Michigan in History

Historical Events

  • 1738-07-20 North America: French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur 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

Victory in Battle

1812-08-16 General Hull surrenders Detroit and Michigan territory to British forces under the command of Major General Sir Isaac Brock, who capture Fort Detroit with the help of Indigenous warriors led by Tecumseh

  • 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)
  • 1854-07-06 1st Republican state convention held in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1855-02-12 Michigan State University established
  • 1860-09-08 Excursion steamer "Lady Elgin" sinks after being rammed in a storm on Lake Michigan drowning about 300. Largest loss of life on the Great Lakes.
  • 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
  • 1880-07-24 1st commercial hydroelectric power plant in the world begins generating electricity in 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
  • 1896-11-26 1st large indoor football game, University of Chicago beats University of Michigan 7-6

Historic Event

1897-05-18 Herbert Henry Dow founds Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan

  • 1903-06-12 The Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is founded at the University of Michigan School of Music
  • 1904-07-01 Willie Anderson becomes the first 2-time Western Open golf champion, beating fellow Scot Alex Smith by 4 strokes at Michigan's Kent CC
  • 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 C. Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan

Model T

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
  • 1915-09-01 Jerome Travers establishes a US Amateur Golf Championship record by downing George Crump, 14 & 13, in a 1st-round match at the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
  • 1925-02-10 1st waterless gas storage tank put into service, Michigan City, Indiana

Film & TV History

1926-10-24 Harry Houdini's last performance, at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1932-03-07 Riots at Ford factory in Dearborn, Michigan, 4 killed
  • 1934-02-09 -51°F (-46°C), Vanderbilt, Michigan (state record)

World Record

1935-05-25 Legendary American athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in 45 minutes at a Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan; remembered as "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport"

  • 1936-07-13 112°F (44°C), Mio, Michigan (state record)

Sports History

1940-09-28 Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 & 94 yard touchdowns

US Golf Open

1951-06-16 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Ben Hogan wins his second consecutive US Open title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Clayton Heafner.

  • 1953-06-08 Cluster of 6 tornadoes touches down in Flint, Michigan killing 113
  • 1954-02-26 Michigan Representative Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock & roll) records
  • 1954-03-22 Northland Center, the world's largest shopping mall at the time, opens in Oakpark, Michigan
  • 1954-11-02 Charles Diggs Jr is elected Michigan's 1st black congressman to the House of Representatives
  • 1956-04-03 Hudsonville-Standale Tornado: The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado
  • 1957-11-01 Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan, world longest suspension bridge between anchorages opens
  • 1958-06-26 Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan dedicated

Historic Event

1960-10-14 Peace Corps 1st suggested by John F. Kennedy in a speech at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

  • 1961-10-10 Otis M Smith appointed to Michigan Supreme Court
  • 1962-03-01 Kresge Corporation openes the first Kmart store in Garden City, Michigan
  • 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
  • 1967-03-14 1967 NFL Draft: Michigan State defensive end Bubba Smith first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • 1967-03-24 University of Michigan holds 1st "Teach-in" after bombing of North Vietnam
  • 1979-02-04 29th NBA All-Star Game, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Mi: West beats East, 134-129; MVP: David Thompson, Denver Nuggets, SG
  • 1979-03-26 Michigan State Spartans snaps Indiana State's 33-game winning streak

PGA Championship

1979-08-05 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Australian David Graham wins on the 3rd playoff hole against Ben Crenshaw

Super Bowl

1982-01-24 Super Bowl XVI, Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit, MI: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

  • 1985-11-15 A research assistant is injured when a package from the Unabomber addressed to a University of Michigan professor explodes
  • 1987-08-02 Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49mph) in winning the Marlboro 500 at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan

Historic Event

1988-07-31 Last Playboy Club closes in Lansing, Michigan

Historic Event

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
  • 1993-06-30 NBA Draft: Michigan center Chris Webber first pick by Orlando Magic (traded to Golden State)

Film & TV History

1997-05-24 Actor Tim Allen arrested for drunk driving in Michigan

  • 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)
  • 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
  • 2004-09-19 Ryder Cup Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Europe retains Cup wins 18½-9½; victory margin largest by a European team in history of the event
  • 2006-07-16 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Bobby Wadkins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Jim Thorpe

Golf Tournament

2006-08-06 Tiger Woods (30) becomes the youngest player to compile 50 PGA Tour wins with a 3 stroke victory over Jim Furyk in the Buick Open at Grand Blanc, Michigan

  • 2007-06-01 Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for the 1998 second-degree murder of Thomas Youk
  • 2007-09-01 In one of the biggest upsets in college football history, 109,218 fans see Appalachian State's Corey Lynch block a Jason Gingell 37-yard field goal attempt with 6 seconds remaining to inspire an epic 34-32 win v Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • 2008-04-26 NFL Draft: University of Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long first pick by Miami Dolphins

