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1879 : General Sherman Declares War is Hell in Pontiac
1879 : General Sherman Declares War is Hell in Pontiac
Jun 19 all-day
On June 19, 1879, William Tecumseh Sherman, General in Chief of the U.S. Army, delivered a variant of his famous “War Is Hell” speech to the graduating class. A total of 10,000 people arrived to … Continue reading "1879 : General Sherman Declares War is Hell in Pontiac"
1911 : Aero Club of Grosse Point Farms Holds Aviation Meet; Records Set
1911 : Aero Club of Grosse Point Farms Holds Aviation Meet; Records Set
Jun 19 all-day
1911 : Aero Club of Grosse Point Farms Holds Aviation Meet; Records Set
Imagine that you are fourteen years old in 1911, and your dad is into the latest transportation fad—not automobiles, but aeroplanes! He and nine of his buddies are so smitten with the new technology that … Continue reading "1911 : Aero Club of Grosse Point Farms Holds Aviation Meet; Records Set"
1920 : Giant Beaver Skull Found in Niles
1920 : Giant Beaver Skull Found in Niles
Jun 19 all-day
On June 19, 1920, workers on the Michigan Central Railroad yards nears Niles unearthed the skull of a giant beaver. The giant beaver was a prehistoric beast that roamed North America along with mammoths and … Continue reading "1920 : Giant Beaver Skull Found in Niles"
1979 : World Sauntering Day
1979 : World Sauntering Day
Jun 19 all-day
“World Sauntering Day” is celebrated on the 19th day of June every year. The purpose is to remind us to take it easy, smell the roses, to slow down and enjoy life as opposed to … Continue reading "1979 : World Sauntering Day"
1982 : Vincent Chin, Chinese American, Beaten to Death in Detroit
1982 : Vincent Chin, Chinese American, Beaten to Death in Detroit
Jun 19 all-day
Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, was beaten June 19, 1982, by autoworkers in Highland Park who were angry about the growing success of the Japanese auto industry. Source : Zlati Meyer, “This Week in Michigan … Continue reading "1982 : Vincent Chin, Chinese American, Beaten to Death in Detroit"
2018 : Lansing Under Russian Occupation?
2018 : Lansing Under Russian Occupation?
Jun 19 all-day
2018 : Lansing Under Russian Occupation?
It’s not every day that you stumble across a map of your home town in Russian.   The MSU Map Library shared this map on a recent tweet and mentioned it was created back during the … Continue reading "2018 : Lansing Under Russian Occupation?"
Juneteenth National Freedom Day (3rd Saturday of June in Michigan)
Juneteenth National Freedom Day (3rd Saturday of June in Michigan)
Jun 19 all-day
Juneteenth National Freedom Day (3rd Saturday of June in Michigan)
In June, 2005, Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed legislation officially designating the third Saturday in June as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Michigan. Senate Bill 384 (PA 48) was sponsored by Senator Martha G. … Continue reading "Juneteenth National Freedom Day (3rd Saturday of June in Michigan)"
1866 : Lewis Cass Buried at Elmwood Cemetary in Detroit
1866 : Lewis Cass Buried at Elmwood Cemetary in Detroit
Jun 20 all-day
1866 : Lewis Cass Buried at Elmwood Cemetary in Detroit
On June 20, 1866, funeral services were held in Detroit for Lewis Cass. Over his public life and career, Cass served as governor of the Michigan Territory, U.S. ambassador to France, Secretary of War under … Continue reading "1866 : Lewis Cass Buried at Elmwood Cemetary in Detroit"
1943 : Race Riots Erupt in Detroit
1943 : Race Riots Erupt in Detroit
Jun 20 all-day
1943 : Race Riots Erupt in Detroit
