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1864 : Battle of Honey Hill, Georgia
1864 : Battle of Honey Hill, Georgia
Nov 28 all-day
1864 : Battle of Honey Hill, Georgia
During the last days of November 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman was nearing the end of his epic march across Georgia to the sea. As he approached Savanah, Sherman requested that Union forces stationed at … Continue reading "1864 : Battle of Honey Hill, Georgia"
1905: Lake Superior Storm
1905: Lake Superior Storm
Nov 28 all-day
On this day, 29 ships were either damaged or lost during a winter gale on Lake Superior. Source : Pasty Central Day in History, November 28 However, many think the greatest storm ever to occur … Continue reading "1905: Lake Superior Storm"
1929 : Berry Gordy, Jr. Born in Detroit
1929 : Berry Gordy, Jr. Born in Detroit
Nov 28 all-day
1929 : Berry Gordy, Jr. Born in Detroit
Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. brought black music to white audiences. He premiered a new sound, and launched the careers of such artists as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and the Supremes. In … Continue reading "1929 : Berry Gordy, Jr. Born in Detroit"
2016 : Michael ‘Jim’ Delligatti Dies, Creator of Big Mac and MSU Grad
2016 : Michael ‘Jim’ Delligatti Dies, Creator of Big Mac and MSU Grad
Nov 28 all-day
2016 : Michael 'Jim' Delligatti Dies, Creator of Big Mac and MSU Grad
Michael “Jim” Delligatti, an early Ray Kroc franchisee and the man who created the most iconic item on the McDonald’s menu, the Big Mac, died Monday at the age of 98. Delligatti created the infamous … Continue reading "2016 : Michael ‘Jim’ Delligatti Dies, Creator of Big Mac and MSU Grad"
1760 : French Surrender Michigan to British
1760 : French Surrender Michigan to British
Nov 29 all-day
1760 : French Surrender Michigan to British
Painting of the French surrender of Fort Pontchartain du Detroit to English. On Nov. 29, 1760, the French surrendered Michigan to the British after only three-score years of rule. Captain Francoise-Marie Picote, Sieur de Bellestre, … Continue reading "1760 : French Surrender Michigan to British"
1847 : Michigan’s First Telegraph Line Completed
1847 : Michigan’s First Telegraph Line Completed
Nov 29 all-day
On November 29, 1847, Michigan’s first telegraph line was completed along the Michigan Central railroad tracks between Detroit and Ypsilanti. The first messages sent were long and ranged from the price of wheat and putty … Continue reading "1847 : Michigan’s First Telegraph Line Completed"
1870 : Susan B. Anthony Demands Right to Vote In Detroit
1870 : Susan B. Anthony Demands Right to Vote In Detroit
Nov 29 all-day
1870 : Susan B. Anthony Demands Right to Vote In Detroit
Speaking at the Northwestern Woman’s Suffrage Association in Detroit on November 29, 1870, Susan B. Anthony shared her ideas on woman suffrage, her reasons for demanding it, the abuses women suffer for lacking it. The … Continue reading "1870 : Susan B. Anthony Demands Right to Vote In Detroit"
1883 : Former Michigan Gov. William Greenly Dies, Signed Legislation to Move Capitol to Lansing
1883 : Former Michigan Gov. William Greenly Dies, Signed Legislation to Move Capitol to Lansing
Nov 29 all-day
On Nov. 29, 1883, former Michigan Gov. William Greenly, the state’s sixth governor, died in his hometown of Adrian at age 70. Greenly served as lieutenant governor until Mar. 4, 1847, when Gov. Alpheus Felch … Continue reading "1883 : Former Michigan Gov. William Greenly Dies, Signed Legislation to Move Capitol to Lansing"
1816 : Tiffin, U.S. Surveyor General, Reports That Michigan is “Interminable Swamp”
1816 : Tiffin, U.S. Surveyor General, Reports That Michigan is “Interminable Swamp”
Nov 30 all-day
At the end of the War of 1812, Congress authorized bounty lands to be awarded to soldiers, to compensate them for their service. Each man would get 160 acres in the Old Northwest Territory, which … Continue reading "1816 : Tiffin, U.S. Surveyor General, Reports That Michigan is “Interminable Swamp”"
1885 : Traverse City State Hospital for the Insane Opens
1885 : Traverse City State Hospital for the Insane Opens
Nov 30 all-day
1885 : Traverse City State Hospital for the Insane Opens
Created by Michigan Public Act Number 155, and originally called the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane, the Traverse City mental health institution had a total of five names in its one hundred plus year … Continue reading "1885 : Traverse City State Hospital for the Insane Opens"
1911, Reid Stout, School Bus Safety Mirror Inventor, Born
1911, Reid Stout, School Bus Safety Mirror Inventor, Born
Nov 30 all-day
