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1843: First USS Michigan Launched
1843: First USS Michigan Launched
Dec 5 all-day
1843: First USS Michigan Launched
Built at Erie, Pennsylvania and commissioned in 1843, the U.S.S. Michigan spent its entire career patrolling the Great Lakes. For most of its term of service, it was the only iron-hulled ship patrolling the Great … Continue reading "1843: First USS Michigan Launched"
1858: Chief Okemos Dies
1858: Chief Okemos Dies
Dec 5 all-day
1858: Chief Okemos Dies
On December 5, 1858, Chief Okemos died near Portland.  The Michigan Legislature honored his memory by renaming Hamilton, Michigan in his honor.  Later on a Michigan historical marker was also dedicated to him and the … Continue reading "1858: Chief Okemos Dies"
1922 : Election Scandal Makes James Couzens U.S. Senator
1922 : Election Scandal Makes James Couzens U.S. Senator
Dec 5 all-day
On December 5, 1922, James Couzens resigned as Mayor of Detroit to accept his appointment to the U.S. Senate. Couzens was appointed by Governor Alexander Groesbeck to fill the Michigan senate seat that was vacated … Continue reading "1922 : Election Scandal Makes James Couzens U.S. Senator"
1933 : National Prohibition Act Repealed
1933 : National Prohibition Act Repealed
Dec 5 all-day
On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution officially repealed the National Prohibition Act, which had banned sale and consumption of alcohol since the 18th Amendment took effect in 1920. Michigan’s own … Continue reading "1933 : National Prohibition Act Repealed"
1946 : Post Office Disrupts Sending Home Laundry to Mom
1946 : Post Office Disrupts Sending Home Laundry to Mom
Dec 5 all-day
The U.S. Postal Service prohibited packages over 18 inches long or weighing more than five pounds in order to save energy. Many students lost their ability to mail their dirty laundry home to mom as … Continue reading "1946 : Post Office Disrupts Sending Home Laundry to Mom"
2012 : Steve Smith Inducted into Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
2012 : Steve Smith Inducted into Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
Dec 5 all-day
2012 : Steve Smith Inducted into Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
It’s a safe bet that 99 percent of us will never be enshrined in a Hall of Fame of any kind. Steve Smith belongs to three: the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame, the World Sports … Continue reading "2012 : Steve Smith Inducted into Michigan Sports Hall of Fame"
2015: MSU Defeats Iowa for Big Ten Championship
2015: MSU Defeats Iowa for Big Ten Championship
Dec 5 all-day
The Michigan State University Spartans defeated the University of Iowa Hawkeyes 16-13 for the 2015 Big Ten Championship. The Spartans secured the title with a 22-play game-winning TD drive lasting over 9 minutes and scoring … Continue reading "2015: MSU Defeats Iowa for Big Ten Championship"
1865 : 13th Amendment Ending Slavery Ratified
1865 : 13th Amendment Ending Slavery Ratified
Dec 6 all-day
1865 : 13th Amendment Ending Slavery Ratified
United States Senator from Michigan On December 6, 1865,  the 13th Amendment to the Constitution ending slavery was ratified. Michigan’s Senator Jacob M. Howard is credited with working closely with Abraham Lincoln in drafting and … Continue reading "1865 : 13th Amendment Ending Slavery Ratified"
1881 : Initial Meeting Held to Form Detroit Institute of Arts
1881 : Initial Meeting Held to Form Detroit Institute of Arts
Dec 6 all-day
On December 6, 1882, an initial meeting that organized the Detroit Institute of Arts was held. Detroit Evening News founder James Scripps and advertising manager William Brearley led the charge for opening an art museum … Continue reading "1881 : Initial Meeting Held to Form Detroit Institute of Arts"
1905 : Cameron Waterman, Inventor of the Outdoor Motor, Files Patent Application
1905 : Cameron Waterman, Inventor of the Outdoor Motor, Files Patent Application
Dec 6 all-day
Cameron Waterman of Detroit/Grosse Isle successfully tested the first fully functional gasoline-powered outboard motor on the ice-filled Detroit River in February, 1905. He formed the Waterman Marine Motor Company and filed a patent application on … Continue reading "1905 : Cameron Waterman, Inventor of the Outdoor Motor, Files Patent Application"
1928 : University of Michigan, The First Big Ten School To Open Indoor Hockey Rink