Race riots erupt in Detroit. Detroit’s role as a major producer towards the war effort caused a dramatic increase in population. Rationing, however, created an acute shortage of housing for old and new residents alike. … Continue reading "1943 : Race Riots Erupt in Detroit"
2018 : FCC Grants Experimental TV License To MSU, WKAR
2018 : FCC Grants Experimental TV License To MSU, WKAR
Jun 20 all-day
The Federal Communications Commission has granted Michigan State University and WKAR Public Media a special license to launch an experimental Next Generation TV broadcasting station. It’s called ATSC 3.0. Proponents describe ATSC 3.0 as a … Continue reading "2018 : FCC Grants Experimental TV License To MSU, WKAR"
2018 : Second Amendment Rally at Capitol
2018 : Second Amendment Rally at Capitol
Jun 20 all-day
2018 : Second Amendment Rally at Capitol
Hundreds of gun rights activists from across Michigan gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday to demonstrate their right to openly carry their guns and advocate for protecting the Second Amendment during the annual Second Amendment … Continue reading "2018 : Second Amendment Rally at Capitol"
2021 : Happy Summer Solstice
2021 : Happy Summer Solstice
Jun 20 all-day
2021 : Happy Summer Solstice
The 2021 North American summer solstice happens on June 20 at 11:32 P.M. Summer Solstice Dates and Times Year Summer Solstice (Northern Hemisphere) 2021 Sunday, June 20, at 11:32 P.M. EDT 2022 Tuesday, June 21, at … Continue reading "2021 : Happy Summer Solstice"
1861 : Adrian Cadets March Off to War
1861 : Adrian Cadets March Off to War
Jun 21 all-day
1861 : Adrian Cadets March Off to War
Photo of Adrian Cadets, fresh from training at Camp Williams, marching down East Maumee Street to the train station on their way to the front. On June 21, 1861, 30,000 people — according to the … Continue reading "1861 : Adrian Cadets March Off to War"
1943 : Detroit Race Riot Continues
1943 : Detroit Race Riot Continues
Jun 21 all-day
1943 : Detroit Race Riot Continues
On June 21, 1943, race riots that had started the night before on Belle Isle spread throughout Detroit. The riots ended the next day once Federal troops were brought in to restore order. A total … Continue reading "1943 : Detroit Race Riot Continues"
1943 : Former Governor of Michigan Frank Murphy Takes A Stand Against Racism
1943 : Former Governor of Michigan Frank Murphy Takes A Stand Against Racism
Jun 21 all-day
1943 : Former Governor of Michigan Frank Murphy Takes A Stand Against Racism
Former governor of Michigan Frank Murphy issued the dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court’s 1943 case, Hirabayashi vs. The United States of America. This case centered around Gordon Hirabayashi, a university student in Seattle and … Continue reading "1943 : Former Governor of Michigan Frank Murphy Takes A Stand Against Racism"
1948 : The First Bill Knapp’s Restaurant Opens in Battle Creek
1948 : The First Bill Knapp’s Restaurant Opens in Battle Creek
Jun 21 all-day
1948 : The First Bill Knapp's Restaurant Opens in Battle Creek
On July 21, 1948, the first Bill Knapp’s restaurant opened on Capital Avenue in Battle Creek. Maybe I’m old, but I still remember receiving a free birthday cake on your birthday and a discount equal … Continue reading "1948 : The First Bill Knapp’s Restaurant Opens in Battle Creek"
1972 : Pinball Machines Legalized in Liquor Establishments!
1972 : Pinball Machines Legalized in Liquor Establishments!
Jun 21 all-day
1972 : Pinball Machines Legalized in Liquor Establishments!
On June 21, 1972, Gov. William Milliken signed into law a bill allowing pinball machines in liquor establishments. Source: Mich-Again’s Day.