1911, Reid Stout, School Bus Safety Mirror Inventor, Born
  Reid Stout, Born November 30, 1911, Died June 1, 1986 A near-accident was the inspiration for the invention of the school bus safety mirror. These mirrors help the bus drivers see the blind spots, … Continue reading "1911, Reid Stout, School Bus Safety Mirror Inventor, Born"
1932 : Detroit Police Raid Oasis Club During the Height of Prohibition
1932 : Detroit Police Raid Oasis Club During the Height of Prohibition
Nov 30 all-day
On November 30, 1932, Detroit Police raided the Oasis Club, a blind pig located near the Detroit City College campus (now Wayne State University). Source : Detroit Historical Society For more information about Prohibition, see … Continue reading "1932 : Detroit Police Raid Oasis Club During the Height of Prohibition"
1961 : Michigan Nurse Killed in Vietnam, Only Female Casualty
1961 : Michigan Nurse Killed in Vietnam, Only Female Casualty
Nov 30 all-day
On November 30, 1961,  Hedwig Diane Orlowkski, a 1st Lieutenant and member of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, was killed in Vietnam, the only Michigan woman killed in the conflict. 7 other female nurses also … Continue reading "1961 : Michigan Nurse Killed in Vietnam, Only Female Casualty"
1983 : Senator David Serotkin Recalled Over Tax Raise Vote
1983 : Senator David Serotkin Recalled Over Tax Raise Vote
Nov 30 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 : Senator David Serotkin Recalled Over Tax Raise Vote"
1866 : Michigan Home for Veterans Established in Grand Rapids
1866 : Michigan Home for Veterans Established in Grand Rapids
Dec 1 all-day
On December 1, 1866, the Michigan Soldiers Home was opened in Grand Rapids for veterans of the Mexican War, Civil War and Spanish-American War who were disabled by disease or wounds and were incapable of … Continue reading "1866 : Michigan Home for Veterans Established in Grand Rapids"
1913 : Ford Introduces the Assembly Line
1913 : Ford Introduces the Assembly Line
Dec 1 all-day
 On December 1, 1913, Henry Ford installs the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. His innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from more than … Continue reading "1913 : Ford Introduces the Assembly Line"
1953 ; Former Michigan Governor Kim Sigler Dies in Plane Crash
1953 ; Former Michigan Governor Kim Sigler Dies in Plane Crash
Dec 1 all-day
1953 ; Former Michigan Governor Kim Sigler Dies in Plane Crash
December 1, 1953, former Michigan Governor Kim Sigler and three passengers were killed when Sigler’s personal plane crashed into a radio tower near Battle Creek. Kim Sigler, who rocketed to the Michigan governor’s chair seven … Continue reading "1953 ; Former Michigan Governor Kim Sigler Dies in Plane Crash"
1955 : Rosa Parks Arrested for Not Giving Up Her Seat
1955 : Rosa Parks Arrested for Not Giving Up Her Seat
Dec 1 all-day
1955 : Rosa Parks Arrested for Not Giving Up Her Seat
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks took the bus home from work.  In one of her books, she tells us what happened when she was told to give up her seat: One evening in early … Continue reading "1955 : Rosa Parks Arrested for Not Giving Up Her Seat"
1982 : Lansing TV Station Fox 47 Launched
1982 : Lansing TV Station Fox 47 Launched
Dec 1 all-day
Lansing’s TV station, WFSL, first called “Independent Station TV 47”, began on December 1, 1982 and later became Fox 47, WSYM. Source: John Robinson, “Lansing History : Fox 47 Debuts, December 1” WFMK Blog, April … Continue reading "1982 : Lansing TV Station Fox 47 Launched"
1987 : Hitsville USA Michigan Historical Marker Dedicated
1987 : Hitsville USA Michigan Historical Marker Dedicated
Dec 1 all-day
1987 :  Hitsville USA Michigan Historical Marker Dedicated
The Hitsville U.S.A. building in Detroit, Michigan On December 1, 1987, Michigan Governor James Blanchard and Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young, along with Motown stars Smokey Robinson and the Temptations’ Eddie Kendricks, attended a ceremony … Continue reading "1987 : Hitsville USA Michigan Historical Marker Dedicated"
2014: David Zinn, Ann Arbor, Michigan Street Artist
2014: David Zinn, Ann Arbor, Michigan Street Artist
Dec 1 all-day
2014: David Zinn, Ann Arbor, Michigan Street Artist
  David Zinn is an Ann Arbor artist known for his temporary street art composed entirely of chalk, charcoal and found objects that is entirely improvised on location. Most of these drawings (most notably “Sluggo”) … Continue reading "2014: David Zinn, Ann Arbor, Michigan Street Artist"
2017 : Elk is in, loon is out for Michigan’s wildlife license plate