1928 : University of Michigan, The First Big Ten School To Open Indoor Hockey Rink
Dec 6 all-day
On December 6, 1928,  the University of Michigan became the first Big Ten School to have an indoor hockey rink. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1973 : Gerald Ford Becomes First Non-Elected Vice-President
1973 : Gerald Ford Becomes First Non-Elected Vice-President
Dec 6 all-day
Gerald R. Ford is nominated to the vice presidency. Selected by President Richard Nixon on October 12, 1973 to replace Spiro Agnew, who resigned the vice presidency amidst scandal, Congressman Gerald Ford of Michigan found … Continue reading "1973 : Gerald Ford Becomes First Non-Elected Vice-President"
2020 : Finish Independence Day Observed in Hancock
2020 : Finish Independence Day Observed in Hancock
Dec 6 all-day
2020 : Finish Independence Day Observed in Hancock
About 30 people gathered in downtown Hancock to mark Finnish Independence Day here in Copper Country on Sunday evening. “Well, we didn’t want to break a record,” Jim Kurtti said. “We’ve been doing it every year since … Continue reading "2020 : Finish Independence Day Observed in Hancock"
1925 : Central Michigan University’s Old Main Burns
1925 : Central Michigan University’s Old Main Burns
Dec 7 all-day
1925 : Central Michigan University's Old Main Burns
On December 7, 1925, CMU’s original building, Old Main, burned. Following the calamity, some state legislators went as far as to propose moving the school to a city in their district. However, strong support kept … Continue reading "1925 : Central Michigan University’s Old Main Burns"
1932 : Ellen Burstyn (Actress) Born in Detroit
1932 : Ellen Burstyn (Actress) Born in Detroit
Dec 7 all-day
Born in Detroit on Dec. 7, 1932, Ellen Burstyn worked numerous odd jobs before landing a regular gig on “The Jackie Gleason Show.” She debuted on Broadway in 1957, then spent years working in TV … Continue reading "1932 : Ellen Burstyn (Actress) Born in Detroit"
1941 : Army and FBI Arrive in Detroit To Guard Vital Resources As WWII Commences for U.S.
1941 : Army and FBI Arrive in Detroit To Guard Vital Resources As WWII Commences for U.S.
Dec 7 all-day
The Army and the FBI Sunday night took over Detroit to insure protection of her vital defense industry. Four truckloads of Selfridge Field troops arrived in the city at a late hour to set up … Continue reading "1941 : Army and FBI Arrive in Detroit To Guard Vital Resources As WWII Commences for U.S."
1941 : Metro Detroit’s First Casualty in World War II
1941 : Metro Detroit’s First Casualty in World War II
Dec 7 all-day
1941 : Metro Detroit's First Casualty in World War II
Ben Marsh Jr., a 25-year-old ensign aboard the USS Arizona, became metro Detroit’s first reported casualty of World War II, when his family learned of his death on Dec. 12, 1941, five days after the … Continue reading "1941 : Metro Detroit’s First Casualty in World War II"
1941: Ensign Francis Flaherty of Charlotte Wins Medal of Honor
1941: Ensign Francis Flaherty of Charlotte Wins Medal of Honor
Dec 7 all-day
Ensign Francis Flaherty of Charlotte in Eaton County was one of 15 people awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during Pearl Harbor. The 22-year-old, who received his posthumously, was cited for “conspicuous devotion to duty and extraordinary … Continue reading "1941: Ensign Francis Flaherty of Charlotte Wins Medal of Honor"
1945 : Sugar Island Offered As Home To United Nations
1945 : Sugar Island Offered As Home To United Nations
Dec 7 all-day
1945 : Sugar Island Offered As Home To United Nations
On December 7, 1945, former Michigan Governor Chase S. Osborn volunteered Sugar Island, on the eastern tip of the Upper Peninsula, as the home of the United Nations. Unfortunately another island – Manhattan – was … Continue reading "1945 : Sugar Island Offered As Home To United Nations"
2004: Jay Van Andel, Businessman, Philanthropist, Dies
2004: Jay Van Andel, Businessman, Philanthropist, Dies
Dec 7 all-day
Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos, Sr. are the two co-founders of the Amway Corporation, a pioneer company in network sales of household and personal products. The network sales company distributes its products through dealers … Continue reading "2004: Jay Van Andel, Businessman, Philanthropist, Dies"
2011 : Pearl Harbor Remembered
2011 : Pearl Harbor Remembered
Dec 7 all-day
2011 : Pearl Harbor Remembered