1855 : Sault Ste. Marie Locks Opens
1855 : Sault Ste. Marie Locks Opens
Jun 22 all-day
1855 : Sault Ste. Marie Locks Opens
The passage of the steamer Illinois through the locks at Sault Ste. Marie marks the opening of unobstructed shipping between Lakes Superior and Huron. Ships were no longer forced to stop at Sault Ste. Marie … Continue reading "1855 : Sault Ste. Marie Locks Opens"
1863 : Circus Hippopotamus Jumps Off Boat Into Detroit River
1863 : Circus Hippopotamus Jumps Off Boat Into Detroit River
Jun 22 all-day
A circus hippopotamus, being shipped from Buffalo to Detroit aboard the steamber SD Caldwell, broke out of his cage and dived into the Detroit River about 6 miles south of town. Ali, the Egyptian, the … Continue reading "1863 : Circus Hippopotamus Jumps Off Boat Into Detroit River"
1922 : New Detroit Institute of Arts Building Groundbreaking
1922 : New Detroit Institute of Arts Building Groundbreaking
Jun 22 all-day
Ground was broken on the new building on June 22, 1922. Ralph Booth turned the first spade full of dirt. The cornerstone was laid April 29, 1924. “Our city has achieved first place in industry … Continue reading "1922 : New Detroit Institute of Arts Building Groundbreaking"
1929 : MSU Beaumont Tower Dedicated
1929 : MSU Beaumont Tower Dedicated
Jun 22 all-day
1929 : MSU Beaumont Tower Dedicated
Beaumont Tower has not been a part of campus since MSU’s conception. Rather, it serves as a monument to commemorate the former location of one of the most significant buildings for the university. Shortly after … Continue reading "1929 : MSU Beaumont Tower Dedicated"
1937 : Detroit’s Joe Louis Becomes World’s Heavyweight Champion
1937 : Detroit’s Joe Louis Becomes World’s Heavyweight Champion
Jun 22 all-day
1937 : Detroit's Joe Louis Becomes World's Heavyweight Champion
Eighty years ago Detroit’s own Joe Louis defeated Jimmy Braddock to become world heavyweight champion. The June 22, 1937 historic bout at Chicago’s Comiskey Park was a career-establishing win for the handsome 23-year-old. Moreover, it … Continue reading "1937 : Detroit’s Joe Louis Becomes World’s Heavyweight Champion"
1938 : 5 Kroger Stores Bombed in Detroit
1938 : 5 Kroger Stores Bombed in Detroit
Jun 22 all-day
On June 22, 1938, five Kroger grocery stores were bombed on the west side of Detroit within 15 minutes of each other in the middle of the night, blowing holes in the roofs of the … Continue reading "1938 : 5 Kroger Stores Bombed in Detroit"
1938: Joe Louis Defeats Max Schmeling, Becomes National Hero
1938: Joe Louis Defeats Max Schmeling, Becomes National Hero
Jun 22 all-day
1938: Joe Louis Defeats Max Schmeling, Becomes National Hero
One of Detroit’s favorite sons, Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, knocked out German boxer Max Schmeling and became a national hero on June 22, 1938. When Joe Louis was only ten years old, he and his … Continue reading "1938: Joe Louis Defeats Max Schmeling, Becomes National Hero"
1963 : Malcolm X Speaks At Michigan State University
1963 : Malcolm X Speaks At Michigan State University
Jun 22 all-day
Malcolm X speaks at Erickson Kiva on January 23, 1963, on the MSU campus, to students and faculty about race problems and the Black Muslim religion and its ideas. The speech is followed by answers … Continue reading "1963 : Malcolm X Speaks At Michigan State University"
2018 : Lucile A. Watts Dies, Michigan’s First Black Female Circuit Court Judge
2018 : Lucile A. Watts Dies, Michigan’s First Black Female Circuit Court Judge
Jun 22 all-day
Lucile A. Watts, the first black woman to be elected a circuit court judge in Michigan, has died at the age of 97. Watts graduated from the Detroit College of Law in 1962 and started her … Continue reading "2018 : Lucile A. Watts Dies, Michigan’s First Black Female Circuit Court Judge"
2021 : Governor Lifts COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions
2021 : Governor Lifts COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions
Jun 22 all-day
“Today is a day that we have all been looking forward to, as we can safely get back to normal day-to-day activities and put this pandemic behind us,” said Governor Whitmer. “We owe a tremendous debt … Continue reading "2021 : Governor Lifts COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions"
1828 : Historical Society of Michigan Founded
1828 : Historical Society of Michigan Founded
Jun 23 all-day
