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1828 : British Surrender Last Post in Michigan
1828 : British Surrender Last Post in Michigan
Nov 14 all-day
1828 : British Surrender Last Post in Michigan
On Nov. 14, 1828, the British surrendered their last post in Michigan after the War of 1812. The last post was on Drummond Island, once a critical region for trade and military dominance. They moved … Continue reading "1828 : British Surrender Last Post in Michigan"
1834: Epaphroditus Ransom Arrives in the Michigan Territory
1834: Epaphroditus Ransom Arrives in the Michigan Territory
Nov 14 all-day
1834: Epaphroditus Ransom Arrives in the Michigan Territory
On November 14, 1834, Epaphroditus Ransom brought his family to the Michigan Territory and settled in Bronson, Michigan (the citizens later changed the name of the settlement to Kalamazoo). A lawyer by trade, he traveled … Continue reading "1834: Epaphroditus Ransom Arrives in the Michigan Territory"
1857 : First Gas Light in Grand Rapids
1857 : First Gas Light in Grand Rapids
Nov 14 all-day
On November 14, 1857, the first gas light in Grand Rapids was lit by Francis B. Gilbert, president of the Grand Rapids Gas Light Co. The event “caused a crowd to gather at Canal and … Continue reading "1857 : First Gas Light in Grand Rapids"
1907 : Michigan Relics Hoax Exposed
1907 : Michigan Relics Hoax Exposed
Nov 14 all-day
1907 : Michigan Relics Hoax Exposed
Shortly after the turn of the century Michigan became an archeological gold mine and a brisk trade developed in Biblical treasures like the diary of Noah, plans for the Tower of Babel, and copies of … Continue reading "1907 : Michigan Relics Hoax Exposed"
1914 : First Dodge Automobile Built
1914 : First Dodge Automobile Built
Nov 14 all-day
1914 : First Dodge Automobile Built
On November 14, 1914, John and Horace Dodge built the first Dodge automobile at their facility in Hamtramck. It was the four-cylinder Dodge Model 30 and marketed as a slightly more upscale competitor to the … Continue reading "1914 : First Dodge Automobile Built"
1970 : Freda Payne Sings Band of Gold on American Bandstand
1970 : Freda Payne Sings Band of Gold on American Bandstand
Nov 14 all-day
Detroit native Freda Charcilia Payne (born September 19, 1942) is an American Soul/R&B singer and actress best known for her million selling 1970 hit single, “Band of Gold”. On November 14th 1970, Freda Payne performed … Continue reading "1970 : Freda Payne Sings Band of Gold on American Bandstand"
1972 : First Michigan Lottery Green Ticket Sold
1972 : First Michigan Lottery Green Ticket Sold
Nov 14 all-day
On November 14, 1972, the first Michigan Lottery Green Ticket Game ticket was sold for 50 cents. The first weekly drawing was held on Nov. 24. On Feb. 22, 1973, the Michigan Lottery saw its … Continue reading "1972 : First Michigan Lottery Green Ticket Sold"
1973 : Betsy Brandt, American Actress, Born in Bay City, Michigan
1973 : Betsy Brandt, American Actress, Born in Bay City, Michigan
Nov 14 all-day
1973 : Betsy Brandt, American Actress, Born in Bay City, Michigan
Betsy Brandt is an American actress. Born in Bay City, she developed a love for theater after winning the lead in a high school performance in her junior year. She graduated from Western High School … Continue reading "1973 : Betsy Brandt, American Actress, Born in Bay City, Michigan"
1977 : Michigan’s First State Prison for Women Opens
1977 : Michigan’s First State Prison for Women Opens
Nov 14 all-day
The state’s first prison for women, The Huron Valley Women’s Facility in Ypsilanti, opened. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1986 : Court of Appeals Judge Charged with Bribery, Commits Suicide
1986 : Court of Appeals Judge Charged with Bribery, Commits Suicide
Nov 14 all-day
On November 14, 1986, Lansing was rocked when Court of Appeals Judge S. Jerome Bronson was arrested by Michigan State Police and arraigned on felony bribery charges stemming from a case pending before him. Authorities … Continue reading "1986 : Court of Appeals Judge Charged with Bribery, Commits Suicide"
2013 : Miguel Cabrera Wins AL MVP for Second Year in a Row
2013 : Miguel Cabrera Wins AL MVP for Second Year in a Row
Nov 14 all-day
Cabrera, 30, in 2012 became the first player to win a Triple Crown in 45 years, and he followed that feat up with an even better season. He won his third consecutive batting championship (.348), … Continue reading "2013 : Miguel Cabrera Wins AL MVP for Second Year in a Row"
2014 : Michigan State Medical Campus in Flint Has Open House
2014 : Michigan State Medical Campus in Flint Has Open House
Nov 14 all-day
