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1836 : Michigan Citizens Vote for the U.S. President for the First Time
1836 : Michigan Citizens Vote for the U.S. President for the First Time
Nov 8 all-day
On November 8, 1836, Michigan citizens voted, for the first time, in a U.S. presidential election and helped place Martin Van Buren in the oval office. Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1870 : African-Americans Were Allowed to Vote for the First Time
1870 : African-Americans Were Allowed to Vote for the First Time
Nov 8 all-day
For the first time, African-Americans were allowed to vote in a state election on November 8, 1870. Although Michigan voters had earlier rejected giving the vote to African Americans, the Fifteenth Amendment guaranteeing blacks the … Continue reading "1870 : African-Americans Were Allowed to Vote for the First Time"
1874 : Frank Baldwin Wins Second Medal of Honor
1874 : Frank Baldwin Wins Second Medal of Honor
Nov 8 all-day
1874 : Frank Baldwin Wins Second Medal of Honor
First Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Captain, Company D, 19th Michigan Infantry. Place and date: At Peachtree Creek, Georgia, July 12, 1864. Citation: “Led his company in a countercharge at Peach Tree Creek, Ga., … Continue reading "1874 : Frank Baldwin Wins Second Medal of Honor"
1895 : 37 People Killed in Detroit Due to Boiler Explosion
1895 : 37 People Killed in Detroit Due to Boiler Explosion
Nov 8 all-day
On November 8, 1895, in one of the state’s worst accidents, a boiler exploded in the Journal Building (home of the Detroit Journal newspaper and other businesses) in downtown Detroit, killing 37 people. The building … Continue reading "1895 : 37 People Killed in Detroit Due to Boiler Explosion"
1975 : 100,000+ Big House Attendance Streak Begins
1975 : 100,000+ Big House Attendance Streak Begins
Nov 8 all-day
On November 8, 1975, the football team at the University of Michigan began its streak of having 100,000-plus fans attend every home game. The Wolverines shutout Purdue, starting an attendance streak that still continues today. … Continue reading "1975 : 100,000+ Big House Attendance Streak Begins"
2002 : Eminem (Marshall Mathers) Releases Movie 8 Mile
2002 : Eminem (Marshall Mathers) Releases Movie 8 Mile
Nov 8 all-day
On Nov. 8, 2002, Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem, released the movie 8 Mile loosely based on his life story. Born in Kansas, Eminem and his family shuffled back and forth between Detroit and … Continue reading "2002 : Eminem (Marshall Mathers) Releases Movie 8 Mile"
2011 : Rep. Paul Scott, First Michigan Legislator Recalled in 28 Years
2011 : Rep. Paul Scott, First Michigan Legislator Recalled in 28 Years
Nov 8 all-day
Despite raising almost twice the money as his recall supporters, Rep. Pual Scott loses vote. Scott’s opponents sought to recall the second-term lawmaker for several reasons, including his votes to cut K-12 education funding, add … Continue reading "2011 : Rep. Paul Scott, First Michigan Legislator Recalled in 28 Years"
2016 : Trump Wins Michigan 47.6% to 47.31%, Closest Race In State History
2016 : Trump Wins Michigan 47.6% to 47.31%, Closest Race In State History
Nov 8 all-day
Republican Donald J. Trump’s road the White House included Michigan’s 16 Electoral College votes as part of a thin 13,225-vote victory, the closest presidential election in terms of percentages in Michigan history. According to unofficial … Continue reading "2016 : Trump Wins Michigan 47.6% to 47.31%, Closest Race In State History"
1775 : Henry Hamilton Appointed British Governor of Fort Detroit
1775 : Henry Hamilton Appointed British Governor of Fort Detroit
Nov 9 all-day
On November 9, 1775, British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton Takes Charge of Fort Detroit. He used Detroit as a base for raids on American colonists living on the frontier. He became known as “the hair … Continue reading "1775 : Henry Hamilton Appointed British Governor of Fort Detroit"
1895 : Last Horse-Drawn Streetcar in Detroit
1895 : Last Horse-Drawn Streetcar in Detroit
Nov 9 all-day
Detroit’s last horse car made its farewell during ceremonies held on November 9, 1895, in Campus Martius; marking the end of the “antiquated system of transit” in Detroit. Just after 3 o’clock on a rainy … Continue reading "1895 : Last Horse-Drawn Streetcar in Detroit"
