Today in Michigan History

Michigan: Ann Arbor - Detroit - Flint, MI - Grand Rapids

Historical Events

Events 1 - 59 of 59

1738-07-20 - North America: French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vérendrye reaches the western shore of Lake Michigan.
1763-06-02 - Pontiac's Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan, Chippewas capture Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison's attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort.
1805-01-11 - Michigan Territory organizes
1812-08-16 - General Hull surrenders Detroit & Michigan territory to British forces
1813-01-22 - Americans capture Frenchtown, Michigan Territory
1837-01-26 - Michigan admitted as 26th US state
1846-05-04 - US state Michigan ends death penalty
1847-01-01 - Michigan is 1st state to abolish capital punishment
1847-03-01 - Michigan becomes 1st English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state)
1847-11-21 - Steamer "Phoenix" is lost on Lake Michigan, kills 200
1854-02-22 - 1st meeting of Republican Party (Michigan)
1855-02-12 - Michigan State University was established.
1860-09-07 - Excursion steamer "Lady Elgin" drowns 340 in Lake Michigan
1863-05-23 - Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan.
1865-03-20 - Michigan authorizes workers' cooperatives
1866-12-06 - Chicago water supply tunnel 3,227 m into Lake Michigan completed
1867-03-15 - Michigan becomes 1st state to tax property to support a university
1880-07-23 - 1st commercial hydroelectric power planet begins, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1882-08-08 - Snow falls on Lake Michigan
1887-03-15 - 1st salaried fish & game warden (William Alden Smith in Michigan)
1887-11-23 - Notre Dame loses its 1st football game 8-0 to Michigan
1903-06-12 - The Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is founded at the University of Michigan School of Music.
1907-07-20 - A train wreck on the Pere Marquette Railroad near Salem, Michigan kills thirty and injures seventy more.
1908-09-16 - Carriage-maker, William Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan
The 1910 Model T FordThe 1910 Model T Ford

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry FordFord Motor Company Founder Henry Ford 1908-09-27 - Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan
1914-08-31 - 24.8 cm rainfall at Bloomingdale, Michigan (state record)
1915-07-24 - Excursion ship Eastland capsizes in Lake Michigan, 852 die
1925-02-10 - 1st waterless gas storage tank put into service, Michigan City, Ind
1926-10-24 - Harry Houdini's last performance, which was at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
1932-03-07 - Riots at Ford-factory Dearborn Michigan, kills 4
1934-02-09 - -51°F (-46°C), Vanderbilt, Michigan (state record)
1936-07-13 - 112°F (44°C), Mio, Michigan (state record)
1940-09-28 - Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 & 94 yard touchdowns
1940-11-27 - 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)
1942-10-28 - Train crashes into bus, killing 16 & injuring 20 (Detroit Michigan)
Magician & Escape Artist Harry HoudiniMagician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini 1945-01-25 - Grand Rapids, Michigan, becomes 1st US city to fluoridate its water
1953-06-08 - Cluster of 6 tornadoes touches down in Flint Michigan killing 113
1954-02-26 - Michigan rep Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock & roll) records
1954-11-02 - Charles C Diggs Jr elected Michigan's 1st black congressman
1956-04-03 - Hudsonville-Standale Tornado: The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado.
1958-06-26 - Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan dedicated
1961-10-10 - Otis M Smith appointed to Michigan Supreme Court
1963-12-18 - Muskegon, Michigan gets 3' of snow
1965-01-15 - Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, forms
1966-08-07 - Race riot in Lansing Michigan
1979-03-26 - Michigan State Spartans snaps Indiana State's 33-game win streak
NFL Quarterback Joe MontanaNFL Quarterback Joe Montana 1982-01-24 - Super Bowl XVI: SF 49ers beat Cin Bengals, 26-21 in Pontiac Michigan, MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB
1985-11-15 - A research assistant is injured when a package from the Unabomber addressed to a University of Michigan professor explodes.
1988-07-31 - Last playboy club closes in Lansing, Michigan
1990-03-03 - Carole Gist (20) is the 1st African American to be crowned Miss USA in Wichita, Kansas
1991-02-05 - A Michigan court bars Dr Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides
1991-12-14 - 57th Heisman Trophy Award: Desmond Howard, Michigan (WR)
1993-02-19 - Kenya Moore, 22, (Michigan), crowned 42nd Miss USA
1997-07-22 - The second Blue Water Bridge opens between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario.
1997-12-13 - 63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB)
Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh HefnerPlayboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner 1998-06-05 - A strike begins at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants (the strike lasted seven weeks).
1999-03-26 - A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.
2007-06-01 - Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for second-degree murder in the 1998 death of Thomas Youk, 52, of Oakland County, Michigan.
2013-07-18 - Detroit, Michigan, files for bankruptcy to become the largest US municipal bankruptcy at $18.5 Billion

