Oct 25 all-day
After four years of construction, Francis Clergue, hoping to make a fortune selling electric power, opens a hydro-power plant in Sault Ste. Marie (U.S.). This low-head hydro plant was the longest in the world, and … Continue reading "1902 : Sault Ste. Marie Celebrates Opening of Hydro-Power Plant"
2014 : MSU Coach Given Game Ball from 1966 Game of the Century
2014 : MSU Coach Given Game Ball from 1966 Game of the Century
Oct 25 all-day
2014 : MSU Coach Given Game Ball from 1966 Game of the Century
Mark Dantonio was speaking at a luncheon Saturday afternoon three hours before kickoff of the Michigan game when he was surprised with a rare piece of Michigan State football history. Bob Apisa, the All-American fullback … Continue reading "2014 : MSU Coach Given Game Ball from 1966 Game of the Century"
1818 : Mackinac County Formed
1818 : Mackinac County Formed
Oct 26 all-day
1818 : Mackinac County Formed
Mackinac County [originally Michilimackinac County] was established October 26 1818. Originally the county included most areas north of Metro Detroit and most of the UP. [1839 map] https://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/83hk1a …  
1825 : Erie Canal Opens
1825 : Erie Canal Opens
Oct 26 all-day
1825 : Erie Canal Opens
The journey from New York to Detroit was shortened from weeks to days with the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. The opening of the canal led to a tidal wave of settlers arriving … Continue reading "1825 : Erie Canal Opens"
1866 : Duffield, Parke & Company Organized; Destined to Become World’s Largest Pharmaceutical Co.
1866 : Duffield, Parke & Company Organized; Destined to Become World’s Largest Pharmaceutical Co.
Oct 26 all-day
1866 : Duffield, Parke & Company Organized; Destined to Become World's Largest Pharmaceutical Co.
Dr. Samuel Duffield, a chemist and physician, opened a drug store in 1862 in Detroit at Cass and Henry and began manufacturing drugs over the store. In 1866, he took on a business partner, Hervey … Continue reading "1866 : Duffield, Parke & Company Organized; Destined to Become World’s Largest Pharmaceutical Co."
1933 : Graf Zeppelin Flies Over Detroit
1933 : Graf Zeppelin Flies Over Detroit
Oct 26 all-day
1933 : Graf Zeppelin Flies Over Detroit
Photo showing the Graf Zeppelin flying over Detroit on October 26, 1933. In view are the downtown skyline, looking east with the Detroit River and Belle Isle in the background. Was it part of a … Continue reading "1933 : Graf Zeppelin Flies Over Detroit"
1981 : Bob Ufer Dies, Voice of University of Michigan Football
1981 : Bob Ufer Dies, Voice of University of Michigan Football
Oct 26 all-day
1981 : Bob Ufer Dies, Voice of University of Michigan Football
Bob Ufer’s enthusiasm for “Meeechigan” football was infectious. (Image: U-M’s Bentley Historical Library.) On October 26, 1981, the radio voice of University of Michigan football, 61-year-old Bob Ufer, who enthusiastically and with no hint of … Continue reading "1981 : Bob Ufer Dies, Voice of University of Michigan Football"
1811 : Governor Stevens T. Mason’s Birthday
1811 : Governor Stevens T. Mason’s Birthday
Oct 27 all-day
1811 : Governor Stevens T. Mason's Birthday
It’s a milestone birthday for Michigan’s first governor, and the state plans to celebrate. The Michigan Historical Commission will commemorate Stevens T. Mason’s 200th birthday today with a historical marker dedication at Detroit’s Capitol Park. … Continue reading "1811 : Governor Stevens T. Mason’s Birthday"
1878 : Ontonagan County Telephone Company Formed
1878 : Ontonagan County Telephone Company Formed
Oct 27 all-day
The first independent telephone company in Michigan was not in Detroit or Grand Rapids or Ann Arbor, but in Rockland, a town of a few hundred residents in Ontonagan County in the Upper Peninsula. Linus … Continue reading "1878 : Ontonagan County Telephone Company Formed"
1972 : Ann Arbor Bans Lead Paint
1972 : Ann Arbor Bans Lead Paint
Oct 27 all-day
On October 27, 1972, Pontiac became the first Michigan city to ban lead-based paint, which can cause brain damage if eaten by children. The Pontiac ordinance forbid the use or sale of lead-based paints and … Continue reading "1972 : Ann Arbor Bans Lead Paint"
1972 : Pontiac Bans Lead-Based Paint
1972 : Pontiac Bans Lead-Based Paint