U.S. government poster, 1942.  (Image from the United States National Archives. Found on Wikimedia Commons). On December 7, 1941, the “Day of Infamy” according President Franklin Delanor Roosevelt, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, propelling the … Continue reading "2011 : Pearl Harbor Remembered"
2013 : Michigan State Football Teams Wins Big Ten Championship Game
2013 : Michigan State Football Teams Wins Big Ten Championship Game
Dec 7 all-day
Michigan State beat Ohio State, 34-24, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, to win the Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl. The Spartans posted a school-record 12th victory and snapped the … Continue reading "2013 : Michigan State Football Teams Wins Big Ten Championship Game"
2018 : Greta Van Fleet Lands 4 Grammy Nominations
2018 : Greta Van Fleet Lands 4 Grammy Nominations
Dec 7 all-day
2018 : Greta Van Fleet Lands 4 Grammy Nominations
On December 7, 2018, the Frankenmuth-bred band Greta Van Fleet was notified they had landed four Grammy nominations, topped by a nod for best new artist. The band members are vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake … Continue reading "2018 : Greta Van Fleet Lands 4 Grammy Nominations"
1823 : The First Roman Catholic Priest To Serve in the U.S. Congress Comes From Michigan
1823 : The First Roman Catholic Priest To Serve in the U.S. Congress Comes From Michigan
Dec 8 all-day
Michigan territorial representative Father Gabriel Richard took his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, the first Roman Catholic priest to serve in Congress. For more information, see “Father Gabriel Richard: Detroit’s pioneer priest”, Detroit … Continue reading "1823 : The First Roman Catholic Priest To Serve in the U.S. Congress Comes From Michigan"
1861 : William Durant Born
1861 : William Durant Born
Dec 8 all-day
1861 : William Durant Born
On Dec. 8, 1861, William Crapo “Billy” Durant, the grandson to former Michigan Gov. Henry Crapo, was born. By age 30, despite dropping out of school, Durant became a success by selling horse drawn carriages … Continue reading "1861 : William Durant Born"
1875 : Mrs. Gertrude Klinck’s Milk Wagon and Horse Stolen
1875 : Mrs. Gertrude Klinck’s Milk Wagon and Horse Stolen
Dec 8 all-day
“Mrs. Gertrude Klinck is a milk peddler, and yesterday she left her horse wagon and cans on Russell Street while she entered a grocery store to make some purchases. She desires to know now where … Continue reading "1875 : Mrs. Gertrude Klinck’s Milk Wagon and Horse Stolen"
1956 : Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University Dedicated
1956 : Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University Dedicated
Dec 8 all-day
Special thanks to the Clarke Historical Library for preserving the history of Michigan and its inhabitants, as well as making available the Michigan Historical Calendar! Source : Michigan Every Day
1990 : Governor-Elect Engler Marries Michelle DeMunbrun
1990 : Governor-Elect Engler Marries Michelle DeMunbrun
Dec 8 all-day
On December 8, 1990, Michigan Gov.-elect John Engler married Texas attorney Michelle DeMunbrun in a ceremony attended by about 45 friends and relatives. Saturday’s marriage is the second for Engler and his new wife. “It … Continue reading "1990 : Governor-Elect Engler Marries Michelle DeMunbrun"
2012 : Diego Rivera’s Birthday
2012 : Diego Rivera’s Birthday
Dec 8 all-day
2012 : Diego Rivera's Birthday
Today is the anniversary of Diego Rivera’s birthday. Among the most famous of his works is his mural on the walls of the Detroit Institute of Arts that celebrates the American worker, particularly those on … Continue reading "2012 : Diego Rivera’s Birthday"
1935 : Detroit Lions Win First NFL Championship
1935 : Detroit Lions Win First NFL Championship
Dec 9 all-day
The Detroit Lions won their first NFL championship by beating the New York Giants 26–7. The Lions also won championships in 1952, 1953, and 1957. They haven’t won one since. Source : Historical Society of … Continue reading "1935 : Detroit Lions Win First NFL Championship"
1972 : Grand Rapids, 1st City in Michigan, to Feature a Black Santa Claus
1972 : Grand Rapids, 1st City in Michigan, to Feature a Black Santa Claus
Dec 9 all-day
On December 9, 1972, Grand Rapids became the first Michigan city to climax its traditional Christmas parade with the arrival of a black Santa Claus. Source : WAKV, the Memory Station, December 9, 2018.