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 189

1811-10-27 - Stevens Thomson Mason, first Governor of Michigan (d. 1843)
1847-07-04 - James Anthony Bailey, circus impresario (Barnum & Bailey), born in Detroit, Michigan
1863-07-30 - Henry Ford, Dearborn Township Michigan, industrialist and auto maker (Ford- model T), (d. 1947)
1881-08-20 - Edgar Albert Guest, poet/newspaperman, born in Detroit, Michigan
1887-09-28 - Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
1895-05-01 - Leo Sowerby, Grand Rapids Michigan, composer (Pulitzer 1946)
Ford Motor Company Founder Henry FordFord Motor Company Founder Henry Ford (1863-07-30) 1896-08-22 - Laurence McKinley Gould, Lacota Michigan, American Geologist and Polar Explorer who was chief scientist and second-in-command on the first expedition to the interior of Antarctica in 1929
1899-02-14 - John Randall Jr, Michigan, historian/philosopher (Western Man)
1899-04-27 - Leo Diegel, American golfer (two-time PGA Champion), born in Detroit, Michigan
1902-02-04 - Charles A Lindbergh, pilot (1st to fly solo across Atlantic), born in Detroit, Michigan
1902-03-24 - Thomas E. Dewey, Owosso Michigan, Governor and Republican presidential candidate 1944, 1948
1904-08-07 - Ralph Bunche, founder/diplomat (UN) (Nobel 1950), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1971)
1911-02-23 - G. Mennen Williams, Michigan Supreme Court Justice/(Gov-D-Mich, 1949-60), born in Detroit, Michigan
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph BuncheDiplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche (1904-08-07) 1914-09-24 - Herb Jeffries, actor (Where's Huddles), born in Detroit, Michigan
1915-02-04 - William Talman, actor (Crashout, Hamilton-Perry Mason), born in Detroit, Michigan
1915-04-10 - Harry Morgan, actor (December Bride, M*A*S*H, Dragnet), born in Detroit, Michigan
1915-07-04 - Jimmie Rogers, singer (Sugar Hill Time), born in Detroit, Michigan
1920-02-23 - Hall Overton, Bangor Michigan, composer (Enchanted Pear Tree)
1920-04-16 - John William Farr, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Detroit, Michigan
1920-11-12 - Richard Quine, actor/director (Clay Pigeon), born in Detroit, Michigan
1920-11-14 - Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), born in Detroit, Michigan
Actor Harry MorganActor Harry Morgan (1915-04-10) 1922-01-30 - Dick Martin, actor/comedian (Laugh-In, Carbon Copy), born in Detroit, Michigan
1922-10-10 - Merv Pregulman, Lansing, Michigan, NFL Line backer (Green Bay Packers), (d. 2012)
1923-03-06 - Ed McMahon, American TV host (Johnny Carson Show, Star Search), born in Detroit, Michigan
1924-07-22 - Margaret Whiting, American singer (Kreisler Bandstand, Strauss Family), born in Detroit, Michigan
1924-12-06 - Wally Cox, actor (Mr Peepers, Hollywood Squares), born in Detroit, Michigan
1925-01-26 - Joan Leslie, actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
1925-02-02 - Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Company), born in Detroit, Michigan, (d. 2014)
1925-10-21 - Joyce Randolph, actress (Trixie-Honeymooners), born in Detroit, Michigan
1925-11-27 - Michael Tolan, actor (Nurses, Senator), born in Detroit, Michigan
1926-04-05 - Roger Corman, producer/director (Little Shop of Horrors), born in Detroit, Michigan
1926-07-08 - John D Dingell, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1955- )
1927-02-27 - Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
1927-08-06 - William David Ford, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1965- )
1927-08-17 - Robert Moore, actor (Marshall-Diana), born in Detroit, Michigan
1927-09-09 - Elvin Jones, Pontiac Michigan, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's A Love Supreme')
1928-10-01 - George Peppard, actor (Banacek, A-Team, Blue Max), born in Detroit, Michigan
1929-04-19 - Edward Crook, middleweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1960), born in Detroit, Michigan
1929-09-16 - Dale E Kildee, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1977- )
Record Company Owner Berry GordyRecord Company Owner Berry Gordy (1929-11-28) 1929-11-28 - Berry Gordy, record company owner (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan
1930-02-10 - Robert Wagner, actor (It Takes a Thief, Hart to Hart), born in Detroit, Michigan
1930-07-01 - Margaret A Brewer, American soldier, in Durand Michigan, first female General officer in US Marine Corps. (d. 2013)
1931-09-06 - Sander M Levin, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1983- )
1931-12-28 - Martin Milner, American actor (Route 66", "Adam 12"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
1932-01-04 - Richard Stahl, actor (Howard-It's a Living), born in Detroit, Michigan
1932-01-22 - Piper Laurie, [Rosetta Jacobs], actress (Twin Peaks), born in Detroit, Michigan
1932-02-07 - Alfred M Worden, Jackson Michigan, Colonel USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15)
1932-03-21 - Joseph Silverstein, violinist (Denver Symphony Orch), born in Detroit, Michigan
1932-03-29 - William Charette, Ludington, Michigan, United States Navy Hospital Corpsman and Medal of Honour recipient, (d. 2012)