1900 : John Theodore Herrmann Born in Lansing
1900 : John Theodore Herrmann Born in Lansing
Nov 9 all-day
John Theodore Herrmann was born in Lansing, Michigan on November 9, 1900. He lived in Paris in the 1920s, as part of its famous expatriate American writers’ circle, and was friends with figures such as … Continue reading "1900 : John Theodore Herrmann Born in Lansing"
1912 : Seeandbee Launched
1912 : Seeandbee Launched
Nov 9 all-day
1912 : Seeandbee Launched
The Seeandbee was the only four-stack passenger steamer to ever sail the Great Lakes. The overnight passenger vessel Seeandbee was so massive, you could land an airplane on her – and they did. The 500-foot, … Continue reading "1912 : Seeandbee Launched"
1912 : UM Faculty Attempt to Prevent Ann Arbor Saloonkeepers From Serving Students
1912 : UM Faculty Attempt to Prevent Ann Arbor Saloonkeepers From Serving Students
Nov 9 all-day
November 9, 1912 : Ann Arbor’s prosecuting attorney and University faculty members united against local saloonkeepers in an attempt to charge them with the sale of intoxicating liquors to students, a violation of state law. … Continue reading "1912 : UM Faculty Attempt to Prevent Ann Arbor Saloonkeepers From Serving Students"
1917: MAC Encourages Rationing In Response to WWI
1917: MAC Encourages Rationing In Response to WWI
Nov 9 all-day
1917: MAC Encourages Rationing In Response to WWI
Rising to the Challenge: M. A. C. and Food Rationing During World War I There seems to be nothing more patriotic than sacrifice, especially when your country needs you. The sacrifice that most people think of … Continue reading "1917: MAC Encourages Rationing In Response to WWI"
1962 : Ford Rotunda Burns
1962 : Ford Rotunda Burns
Nov 9 all-day
From 1936 to 1962, the gear-shaped Ford Rotunda attracted visitors from around the world. It was the fifth most popular tourist destination in the United States in the 1950s. The building had its roots in … Continue reading "1962 : Ford Rotunda Burns"
2012 : First Armed Forces Classic Held at Ramstein Air Base
2012 : First Armed Forces Classic Held at Ramstein Air Base
Nov 9 all-day
The Armed Forces Classic is a college basketball game that is played outside of the United States in front of forward deployed military personnel. The first game was held on November 9, 2012 between Michigan … Continue reading "2012 : First Armed Forces Classic Held at Ramstein Air Base"
2013 : Senator Carl Levin’s Remarks At Christening of USS Gerald R. Ford
2013 : Senator Carl Levin’s Remarks At Christening of USS Gerald R. Ford
Nov 9 all-day
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered keynote remarks today at the christening ceremony of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, at Newport News Shipbuilding. … Continue reading "2013 : Senator Carl Levin’s Remarks At Christening of USS Gerald R. Ford"
2013 : USS Gerald R. Ford Christened
2013 : USS Gerald R. Ford Christened
Nov 9 all-day
2013 : USS Gerald R. Ford Christened
On November 9, 2013, the U.S. Navy christened its newest aircraft carrier named after Michigan’s only president, Gerald R. Ford. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered the ceremony’s principal … Continue reading "2013 : USS Gerald R. Ford Christened"
1808 : Jesse W. Fell Born, Man Who Named Pontiac and Livingston County
1808 : Jesse W. Fell Born, Man Who Named Pontiac and Livingston County
Nov 10 all-day
November 10, 2018 is the 200th birthday of Jesse W. Fell, the man who named Pontiac and Livingston County and who was one of Abraham Lincoln’s first political backers. Jesse W. Fell was born Nov. … Continue reading "1808 : Jesse W. Fell Born, Man Who Named Pontiac and Livingston County"
1975 : Edmund Fitzgerald Sinks in Lake Superior
1975 : Edmund Fitzgerald Sinks in Lake Superior
Nov 10 all-day
1975 : Edmund Fitzgerald Sinks in Lake Superior
You Tube video by Joseph Fulton. A tribute to the 29 men who died November 10, 1975, aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior. Video and images set to Gordon Lightfoot’s 1976 song. At 2:30 … Continue reading "1975 : Edmund Fitzgerald Sinks in Lake Superior"
2005 : Kalamazoo Promise Announced