2017 : Elk is in, loon is out for Michigan’s wildlife license plate
Dec 1 all-day
2017 : Elk is in, loon is out for Michigan's wildlife license plate
The elk is booting the common loon off Michigan’s wildlife license plate. Starting December 1, the giant mammal will be featured on the new plates, which cost $35 and help support wildlife management in the … Continue reading "2017 : Elk is in, loon is out for Michigan’s wildlife license plate"
1830 : State’s First Antislavery Society Formed
1830 : State’s First Antislavery Society Formed
Dec 2 all-day
1830 : State's First Antislavery Society Formed
Elizabeth Chandler organized the state’s first antislavery society. Some sources suggest that the Logan Female Anti-Slavery Society was formed in 1832, but at any rate, it went on to help create safe stops for for … Continue reading "1830 : State’s First Antislavery Society Formed"
1888 : Detroit Milkmen Try To Raise Price of Milk to 7 Cents Per Quart
1888 : Detroit Milkmen Try To Raise Price of Milk to 7 Cents Per Quart
Dec 2 all-day
On December 2, 1888, Detroit milkmen met to try to raise the price of their product to seven cents per quart. Sources : Detroit Historical Society Bill Loomis, “Got milk? A century ago, it came … Continue reading "1888 : Detroit Milkmen Try To Raise Price of Milk to 7 Cents Per Quart"
1927 : Ford Motor Co. Unveils Model A In Showrooms
1927 : Ford Motor Co. Unveils Model A In Showrooms
Dec 2 all-day
1927 : Ford Motor Co. Unveils Model A In Showrooms
On this day Ford Motor Co. unveiled its Model A automobile for customers for the first time. The Ford Model A of 1928–1931 was the second huge success for the Ford Motor Company, after its … Continue reading "1927 : Ford Motor Co. Unveils Model A In Showrooms"
1967 : Crisler Arena Hosts 1st Basketball Game
1967 : Crisler Arena Hosts 1st Basketball Game
Dec 2 all-day
Crisler Arena — now known as Crisler Center with the addition of the William Davidson Player Development Center — has been the location for Michigan athletic events for 45 years. The men’s basketball team has … Continue reading "1967 : Crisler Arena Hosts 1st Basketball Game"
1975 : China Plays MSU Fight Song to Welcome President Gerald Ford
1975 : China Plays MSU Fight Song to Welcome President Gerald Ford
Dec 2 all-day
When President Gerald Ford, a University alum, arrived in Peking, China to attend an important meeting with the Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping, he was greeted with a band playing the Michigan State University fight … Continue reading "1975 : China Plays MSU Fight Song to Welcome President Gerald Ford"
2012 : Michillinda Resort Burns To Ground
2012 : Michillinda Resort Burns To Ground
Dec 2 all-day
Fire raged through the historic Michillinda Lodge on Lake Michigan in Fruitland Township early Sunday, December 2, 2012, leaving behind nothing but smoldering ruins. Nearly every fire department in Muskegon County sent tanker trucks to … Continue reading "2012 : Michillinda Resort Burns To Ground"
2019 : Dick Thelan, Last Remaining Michigan Survivor of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, Honored for Service
2019 : Dick Thelan, Last Remaining Michigan Survivor of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, Honored for Service
Dec 2 all-day
2019 : Dick Thelan, Last Remaining Michigan Survivor of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, Honored for Service
I was humbled this week to host a ceremony honoring Congressional Gold Medal recipient Dick Thelen, a survivor of the USS Indianapolis disaster. The story of the USS Indianapolis is a distinctively tragic one. On … Continue reading "2019 : Dick Thelan, Last Remaining Michigan Survivor of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, Honored for Service"
1896 : First Rural Free Mail Delivery in State of Michigan Offered in Climax, Michigan
1896 : First Rural Free Mail Delivery in State of Michigan Offered in Climax, Michigan
Dec 3 all-day
1896 : First Rural Free Mail Delivery in State of Michigan Offered in Climax, Michigan
POST MARK COLLECTORS CLUB – POST OFFICE PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION Post Office: Climax, MI 49034 (Kalamazoo County) Date of Photo: circa 1896 Contributor: Paul E. Petosky, Postmarks from the Past The first Rural Free Delivery mail service … Continue reading "1896 : First Rural Free Mail Delivery in State of Michigan Offered in Climax, Michigan"
1929 : Ford Motor Company Raises Pay to $7/Day
1929 : Ford Motor Company Raises Pay to $7/Day
Dec 3 all-day
Despite the collapse of the U.S. stock market, the Ford Motor Company raised the pay of its employees from $5 to $7 a day on this day. Source : Detroit Historical Society.