Oct 27 all-day
On October 27, 1972, Pontiac became the first Michigan city to ban lead-based paint, which can cause brain damage if eaten by children. The Pontiac ordinance forbid the use or sale of lead-based paints and … Continue reading "1972 : Pontiac Bans Lead-Based Paint"
1992 : Keweenaw National Historic Park Established
1992 : Keweenaw National Historic Park Established
Oct 27 all-day
1992 : Keweenaw National Historic Park Established
Established to preserve and interpret the rich copper mining heritage of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the park was headquartered in Calumet. Copper nuggets Sources : Michigan History magazine, October 2003. Keweenaw National Historic Park wikipedia entry
1912 : History’s First Aerial Elopement
1912 : History’s First Aerial Elopement
Oct 28 all-day
1912 : History's First Aerial Elopement
On October 28, 1912, Art Smith and Aimee Cour decided to elope to Michigan in a plane because they couldn’t marry in their home state. The 19-year-old Smith and 18-year-old Cour were too young to … Continue reading "1912 : History’s First Aerial Elopement"
2009 : Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah of Dearborn Shot and Killed by FBI Agents
2009 : Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah of Dearborn Shot and Killed by FBI Agents
Oct 28 all-day
On October 28, 2014 shot and killed Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah in Dearborn by during a sting operation. Although neither Abdullah nor any of his congregants were charged with terrorism related crimes during that sting, … Continue reading "2009 : Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah of Dearborn Shot and Killed by FBI Agents"
2013 : Matt Wesaw, 1st Native American Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director
2013 : Matt Wesaw, 1st Native American Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director
Oct 28 all-day
2013 : Matt Wesaw, 1st Native American Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director
The Department of Civil Rights has announced that Matt Wesaw will officially start as its new director on October 28, 2013. Mr. Wesaw, a former chair of the Civil Rights Commission, is retiring from his … Continue reading "2013 : Matt Wesaw, 1st Native American Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director"
2018 : State Christmas Tree Arrives At Capitol
2018 : State Christmas Tree Arrives At Capitol
Oct 28 all-day
2018 : State Christmas Tree Arrives At Capitol
State Christmas Tree, November 7, 2017   A 60-foot spruce from Menominee County was installed Saturday morning outside the Capitol as the state’s 32nd official Christmas tree. The tree, from the town of Stephenson, was donated … Continue reading "2018 : State Christmas Tree Arrives At Capitol"
1813 : Lewis Cass Appointed Michigan Territorial Governor
1813 : Lewis Cass Appointed Michigan Territorial Governor
Oct 29 all-day
1813 : Lewis Cass Appointed Michigan Territorial Governor
Lewis Cass is appointed territorial governor. A native of New Hampshire, who later moved to Ohio, Cass was rewarded for earlier service in the War of 1812, when President James Madison appointed him governor of … Continue reading "1813 : Lewis Cass Appointed Michigan Territorial Governor"
1829 : Ingham County, Michigan Created
1829 : Ingham County, Michigan Created
Oct 29 all-day
Ingham County was established by an act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature on October 29, 1829, from portions of Shiawassee County, Washtenaw County and unorganized territory. It was attached for administrative purposes to Washtenaw County … Continue reading "1829 : Ingham County, Michigan Created"
1901 : First Long Distance Drive From Detroit to New York City
1901 : First Long Distance Drive From Detroit to New York City
Oct 29 all-day
1901 : First Long Distance Drive From Detroit to New York City
One of the ways auto makers drew attention to their vehicles in the early days was to take trips in them. On this day, Roy D. Chapin, an associate of Ransom E. Olds, left Detroit … Continue reading "1901 : First Long Distance Drive From Detroit to New York City"
1910 : Fighting Farmers End 8-Game Losing Streak Against Notre Dame
1910 : Fighting Farmers End 8-Game Losing Streak Against Notre Dame