2005 : Kalamazoo Promise Announced
Nov 10 all-day
In 2005 Kalamazoo, like many mid-sized cities in America’s “rust belt”, was visibly fading, having gradually lost jobs, home values and tax revenues. On November 10 of that year, a meeting of the Kalamazoo School … Continue reading "2005 : Kalamazoo Promise Announced"
2012 : Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University Dedicated
2012 : Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University Dedicated
Nov 10 all-day
2012 : Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University Dedicated
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, a new Zaha Hadid-designed contemporary art museum, opened on November 10, 2012. The dedication ceremony included Gov. Rick Snyder, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, MSU … Continue reading "2012 : Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University Dedicated"
2017 : Michigan’s Last Surviving WWII Fly Girl Honored
2017 : Michigan’s Last Surviving WWII Fly Girl Honored
Nov 10 all-day
2017 : Michigan's Last Surviving WWII Fly Girl Honored
Mildred (Jane) Baessler in the pilot’ seat. Jane Doyle held a heavy bronze medal in her creased hands, running her fingers over the engraved surface. It shone in the light streaming through the window of her apartment … Continue reading "2017 : Michigan’s Last Surviving WWII Fly Girl Honored"
1918 : Detroit Celebrates End of World War I
1918 : Detroit Celebrates End of World War I
Nov 11 all-day
1918 : Detroit Celebrates End of World War I
This crowd marches triumphantly through downtown Detroit, carrying an effigy of the humiliated German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II. On Armistice Day, November 11, 1918 — after peace was announced — Detroit’s mayor called for a … Continue reading "1918 : Detroit Celebrates End of World War I"
1928 : Detroit’s Fisher Theater Opens as Movie and Vaudeville House
1928 : Detroit’s Fisher Theater Opens as Movie and Vaudeville House
Nov 11 all-day
1928 : Detroit's Fisher Theater Opens as Movie and Vaudeville House
The Fisher Theatre opened as a movie and vaudeville house on November 11, 1928. It featured Mexican-Indian art, banana trees, a goldfish pond and wandering macaws that audience members fed by hand. Remodeled as a … Continue reading "1928 : Detroit’s Fisher Theater Opens as Movie and Vaudeville House"
1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens
1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens
Nov 11 all-day
1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens
The Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Canada was dedicated on November 11, 1929. Large crowds of 50,000 gathered on the Canadian side and possibly up to 100,000 on the American side. Sirens were sounded from … Continue reading "1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens"
1939 : Cedar Springs, Michigan, Holds First Red Flannel Festival
1939 : Cedar Springs, Michigan, Holds First Red Flannel Festival
Nov 11 all-day
1939 : Cedar Springs, Michigan, Holds First Red Flannel Festival
Here is the story of how Cedar Springs, Michigan became the Red Flannel capital. In the winter of 1936, in the midst of the great depression, the whole country was in the throes of a … Continue reading "1939 : Cedar Springs, Michigan, Holds First Red Flannel Festival"
1940 : Armistice Day Storm
1940 : Armistice Day Storm
Nov 11 all-day
The forecast for Nov. 11, 1940 was nothing out of the ordinary. It was unseasonably warm, with the high temperature pushing 60 degrees before noon. All throughout the Midwest, people left their homes in short … Continue reading "1940 : Armistice Day Storm"
1954 : Lansing’s First Veterans Day Parade
1954 : Lansing’s First Veterans Day Parade
Nov 11 all-day
Veterans Day, celebrated nationally on November 11, originated as Armistice Day in 1926, commemorating the date in 1981 when World War I effectively ended. In 1954, President Eisenhower declared that in order to honor veterans … Continue reading "1954 : Lansing’s First Veterans Day Parade"
1975 : Rev. Richard W. Ingalls, Sr. Tolls Mariner Church’s Bell 29 Times for the Edmund Fitzgerald
1975 : Rev. Richard W. Ingalls, Sr. Tolls Mariner Church’s Bell 29 Times for the Edmund Fitzgerald
