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1903 : History of the Little Brown Jug
1903 : History of the Little Brown Jug
Oct 31 all-day
1903 : History of the Little Brown Jug
On this day, Minnesota custodian Oscar Munson found Michigan’s discarded water jug in the visitors’ locker room. The discovery came after a bitter contest in which Minnesota dominated the Wolverines in almost every statistical category … Continue reading "1903 : History of the Little Brown Jug"
1926 : Houdini Dies in Detroit
1926 : Houdini Dies in Detroit
Oct 31 all-day
1926 : Houdini Dies in Detroit
A famous performer in early twentieth century America, Houdini collapses after performing one last time at Detroit’s Garrick theater and dies on Halloween Day. Source : Michigan Every Day. Check out National Public Radio account … Continue reading "1926 : Houdini Dies in Detroit"
1962 : International Bridge Opens To Traffic
1962 : International Bridge Opens To Traffic
Oct 31 all-day
1962 : International Bridge Opens To Traffic
The bridge that connects Sault Ste. Marie, U.S. and Sault Ste. Marie, Canada opened to traffic on this day in 1962. Source : Michigan Every Day.
1984 : Devil’s Night in Detroit
1984 : Devil’s Night in Detroit
Oct 31 all-day
For decades in Detroit, Halloween Eve was synonymous with fire. Photographers from around the globe flocked to the city to witness what became known as Devil’s Night, the notorious tradition of setting fire to houses, … Continue reading "1984 : Devil’s Night in Detroit"
2017 : Miles Bridges and Sparty Appear on Cover of Sports Illustrated
2017 : Miles Bridges and Sparty Appear on Cover of Sports Illustrated
Oct 31 all-day
2017 : Miles Bridges and Sparty Appear on Cover of Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated ✔ Miles Bridges, the Michigan State star sophomore, and Sparty are featured on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. under a banner called School Spirit.”   It should bring a smile to anyone who … Continue reading "2017 : Miles Bridges and Sparty Appear on Cover of Sports Illustrated"
2018 : History of Halloween in Detroit
2018 : History of Halloween in Detroit
Oct 31 all-day
From gender-bending costumes to gastrointestinal surprises, the history of Detroit offers some unusual practices revolving around Halloween. Halloween wasn’t really celebrated in Detroit until late in the 19th century. An influx of Scottish and Irish … Continue reading "2018 : History of Halloween in Detroit"
2020 : Smallest Crowd Ever to Witness Game at Big House
2020 : Smallest Crowd Ever to Witness Game at Big House
Oct 31 all-day
While activity outside was minimal, with tailgating in nearby parking lots prohibited and fans told to stay home, only a few hundred folks were allowed into Michigan Stadium for Saturday’s rivalry game between Michigan and … Continue reading "2020 : Smallest Crowd Ever to Witness Game at Big House"
1679 : First European Outpost in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula
1679 : First European Outpost in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula
Nov 1 all-day
Robert Cavalier de la Salle built a fort at the mouth of the St. Joseph River near St. Joseph. It was the first European outpost in the Lower Peninsula. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1815 : Michigan Territorial Legislature Passes Law Regarding Non-White Population
1815 : Michigan Territorial Legislature Passes Law Regarding Non-White Population
Nov 1 all-day