Music History

2012-12-21 Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs opens in Sterling Heights, Michigan

  • 2013-04-25 NFL Draft: Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher first pick by Kansas City Chiefs
  • 2013-07-18 Detroit, Michigan, files for bankruptcy, becoming the largest US municipal bankruptcy ever at $18.5 billion
  • 2015-12-15 Mayor of Flint, Michigan declares state of emergency over contaminated water supplies amid calls for a criminal investigation
  • 2016-02-20 Gunman goes on random killing spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, killing 6
  • 2016-03-03 Eleventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Detroit, Michigan
  • 2016-03-06 Seventh Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN and held in Flint, Michigan
  • 2018-05-17 Michigan State University will pay $500 million in claims to 300 survivors of sexual abuse involving Larry Nassar. Largest sexual abuse case in sports history.
  • 2018-11-06 Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) are the first Muslim women to be elected to the US House of Representatives
  • 2019-01-29 Approaching polar vortex prompts state of emergency to be declared in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Alabama and Mississippi

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1782-10-09 Lewis Cass, American military officer and politician (U.S. Senator-Michigan), born in Exeter, New Hampshire (d. 1866)
  • 1811-10-27 Stevens T. Mason, First Governor of Michigan (1835-40), born in Leesburg, Virginia (d. 1843)
  • 1819-09-14 Henry Jackson Hunt, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1889)
  • 1823-04-16 Orlando Bolivar Wilcox, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1907)
  • 1825-08-09 Elisha P. Ferry, American politician (Governor of Washington, 1872-80, 1889-93), born in Monroe County, Michigan Territory (d. 1895)
  • 1833-10-02 William Corby, American Catholic priest and President of the University of Notre Dame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1897)
  • 1837-07-30 Elon John Farnsworth, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Green Oak, Michigan (d. 1863)
  • 1842-04-08 Elizabeth Bacon Custer, American author, public speaker and wife of George Armstrong Custer, born in Monroe, Michigan (d. 1933)

James Anthony BaileyJames Anthony Bailey (1847-1906)

1847-07-04 American circus ringmaster and showman (Barnum & Bailey), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1850-04-15 John Munro Longyear, American capitalist and developer of timber and mineral lands, born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1922)
  • 1860-04-07 Will Keith "W.K." Kellogg, American cereal manufacturer (Kellogg's cereal brand), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 1951)
  • 1861-08-14 Bion J. Arnold, American electrical engineer and inventor, born in Casnovia, Michigan (d. 1942)
  • 1862-09-11 Hawley Harvey Crippen [Dr Crippen], American homeopath and first killer to be caught with the aid of wireless telegraphy, born in Coldwater, Michigan (d. 1910)

Henry FordHenry Ford (1863-1947)

1863-07-30 American industrialist and auto maker (Ford Model T), born in Dearborn Township, Michigan

  • 1864-06-13 Dwight B. Waldo, American educator (first President of Western Michigan University), born in Arcade, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1864-09-03 Hale A. VanderCook, American composer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 1949)
  • 1864-10-25 John Francis Dodge, American automobile pioneer (Co-Founder of Dodge Brothers Company), born in Niles, Michigan (d. 1920)
  • 1867-12-21 John Winter Thompson, American organist, born in Michigan (d. 1951)
  • 1868-05-17 Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturing pioneer (co-founder of Dodge Brothers Company), born in Niles, Michigan (d. 1920)
  • 1870-04-17 Ray Stannard Baker, American journalist (Puliter Prize 1940), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1946)
  • 1871-09-26 Winsor McCay, American cartoonist (Little Nemo), born in Spring Lake, Michigan (d. 1934)
  • 1875-08-27 Katharine McCormick, American biologist, suffragist and philanthropist, born in Dexter, Michigan (d. 1967)
  • 1877-02-27 Walter O Briggs, American entrepreneur and sports team owner (Detroit Tigers 1935-52), born in Ypsilanti, Michigan (d. 1952)
  • 1877-06-12 Thomas C. Hart, U.S. admiral and commander (Pacific Fleet), born in Davison, Michigan (d. 1971)
  • 1878-06-12 James Oliver Curwood, American journalist and writer (Kazan the wolfdog), born in Owosso, Michigan (d. 1927)
  • 1880-02-18 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1953)
  • 1881-08-20 Edgar Albert Guest, English-American poet and newspaperman, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1959)

William BoeingWilliam Boeing (1881-1956)