2003: Governor Granholm Signs Bill Recognizing Cesar Chavez Day
2003: Governor Granholm Signs Bill Recognizing Cesar Chavez Day
Dec 3 all-day
2003: Governor Granholm Signs Bill Recognizing Cesar Chavez Day
After signing a bill into law today that creates Cesar Chavez Day in Michigan, Gov. Jennifer Granholm said “it takes courage” to stand up and say that people should not be discriminated against.  Courage was … Continue reading "2003: Governor Granholm Signs Bill Recognizing Cesar Chavez Day"
2017: Pontiac Silverdome Explosion Fails
2017: Pontiac Silverdome Explosion Fails
Dec 3 all-day
The Pontiac Silverdome is going out with a bang on Dec. 3. The city of Pontiac issued a permit in early November for the long-awaited demolition of the abandoned stadium, once home to the Detroit Lions. Demolition is set to begin … Continue reading "2017: Pontiac Silverdome Explosion Fails"
1823 : Territorial Governor Lewis Cass Calls for an End to Government Welfare
1823 : Territorial Governor Lewis Cass Calls for an End to Government Welfare
Dec 4 all-day
On December 4, 1823, Territorial Governor Lewis Cass wrote Secretary of War John Calhoun warning him that the British were continuing to provide presents (government welfare) to Indians residing in Michigan. Although the British were … Continue reading "1823 : Territorial Governor Lewis Cass Calls for an End to Government Welfare"
1838 : Battle of Windsor
1838 : Battle of Windsor
Dec 4 all-day
1838 : Battle of Windsor
The Battle of Windsor Historical Marker in front of Francois Baby House, Hiram Walker Historical Museum in Windsor Ontario “Early on December 4, 1838, a force of about 140 American and Canadian supporters of William … Continue reading "1838 : Battle of Windsor"
1844 : Michigan Central College Opens in Spring Harbor; Will Eventually Become Hillsdale College
1844 : Michigan Central College Opens in Spring Harbor; Will Eventually Become Hillsdale College
Dec 4 all-day
Baptists opened Michigan Central College in Spring Arbor on December 4, 1844. It was the first in Michigan to grant degrees to women. Nine years later, the college was moved to Hillsdale and reorganized as … Continue reading "1844 : Michigan Central College Opens in Spring Harbor; Will Eventually Become Hillsdale College"
1908 : Dr. Alfred Day Hershey Born In Owosso, Nobel Prize Winner
1908 : Dr. Alfred Day Hershey Born In Owosso, Nobel Prize Winner
Dec 4 all-day
Dr. Alfred Day Hershey won the Nobel Prize in 1969 for his pioneering work. Hershey was born in Owosso on Dec. 4, 1908. He lived his first four years in Owosso, then moved with his … Continue reading "1908 : Dr. Alfred Day Hershey Born In Owosso, Nobel Prize Winner"
1936 : UM Dedicates Burton Memorial Tower
1936 : UM Dedicates Burton Memorial Tower
Dec 4 all-day
1936 : UM Dedicates Burton Memorial Tower
Burton Memorial Tower was erected during the 1935-36 school year and was formally dedicated on December 4, 1936. It was created as a memorial to former President Marion Leroy Burton, who served as president at … Continue reading "1936 : UM Dedicates Burton Memorial Tower"
2010 : Grand Rapids Woman Wins Dr. Pepper Tuition Throw Football Competition
2010 : Grand Rapids Woman Wins Dr. Pepper Tuition Throw Football Competition
Dec 4 all-day
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AH58SWjkxY&feature=youtu.be Every great sporting event — actually, every great event period — has its breakthrough, watershed moment. That instantaneous dividing line between the way they used to do stuff and the way we do it now. … Continue reading "2010 : Grand Rapids Woman Wins Dr. Pepper Tuition Throw Football Competition"
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