On November 1, 1815, the Michigan Territorial legislature passed an act that decreed that Negro, Indian, and mulatto slaves would be given corporal punishment rather than go to jail for non-capital offenses. Source : Historical … Continue reading "1815 : Michigan Territorial Legislature Passes Law Regarding Non-White Population"
1916 : Edsel Ford and Eleanor Lowthian Clay Marry
1916 : Edsel Ford and Eleanor Lowthian Clay Marry
Nov 1 all-day
1916 : Edsel Ford and Eleanor Lowthian Clay Marry
Photograph courtesy of the  Edsel & Eleanor Ford House His father was one of the wealthiest men in America, a Detroit icon and entrepreneur. But when Edsel Ford, Henry Ford’s only child, married Eleanor Lowthian … Continue reading "1916 : Edsel Ford and Eleanor Lowthian Clay Marry"
1918 : Harold A. Furlong Wins Congressional Medal of Honor
1918 : Harold A. Furlong Wins Congressional Medal of Honor
Nov 1 all-day
1918 : Harold A. Furlong Wins Congressional Medal of Honor
Congressional Medal of Honor citation : Harold A. Furlong, 1st Lieutenant, 33rd Infantry, 89th Division.  For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy near Bois-de-Bantheville, France, November 1, … Continue reading "1918 : Harold A. Furlong Wins Congressional Medal of Honor"
1923 : Belle Isle Bridge Reopens
1923 : Belle Isle Bridge Reopens
Nov 1 all-day
1923 : Belle Isle Bridge Reopens
On November 1, 1923, the current bridge to Belle Isle in Detroit was opened, replacing an earlier wooden structure that burned in 1915. It cost $2.64 million to build, the equivalent $35.8 million today, when … Continue reading "1923 : Belle Isle Bridge Reopens"
1930 : Detroit Windsor Tunnel Dedicated
1930 : Detroit Windsor Tunnel Dedicated
Nov 1 all-day
Did you know that the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is the only existing sub aqueous international automobile border crossing? That means it is the only underwater-tunnel for automobiles that cross International borders in the entire world! As … Continue reading "1930 : Detroit Windsor Tunnel Dedicated"
1957 : Mackinac Bridge Opens to Traffic
1957 : Mackinac Bridge Opens to Traffic
Nov 1 all-day
1957 : Mackinac Bridge Opens to Traffic
G. Mennon Williams, Michigan’s governor at the time, was the first paying customer to cross the Mackinac Bridge on this day in 1957. By connecting the two peninsulas, the new bridge put an end to … Continue reading "1957 : Mackinac Bridge Opens to Traffic"
1966 : New Christmas Stamp Released in Christmas, Michigan
1966 : New Christmas Stamp Released in Christmas, Michigan
Nov 1 all-day
On November 1, 1966, the U.S. Post Office issued a five-cent multicolored Christmas stamp featuring a Madonna and child in Christmas, Michigan. Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1973 : I-75 Completed in Michigan
1973 : I-75 Completed in Michigan
Nov 1 all-day
1973 : I-75 Completed in Michigan
Interstate 75 The state’s longest expressway, I-75 from the Ohio border near Toledo to Sault Ste. Marie (395 miles) was formally completed. Source: Interstate 75 in Michigan Wikipedia Entry.
1974 : No More Red Man Chewing Tobacco Ads on Barns
1974 : No More Red Man Chewing Tobacco Ads on Barns
Nov 1 all-day
1974 : No More Red Man Chewing Tobacco Ads on Barns
On this day in 1974, it became illegal to paint advertising on barns in Michigan. The state paid to have 47 barns, most with tobacco ads, repainted. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1979 : License Plate Renewal Mandated on Birthdays
1979 : License Plate Renewal Mandated on Birthdays
Nov 1 all-day
A new law went into effect requiring auto owners to renew their license plates on their birthday.