Oct 29 all-day
On October 29, 1910 some 4000 spectators paid anywhere from $.50 to $1.50 per ticket to watch the Michigan Aggies play Notre Dame. Some alumns reportedly traveled more than 500 miles to attend the game … Continue reading "1910 : Fighting Farmers End 8-Game Losing Streak Against Notre Dame"
1927 : James Vernor Dies, Creator of Vernor’s Ginger Ale
1927 : James Vernor Dies, Creator of Vernor’s Ginger Ale
Oct 29 all-day
1927 : James Vernor Dies, Creator of Vernor's Ginger Ale
A pharmacy worker and owner and a Civil War Veteran, James Vernor invented a drink called Vernor’s Ginger Ale which became synonomous with Detroit. Source : Michigan Every Day. For more more information, visit Vernors … Continue reading "1927 : James Vernor Dies, Creator of Vernor’s Ginger Ale"
1966 : 96 Tears Reaches Number 1
1966 : 96 Tears Reaches Number 1
Oct 29 all-day
Nearly five decades since a group of first generation Americans recorded one of the best known and most influential songs of the 1960s in a humble, homespun studio in Bay City, the ditty is garnering … Continue reading "1966 : 96 Tears Reaches Number 1"
1863 : The Draft Continues During the Civil War
1863 : The Draft Continues During the Civil War
Oct 30 all-day
Drafting continues in Michigan. To fulfill the necessary federal quota of troops, Michigan continued drafting for the Union army. At the end of this call, 6,383 men were drafted. After reducing that number for men … Continue reading "1863 : The Draft Continues During the Civil War"
1943 : University of Michigan Football Star Tom Harmon Almost Dies in the Skies Over Occupied China
1943 : University of Michigan Football Star Tom Harmon Almost Dies in the Skies Over Occupied China
Oct 30 all-day
1943 : University of Michigan Football Star Tom Harmon Almost Dies in the Skies Over Occupied China
Tom Harmon grew up in Gary, Indiana, the youngest son of a steel mill security guard. He worked his way through Michigan in the late 1930s while building his outstanding football career. By his junior … Continue reading "1943 : University of Michigan Football Star Tom Harmon Almost Dies in the Skies Over Occupied China"
1950 : Life Magazine Captures UM Drum Major Practicing
1950 : Life Magazine Captures UM Drum Major Practicing
Oct 30 all-day
1950 : Life Magazine Captures UM Drum Major Practicing
ALFRED EISENSTAEDT / Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images The drum major for the University of Michigan marching band rehearses as admiring children fall in line, 1950. On October 30, 1950, Life magazine carried … Continue reading "1950 : Life Magazine Captures UM Drum Major Practicing"
1956 : Romeo Community High School Clamps Down on Elvis Presley Hairstyles
1956 : Romeo Community High School Clamps Down on Elvis Presley Hairstyles
Oct 30 all-day
1956 : Romeo Community High School Clamps Down on Elvis Presley Hairstyles
On Oct. 30, 1956, 52 boys at Romeo Community High School faced a deadline to either trim their Elvis Presley-like hairstyles or leave the school. The Superintendent of Romeo Community High School imposed the deadline … Continue reading "1956 : Romeo Community High School Clamps Down on Elvis Presley Hairstyles"
2014 : Digging Detroit Launches First Video
2014 : Digging Detroit Launches First Video
Oct 30 all-day
2014 : Digging Detroit Launches First Video
Digging Detroit : The Backstory : Digging Detroit’s producers share their story and vision for the show. Featuring Thomas J. Reed, Jr., Pete Kalinski and Kevin Walsh. Kevin Walsh, “Ken Burns-On-A-Shoestring: Creating Buzz for Launch … Continue reading "2014 : Digging Detroit Launches First Video"
2015 : Zombies Spotted on Wayne State University Campus
2015 : Zombies Spotted on Wayne State University Campus
Oct 30 all-day
2015 : Zombies Spotted on Wayne State University Campus
Wayne State University was a prime spot for zombie sightings today. Zombified students, staff and faculty danced, crawled and groaned their way through campus during the university’s zombie parade. The special event was sponsored by … Continue reading "2015 : Zombies Spotted on Wayne State University Campus"
12:00 am
1:00 am
2:00 am
3:00 am
4:00 am
5:00 am
6:00 am
7:00 am
8:00 am
9:00 am
10:00 am
11:00 am
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
9:00 pm
10:00 pm
11:00 pm