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1945 : UAW Initiates Strike Against General Motors
1945 : UAW Initiates Strike Against General Motors
Nov 21 all-day
1945 : UAW Initiates Strike Against General Motors
Joining the movement: Workers at the 36th Street GM plant in Wyoming joined in a bitter 113-day nationwide UAW strike starting in the fall of 1945. It ended in the spring of 1946, with a … Continue reading "1945 : UAW Initiates Strike Against General Motors"
1977: I-96 Between Muskegon and Detroit Completed
1977: I-96 Between Muskegon and Detroit Completed
Nov 21 all-day
1977: I-96 Between Muskegon and Detroit Completed
On November 21, 1977, I-96 between Muskegon and Detroit was completed, with the opening of the final stretch of the Jeffries Freeway between M-39 and I-275. Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page
2005 : The Night a Red Wing Died, But Was Brought Back to Life
2005 : The Night a Red Wing Died, But Was Brought Back to Life
Nov 21 all-day
Every precious second became more and more desperate. There was Mike Babcock, a first-year Detroit Red Wings coach, who waved frantically for paramedics. Men in suits flooded the Wings bench. Wide-eyed players stood helplessly. Doctors … Continue reading "2005 : The Night a Red Wing Died, But Was Brought Back to Life"
2019 : First Michigan Black Lieutenant Governor to Sign Bill Into Law
2019 : First Michigan Black Lieutenant Governor to Sign Bill Into Law
Nov 21 all-day
Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist has signed a bill into law, making him the first black lieutenant governor to sign a bill into law in Michigan’s history, according to the governor’s office. “As the first black lieutenant … Continue reading "2019 : First Michigan Black Lieutenant Governor to Sign Bill Into Law"
1893 : Harley Earl, American Automobile Designer and Executive, Born
1893 : Harley Earl, American Automobile Designer and Executive, Born
Nov 22 all-day
1893 : Harley Earl, American Automobile Designer and Executive, Born
General Motors designer Harley Earl sits inside the Buick Y-Job, the industry’s first concept car. Harley J. Earl (November 22, 1893 – April 10, 1969) was an American automotive designer and business executive. He was the … Continue reading "1893 : Harley Earl, American Automobile Designer and Executive, Born"
1910 : MAC Football, Baseball, and Basketball Coach Chester Brewer Honored
1910 : MAC Football, Baseball, and Basketball Coach Chester Brewer Honored
Nov 22 all-day
1910 : MAC Football, Baseball, and Basketball Coach Chester Brewer Honored
Coach Chester Brewer liked to take his dog Laddie to work.  Photo in 1911 MAC Yearbook courtesy of MSU Archives. The biggest event covered in the Lansing Michigan paper on November 23, 1910 was a … Continue reading "1910 : MAC Football, Baseball, and Basketball Coach Chester Brewer Honored"
1967 : The Who Perform at Southfield High School
1967 : The Who Perform at Southfield High School
Nov 22 all-day
1967 : The Who Perform at Southfield High School
The night of November 22, 1967, is indelibly etched in the memories of local music fans lucky enough to nab a ticket to The Who’s performance at Southfield High School’s gym. “It was packed to … Continue reading "1967 : The Who Perform at Southfield High School"
1975 : First MHSAA State High School Football Championships Held
1975 : First MHSAA State High School Football Championships Held
Nov 22 all-day
The first MHSSA state high school football championship games were played. Winners were Livonia Franklin in Class A, Dearborn Divine Child in Class B, Ishpeming in Class C, and Crystal Falls in Class D.