2014 : President Obama Visiting Wayne State University To Support Democratic Candidates
2014 : President Obama Visiting Wayne State University To Support Democratic Candidates
Nov 1 all-day
President Barack Obama will speak in Detroit tonight to an expected crowd of 5,000 people at Wayne State University — marking his first visit to the Motor City in three years. Obama will speak at … Continue reading "2014 : President Obama Visiting Wayne State University To Support Democratic Candidates"
1835 : Michigan Legislature Convenes for First Time
1835 : Michigan Legislature Convenes for First Time
Nov 2 all-day
The first session of the state Legislature met Nov. 2, 1835, in Detroit. During that noon meeting, officials chose a secretary of state, a speaker of the House and Michigan’s two U.S. senators. The date … Continue reading "1835 : Michigan Legislature Convenes for First Time"
1917 : Lansing Butcher Tarred and Feathered
1917 : Lansing Butcher Tarred and Feathered
Nov 2 all-day
William Saier was tarred and feathered on the first tee of a Lansing golf course because he committed what The State Journal called “an unprintable crime against the Star Spangled Banner.” It was Nov. 2, … Continue reading "1917 : Lansing Butcher Tarred and Feathered"
1920 : First Woman Elected to Michigan Legislature
1920 : First Woman Elected to Michigan Legislature
Nov 2 all-day
1920 : First Woman Elected to Michigan Legislature
Eva M. Hamilton of Grand Rapids was the first woman elected to the Michigan legislature, winning a seat in the Senate in 1920. Like so many other pioneer female lawmakers, Eva McCall Hamilton was a … Continue reading "1920 : First Woman Elected to Michigan Legislature"
1924: Cora Reynolds Anderson, First Woman and Only Native American Woman Elected to House
1924: Cora Reynolds Anderson, First Woman and Only Native American Woman Elected to House
Nov 2 all-day
1924: Cora Reynolds Anderson, First Woman and Only Native American Woman Elected to House
Cora Reynolds Anderson, born on April 10, 1882,  was the first woman elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, serving one term from 1925 to 1926. She is also believed to be the only Native … Continue reading "1924: Cora Reynolds Anderson, First Woman and Only Native American Woman Elected to House"
1954 : Michigan’s First African-American Elected to Congress, Early Civil Rights Champion
1954 : Michigan’s First African-American Elected to Congress, Early Civil Rights Champion
Nov 2 all-day
1954 : Michigan's First African-American Elected to Congress, Early Civil Rights Champion
On November 2, 1954 Charles Diggs Jr.,  a Detroit mortician and former state senator, was elected to the U.S. Congress, becoming Michigan’s first African-American congressman. The same year that he was sworn into congress, Diggs … Continue reading "1954 : Michigan’s First African-American Elected to Congress, Early Civil Rights Champion"
1973 : First Ice Hockey Home Game at Yost Ice Arena
1973 : First Ice Hockey Home Game at Yost Ice Arena
Nov 2 all-day
1973 : First Ice Hockey Home Game at Yost Ice Arena
Ice Hockey Gets a New Home In the summer of 1973, following the suggestion of U-M baseball coach Don Lund, the University of Michigan began a renovation project to convert Yost Field House into Yost … Continue reading "1973 : First Ice Hockey Home Game at Yost Ice Arena"
1976 : Michigan Voters Approve 10-Cent Can Deposit Fee
1976 : Michigan Voters Approve 10-Cent Can Deposit Fee
Nov 2 all-day
1976 : Michigan Voters Approve 10-Cent Can Deposit Fee
Despite staunch opposition from retailers and beverage manufacturers, voters approved a 10-cent deposit on cans and bottles on this day. Governor William Milliken and his wife were instrumental in starting a petition to put the … Continue reading "1976 : Michigan Voters Approve 10-Cent Can Deposit Fee"
1982 : Michigan’s First Woman Lieutenant Governor Elected
1982 : Michigan’s First Woman Lieutenant Governor Elected
Nov 2 all-day
1982 : Michigan's First Woman Lieutenant Governor Elected
Martha Griffiths became the first woman to be elected Michigan lieutenant governor. Source : Historical Society of Michigan Martha Griffiths wikipedia entry Martha Griffiths and the Equal Rights Amendment
1983 : Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s Campaign to Establish Martin Luther King Day Bears Fruit
1983 : Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s Campaign to Establish Martin Luther King Day Bears Fruit
Nov 2 all-day
1983 : Rep. John Conyers Jr.'s Campaign to Establish Martin Luther King Day Bears Fruit
