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1828 : Library of Michigan Born
1828 : Library of Michigan Born
Jun 16 all-day
1828 : Library of Michigan Born
In 1828 the territorial council realized the need to collect, compile and store Michigan territorial laws and other important documents. Consequentially, Henry Schoolcraft introduced a resolution to appoint a librarian for the council library, which … Continue reading "1828 : Library of Michigan Born"
1855 : Michigan State Agricultural Society Picks Location for Michigan Agricultural College, Now MSU
1855 : Michigan State Agricultural Society Picks Location for Michigan Agricultural College, Now MSU
Jun 16 all-day
In a strange twist of fate, our university would not have been established were it not for our rival down the road. University of Michigan President Harry Tappan was intent on convincing the Michigan Legislature … Continue reading "1855 : Michigan State Agricultural Society Picks Location for Michigan Agricultural College, Now MSU"
1856 : James Jesse Strang Assassinated on Beaver Island
1856 : James Jesse Strang Assassinated on Beaver Island
Jun 16 all-day
1856 : James Jesse Strang Assassinated on Beaver Island
After the murder of Mormon leader Joseph Smith in 1844 in Illinois, most Mormons followed Brigham Young west to Utah. A few Mormons accepted the leadership of James Strang, a native New Yorker, and settled … Continue reading "1856 : James Jesse Strang Assassinated on Beaver Island"
1903 : Ford Motor Company Incorporates
1903 : Ford Motor Company Incorporates
Jun 16 all-day
On June 16, 1903, Henry Ford and 11 investors signed articles of incorporation for the Ford Motor Company in Michigan. After two earlier attempts at car making ventures, the Detroit Auto Company (which failed) and … Continue reading "1903 : Ford Motor Company Incorporates"
1941 : Parking Meters Installed in Downtown Lansing
1941 : Parking Meters Installed in Downtown Lansing
Jun 16 all-day
City officials deliberated for more than two years, but finally on June 16, 1941, metered parking went into effect in Lansing’s downtown area. Initially 742 automatic meters were installed on the city’s streets as a … Continue reading "1941 : Parking Meters Installed in Downtown Lansing"
1998 : Detroit Red Wings Win Stanley Cup
1998 : Detroit Red Wings Win Stanley Cup
Jun 16 all-day
1998 : Detroit Red Wings Win Stanley Cup
THIS DATE IN HISTORY: June 16, 1998 The Detroit Red Wings complete a four-game sweep of the Washington Capitals with a 4-1 win in Game 4 of the Final at MCI Center. They become the … Continue reading "1998 : Detroit Red Wings Win Stanley Cup"
1833 : Thorton Blackbird and his Wife Lucie, Runaway Slaves, Rescued by Detroit African Americans
1833 : Thorton Blackbird and his Wife Lucie, Runaway Slaves, Rescued by Detroit African Americans
Jun 17 all-day
Runaway slaves Thorton Blackburn and Lucie escaped Kentucky, made their way to Michigan where they married and settled into a good life in Detroit. Unfortunately a visitor recognized Thorton and reported his presence to their … Continue reading "1833 : Thorton Blackbird and his Wife Lucie, Runaway Slaves, Rescued by Detroit African Americans"
1866 : Lewis Cass Dies In Detroit
1866 : Lewis Cass Dies In Detroit
Jun 17 all-day
Nicknamed the “father of popular sovereignty”, Lewis Cass was born in New Hampshire in 1782. He moved to Ohio as a child, and relocated to the Michigan Territory to help fight against the British in … Continue reading "1866 : Lewis Cass Dies In Detroit"
1913 : First Auto Strike in Michigan & the Country
1913 : First Auto Strike in Michigan & the Country
Jun 17 all-day
On June 17, 1913, the 1st automobile strike in Michigan and the country occurred at multiple Studebaker plants in Detroit. The Industrial Workers of the World, an union w/only 200 members in Detroit, were trying … Continue reading "1913 : First Auto Strike in Michigan & the Country"
1915 : Cross-Country Road Trip
1915 : Cross-Country Road Trip
Jun 17 all-day
1915 : Cross-Country Road Trip
On June 17, 1915, Edsel B. Ford (and a few other sons of Detroit industry) heading out of Dearborn for a cross-country road trip. Ford drove a Model T, naturally, while his friends came along … Continue reading "1915 : Cross-Country Road Trip"