The Historical Society was officially founded on July 23, 1828 with Governor Lewis Cass serving as President and the territorial legislative council — including Henry Schoolcraft — serving as ex officio members. Source : Michigan … Continue reading "1828 : Historical Society of Michigan Founded"
1950 : Airplane Disappears Over Lake Michigan
1950 : Airplane Disappears Over Lake Michigan
Jun 23 all-day
1950 : Airplane Disappears Over Lake Michigan
  On June 23, 1950, a plane traveling from New York to Minneapolis crashed into Lake Michigan. After more than 60 years, the plane is still missing. The plane, a Northwest Airlines Douglas DC-4 carrying 55 … Continue reading "1950 : Airplane Disappears Over Lake Michigan"
1963 : Martin Luther King Delivers I Have A Dream Speech In Detroit
1963 : Martin Luther King Delivers I Have A Dream Speech In Detroit
Jun 23 all-day
On June 23, 1963, an estimated 125,000 people carrying signs and singing “We Shall Overcome” marched down Detroit’s Woodward Avenue. The march, which was the country’s largest civil rights demonstration at that time, ended at … Continue reading "1963 : Martin Luther King Delivers I Have A Dream Speech In Detroit"
1963 : Martin Luther King Leads Leads Largest Demonstration in Nation’s History in Detroit
1963 : Martin Luther King Leads Leads Largest Demonstration in Nation’s History in Detroit
Jun 23 all-day
1963 : Martin Luther King Leads Leads Largest Demonstration in Nation's History in Detroit
In the spring of 1963, Detroiters looked for a way to commemorate the anniversary of racial violence that tore through their city twenty years earlier that left 34 people dead and hundreds injured. The Detroit … Continue reading "1963 : Martin Luther King Leads Leads Largest Demonstration in Nation’s History in Detroit"
1967 : Alewives Wash Up on Michigan’s Lake Michigan Shoreline
1967 : Alewives Wash Up on Michigan’s Lake Michigan Shoreline
Jun 23 all-day
1967 : Alewives Wash Up on Michigan's Lake Michigan Shoreline
  June 23, 1967, billions of alewives, a small “trash” fish, began washing up and rotting on four hundred miles of Lake Michigan shoreline from Benton Harbor to Petoskey, causing tremendous damage to the tourist … Continue reading "1967 : Alewives Wash Up on Michigan’s Lake Michigan Shoreline"
2013 : Detroit Walk to Freedom Anniversary
2013 : Detroit Walk to Freedom Anniversary
Jun 23 all-day
  50th Anniversary of MLK Freedom Walk, Detroit, MI, June 22, 2013 – – A No Struggle, No Development Production! By Kenny Snodgrass, Activist, Photographer, Videographer, Author Photo montage – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAP7nVnnYiE Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf4Bs049CqM&feature=youtu.be … Continue reading "2013 : Detroit Walk to Freedom Anniversary"
2017: Mid-Michigan Suffers Major Flooding
2017: Mid-Michigan Suffers Major Flooding
Jun 23 all-day
Flood damage to Isabella County public and private property is near $90 million, according to preliminary assessments announced Wednesday, June 28. The damage to homes and roads appears to make Isabella the hardest-hit among four … Continue reading "2017: Mid-Michigan Suffers Major Flooding"
1873 : Elk Rapids Iron Co. Produces First Iron
1873 : Elk Rapids Iron Co. Produces First Iron
Jun 24 all-day
On June 24, 1873, the Elk Rapids Iron Co. produced its first blast of iron. Elk Rapids was once one of the nation’s greatest producers of iron. Its furnace stood 47 feet tall and 12 … Continue reading "1873 : Elk Rapids Iron Co. Produces First Iron"
1882: Founder of Stroh’s Beer Dies
1882: Founder of Stroh’s Beer Dies
Jun 24 all-day
1882: Founder of Stroh's Beer Dies
Bernard Stroh ( (August 20, 1822-June 24, 1882) was born in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany and learned the beer brewing trade from his father.   Around the time of the German Revolution, he left his homeland in 1848, … Continue reading "1882: Founder of Stroh’s Beer Dies"
1906 : Free Press Starts Drive To Send Crippled Girls and Boys To Camp; Establishes Free Air Camp
1906 : Free Press Starts Drive To Send Crippled Girls and Boys To Camp; Establishes Free Air Camp
Jun 24 all-day
Fresh Air Camp: On June 24, 1906, the Free Press runs a box asking readers to “wrap up a nickel in a piece of paper and send it to the Free Press to be used … Continue reading "1906 : Free Press Starts Drive To Send Crippled Girls and Boys To Camp; Establishes Free Air Camp"
1960 : Houghton-Hancock Bridge Almost Taken Out By Ship