Renovation has been completed and the public is invited to see the expansion of Michigan State University’s medical school in Flint. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting and open house are planned Friday at Michigan State’s College of … Continue reading "2014 : Michigan State Medical Campus in Flint Has Open House"
2014 : MSU enrollment tops 50,000 students
2014 : MSU enrollment tops 50,000 students
Nov 14 all-day
The first time Michigan State University enrolled more than 10,000 students was in the 1946-47 academic year, when soldiers returning from the second World War nearly doubled the size of the student body. What followed … Continue reading "2014 : MSU enrollment tops 50,000 students"
2016 : Laura Cox To Become First Female Chair of House Appropriation Committee
2016 : Laura Cox To Become First Female Chair of House Appropriation Committee
Nov 14 all-day
State Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, is set to become the first female chair of Michigan’s House Appropriations Committee next year. Cox, who was first elected to her seat in 2014, currently serves on the Appropriations … Continue reading "2016 : Laura Cox To Become First Female Chair of House Appropriation Committee"
1892 : Cornerstone Laid For First Building at the Central Michigan Normal School
1892 : Cornerstone Laid For First Building at the Central Michigan Normal School
Nov 15 all-day
1892 : Cornerstone Laid For First Building at the Central Michigan Normal School
The cornerstone was laid for the first building of the Central Michigan Normal School campus, now called Central Michigan University. Old Main, as it came to be called, was the first building constructed for Central … Continue reading "1892 : Cornerstone Laid For First Building at the Central Michigan Normal School"
1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens for Traffic
1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens for Traffic
Nov 15 all-day
1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens for Traffic
When the Ambassador Bridge opened on November 15, 1929, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The George Washington Bridge in New York displaced this record in 1931, yet the Ambassador remains the … Continue reading "1929 : Ambassador Bridge Opens for Traffic"
1942 : Meat Shortages at University of Michigan
1942 : Meat Shortages at University of Michigan
Nov 15 all-day
Despite a shortage of meat due to the ongoing World War II, residence halls and the Michigan League guaranteed that they would not run out of meat because they contracted their supplies. But Purchasing Agent … Continue reading "1942 : Meat Shortages at University of Michigan"
1985 : Unabomber Strikes Ann Arbor
1985 : Unabomber Strikes Ann Arbor
Nov 15 all-day
1985 : Unabomber Strikes Ann Arbor
  November 15, 1985. A research assistant is injured when a package from the Unabomber addressed to a University of Michigan professor explodes  The professor James V. McConnell would experience hearing loss, Nicklaus Suino burns … Continue reading "1985 : Unabomber Strikes Ann Arbor"
2012 : Miguel Cabrera Wins AL Most Valuable Player Award
2012 : Miguel Cabrera Wins AL Most Valuable Player Award
Nov 15 all-day
On November 15, 2012, Miguel Cabrera was voted the American League’s most valuable player, joining former Detroit Tigers Mickey Cochrane (1934), Hank Greenberg (1935, 1940), Charlie Gehringer (1937), Hal Newhouser (1944, 1945), Denny McLain (1968), … Continue reading "2012 : Miguel Cabrera Wins AL Most Valuable Player Award"
1926 : Barnett Rosenberg Born, Discover of Cisplatin
1926 : Barnett Rosenberg Born, Discover of Cisplatin
Nov 16 all-day
1926 : Barnett Rosenberg Born, Discover of Cisplatin
Barnett Rosenberg (16 November 1926 – 8 August 2009) was an American chemist best known for the discovery of the anti-cancer drug cisplatin. Sometimes the greatest discoveries are made as a matter of chance. Were … Continue reading "1926 : Barnett Rosenberg Born, Discover of Cisplatin"
1926 : House of David Cult Leader Arrested in Benton Harbor
1926 : House of David Cult Leader Arrested in Benton Harbor
Nov 16 all-day
1926 : House of David Cult Leader Arrested in Benton Harbor
Picture of Mary and Benjamin Purnell State police broke into the House of David at Benton Harbor to arrest its religious leader, King Benjamin Purnell. Long a nuisance to law enforcement officials in southwest Michigan, … Continue reading "1926 : House of David Cult Leader Arrested in Benton Harbor"
1928 : Detroit Ranks Third in Cigar Production
1928 : Detroit Ranks Third in Cigar Production
Nov 16 all-day
1928 : Detroit Ranks Third in Cigar Production
Did you know in 1928 that Detroit produced the third most cigars of any US city? [Detroit Free Press 11/16/1928] Source : Michigan’s Past, November 16, 2018.