MLK Day support: U.S. Rep John Conyers Jr., D-Detroit, helped establish the national holiday commemorating MLK. Conyers introduced legislation four days after King’s assassination in 1968 for a federal holiday honoring King. The bill, however, … Continue reading "1983 : Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s Campaign to Establish Martin Luther King Day Bears Fruit"
2011 : Inventor of Highway Centerline Receives International Honor
2011 : Inventor of Highway Centerline Receives International Honor
Nov 2 all-day
The late Edward N. Hines, a Michigan resident who invented the highway centerline, was honored today with the first Paul Mijksenaar Design for Function Award in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Widely recognized as one of the … Continue reading "2011 : Inventor of Highway Centerline Receives International Honor"
2014 : MSU Women’s Cross Country Captures Second Straight Big Ten Championship
2014 : MSU Women’s Cross Country Captures Second Straight Big Ten Championship
Nov 2 all-day
Led by Leah O’Connor in first place and three other top-10 finishers, the top-ranked Michigan State women’s cross country team captured their second-straight Big Ten Championship Nov. 2. The Michigan State women’s team recorded 26 … Continue reading "2014 : MSU Women’s Cross Country Captures Second Straight Big Ten Championship"
2017 : Michiganders or Michiganians? Lawmakers settle it
2017 : Michiganders or Michiganians? Lawmakers settle it
Nov 2 all-day
Are you a Michigander or a Michiganian? In the eyes of the state Legislature, Michigander is the official term for the residents of Michigan and they have a bill that passed unanimously in both the House … Continue reading "2017 : Michiganders or Michiganians? Lawmakers settle it"
2021 : Dearborn Elects First Arab American Mayor
2021 : Dearborn Elects First Arab American Mayor
Nov 2 all-day
A Michigan city considered to be the center of Arab America has finally elected its first Arab-American mayor. Abdullah Hammoud, the son of Lebanese immigrants, was born and raised in Dearborn, where he was elected mayor on … Continue reading "2021 : Dearborn Elects First Arab American Mayor"
2021 : Dearborn Heights Elects First Muslim & Arab American Mayor
2021 : Dearborn Heights Elects First Muslim & Arab American Mayor
Nov 2 all-day
Dearborn Heights Mayor Bill Bazzi fended off a challenge from Council Chair Denise Malinowski Maxwell to continue being mayor, winning 73% of the vote for a partial term that ends this year and 72% for … Continue reading "2021 : Dearborn Heights Elects First Muslim & Arab American Mayor"
2021: Hamtramck Elects First Non-Polish Mayor
2021: Hamtramck Elects First Non-Polish Mayor
Nov 2 all-day
In an historic fashion, Hamtramck voters elected their first non-Polish mayor this week. Yemeni immigrant Amer Ghalib, 41, will lead the city. The registered nurse who is Muslim and working toward becoming a medical doctor, … Continue reading "2021: Hamtramck Elects First Non-Polish Mayor"
1908 : Taft Sweeps Every County in Michigan
1908 : Taft Sweeps Every County in Michigan
Nov 3 all-day
On Nov. 3, 1908, Republican William Howard Taft won all of Michigan’s 83 counties in a 62 to 32 percent romp over Democrat William Jennings Bryan in the presidential race. Taft, the handpicked candidate of … Continue reading "1908 : Taft Sweeps Every County in Michigan"
1911 : William C. Durant Forms Chevrolet Motor Company
1911 : William C. Durant Forms Chevrolet Motor Company
Nov 3 all-day
William C. Durant who had been ousted from control of General Motors organized the Chevrolet Motor Company to build cars developed by racecar driver Louis Chevrolet. Source : Historical Society of Michigan For more information, … Continue reading "1911 : William C. Durant Forms Chevrolet Motor Company"
1926 : Ty Cobb Retires From Baseball
1926 : Ty Cobb Retires From Baseball
Nov 3 all-day
On November 3, 1926, Ty Cobb stepped down as manager for the Detroit Tigers and retired from baseball. Source ” Michigan History, November/December 2015
1930 : Detroit Windsor Tunnel Opens to Motor Vehicle Traffic; 1st International Underwater Roadway Tunnel
1930 : Detroit Windsor Tunnel Opens to Motor Vehicle Traffic; 1st International Underwater Roadway Tunnel
Nov 3 all-day
Despite opposition from backers of the recently opened Ambassador Bridge, an underwater motor vehicle tunnel was opened to traffic on this day in 1930, becoming the first underwater international roadway tunnel. Sources : Michigan Every … Continue reading "1930 : Detroit Windsor Tunnel Opens to Motor Vehicle Traffic; 1st International Underwater Roadway Tunnel"
1948 : Dewey Defeats Truman, Chicago Tribune Gaff
1948 : Dewey Defeats Truman, Chicago Tribune Gaff
Nov 3 all-day
1948 : Dewey Defeats Truman, Chicago Tribune Gaff