1945 : Dixie Ann Cheney Born, Early TV Star
1945 : Dixie Ann Cheney Born, Early TV Star
Jun 17 all-day
1945 : Dixie Ann Cheney Born, Early TV Star
In the early days of television – the 1950’s, to be precise – there was a television show based on the comic strip, “Blondie”. The entire Bumstead family was there: Dagwood, Blondie, son Alexander, daughter … Continue reading "1945 : Dixie Ann Cheney Born, Early TV Star"
1958 : Detroit Tigers’s First Player of Color
1958 : Detroit Tigers’s First Player of Color
Jun 17 all-day
1958 : Detroit Tigers's First Player of Color
A decade before hometown hero Willie Horton would help the Detroit Tigers win a world championship, Ozzie Virgil took the field at Tiger Stadium on June 17, 1958, as the ballclub’s first player of color. … Continue reading "1958 : Detroit Tigers’s First Player of Color"
June 17, 1873 : Clara Ward Born, Nineteenth Century Celebrity
June 17, 1873 : Clara Ward Born, Nineteenth Century Celebrity
Jun 17 all-day
June 17, 1873 : Clara Ward Born, Nineteenth Century Celebrity
Happy Birthday Clara Ward, Princess de Chimay!   Clara Ward was born June 17, 1873 to Captain Eber Brock Ward of Detroit, Michigan’s first millionaire. She married the Belgian Prince of Caraman-Chimay when she was … Continue reading "June 17, 1873 : Clara Ward Born, Nineteenth Century Celebrity"
1782 : Antoine Dequindre Born, Hero of Monguagon
1782 : Antoine Dequindre Born, Hero of Monguagon
Jun 18 all-day
Antoine Dequindre (June 18, 1782–February 24, 1843) was a soldier, landowner and shopkeeper in Detroit, Michigan in the first half of the 19th century. He is best known for heroism at the Battle of Monguagon … Continue reading "1782 : Antoine Dequindre Born, Hero of Monguagon"
1855 : The Steamship Illinois is First Ship To Pass through Sault Ste. Marie Locks
1855 : The Steamship Illinois is First Ship To Pass through Sault Ste. Marie Locks
Jun 18 all-day
1855 : The Steamship Illinois is First Ship To Pass through Sault Ste. Marie Locks
The steamship Illinois became the first ship to pass through the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, which connect Lakes Huron and Superior via the St. Mary’s River. Workers spent two years building two 350-foot locks, … Continue reading "1855 : The Steamship Illinois is First Ship To Pass through Sault Ste. Marie Locks"
1898 : Bob-Lo Island Opens
1898 : Bob-Lo Island Opens
Jun 18 all-day
1898 : Bob-Lo Island Opens
On June 18, 1898, the Bob-Lo Island Amusement Park opened for the first time on Bois Blanc Island, ON, Canada. It would be a favorite summer destination for Detroiters for the next century. Clipping from … Continue reading "1898 : Bob-Lo Island Opens"
1923 : 1st Checker Cab Taxi Produced in Kalamazoo
1923 : 1st Checker Cab Taxi Produced in Kalamazoo
Jun 18 all-day
1923 : 1st Checker Cab Taxi Produced in Kalamazoo
On June 18, 1923, Checker Cab rolled its 1st taxi off the line in Kalamazoo, Michigan.   Morris Markin founded the company in Chicago, but moved the operation to Kalamazoo due to skilled labor available … Continue reading "1923 : 1st Checker Cab Taxi Produced in Kalamazoo"
2016 : Arianna Quan, First Asian-American Miss Michigan
2016 : Arianna Quan, First Asian-American Miss Michigan
Jun 18 all-day
  Competing as Miss Wayne County, Quan beat out 32 other women from around the state to earn the title of Miss Michigan inside the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Muskegon. A … Continue reading "2016 : Arianna Quan, First Asian-American Miss Michigan"
2018 : Big City Greens Premieres on Disney; Inspired by St. Johns Roots
2018 : Big City Greens Premieres on Disney; Inspired by St. Johns Roots
Jun 18 all-day
2018 : Big City Greens Premieres on Disney; Inspired by St. Johns Roots
Big City Greens  is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation. The series is created by Chris and Shane Houghton, who grew up on five acres of land just south of St. … Continue reading "2018 : Big City Greens Premieres on Disney; Inspired by St. Johns Roots"
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"
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