1881-10-01 American aviation pioneer who founded The Boeing Company, born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1884-02-16 Robert Flaherty, American filmmaker and the father of documentary film (Nanook of the North), born in Iron Mountain, Michigan (d. 1951)
  • 1885-08-15 Edna Ferber, American author and playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan (d. 1968)
  • 1887-03-04 Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress (The Magic Cloak), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1953)
  • 1887-09-14 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1910)
  • 1887-09-28 Avery Brundage, American businessman (5th President International Olympic Committee 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1975)
  • 1889-06-21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 100/200m 1912), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1972)
  • 1890-02-03 Larry MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees), born in Cass City, Michigan (d. 1975)
  • 1890-04-13 Frank Murphy, American politician and 56th United States Attorney General, born in Harbor Beach, Michigan (d. 1949)
  • 1890-11-20 Robert Armstrong, American actor (Mighty Joe Young, King Kong), born in Saginaw, Michigan (d. 1973)
  • 1891-04-10 Tim McCoy, American actor (westerns) and soldier, born in Saginaw, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • 1892-12-31 Jason Robards Sr, American actor (Acapulco, Isle of the Dead), born in Hillsdale, Michigan (d. 1963)
  • 1893-04-27 Norman Bel Geddes, American theatrical designer (Rivals, Dead End), born in Adrian, Michigan (d. 1958)
  • 1893-08-14 Carl Benton Reid, American actor (Pressure Point, In a Lonely Place), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1973)

Harlow CurticeHarlow Curtice (1893-1962)

1893-08-15 President of General Motors (1953-58), born in Petrieville, Michigan

  • 1894-07-27 Gerald F. Bogan, U.S. Navy aviator and vice admiral who served in World War I & II, born in Mackinac Island, Michigan (d. 1973)
  • 1894-07-31 Roy Bargy, American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), born in Newaygo, Michigan (d. 1974)
  • 1895-05-01 Leo Sowerby, American organist and composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1946), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1968)
  • 1895-09-13 Ruth McDevitt, American actress (All in the Family), born in Coldwater, Michigan (d. 1976)
  • 1896-07-25 Jack Perrin, American actor, born in Three Rivers, Michigan (d. 1967)
  • 1896-08-22 Laurence McKinley Gould, American Geologist and Polar Explorer who was chief scientist and second-in-command on the first expedition to the interior of Antarctica in 1929, born in Lacota, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1896-10-30 Rex Cherryman, American actor (Camille, The Sunshine Trail, In for Thirty Days), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1928)
  • 1898-05-06 Daniel Frank Gerber, American manufacturer of baby food, born in Fremont, Michigan (d. 1974)
  • 1899-02-14 John Herman Randall Jr., American philosopher (Western Man), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1980)

Leo DiegelLeo Diegel (1899-1951)

1899-04-27 American golfer (PGA C'ship 1928-29), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1899-08-19 Colleen Moore, American actress (The Scarlet Letter), born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1988)
  • 1899-10-09 Bruce Catton, American historian and writer (Civil War), born in Petoskey, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • 1900-10-13 Gerald Marks, American songwriter ("All of Me"), born in Saginaw, Michigan (d. 1997)
  • 1902-01-12 Ray Teal, American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Bonanza), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1976)

Charles LindberghCharles Lindbergh (1902-1974)

1902-02-04 American aviator who was 1st to fly solo across the Atlantic, born in Detroit, Michigan

Thomas E. DeweyThomas E. Dewey (1902-1971)

1902-03-24 Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), born in Owosso, Michigan

  • 1903-05-11 Charlie Gehringer, American Baseball HOF 2nd baseman (6 x MLB All Star; World Series 1935; AL MVP & batting champion 1937; Detroit Tigers), born in Fowlerville, Michigan (d. 1993)
  • 1903-10-25 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1976)

Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche (1904-1971)

1904-08-07 American diplomat, UN delegate and 1st person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize (1950), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1908-02-06 Edward Lansdale, United States Air Force Officer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • 1908-05-25 Theodore Roethke, American poet (Words for the Wind), born in Saginaw, Michigan (d. 1963)
  • 1908-07-03 M. F. K. Fisher, American cook book author, born in Albion, Michigan (d. 1992)
  • 1908-12-04 A. D. Hershey, American biologist, worked with bacteriophages (Nobel 1969), born in Owosso, Michigan (d. 1997)
  • 1909-03-28 Nelson Algren, American novelist (Man with the Golden Arm), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1981)
  • 1909-10-08 Bill Hewitt, American Pro Football HOF end (4 × First-team All-Pro; Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles; one last players to not wear a helmet), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 1947)
  • 1911-02-23 G. Mennen Williams, American lawyer, politician (Governor of Michigan, 1949-61), diplomat, and jurist (Chief Justice of Michigan Supreme Court, 1983-86), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1988)
  • 1912-01-06 Danny Thomas, American comedian (Danny Thomas Show), born in Deerfield, Michigan (d. 1991)
  • 1912-01-20 Walter Briggs Jr, American sports executive (owner Detroit Tigers 1952-56), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1970)
  • 1912-04-19 Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist (AEC, Plutonium, Nobel 1951), born in Ishpeming, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1912-11-01 Bill Bonthron, American athlete (world 1,500m record 3:48.8 1934), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1983)
  • 1912-12-10 Philip Hart, American lawyer and politician (U.S. Senator from Michigan), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)