Nov 11 all-day
Rev. Richard W. Ingalls Sr. first tolled the Mariner Church of Detroit’s bell 29 times on the morning of Nov. 11, 1975, for each man lost on the freighter S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in … Continue reading "1975 : Rev. Richard W. Ingalls, Sr. Tolls Mariner Church’s Bell 29 Times for the Edmund Fitzgerald"
2011 : MSU 1st Big Ten Team to Play on Aircraft Carrier
2011 : MSU 1st Big Ten Team to Play on Aircraft Carrier
Nov 11 all-day
2011 : MSU 1st Big Ten Team to Play on Aircraft Carrier
On November 11, 2011, Michigan State University played the University of North Carolina aboard the U.S. Aircraft Carrier Carl Vinson in San Diego, California to honor the nation’s veterans. UNC won the basketball game, 67 … Continue reading "2011 : MSU 1st Big Ten Team to Play on Aircraft Carrier"
2014 : Ford Launches 2015 F-150 Aluminum Trucks at Rouge Plant
2014 : Ford Launches 2015 F-150 Aluminum Trucks at Rouge Plant
Nov 11 all-day
For Bill Ford, today’s event to mark the start of production of the all-new 2015 F-150 at the Ford Rouge Center is personal. “It is a great day for me and the family. The Rouge … Continue reading "2014 : Ford Launches 2015 F-150 Aluminum Trucks at Rouge Plant"
2017 : Bay City Veterans Remembered
2017 : Bay City Veterans Remembered
Nov 11 all-day
2017 : Bay City Veterans Remembered
Bay County has been touched in some way by war as far back as 375 years, if you consider the Sauk Massacre in mid-Michigan in 1642 that marked the beginning of the Beaver Wars between … Continue reading "2017 : Bay City Veterans Remembered"
1862 : First Graduation Ceremony at Michigan State Agricultural College
1862 : First Graduation Ceremony at Michigan State Agricultural College
Nov 12 all-day
The first graduation ceremony at Michigan State Agicultural College was pre-empted by the outbreak of the Civil War. As a result, the first true graduation ceremony took place on November 12, 1862. All of the … Continue reading "1862 : First Graduation Ceremony at Michigan State Agricultural College"
1904 : Headless Chicken Lives for 17 Days
1904 : Headless Chicken Lives for 17 Days
Nov 12 all-day
Herbert Hughs of Sault Ste. Marie cut the head off of a chicken which then lived for seventeen days. It is not entirely uncommon for a chicken to run around once its head has been … Continue reading "1904 : Headless Chicken Lives for 17 Days"
1909 : First Paved Concrete Road in Michigan
1909 : First Paved Concrete Road in Michigan
Nov 12 all-day
1909 : First Paved Concrete Road in Michigan
The first mile of paved concrete road was laid on Woodward Avenue (M-1) between 6th and 7 mile roads. Laying the concrete Mission accomplished Seven years later, the rest of the 27-mile stretch of Woodward … Continue reading "1909 : First Paved Concrete Road in Michigan"
1998 : Austrian Archduke Dies in Upper Peninsula
1998 : Austrian Archduke Dies in Upper Peninsula
Nov 12 all-day
1998 : Austrian Archduke Dies  in Upper Peninsula
His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Stefan of Austria, Prince of Hungary, Bohemia and Tuscany, is buried beside his wife, Mary Jerrine Soper, in the quaint St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in remote Northern Michigan. Archduke Stefan was … Continue reading "1998 : Austrian Archduke Dies in Upper Peninsula"
1922 : Suzanne Delano Parish Born, Aviatrix, Philanthropist
1922 : Suzanne Delano Parish Born, Aviatrix, Philanthropist
Nov 13 all-day
1922 : Suzanne Delano Parish Born, Aviatrix, Philanthropist
Suzanne “Sue” Upjohn DeLano Parish (November 13, 1922 – May 12, 2010), the maternal granddaughter of William E. Upjohn, the founder of The Upjohn Company,  was a notable American aviatrix and a member of the … Continue reading "1922 : Suzanne Delano Parish Born, Aviatrix, Philanthropist"
1994 : Michigan Governor’s Wife Delivers Triplets
1994 : Michigan Governor’s Wife Delivers Triplets
Nov 13 all-day
Michigan’s first family more than doubled Sunday with the birth of triplets to Michelle Engler, the wife of Gov. John Engler. Three health baby girls — Margaret Rose, Hannah Michelle and Madeleine Jenny — were … Continue reading "1994 : Michigan Governor’s Wife Delivers Triplets"
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