1960 : Houghton-Hancock Bridge Almost Taken Out By Ship
Jun 24 all-day
1960 : Houghton-Hancock Bridge Almost Taken Out By Ship
On June 24, 1960, the day before the new Houghton-Hancock Bridge over Portage Lake in the Upper Peninsula was to be formally dedicated, the steamer J.F. Schoellkopf almost collided with the bridge. Captain Albert Wilhelmy … Continue reading "1960 : Houghton-Hancock Bridge Almost Taken Out By Ship"
1972 : First Motor City Pride Parade
1972 : First Motor City Pride Parade
Jun 24 all-day
1972 : First Motor City Pride Parade
Merrilee Melvin was 24 years old in spring of 1972 when she was swiftly fired from her print shop job after coming out to a coworker. Soon afterward, she was hired at $25 a week … Continue reading "1972 : First Motor City Pride Parade"
2001 : Michigan’s First Amber Alert Anniversary
2001 : Michigan’s First Amber Alert Anniversary
Jun 24 all-day
Since it launched in Michigan in 2001, 295 of 304 children involved in AMBER Alerts have been recovered alive. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters spends between $35,000 and $40,000 a year to fund the program, … Continue reading "2001 : Michigan’s First Amber Alert Anniversary"
2016 : James Riley Sr. Dies, Founder of Lansing’s Oldest Black-Owned Funeral Home
2016 : James Riley Sr. Dies, Founder of Lansing’s Oldest Black-Owned Funeral Home
Jun 24 all-day
James Riley Sr., founder of the oldest black-owned funeral home, and perhaps the oldest black-owned business in Lansing, died June 24. He was 93. James Russell Riley Sr. was born in Memphis, Tenn., on Sept. 22, 1922. … Continue reading "2016 : James Riley Sr. Dies, Founder of Lansing’s Oldest Black-Owned Funeral Home"
1816 : A Description of Frontier Detroit and the Birth of the City Library of Detroit
1816 : A Description of Frontier Detroit and the Birth of the City Library of Detroit
Jun 25 all-day
At 3 p.m. on June 25, 1816, John Montieth, a Presbyterian missionary, received his first glimpse of Detroit when he stepped ashore from his transport. the schooner he had boarded 40 hours earlier in Buffalo, … Continue reading "1816 : A Description of Frontier Detroit and the Birth of the City Library of Detroit"
1832 : Cholera Epidemic Breaks Out In Detroit
1832 : Cholera Epidemic Breaks Out In Detroit
Jun 25 all-day
1832 : Cholera Epidemic Breaks Out In Detroit
Cholera epidemic begins in Michigan. Flyer for preventing Cholera during the second cholera pandemic (1829–51) On June 25, 1832, the Detroit Board of Health issued guidelines to prevent and cure cholera, including a list of … Continue reading "1832 : Cholera Epidemic Breaks Out In Detroit"
1863 : Olympia Brown, First Female Minister with Full Ecclesiastical Authority
1863 : Olympia Brown, First Female Minister with Full Ecclesiastical Authority
Jun 25 all-day
Kalamazoo native Olympia Brown became the country’s first female minister with full ecclesiatical authority on this day. Sources : Michigan History, May/June 2014, p.7. For a longer account, see Laurie Carter Noble, “Olympia Brown : … Continue reading "1863 : Olympia Brown, First Female Minister with Full Ecclesiastical Authority"
1953 : Al Kaline Debuts As a Detroit Tiger
1953 : Al Kaline Debuts As a Detroit Tiger
Jun 25 all-day
1953 : Al Kaline Debuts As a Detroit Tiger
60 years ago today, one of the best AL players of his generation debuted ? Al Kaline. One of the few people to play for 20 seasons and never change franchises, for a generation of … Continue reading "1953 : Al Kaline Debuts As a Detroit Tiger"
1956 : Tee Ball Invented in Albion, Michigan
1956 : Tee Ball Invented in Albion, Michigan
Jun 25 all-day
1956 : Tee Ball Invented in Albion, Michigan
Back in 1956, young fans of the great American pastime finally got a chance to play ball when an Albion, Michigan man Jerry Sacharski had the idea to use a batting tee to help teach … Continue reading "1956 : Tee Ball Invented in Albion, Michigan"
1958 : The First Governor’s Walk Across the Mackinac Bridge
1958 : The First Governor’s Walk Across the Mackinac Bridge
Jun 25 all-day
1958 : The First Governor's Walk Across the Mackinac Bridge
The official dedication ceremonies for the newly built Mackinac Bridge began with the first “Governor’s Walk” across the bridge, led by Governor Soapy Williams. In all there were four days of festivities through June 28, … Continue reading "1958 : The First Governor’s Walk Across the Mackinac Bridge"
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