Disc jockey and actor Casey KasemDisc jockey and actor Casey Kasem (1932-04-27) 1932-04-27 - Casey Kasem, radio personality (American Top 40), born in Detroit, Michigan
1932-07-06 - Della Reese, singer/actress (Della Reese Show, Royal Family), born in Detroit, Michigan
1932-12-07 - Ellen Burstyn, actress (Exorcist, Alice Doesn't Live Here), born in Detroit, Michigan
1933-08-25 - Tom Skerritt, actor (Ryan's Four, Alien, Big Bad Mama), born in Detroit, Michigan
1933-11-28 - Joe Knollenberg, (Rep-R-Michigan)
1934-06-09 - Jackie Wilson, singer (Lonely Teardrops, Night), born in Detroit, Michigan
1934-06-28 - Carl M Levin, (Sen-D Michigan, 1979- )
1934-11-05 - Nick Smith, (Rep-R-Michigan)
1935-01-22 - Seymour Cassel, actor (Faces, Plain Clothes, Valentino), born in Detroit, Michigan
1935-02-15 - Roger B Chaffee, Grand Rapids Michigan, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut
1935-02-16 - Sonny Bono, vocalist (Sonny & Cher)/(Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), born in Detroit, Michigan
1935-12-26 - Abdul "Duke" Fakir, rock vocalist (Four Tops), born in Detroit, Michigan
Physicist and Nobel Laureate Samuel TingPhysicist and Nobel Laureate Samuel Ting (1936-01-27) 1936-01-27 - Samuel Ting, Ann Arbor, Michigan, American physicist, Nobel Laureate
1936-11-18 - Hank Ballard, rocker (The Twist (pre Chubby Checker), born in Detroit, Michigan
1937-03-06 - Ivan Boesky, stockbroker inside trading, born in Detroit, Michigan
1937-03-25 - Tom Monaghan, Ann Arbor Michigan, founder of Dominos pizza
1939-04-07 - Francis Ford Coppola, director (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), born in Detroit, Michigan
1939-04-13 - Barbara-Rose Collins, (Rep-D-Michigan)
1939-09-01 - Lily Tomlin, comedienne/actress (9 to 5, Laugh-in, All of Me), born in Detroit, Michigan
1939-09-13 - Richard Kiel, American actor (So Fine, Jaws-Moonraker, Skidoo), born in Detroit, Michigan, (d. 2014)
Filmmaker Francis Ford CoppolaFilmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (1939-04-07) 1940-07-19 - Dennis Cole, actor (Felony Squad, Brackens's World), born in Detroit, Michigan
1940-10-16 - Dave DeBusschere, NBA foward (NY Knick)/last ABA commissioner, born in Detroit, Michigan
1941-02-05 - Barrett Strong, vocalist (Money, That's What I Want), born in Detroit, Michigan
1941-04-05 - Michael Moriarty, actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Q, Stuff), born in Detroit, Michigan
1941-06-16 - Lamont Dozier, songwriter (Dozier-Holland-Dozier), born in Detroit, Michigan
1941-07-18 - Martha Reeves, singer (& Vandellas-Dancing in St), born in Detroit, Michigan
1942-07-09 - Paul B Henry, (Rep-R-Michigan, 1985- )
1942-09-19 - Freda Payne, American singer and actress, born in Detroit, Michigan
NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschereNBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere (1940-10-16) 1942-10-05 - Richard Street, Rhythm and Blues musician (The Temptations), born in Detroit, Michigan
1942-11-16 - Donna McKechnie, Pontiac Michigan, actress/dancer (Company)
1943-03-27 - M Robert Carr, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1975-81, 83- )
1943-04-05 - Max Gail, American actor (Barney Miller, Whiz Kids, DC Cab), born in Detroit, Michigan
1943-05-13 - Mary Wells, singer (My Guy), born in Detroit, Michigan
1943-06-30 - Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), born in Detroit, Michigan
1943-07-18 - Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (1979 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Detroit, Michigan
1943-07-20 - Dennis Yost, vocalist (The Classics IV), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
1943-07-27 - Stu Gilliam, actor/comedian (Roll Out, Harris & Company), born in Detroit, Michigan
1943-08-02 - Max Wright, actor (Buffalo Bill, Alf, Misfits of Science), born in Detroit, Michigan
1943-09-02 - Rosalind Ashford, rock vocalist (Martha Reeve & Vandellas), born in Detroit, Michigan
1944-03-06 - Mary Wilson, vocalist (Supremes-Where Did Our Love Go), born in Detroit, Michigan
1944-03-26 - Diana Ross, [Earle], (Supremes, Lady Sings Blues, Mahogany), born in Detroit, Michigan
1944-07-12 - Denise Nicholas, actress (Room 222, Baby I'm Back), born in Detroit, Michigan
1944-08-24 - Gregory Bruce Jarvis, astronaut (STS 25), born in Detroit, Michigan
1944-09-16 - Betty Kelly, rocker (Martha Reeves & Vandellas), born in Detroit, Michigan
1945-01-29 - Donna Marie Caponi Young, LPGA golfer (US Open 1969, 70), born in Detroit, Michigan
Actor Tom SelleckActor Tom Selleck (1945-01-29) 1945-01-29 - Tom Selleck, actor (Lance-Rockford Files, Magnum PI), born in Detroit, Michigan
1945-01-29 - Donna Caponi, LPGA Golfer and four-time Major winner, born in Detroit, Michigan
1946-06-28 - Gilda Radner, actress (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), born in Detroit, Michigan
1946-12-14 - Joyce Vincent Wilson, singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn), born in Detroit, Michigan
1947-07-11 - Jeff Hanna, country singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
1948-02-04 - Alice Cooper, [Vincent Furnier], rocker (School's Out), born in Detroit, Michigan