1976 : Cathy Guisewite Launches Popular Comic Strip
1976 : Cathy Guisewite Launches Popular Comic Strip
Nov 22 all-day
1976 : Cathy Guisewite Launches Popular Comic Strip
Cathy Guisewite was the creator and cartoonist behind the long-running nationally syndicated comic strip “Cathy,” one of the first mainstream comics created by a woman. Appearing for the first time in 1976, the strip ran … Continue reading "1976 : Cathy Guisewite Launches Popular Comic Strip"
1983 : Sen. Phil Mastin Recalled Over Tax Raise Vote
1983 : Sen. Phil Mastin Recalled Over Tax Raise Vote
Nov 22 all-day
Recall fever swept the legislature in 1983 after it went along with newly elected Gov. James Blanchard’s call for a 38-percent increase in the state income tax. Only one Republican — Sen. Harry DeMaso of … Continue reading "1983 : Sen. Phil Mastin Recalled Over Tax Raise Vote"
2014 : MSU Women’s Cross Country Wins 1st National Title
2014 : MSU Women’s Cross Country Wins 1st National Title
Nov 22 all-day
The Michigan State women’s cross country team has completed a season of perfection. The top-ranked Spartans captured their first national title in program history, finishing unofficially with 85 points – 62 fewer than runner-up Iowa … Continue reading "2014 : MSU Women’s Cross Country Wins 1st National Title"
2016 : Michigan Celebrates Adoption Day (Date Varies)
2016 : Michigan Celebrates Adoption Day (Date Varies)
Nov 22 all-day
Scores of Michigan families will have much to be grateful for Thanksgiving Day after finalizing the adoptions of about 100 children Tuesday during Michigan’s annual Adoption Day. Celebrated the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Adoption Day has … Continue reading "2016 : Michigan Celebrates Adoption Day (Date Varies)"
1864: Henry Bourne Joy Born
1864: Henry Bourne Joy Born
Nov 23 all-day
1864: Henry Bourne Joy Born
Born in Detroit on November 23, 1864, Henry Bourne Joy was the son of Michigan Central Railroad president James F. Joy, who was involved with the great railroad push to Missouri, and hired Abraham Lincoln … Continue reading "1864: Henry Bourne Joy Born"
1910: Michigan-Born Doctor Hawley Crippen Hanged in England
1910: Michigan-Born Doctor Hawley Crippen Hanged in England
Nov 23 all-day
Hawley Crippen, a Michigan-born homeopathic doctor who became the first criminal caught using wireless telegraph, boarded a ship to escape the manhunt for him in England, on July 20, 1910. He was accused of poisoning … Continue reading "1910: Michigan-Born Doctor Hawley Crippen Hanged in England"
1912 : Captain Santa and His Load of Christmas Trees Disappears
1912 : Captain Santa and His Load of Christmas Trees Disappears
Nov 23 all-day
1912 : Captain Santa and His Load of Christmas Trees Disappears
When the Rouse Simmons went down, it was the end of an era: The last hurrah for a dying age of wooden schooners and the final act of the Great Lakes’ real-life Santa Claus. Although … Continue reading "1912 : Captain Santa and His Load of Christmas Trees Disappears"
1940 : University of Michigan Football Player Tom Harmon Goes Out in Style
1940 : University of Michigan Football Player Tom Harmon Goes Out in Style
Nov 23 all-day
1940 : University of Michigan Football Player Tom Harmon Goes Out in Style
Victim of one of the greatest halfbacks of all time, Tom Harmon, and a great Michigan team, the Buckeyes were smeared with a smashing, terrific loss, 40 to 0. The great Harmon, in his collegiate … Continue reading "1940 : University of Michigan Football Player Tom Harmon Goes Out in Style"
1953 : Air Force Jet Disappears Over Lake Superior in Pursuit of UFO
1953 : Air Force Jet Disappears Over Lake Superior in Pursuit of UFO
Nov 23 all-day
1953 : Air Force Jet Disappears Over Lake Superior in Pursuit of UFO
It’s a stormy November evening in 1953. Somewhere in North America’s Great Lakes region, an unexpected object has just appeared on a United States Air Force radar screen. Keen to get to the bottom of … Continue reading "1953 : Air Force Jet Disappears Over Lake Superior in Pursuit of UFO"
1991 : Desmond Howard Strikes the Heisman Pose
1991 : Desmond Howard Strikes the Heisman Pose
Nov 23 all-day