2020 : Lansing Lugnuts Invited To Affiliate With Oakland As
2020 : Lansing Lugnuts Invited To Affiliate With Oakland As
Dec 9 all-day
2020 : Lansing Lugnuts Invited To Affiliate With Oakland As
The Lansing Lugnuts announced today that the team has been invited to join the minor league system of the 2020 American League West Champion Oakland Athletics. Under this invitation, the Lugnuts would become the High-A … Continue reading "2020 : Lansing Lugnuts Invited To Affiliate With Oakland As"
1813 : Zachariah Chandler Born
1813 : Zachariah Chandler Born
Dec 10 all-day
Zacharish Chandler (1813-1879) was mayor of Detroit (1851–52), a four-term U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan (1857–75, 1879), and Secretary of the Interior under U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant (1875–77), staunch abolitionist, and Radical … Continue reading "1813 : Zachariah Chandler Born"
1887 : Michigan’s First Cremation
1887 : Michigan’s First Cremation
Dec 10 all-day
On December 10, 1887, the state’s first cremation was completed. The Detroit Crematorium was the first such facility in Michigan and the fifth in the United States. Sources: Historical Society of Michigan Michigan History Calendar. … Continue reading "1887 : Michigan’s First Cremation"
1887 : The Iron Horse Reaches Sault Ste. Marie
1887 : The Iron Horse Reaches Sault Ste. Marie
Dec 10 all-day
The Iron Horse (Soo Railroad Line) reached Sault Ste. Marie on this day in 1887, connecting the town to the outside world no matter how frozen the waterways might be. Source : Pasty Central Day … Continue reading "1887 : The Iron Horse Reaches Sault Ste. Marie"
1905 : Attorney General Says State Prisons Can No Longer Allow Inmates to Work for Private Companies
1905 : Attorney General Says State Prisons Can No Longer Allow Inmates to Work for Private Companies
Dec 10 all-day
The Michigan Attorney General halted the practice of contracting out state inmates to work for private industries. Source : Historical Society of Michigan
1914 : Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit Conceived by James Brady
1914 : Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit Conceived by James Brady
Dec 10 all-day
1914 : Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit Conceived by James Brady
  The picture depicts a statue of Brady standing on Central Avenue on Belle Isle…. No kiddie without a Christmas. Since 1914, that’s been the mission of the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit. This … Continue reading "1914 : Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit Conceived by James Brady"
1915 : Ford Produces 1 Millionth Model T
1915 : Ford Produces 1 Millionth Model T
Dec 10 all-day
1915 : Ford Produces 1 Millionth Model T
On December 10, 1915, the 1 millionth Ford car rolls off the assembly line at the River Rouge plant in Detroit. At first, Henry Ford had built his cars like every other automaker did: one … Continue reading "1915 : Ford Produces 1 Millionth Model T"
1956 : Decorating Hudson’s Christmas Tree
1956 : Decorating Hudson’s Christmas Tree
Dec 10 all-day
1956 : Decorating Hudson's Christmas Tree
A child’s reach usually exceeds his grasp, but that isn’t preventing this little boy, boosted by a ladder, from attempting to add a decoration to the tree on this downtown Hudson’s Christmas display. The young … Continue reading "1956 : Decorating Hudson’s Christmas Tree"
1971 : Free John Sinclair Rally Held at Crisler Arena
1971 : Free John Sinclair Rally Held at Crisler Arena
Dec 10 all-day
1971 : Free John Sinclair Rally Held at Crisler Arena
John Sinclair, a Michigan native and alumnus of the University of Michigan- Flint, was an influential leader of the 1960’s counterculture. Sinclair also co-founded the White Panther Party, along with Pun Plamondon, in November 1968. … Continue reading "1971 : Free John Sinclair Rally Held at Crisler Arena"
1977 : Wenonah Hotel Fire, Bay City
1977 : Wenonah Hotel Fire, Bay City
Dec 10 all-day
1977 : Wenonah Hotel Fire, Bay City
Forty years ago Dec. 10 this photo taken by an amateur was submitted to The Times and was part of the newspaper’s report of the devastating blaze that made national news. The worst fire in … Continue reading "1977 : Wenonah Hotel Fire, Bay City"
1994 : Albion College Wins NCAA Division III Football National Title
1994 : Albion College Wins NCAA Division III Football National Title
Dec 10 all-day
None of the experts believed Albion College would be strong contenders for the 1994 NCAA Division III football national title. Now, the entire Briton family is celebrating the 20th anniversary of that perfect season, which … Continue reading "1994 : Albion College Wins NCAA Division III Football National Title"