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 9 of 9

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry FordFord Motor Company Founder Henry Ford (1888-04-11) 1888-04-11 - Industrialist Henry Ford (24) weds Clara Jane Bryant (22) in Greenfield Township, Michigan
1930-08-02 - Laurence McKinley Gould (33), American Geologist and Polar Explorer weds Margaret ("Peg") Rice in Ann Arbor, Michigan
1937-01-27 - Musician Nat King Cole (17) weds dancer Nadine Robinson in Ypsilanti, Michigan
1958-01-14 - Activist Malcolm X marries fellow activist Betty Shabazz in Lansing, Michigan
1995-07-22 - "True Lies" actor Tom Arnold (36) weds Julie Champnella (25) in Dearborn, Michigan
1996-05-18 - "As the World Turns" actor Shawn Christian (30) weds personal trainer Deborah Quinn in Gun Lake, Michigan
2004-07-03 - The Bachelor actor Bob Guiney (33) weds "All My Children" soap opera actress Rebecca Budig (31) in Long Lake, Michigan
African American Activist Malcolm XAfrican American Activist Malcolm X (1958-01-14) 2011-09-10 - Actress Amy Smart (36) weds TV personality and model Carter Oosterhouse (35) in Traverse City, Michigan
2014-06-07 - Good Morning America's meteorologist Ginger Zee (33) weds NBC news correspondent Benjamin Aaron at beachfront ceremony in Petoskey, Michigan

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 3 of 3

1846-04-04 - Solomon Sibley, American senator from Michigan Territory (b. 1769)
1876-11-07 - Albertus C van Raalte, Dutch/US vicar (Michigan), dies at 65
1955-09-19 - John D. Dingell, Sr., U.S. Congressman from Michigan (b. 1894)

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