November 23, 1991. It was the annual Ohio State-Michigan game, and with a little more than four minutes remaining in the first half, a Buckeye named Tim Williams uncorked a punt high and deep into … Continue reading "1991 : Desmond Howard Strikes the Heisman Pose"
2020 : Michigan Certifies Vote for President-Elect Biden; Avoids Constitutional Crisis
2020 : Michigan Certifies Vote for President-Elect Biden; Avoids Constitutional Crisis
Nov 23 all-day
2020 : Michigan Certifies Vote for President-Elect Biden; Avoids Constitutional Crisis
Republican canvasser Norm Shinkle, bottom left, repeatedly made it clear in the meeting that he has wanted to delay certification and audit results because of irregularities he called troubling. (Screenshot) The Michigan State Board of … Continue reading "2020 : Michigan Certifies Vote for President-Elect Biden; Avoids Constitutional Crisis"
1898 : Louis Elbel Pens iconic fight song “The Victors”
1898 : Louis Elbel Pens iconic fight song “The Victors”
Nov 24 all-day
1898 : Louis Elbel Pens iconic fight song "The Victors"
Inspired by a squeaker of a University of Michigan football win over the University of Chicago on this day in 1898, University of Michigan band member Louis Elbel pens the iconic fight song “The Victors” … Continue reading "1898 : Louis Elbel Pens iconic fight song “The Victors”"
1968 : Ernest Hemingway’s Family Cottage Added to National Historical Landmarks
1968 : Ernest Hemingway’s Family Cottage Added to National Historical Landmarks
Nov 24 all-day
1968 : Ernest Hemingway's Family Cottage Added to National Historical Landmarks
Ernest Hemingway’s family cottage, “Windemere,” in Emmet County was added to the list of national historic landmarks. In 1899, Ernest Hemmingway’s father built the “Windemere” cottage in Emmet County. And it was here that the … Continue reading "1968 : Ernest Hemingway’s Family Cottage Added to National Historical Landmarks"
1975 : MSU Cat Authors Physics Paper
1975 : MSU Cat Authors Physics Paper
Nov 24 all-day
1975 : MSU Cat Authors Physics Paper
THIS IS A DRAMATIZATION. (Photo: Kachalkina Veronika / Shutterstock.com) When one reads a physics paper in an esteemed journal, one does not generally wonder if it was written by a cat. But such was the … Continue reading "1975 : MSU Cat Authors Physics Paper"
1997 : Irving D. Reid, Wayne State University’s First African-American President
1997 : Irving D. Reid, Wayne State University’s First African-American President
Nov 24 all-day
On November 24, 1997, Irving D. Reid took the oath of office to become Wayne State University’s first African-American president. Dr. Reid served as Wayne State University’s ninth president from Nov. 24, 1997 to August … Continue reading "1997 : Irving D. Reid, Wayne State University’s First African-American President"
1904 : John W. Burdette, MAC Football Player, Dies from Practice Injuries
1904 : John W. Burdette, MAC Football Player, Dies from Practice Injuries
Nov 25 all-day
Thanksgiving 1904 was a somber affair at MAC. A MAC football player died from injuries suffered during a football practice. John W. Burdette’s parents and siblings were with him when he passed on November 25. … Continue reading "1904 : John W. Burdette, MAC Football Player, Dies from Practice Injuries"
1922 : Contract for East Lansing’s First Hotel
1922 : Contract for East Lansing’s First Hotel
Nov 25 all-day
On November 25, 1922, contracts for the erection of a building, with 47 rooms, to be used for East Lansing’s first hotel, was let by Mary E. Champs. While East Lansing, the home of the … Continue reading "1922 : Contract for East Lansing’s First Hotel"
1973 : Michigan – Ohio State Tiebreaker Causes Controversy
1973 : Michigan – Ohio State Tiebreaker Causes Controversy
Nov 25 all-day
The aftermath of the 1973 Ohio State vs. Michigan football game was one of the most notorious episodes in Big Ten history. In this game, both teams were undefeated, with Ohio State ranked 1st, and … Continue reading "1973 : Michigan – Ohio State Tiebreaker Causes Controversy"
2011 : Fred Meijer Dies
2011 : Fred Meijer Dies
Nov 25 all-day
2011 : Fred Meijer Dies