Truman holding the infamous November 3, 1948 issue of the Chicago Daily Tribune (later Chicago Tribune). One of the most famous news photographs of all time blares out “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN!” with Truman himself holding … Continue reading "1948 : Dewey Defeats Truman, Chicago Tribune Gaff"
1907 : Faygo Founded
1907 : Faygo Founded
Nov 4 all-day
1907 : Faygo Founded
Russian immigrant brothers Ben and Perry Feigensen founded a pop brand on this day, starting with grape,  fruitpunch, and strawberry which would later be renamed as redpop as the initial flavors.  The flavors were based … Continue reading "1907 : Faygo Founded"
1939: Western Michigan University’s Waldo Stadium Dedicated
1939: Western Michigan University’s Waldo Stadium Dedicated
Nov 4 all-day
1939: Western Michigan University's Waldo Stadium Dedicated
Western Michigan has competed in football since 1906, when they played three games in their inaugural season. WMU (then Western State Teacher College) played at the current location of Waldo Stadium from 1914 until 1938, … Continue reading "1939: Western Michigan University’s Waldo Stadium Dedicated"
1952 : First Black Woman Elected to Michigan Senate
1952 : First Black Woman Elected to Michigan Senate
Nov 4 all-day
1952 : First Black Woman Elected to Michigan Senate
When she was elected on this day in 1952, Cora Mae  Brown became the first woman of color ever to serve in the Michigan Senate. Cora Mae Brown (April 19, 1914 – Dec. 17, 1972) … Continue reading "1952 : First Black Woman Elected to Michigan Senate"
1975 : Marquette and Iron Mountain Turn Down Proposal for 51st State
1975 : Marquette and Iron Mountain Turn Down Proposal for 51st State
Nov 4 all-day
On November 4, 1975, Marquette and Iron Mountain residents had the chance to secede from Michigan, a move that would have turned their communities into the 51st state. An advisory election proved Michiganders weren’t thrilled … Continue reading "1975 : Marquette and Iron Mountain Turn Down Proposal for 51st State"
1993 : White Pine History: Logging in Michigan 1840-1900 Documentary Released
1993 : White Pine History: Logging in Michigan 1840-1900 Documentary Released
Nov 4 all-day
This YouTube video, produced in 1993, contains information on Michigan’s logging era, with an emphasis on Clare County during the last quarter of the 19th century. This video was part of the Forrest Meek collection … Continue reading "1993 : White Pine History: Logging in Michigan 1840-1900 Documentary Released"
2014 : Richard Bernstein, First Blind Person to Run for Statewide Office, Wins Seat on Michigan Supreme Court
2014 : Richard Bernstein, First Blind Person to Run for Statewide Office, Wins Seat on Michigan Supreme Court
Nov 4 all-day
2014 : Richard Bernstein, First Blind Person to Run for Statewide Office, Wins Seat on Michigan Supreme Court
History was made Tuesday night when 39-year-old Richard Bernstein won a spot on Michigan’s Supreme Court. Bernstein’s victory was significant because the Bloomfield Hills native has been classified as legally blind since birth. He is … Continue reading "2014 : Richard Bernstein, First Blind Person to Run for Statewide Office, Wins Seat on Michigan Supreme Court"
2014 : Stephanie Chang, 1st Asian American in Michigan’s Legislature
2014 : Stephanie Chang, 1st Asian American in Michigan’s Legislature
Nov 4 all-day
Stephanie Chang won the Democratic primary for 6th District Representative and is poised to become the first Asian-American woman in Michigan’s State Legislature. General elections will be held on November 4th, but in this heavily Democratic … Continue reading "2014 : Stephanie Chang, 1st Asian American in Michigan’s Legislature"
2016: Matilda R. Dodge Wilson Day
2016: Matilda R. Dodge Wilson Day
Nov 4 all-day
The Michigan House  passed a resolution on September 14th to recognize November 4 as Matilda R. Dodge Wilson Day in the state of Michigan. In 1957, the Matilda Dodge Wilson family donated the entire 1,500 … Continue reading "2016: Matilda R. Dodge Wilson Day"
2021 : Gov. Whitmer Signs Bill Ending Tampon Tax
2021 : Gov. Whitmer Signs Bill Ending Tampon Tax
Nov 4 all-day
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill Thursday to repeal the state’s “tampon tax,” calling it a bipartisan move to help “every menstruating Michigander.” “After years of trying to repeal this tax, I am proud that we … Continue reading "2021 : Gov. Whitmer Signs Bill Ending Tampon Tax"
1912 : Michigan Voters Back Third Party Candidate Theodore Roosevelt
1912 : Michigan Voters Back Third Party Candidate Theodore Roosevelt
Nov 5 all-day
In the presidential election, Michigan voters backed Progressive candidate Theodore Roosevelt, marking the first time since 1856 that Michigan had not supported a Republican. Source : Michigan History, November-December 2014.