1979: Cesar Chavez Visits Michigan Legislature
1979: Cesar Chavez Visits Michigan Legislature
Nov 16 all-day
In the state capitol to promote a UFW boycott of “Red Coach” lettuce, Cesar Chavez addressed a House-Senate meeting which drew only slightly more that 20 lawmakers — most of them liberal Democrats.  The rest … Continue reading "1979: Cesar Chavez Visits Michigan Legislature"
2011 : Michigan Messenger Folds
2011 : Michigan Messenger Folds
Nov 16 all-day
After four years of operation, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to end the separate liberal Michigan Messenger and shift publication of its news into a single site, The American Independent … Continue reading "2011 : Michigan Messenger Folds"
2012 : Former Michigan First Lady Helen Milliken Dies, Noted Feminist
2012 : Former Michigan First Lady Helen Milliken Dies, Noted Feminist
Nov 16 all-day
Among Michigan first ladies, Helen Milliken set the modern standard. Dignified, stylish, and deferential to her husband, former Gov. William Milliken. But she also was outspoken, passionate and unyielding. Helen Milliken is perhaps best remembered … Continue reading "2012 : Former Michigan First Lady Helen Milliken Dies, Noted Feminist"
2015 : Michigan From Outer Space
2015 : Michigan From Outer Space
Nov 16 all-day
2015 : Michigan From Outer Space
Many astronauts are using social media to showcase images of the blue planet from outer space – including awe-inspiring photos featuring Michigan cities and its Great Lakes. Monday morning, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted out … Continue reading "2015 : Michigan From Outer Space"
2018 : Lansing Celebrates Silver Bells
2018 : Lansing Celebrates Silver Bells
Nov 16 all-day
2018 : Lansing Celebrates Silver Bells
Started from humble beginnings in 1985 by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, to the full blown extravaganza the city experiences today, Silver Bells in the City has been providing fun, merriment and joy to … Continue reading "2018 : Lansing Celebrates Silver Bells"
1807 : Treaty of Detroit Signed
1807 : Treaty of Detroit Signed
Nov 17 all-day
1807 : Treaty of Detroit Signed
The 1807 Treaty of Detroit ceded the olive-colored area in southeast Michigan.  The treaty also ceded the dark yellow area north of the Maumee River in northwest Ohio. The Treaty of Detroit was a treaty … Continue reading "1807 : Treaty of Detroit Signed"
1929 : University of Detroit Football Fans Arrested, Fined in East Lansing
1929 : University of Detroit Football Fans Arrested, Fined in East Lansing
Nov 17 all-day
12 University of Detroit fans fined, 10 Jailed For Riot after UD football  victory over Michigan State in East Lansing.  Intoxication and disorderly conduct were contributing factors, buy how often did the University of Detroit … Continue reading "1929 : University of Detroit Football Fans Arrested, Fined in East Lansing"
2004 : KMart Announces It Will Buy Sears
2004 : KMart Announces It Will Buy Sears
Nov 17 all-day
Troy-based Kmart announced on Nov. 17, 2004, its plans to buy Sears. The purchase made Sears Holdings the third-largest retailer in the U.S. — $55 billion in annual sales and close to 3,500 stores. The … Continue reading "2004 : KMart Announces It Will Buy Sears"
2006 : University of Michigan Football Coach Dies
2006 : University of Michigan Football Coach Dies
Nov 17 all-day
2006 : University of Michigan Football Coach Dies
On November 17, 2006, former University of Michigan football coach Glenn “Bo” Schembechler collapsed during the taping of a Michigan-Ohio State pregame show at WXYZ-TV in Southfield and pronounced dead a couple hours later at … Continue reading "2006 : University of Michigan Football Coach Dies"
1883 : Railroads Attempt to Assign Michigan to Central Time Zone
1883 : Railroads Attempt to Assign Michigan to Central Time Zone
Nov 18 all-day
1883 : Railroads Attempt to Assign Michigan to Central Time Zone
November 18, 1883: Railroads Establish American Time Zones; Michigan Located in Central Time Zone. A notable exception was Detroit, they used a local time basis until 1900, when the City Council decreed that clocks should … Continue reading "1883 : Railroads Attempt to Assign Michigan to Central Time Zone"
1911 : MAC-Ohio Northern Football Game Cancelled Due to Heavy Downpour!