Frederik Meijer, the Grand Rapids billionaire credited with inventing the supercenter store format in 1962 that made his Meijer chain a successful Midwest retailer and was copied by Sam Walton for his chain Wal-Mart, died … Continue reading "2011 : Fred Meijer Dies"
1620: The Wampanoag Indian Thanksgiving story deserves to be known
1620: The Wampanoag Indian Thanksgiving story deserves to be known
Nov 26 all-day
1620: The Wampanoag Indian Thanksgiving story deserves to be known
Everyone’s history matters: The Wampanoag Indian Thanksgiving story deserves to be known Michele Felice Corné (1752–1845), The Landing of the Pilgrims, 1803. Credit: U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Reception Rooms “The antidote to feel-good history is … Continue reading "1620: The Wampanoag Indian Thanksgiving story deserves to be known"
1824: First Official Thanksgiving in Michigan
1824: First Official Thanksgiving in Michigan
Nov 26 all-day
On November 25, 1824, Territorial Governor Lewis Cass declared the first Thanksgiving holiday for the residents of Michigan in Detroit. Now Thanksgiving also occurs on the 4th Thursday of November. Sources : Pasty Central Day … Continue reading "1824: First Official Thanksgiving in Michigan"
1827 : Detroit Makes Sidewalks Mandatory
1827 : Detroit Makes Sidewalks Mandatory
Nov 26 all-day
1827 : Detroit Makes Sidewalks Mandatory
On November 26, 1827, Detroit passed an ordinance requiring city sidewalks. Planks were used for sidewalk construction into the early 1900s, as shown in this photo of an icy sidewalk on Milwaukee Ave.
1883 : Sojourner Truth Dies in Battle Creek
1883 : Sojourner Truth Dies in Battle Creek
Nov 26 all-day
1883 : Sojourner Truth Dies in Battle Creek
Sojourner Truth, the noted abolitionist and women’s rights activist, died in Battle Creek, Michigan, on November 26, 1883. When she passed away at age eighty-six, her funeral at the Congregational Church was thought the largest … Continue reading "1883 : Sojourner Truth Dies in Battle Creek"
1910: Thanksgiving in Lansing Recalled (Date Varies)
1910: Thanksgiving in Lansing Recalled (Date Varies)
Nov 26 all-day
A hundred years ago, Thanksgiving in Lansing was a quiescent affair. The paper describes an abeyance of business throughout the city. However, the post office was open from 7-9 am and a delivery was made. … Continue reading "1910: Thanksgiving in Lansing Recalled (Date Varies)"
1924 : Italian Wooden Puppets Become Featured Part of Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade
1924 : Italian Wooden Puppets Become Featured Part of Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade
Nov 26 all-day
Some are pirates. Some are Martians. Some are animals. And the oldest ones—arguably the most elaborate and haunting — are Italian. Italian, because in the mid-1920s, Charles Wendel, then-director of displays at Hudson’s department store … Continue reading "1924 : Italian Wooden Puppets Become Featured Part of Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade"
1924: First Detroit Thanksgiving Parade
1924: First Detroit Thanksgiving Parade
Nov 26 all-day
In 1924, Charles F. Wendel, display manager at the J.L. Hudson Company, conceived the idea of a grand Thanksgiving parade down Woodward Avenue, with Santa alighting from his sleigh at Hudson’s to take up residence … Continue reading "1924: First Detroit Thanksgiving Parade"
1990 : Chilly Willy Balloon Escapes Detroit Parade
1990 : Chilly Willy Balloon Escapes Detroit Parade
Nov 26 all-day
1990 : Chilly Willy Balloon Escapes Detroit Parade
A newer Chilly Willy balloon photo from a more recent parade. I love Chilly Willy and the Thanksgiving Day Parade and back in 1990, these two combined to make what for me is the best … Continue reading "1990 : Chilly Willy Balloon Escapes Detroit Parade"
1990: How Art Van Elsander Saved Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade
1990: How Art Van Elsander Saved Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade
Nov 26 all-day
On a day dedicated to gratitude and family, furniture mogul Art Van Elslander is especially grateful this year for an on-the-spot decision he made 25 years ago to save a beloved Detroit tradition: the Thanksgiving … Continue reading "1990: How Art Van Elsander Saved Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade"