1918 : Michigan Women Gain Right to Vote
1918 : Michigan Women Gain Right to Vote
Nov 5 all-day
On November 5, 1918, the suffrage amendment was passed by the legislature. As a result, Michigan became the 7th state to allow women to vote. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1918 : Truman Newberry Defeats Henry Ford for the U.S. Senate
1918 : Truman Newberry Defeats Henry Ford for the U.S. Senate
Nov 5 all-day
On November 5, 1918, Truman Newberry, a modest, well-mannered scion of an old-money Detroit family, suddenly found himself under federal indictment and his very name synonymous with political corruption. Newberry’s “crime”? He had run for … Continue reading "1918 : Truman Newberry Defeats Henry Ford for the U.S. Senate"
1962 : Martin Luther King Speaks at University of Michigan
1962 : Martin Luther King Speaks at University of Michigan
Nov 5 all-day
Ann Arbor speech: On Nov. 5 1962, King spoke to students at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium. “It wasn’t a big crowd, it appears to be somewhat small,” Karen Lee Jania, an archivist at … Continue reading "1962 : Martin Luther King Speaks at University of Michigan"
1974 : Sales Tax on Food and Medicine Repealed
1974 : Sales Tax on Food and Medicine Repealed
Nov 5 all-day
Voters repealed sales tax on food and medicines.
1980 : Detroit Pistons Win First Game at the Palace of Auburn Hills
1980 : Detroit Pistons Win First Game at the Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov 5 all-day
The date was November 5, 1988, and Pistons Fever was an epidemic. Hopes were sky high. “It doesn’t matter what we do [in the regular season],” third-year forward Dennis Rodman said after the first game … Continue reading "1980 : Detroit Pistons Win First Game at the Palace of Auburn Hills"
1992 : Unarmed Malice Green Killed by Detroit Police Officers
1992 : Unarmed Malice Green Killed by Detroit Police Officers
Nov 5 all-day
1992 : Unarmed Malice Green Killed by Detroit Police Officers
Malice Green, an unarmed African-American Detroit man is stopped for questioning outside a reputed crack house on West Warren in Detroit. Green died of repeated blows to the head with heavy flashlights. The two officers, … Continue reading "1992 : Unarmed Malice Green Killed by Detroit Police Officers"
2002 : Jennifer Granholm Becomes Michigan’s First Woman Governor
2002 : Jennifer Granholm Becomes Michigan’s First Woman Governor
Nov 5 all-day
2002 : Jennifer Granholm Becomes Michigan's First Woman Governor
J On this day, Jennifer Granholm became the first woman to be elected governor of Michigan. Jennifer Mulhern Granholm (born February 5, 1959) is a Canadian-born American politician, lawyer, educator, author, political commentator and member … Continue reading "2002 : Jennifer Granholm Becomes Michigan’s First Woman Governor"
2003 : Bobby Hatfield, Righteous Brother, Dies in Kalamazoo
2003 : Bobby Hatfield, Righteous Brother, Dies in Kalamazoo
Nov 5 all-day
Bobby Hatfield was the tenor half of The Righteous Brothers, alongside baritone Bill Medley. His death occurred in Kalamazoo just before he was ready to go onstage on November 5, 2003. Bobby Hatfield and Bill … Continue reading "2003 : Bobby Hatfield, Righteous Brother, Dies in Kalamazoo"
2004 : Polar Express Debuts in Grand Rapids, Michigan
2004 : Polar Express Debuts in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nov 5 all-day
2004 : Polar Express Debuts in Grand Rapids, Michigan
The premier of the Tom Hanks movie “The Polar Express” — based on a book by Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg — was held in the author’s hometown on November 5, 2004. The classic … Continue reading "2004 : Polar Express Debuts in Grand Rapids, Michigan"