2011 : Mittengate in Michigan
2011 : Mittengate in Michigan
Dec 10 all-day
Last week the state of Wisconsin touched off a firestorm – snowstorm? – by suggesting that they might in fact qualify as a mitten state, prompting Pure Michigan to ask Who is the Real Mitten … Continue reading "2011 : Mittengate in Michigan"
2017 : Jack Morris and Alan Trammell Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
2017 : Jack Morris and Alan Trammell Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec 10 all-day
Good things come to those who wait. Or, as many Tigers fans are saying: It’s about damn time Alan Trammell finally earns his rightful place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The former shortstop and … Continue reading "2017 : Jack Morris and Alan Trammell Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame"
1862 : Battle of Fredericksburg
1862 : Battle of Fredericksburg
Dec 11 all-day
1862 : Battle of Fredericksburg
December 11-15, 1862 President Lincoln had fired Gen. George McClellan after the battle of Antietam, replacing him with Ambrose Burnside. Gen. Burnside hoped to outflank the Confederate forces of Gen. Robert E. Lee and move … Continue reading "1862 : Battle of Fredericksburg"
1862 : Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock Becomes National Hero or Not
1862 : Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock Becomes National Hero or Not
Dec 11 all-day
1862 : Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock Becomes National Hero or Not
Robert Henry Hendershot was twelve years old when he joined the 8th Michigan Infantry on August 19, 1862. However it was at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, on December 11, 1862 that he became famous. … Continue reading "1862 : Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock Becomes National Hero or Not"
1929 : Stout Airlines Reaches Milestone, 100,000 Passengers
1929 : Stout Airlines Reaches Milestone, 100,000 Passengers
Dec 11 all-day
On Dec. 11, 1929, Stout Airlines became the nation’s first airline to carry 100,000 passengers. The company served the upper Great Lakes region, relying heavily on the Ford Trimotor “Tin Goose” airplanes. Here is some … Continue reading "1929 : Stout Airlines Reaches Milestone, 100,000 Passengers"
1934 : 7 Michigan Legislators Die In Hotel Fire
1934 : 7 Michigan Legislators Die In Hotel Fire
Dec 11 all-day
Early on the morning of December 11, 1934, the Kerns Hotel in Lansing caught on fire. Seven Michigan legislators died in the fire, along with 25 other guests. The fire was the worst in Lansing’s … Continue reading "1934 : 7 Michigan Legislators Die In Hotel Fire"
1948 : Spartans Celebrate State’s Admission to Big 10
1948 : Spartans Celebrate State’s Admission to Big 10
Dec 11 all-day
A crowd estimated at 6,000 students jammed areas around the Union on December 11, 1948 to celebrate State’s admission to the Big 10. Source : “A Century of Athletics at State”, Michigan State University Magazine, … Continue reading "1948 : Spartans Celebrate State’s Admission to Big 10"
1971 : Lake Huron Water Supply Explosion
1971 : Lake Huron Water Supply Explosion
Dec 11 all-day
1971 : Lake Huron Water Supply Explosion
On Dec. 11, 1971, a shotgun-like blast claimed the lives of 22 men working on a water intake tunnel beneath the bed of Lake Huron. A pocket of methane trapped within a layer of Antrim … Continue reading "1971 : Lake Huron Water Supply Explosion"
2010 : the Big Chill Sets Attendance Record for Outdoor Hockey Game
2010 : the Big Chill Sets Attendance Record for Outdoor Hockey Game
Dec 11 all-day
2010 : the Big Chill Sets Attendance Record for Outdoor Hockey Game
The Michigan salutes the student section at Michigan Stadium following the Wolverines’ 5-0 win over Michigan State at Saturday’s Big Chill at the Big House. It really wasn’t much of a game by hockey standards. … Continue reading "2010 : the Big Chill Sets Attendance Record for Outdoor Hockey Game"
2014 : First Marriage Proposal on Michigan House Floor
2014 : First Marriage Proposal on Michigan House Floor
Dec 11 all-day
A different kind of legislative proposal has been reached on the floor of the state House. Rep. Klint Kesto of Commerce Township got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend, Delena Kajy, at … Continue reading "2014 : First Marriage Proposal on Michigan House Floor"
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