2018 : Gobblers and the Gridiron – Detroit and Thanksgiving Football
2018 : Gobblers and the Gridiron – Detroit and Thanksgiving Football
Nov 26 all-day
2018 : Gobblers and the Gridiron - Detroit and Thanksgiving Football
It is hard to grow up in Michigan and not have at least seen or heard the Detroit Lions playing on Thanksgiving afternoon. Detroit has played in every Thanksgiving game since 1934. Like turkey, it’s … Continue reading "2018 : Gobblers and the Gridiron – Detroit and Thanksgiving Football"
2018 : Happy Thanksgiving (Date Varies)
2018 : Happy Thanksgiving (Date Varies)
Nov 26 all-day
We hope that you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving where ever you are. The U.S. Government hopes so as well -— and has a page of interesting Thanksgiving information. It has facts and statistics … Continue reading "2018 : Happy Thanksgiving (Date Varies)"
2018 : Thanksgiving and Mary Had a Little Lamb (Date Varies)
2018 : Thanksgiving and Mary Had a Little Lamb (Date Varies)
Nov 26 all-day
2018 : Thanksgiving and Mary Had a Little Lamb (Date Varies)
Do you enjoy Thanksgiving? Can you say the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb?” What do they both have in common? Sarah Hale. Sarah was born Sarah Buell on October 24, 1788, in Newport, … Continue reading "2018 : Thanksgiving and Mary Had a Little Lamb (Date Varies)"
2018 : Who Celebrated the First Thanksgiving?
2018 : Who Celebrated the First Thanksgiving?
Nov 26 all-day
If you guessed “Plymouth Colonists,” you might be surprised. These celebrations predate the Plymouth colonists and their feast of gratitude in 1621 — In May 1541, Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and 1,500 men … Continue reading "2018 : Who Celebrated the First Thanksgiving?"
2018: Turkey Day College Football
2018: Turkey Day College Football
Nov 26 all-day
What’s Thanksgiving without a football game? Football games played on Thanksgiving Day date back to 1876, when Yale and Princeton began an annual tradition of playing each other. The University of Michigan also made it … Continue reading "2018: Turkey Day College Football"
Sojourner Truth Day
Sojourner Truth Day
Nov 26 all-day
Sojourner Truth  Day was established as November 26th of each yer by the Michigan Legislature. MCL 435.361 The Michigan legislature recognizes the fundamental contribution Sojourner Truth made to the cause of abolition of slavery and … Continue reading "Sojourner Truth Day"
1901 : Horrible Train Wreck Near Adrian
1901 : Horrible Train Wreck Near Adrian
Nov 27 all-day
On November 27, 1901, Thanksgiving Eve, one of the worst railroad disasters in Michigan history occurred about a mile north-east of the tiny village of Seneca in southern Lenawee County. The number of people who … Continue reading "1901 : Horrible Train Wreck Near Adrian"
1953 : Curtis Armstrong (Booger) Born in Detroit
1953 : Curtis Armstrong (Booger) Born in Detroit
Nov 27 all-day
Curtis Armstrong (born November 27, 1953) is an American actor known for his portrayal as Booger in the Revenge of the Nerds movies, as Herbert Viola on Moonlighting, as famed record producer Ahmet Ertegün in … Continue reading "1953 : Curtis Armstrong (Booger) Born in Detroit"
1960 : Gordie Howe Scores 1000th Point
1960 : Gordie Howe Scores 1000th Point
Nov 27 all-day
On Nov. 27, 1960, Gordie Howe scored his 1,000th point. Better known as “Mr. Hockey,” Howe made his professional debut with the Detroit Red Wings in 1946 at the age of 18. In 1997, Howe … Continue reading "1960 : Gordie Howe Scores 1000th Point"
2011 : Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith Premieres on Hallmark Channel
2011 : Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith Premieres on Hallmark Channel
Nov 27 all-day
Mitch Albom (Bradley Whitford) has a pretty great life. He lives in Detroit and is happily married, he’s an award-winning sportswriter, a must-read newspaper columnist, a screenwriter, a radio and television broadcaster. Then two men … Continue reading "2011 : Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith Premieres on Hallmark Channel"
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