2011 : Detroit Free Press Honors Memory of Arthur L. Johnson
2011 : Detroit Free Press Honors Memory of Arthur L. Johnson
Nov 5 all-day
His voice was soft, but commanding. His presence understated, but unmistakable. As those who knew him described six decades of devotion to Detroit, civil rights leader Arthur L. Johnson was laid to rest Saturday — … Continue reading "2011 : Detroit Free Press Honors Memory of Arthur L. Johnson"
2013 : Duggan Elected Mayor of Detroit
2013 : Duggan Elected Mayor of Detroit
Nov 5 all-day
2013 : Duggan Elected Mayor of Detroit
Michael Edward Duggan (born July 15, 1958) is an American politician and businessman. He was elected the 75th mayor of Detroit, Michigan in 2013, receiving national attention in part for being the first white mayor … Continue reading "2013 : Duggan Elected Mayor of Detroit"
2013 : Raquel Castañeda-López, 1st Latinx member of Detroit City Council
2013 : Raquel Castañeda-López, 1st Latinx member of Detroit City Council
Nov 5 all-day
2013 : Raquel Castañeda-López, 1st Latinx member of Detroit City Council
Raquel Castañeda-López, a lifelong Detroiter who grew up in Southwest Detroit, is the first person of Latin American heritage to win a seat on the Detroit City Council.   First elected in 2013, Castañeda-López won … Continue reading "2013 : Raquel Castañeda-López, 1st Latinx member of Detroit City Council"
1861 : First Ladies Soldiers Aid Society Organized in Detroit
1861 : First Ladies Soldiers Aid Society Organized in Detroit
Nov 6 all-day
1861 : First Ladies Soldiers Aid Society Organized in Detroit
On Nov. 6, 1861, the nation’s first Ladies Soldiers Aid Society organized in Detroit to supply comfort to Civil War soldiers at hospitals, camps and battlefields. As soldiers marched off to war, Michigan women made … Continue reading "1861 : First Ladies Soldiers Aid Society Organized in Detroit"
1912 : Sparrow Hospital Opens on East Michigan Avenue
1912 : Sparrow Hospital Opens on East Michigan Avenue
Nov 6 all-day
The Women’s Hospital Association raised funds for a new hospital in Lansing. Thanks to Edward Sparrow, enough money was put together to open a new facility on East Michigan Avenue on this day in 1912. … Continue reading "1912 : Sparrow Hospital Opens on East Michigan Avenue"
1923 : Ottawa Beach Hotel Burns
1923 : Ottawa Beach Hotel Burns
Nov 6 all-day
1923 : Ottawa Beach Hotel Burns
As the 20th century summer resort season unfolded, the spacious Ottawa Beach Hotel on the north Lake Macatawa shores was regarded as a place of beauty with a 200-room capacity and a dining room seating … Continue reading "1923 : Ottawa Beach Hotel Burns"
1962 : Imposter Elected to Michigan House, and Again, and Again
1962 : Imposter Elected to Michigan House, and Again, and Again
Nov 6 all-day
1962 : Imposter Elected to Michigan House, and Again, and Again
In 1962, voters in Wayne County’s 6th House District elected (November 6, 1962; Sworn in January 9, 1963) a Democrat calling himself Daniel West as one of three representatives for the district in Detroit. He … Continue reading "1962 : Imposter Elected to Michigan House, and Again, and Again"
1965 : the First Wild Turkey Legally Shot in Michigan in Modern Times
1965 : the First Wild Turkey Legally Shot in Michigan in Modern Times
Nov 6 all-day
Turkeys were once plentiful across our continent, and in Detroit. An island in the Detroit River known today as Fighting Island was first called “Turkey Island” because, well, that’s where the turkeys lived; Silas Farmer … Continue reading "1965 : the First Wild Turkey Legally Shot in Michigan in Modern Times"