1911 : MAC-Ohio Northern Football Game Cancelled Due to Heavy Downpour!
Nov 18 all-day
Much to the disappointment of the student body, the football game between the Michigan Agricultural College and Northern Ohio University was cancelled yesterday due to an undending downpour of rain. Snow had been removed from … Continue reading "1911 : MAC-Ohio Northern Football Game Cancelled Due to Heavy Downpour!"
1922 : U.S. Senator Truman Newberry Resigns
1922 : U.S. Senator Truman Newberry Resigns
Nov 18 all-day
1922 : U.S. Senator Truman Newberry Resigns
  Michigan Republican Truman H. Newberry was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1918, beating out Henry Ford (yes that Henry Ford) in the general election. But to accomplish this he spent $175,000, which was … Continue reading "1922 : U.S. Senator Truman Newberry Resigns"
1927 : Hank Ballard Born in Detroit, Originator of the Twist
1927 : Hank Ballard Born in Detroit, Originator of the Twist
Nov 18 all-day
1927 : Hank Ballard Born in Detroit, Originator of the Twist
Hank Ballard was born John Henry Kendricks in Detroit on Nov. 18, 1927, though as a performer, he routinely shaved nine years off his age by claiming a 1936 birth date. His father, a truck … Continue reading "1927 : Hank Ballard Born in Detroit, Originator of the Twist"
1958: Carl D Bradley Sinks in Lake Michigan
1958: Carl D Bradley Sinks in Lake Michigan
Nov 18 all-day
1958: Carl D Bradley Sinks in Lake Michigan
The Carl D. Bradley, traveling light departed Buffington, Indiana around 9:30 pm, Monday, November 17, and headed up Lake Michigan bound for the Port of Calcite. Roland Bryan, a sailor since age fourteen, was the … Continue reading "1958: Carl D Bradley Sinks in Lake Michigan"
1982 : Rev. M. Gregory Gentry Preaches Longest Sermon
1982 : Rev. M. Gregory Gentry Preaches Longest Sermon
Nov 18 all-day
The Rev. M. Gregory Gentry of Canton broke the world record for the longest sermon on Nov. 18, 1982, after preaching for 97 hours. The stunt helped raised $10,318.86 — close to $25,000 in today’s … Continue reading "1982 : Rev. M. Gregory Gentry Preaches Longest Sermon"
2015 : Bill Clinton Receives 1st Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service
2015 : Bill Clinton Receives 1st Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service
Nov 18 all-day
Former President Bill Clinton urged an audience of dignitaries and Michigan State University students to find ways to engage in public service during a Wednesday evening speech that touched on current events such as the … Continue reading "2015 : Bill Clinton Receives 1st Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service"
1892 : George Jewett, Michigan’s First African American Football Letterman
1892 : George Jewett, Michigan’s First African American Football Letterman
Nov 19 all-day
1892 : George Jewett, Michigan's First African American Football Letterman
Intelligent, driven, and athletically blessed, George Jewett was a classic all-American: He’d been valedictorian of Ann Arbor High School. He’d captained both the football and baseball teams there — as well as the debate club. … Continue reading "1892 : George Jewett, Michigan’s First African American Football Letterman"
1892 : Who won the Oberlin-Michigan Football Game?
1892 : Who won the Oberlin-Michigan Football Game?
Nov 19 all-day
To stress the perils of documentary research for students writing seminar papers, historians urge skepticism about everything they read until it can be verified by another source. To underscore the point, I used to teach … Continue reading "1892 : Who won the Oberlin-Michigan Football Game?"