Bill HewlettBill Hewlett (1913-2001)

1913-05-20 American engineer and businessman (co-founder Hewlett-Packard), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • 1913-06-30 Harry Wismer, American sports broadcaster and AFL team owner (NY Titans), born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1967)
  • 1913-08-04 Robert Hayden, African-American poet (Those Winter Sundays), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1980)
  • 1913-09-24 Herb Jeffries [Umberto Alejandro Ballentino], American actor and director (The Bronze Buckaroo, Mundo depravados), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1914-01-30 David Wayne, American stage & screen actor (Andromeda Strain, Adam's Rib), born in Traverse City, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1914-08-28 (Abraham) "Glenn" Osser, American arranger and orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue; Miss America Pageant), born in Munising, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1915-01-23 Potter Stewart, United States Supreme Court justice (1958-81), born in Jackson, Michigan (d. 1985)
  • 1915-02-04 William Talman, American actor (Crashout, The Hitch-Hiker, Perry Mason), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1968)

Harry MorganHarry Morgan (1915-2011)

1915-04-10 American actor (December Bride; M*A*S*H, 1975-83 - "Col. Sherman Potter"; AfterMASH; Dragnet - "Bill Gannon"), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1915-07-04 Timmie Rogers, American comedian (The Jackie Gleason Show), actor and singer-songwriter ("Back to School Again"; "I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2006)
  • 1915-08-04 Warren Avis, American entrepreneur (Avis Rent a Car System), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 2007)

Lou TheszLou Thesz (1916-2002)

1916-04-24 American professional wrestler, born in Banat, Michigan

  • 1916-04-30 Claude Shannon, American mathematician and information theorist (A Mathematical Theory of Communication), born in Petoskey, Michigan (d. 2001)
  • 1916-08-24 Hal Smith, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show-Otis Campbell), born in Petoskey, Michigan (d. 1994)
  • 1917-05-24 Florence Knoll Bassett, American furniture designer (Knoll), born in Saginaw, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • 1917-06-04 Charles Collingwood, American news commentator (CBS, Chronicles), born in Three Rivers, Michigan (d. 1985)
  • 1917-09-04 Henry Ford II, American automotive industry businessman, grandson of Henry Ford, and son of Edsel Ford (Ford Motor Company President, 1945-60 & CEO, 1947-79), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • 1918-03-15 Richard Ellmann, American literary scholar and biographer (Oscar Wilde), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • 1918-10-09 Walter Burkemo, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1953), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1986)
  • 1919-03-10 Marion Hutton, American singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra, 1938-42), and actress (In Society), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • 1920-01-15 Steve Gromek, American baseball player, born in Hamtramck, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1920-02-23 Hall Overton, American jazz pianist, and jazz and classical composer (Enchanted Pear Tree), born in Bangor, Michigan [1]
  • 1920-04-09 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), born in Norway, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1920-04-16 John William Farr, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1920-11-12 Richard Quine, American actor and director (How to Murder Your Wife, Clay Pigeon), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1989)
  • 1920-11-14 Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1921-02-26 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 2007)

Famous Weddings

Henry Ford

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

Nat King Cole

1937-01-27 Musician Nat King Cole (17) weds dancer Nadine Robinson in Ypsilanti, 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
  • 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

  • 1846-04-04 Solomon Sibley, American senator from Michigan Territory (b. 1769)
  • 1866-06-17 Lewis Cass, American military officer and politician (U.S. Senator-Michigan), dies at 83
  • 1876-11-07 Albertus C van Raalte, Dutch/US vicar (Michigan), dies at 65
  • 1910-10-15 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), murdered at a ranch in Missouri at 24
  • 1939-10-29 Dwight B. Waldo, American educator (first President of Western Michigan University), dies at 75
  • 1955-09-19 John D. Dingell, Sr., U.S. Congressman from Michigan (b. 1894)
  • 1976-12-26 Philip Hart, American lawyer and politician (U.S. Senator (D) from Michigan, 1959-76), dies from cancer at 64
  • 2007-09-05 Edward Gramlich, American economics professor (University of Michigan), dies at 68
  • 2017-08-15 Vernon "Vern" Ehlers, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives), dies of complications from Alzheimers disease at 83
  • 2018-05-01 Raymond D. Dzendzel, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives, 1955–1958; Senate, 1959–1970), dies at 96
  • 2019-02-07 John Dingell, American politician (D-Michigan, 1955-2015), dies at 92
  • 2019-02-20 William Broomfield, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan), dies at 96