1973 : Coleman Young Elected as First Black Mayor of Detroit
1973 : Coleman Young Elected as First Black Mayor of Detroit
Nov 6 all-day
1973 : Coleman Young Elected as First Black Mayor of Detroit
Coleman Young, a former member of the U.S. Army Air Force with the Tuskegee Airmen, and state of Michigan politician, was elected mayor of Detroit on this day. He would go on to serve five … Continue reading "1973 : Coleman Young Elected as First Black Mayor of Detroit"
2001 : Kwame Kilpatrict Elected Mayor Detroit
2001 : Kwame Kilpatrict Elected Mayor Detroit
Nov 6 all-day
Michigan House Majority Leader, Kwame Kilpatrick is elected mayor of Detroit. At 31 years old, he is the youngest ever elected. Source : Detroit African American History Project
2012 : First Arab American Muslim Wins Statewide Office
2012 : First Arab American Muslim Wins Statewide Office
Nov 6 all-day
Brian Mosallam set a new precedent last week when he was elected by over 1.9 million Michigan residents on the Michigan State University (MSU) Board of Trustees, becoming the first Arab American Muslim to win … Continue reading "2012 : First Arab American Muslim Wins Statewide Office"
2012 : First Chaldean American Elected to Michigan Legislature
2012 : First Chaldean American Elected to Michigan Legislature
Nov 6 all-day
Klint Kesto, newly elected republican state representative for Michigan’s 39th House District made history Tuesday when he became the first Chaldean American to serve on the state legislature. For more information, see Natasha Dado, “Chaldean … Continue reading "2012 : First Chaldean American Elected to Michigan Legislature"
2015 : Joshua Davis records version of ‘MSU Shadows’
2015 : Joshua Davis records version of ‘MSU Shadows’
Nov 6 all-day
Joshua Davis, an MSU College of Arts & Letters graduate, native of Michigan and finalist on the eighth season of NBC’s “The Voice,” has released a recording and music video of his version of Michigan … Continue reading "2015 : Joshua Davis records version of ‘MSU Shadows’"
2018 : Gretchin Whitmer Elected Governor
2018 : Gretchin Whitmer Elected Governor
Nov 6 all-day
Whitmer Elected Michigan Governor Gretchen Esther Whitmer was elected Michigan’s 49th governor this evening, putting a successful end to a campaign that lasted 672 days, Michigan’s longest in gubernatorial history.
2018 : Marijuana Legalized in Michigan
2018 : Marijuana Legalized in Michigan
Nov 6 all-day
On November 6, 2018, Michigan became the 10th state to make marijuana legal to use as a recreational substance. Michiganders over 21 could possess 2.5 ounces publicly, 10 ounces at home, and grow 12 of … Continue reading "2018 : Marijuana Legalized in Michigan"
2018 : Rashida Tlaib First Muslim-American Women Elected to Congress
2018 : Rashida Tlaib First Muslim-American Women Elected to Congress
Nov 6 all-day
2018 : Rashida Tlaib First Muslim-American Women Elected to Congress
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) in House proceedings Rashida Tlaib wins U.S. House seat, becomes among first Muslim-American women elected Former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib will be among the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress … Continue reading "2018 : Rashida Tlaib First Muslim-American Women Elected to Congress"
2018 : Record Number of Women Elected to Michigan Legislature
2018 : Record Number of Women Elected to Michigan Legislature
Nov 6 all-day
51 women were elected to the Michigan Legislature, crushing the previous record of 37.
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