1953 : MSU Wins First Paul Bunyan Governor’s Trophy
1953 : MSU Wins First Paul Bunyan Governor’s Trophy
Nov 19 all-day
1953 : MSU Wins First Paul Bunyan Governor's Trophy
  In 1949 Michigan voters elected Gerhard Mennen Williams as the state’s 41st governor.  Williams would serve a then record six two-year terms before choosing not to seek re-election in 1960.  During his 12 years … Continue reading "1953 : MSU Wins First Paul Bunyan Governor’s Trophy"
1956 : Two Michigan State Police Troopers Killed While on Duty
1956 : Two Michigan State Police Troopers Killed While on Duty
Nov 19 all-day
On November 19, 1956, two Michigan State Police troopers — Bert Pozza, 27, and George Lappi, 27, of the Flint post — were shot and killed with a deer rifle after responding to back up … Continue reading "1956 : Two Michigan State Police Troopers Killed While on Duty"
1966 : the Game of the Century
1966 : the Game of the Century
Nov 19 all-day
1966 : the Game of the Century
In a game to determine the number-one ranking in college football against the MSU Spartans, Notre Dame coach, Ara Parseghian had his team run out the clock rather than risk a pass and try to … Continue reading "1966 : the Game of the Century"
1975 : MSU Protests CIA Recruiting
1975 : MSU Protests CIA Recruiting
Nov 19 all-day
Recruiters for the Central Intelligence Agency came to campus only to be greeted by one of largest student protests in years. Associate Professor Zolten Ferency was one of faculty speakers denouncing the CIA. Micki Maynard, … Continue reading "1975 : MSU Protests CIA Recruiting"
1992 : Michigan Capital Awarded National Historic Landmark Status
1992 : Michigan Capital Awarded National Historic Landmark Status
Nov 19 all-day
The newly restored Michigan capitol was officially rededicated and awarded National Historic Landmark Status. Source : Michigan History, November-December 2014.
2004 : Worst Brawl in NBA History
2004 : Worst Brawl in NBA History
Nov 19 all-day
On November 19, 2004, a fight broke out between members of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. As the on-court fight died down, a fan threw a cup of Diet Coke at Pacers forward … Continue reading "2004 : Worst Brawl in NBA History"
2017 : Detroit Native Della Reese, Jazz Singer and Actress, Dies
2017 : Detroit Native Della Reese, Jazz Singer and Actress, Dies
Nov 19 all-day
2017 : Detroit Native Della Reese, Jazz Singer and Actress, Dies
Della Reese, the husky-voiced singer and actress who spent almost a decade playing a down-to-earth heavenly messenger on the CBS series “Touched by an Angel” and became an ordained minister in real life, died on … Continue reading "2017 : Detroit Native Della Reese, Jazz Singer and Actress, Dies"
1916 : Harry Houdini Wows Grand Rapids
1916 : Harry Houdini Wows Grand Rapids
Nov 20 all-day
1916 : Harry Houdini Wows Grand Rapids
As a young performer struggling to make a name, Houdini visited Grand Rapids in 1897. His impressive, well-publicized handcuff escape at the police station brought large crowds to the evening theater show. A Grand Rapids … Continue reading "1916 : Harry Houdini Wows Grand Rapids"
1951 : Traverse City Woman’s Search for Husband Makes National News
1951 : Traverse City Woman’s Search for Husband Makes National News
Nov 20 all-day
On November 20, 1951, the Traverse City Record Eagle printed a front-page story about how 39-year-old Margaret Ealy wanted “a husband who will be a good father” to her 5-year-old son, Jamie. A large caption … Continue reading "1951 : Traverse City Woman’s Search for Husband Makes National News"
1953 : Birmingham Is 1st City in Michigan With Direct Distance Dialing
1953 : Birmingham Is 1st City in Michigan With Direct Distance Dialing
Nov 20 all-day
Birmingham became Michigan’s first-and the nation’s second-community to have direct distance dialing enabling customers to dial their own long distance without operator assistance. Source : “Michigan Historical Calendar”, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at … Continue reading "1953 : Birmingham Is 1st City in Michigan With Direct Distance Dialing"
2014 : Dexter Officially Becomes a City
2014 : Dexter Officially Becomes a City
Nov 20 all-day
On Nov. 20, 2014, Dexter officially became a city after its charter was filed. Village officials began taking steps toward becoming a city nearly a decade ago. And following lots of paperwork and countless trips … Continue reading "2014 : Dexter Officially Becomes a City"
2018 : Ontonagon River Part of USPS Wild and Scenic Rivers Series
2018 : Ontonagon River Part of USPS Wild and Scenic Rivers Series
Nov 20 all-day
2018 : Ontonagon River Part of USPS Wild and Scenic Rivers Series
A new stamp will allow a slice of the Upper Peninsula to be sent across the country. The United States Postal Service unveiled the stamp which depicts the Ontonagon River, on Nov. 20. The 25-mile … Continue reading "2018 : Ontonagon River Part of USPS Wild and Scenic Rivers Series"
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