Michigan in History

Historical Events

  • 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)
  • 1854-07-06 1st Republican state convention (Jackson, Michigan)
  • 1855-02-12 Michigan State University established
  • 1860-09-07 Excursion steamer "Lady Elgin" drowns 340 in Lake Michigan
  • 1860-09-08 Loss of paddle steamer "Lady Elgin" on Lake Michigan approximately 300 people drowned
  • 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

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

Chemical Industrialist Herbert Henry Dow
Chemical Industrialist
Herbert Henry Dow
  • 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 C. Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan

InventionModel T

1908-09-27 Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan
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  • 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, Indiana

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

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

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1935-05-25 Track and field 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".

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1936-07-13 112°F (44°C), Mio, Michigan (state record)
  • 1940-09-28 Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 & 94 yard touchdowns
  • 1940-11-25 Football team University of Michigan retires Tom Harmon's #98
  • 1940-11-27 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)
  • 1940-12-10 1941 NFL Draft: Tom Harmon from University of Michigan first pick by Chicago Bears
  • 1942-10-28 Train crashes into bus, killing 16 & injuring 20 (Detroit Michigan)
  • 1945-01-25 Grand Rapids, Michigan, becomes 1st US city to fluoridate its water

Sport awardGolf Major

1951-06-16 51st US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Oakland Hills CC, Michigan

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 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
  • 1954-03-22 Northland Center, the world's largest shopping mall of 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
  • 1958-06-26 Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan dedicated

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

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

  • 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: Bubba Smith from Michigan State first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • 1967-03-24 University of Michigan holds 1st "Teach-in" after bombing of North Vietnam
  • 1976-02-01 East Lansing police arrest Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall for taking batting practice at Michigan State University after he is warned not to
  • 1979-02-04 29th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 134-129 at Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1979-03-26 Michigan State Spartans snaps Indiana State's 33-game win streak
  • 1979-08-05 PGA Championship, Oakland Hills CC: Australian David Graham wins on the third playoff hole against Ben Crenshaw

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

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1985-11-15 A research assistant is injured when a package from the Unabomber addressed to a University of Michigan professor explodes

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1988-07-31 Last playboy club closes in Lansing, Michigan

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • 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

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

Actor Tim Allen
Actor
Tim Allen
  • 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 35th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 18.5-9.5 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan, US
  • 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.
  • 2008-04-26 NFL Draft: University of Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long first pick by Miami Dolphins

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

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
  • 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.

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)
  • 1837-07-30 Elon John Farnsworth, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Green Oak, Michigan (d. 1863)
  • 1847-07-04 James Anthony Bailey, American circus impresario (Barnum & Bailey), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1906)
  • 1860-04-07 Will Keith Kellogg, American cereal manufacturer (Kellogg's cereal brand), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 1951)
  • 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)

Person of interestHenry Ford

1863-07-30 Henry Ford, American industrialist and auto maker (Ford Model T), born in Dearborn Township, Michigan (d. 1947)

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • 1864-10-25 John Francis Dodge, American automobile 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)
  • 1881-08-20 Edgar Albert Guest, poet/newspaperman, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1890-11-20 Robert Armstrong, American actor (Mighty Joe Young, King Kong), born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • 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)

Person of interestHarlow Curtice

1893-08-15 Harlow Curtice, President of General Motors (1953-8), born in Petrieville, Michigan (d. 1962)

President of General Motors Harlow Curtice
President of General Motors
Harlow Curtice
  • 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)
  • 1899-02-14 John Herman Randall Jr., American philosopher (Western Man), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1980)

Person of interestLeo Diegel

1899-04-27 Leo Diegel, American golfer (two-time PGA Champion), born in Detroit, Michigan

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 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)
  • 1902-01-12 Ray Teal, American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Bonanza), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1976)

Person of interestCharles Lindbergh

1902-02-04 Charles A Lindbergh, pilot (1st to fly solo across Atlantic), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestThomas E. Dewey

1902-03-24 Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), born in Owosso, Michigan (d. 1971)

Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
  • 1903-10-25 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1976)

Person of interestRalph Bunche

1904-08-07 Ralph Bunche, American diplomat to the UN (Nobel Peace Prize1950), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1971)

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • 1909-03-28 Nelson Algren, American novelist (Man with the Golden Arm), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1981)
  • 1909-10-08 Bill Hewitt, American professional football player (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 1947)
  • 1911-02-23 G. Mennen Williams, Michigan Supreme Court Justice/(Gov-D-Mich, 1949-60), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestWilliam Hewlett

1913-05-20 William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (co-founder Hewlett-Packard), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2001)

Entrepreneur and Businessman William Hewlett
Entrepreneur and Businessman
William Hewlett
  • 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 and screen actor (Andromeda Strain, Adam's Rib), born in Traverse City, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1914-08-28 Glenn Osser, American orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman Goodyear Revue), born in Munising, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1915-02-04 William Talman, American actor (Crashout, The Hitch-Hiker, Perry Mason), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1968)

Person of interestHarry Morgan

1915-04-10 Harry Morgan, American actor (December Bride, M*A*S*H, Dragnet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)

  • 1915-07-04 Jimmie Rogers, singer (Sugar Hill Time), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1915-08-04 Warren Avis, American entrepreneur (Avis Rent a Car System), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1916-04-24 Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler, born in Banat, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1916-08-24 Hal Smith, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show-Otis Campbell), born in Petoskey, Michigan (d. 1994)
  • 1917-09-04 Henry Ford II, American businessman and son of Henry Ford, (President of Ford Motor Company, 1945-79), 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)
  • 1919-03-10 Marion Hutton, American actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • 1920-02-23 Hall Overton, Bangor Michigan, composer (Enchanted Pear Tree)
  • 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)
  • 1921-12-02 Isabella Karle, American scientist who was instrumental in developing techniques to extract plutonium chloride, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • 1922-01-30 Dick Martin [Thomas Richard], American actor and comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Carbon Copy), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1922-03-26 William Milliken, American politician, longest serving Governor of Michigan (1969-83), born in Traverse City, Michigan
  • 1922-10-10 Merv Pregulman, Lansing, Michigan, NFL Line backer (Green Bay Packers), (d. 2012)
  • 1922-11-12 Kim Hunter [Janet Cole], American actress (A Streetcar Named Desire, Planet of the Apes), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1923-01-01 Milt [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1923-03-06 Ed McMahon, American TV host (Johnny Carson Show, Star Search), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1923-04-28 Adele Mara [Adelaida Delgado], American actress, singer and dancer (Cool Million, Wheels), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1923-05-07 Anne Baxter, American actress, and singer (The Razor's Edge, All About Eve), born in Michigan City, Indiana (d. 1985)
  • 1924-07-22 Margaret Whiting, American singer (It Might As Well Be Spring, Time After Time), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1924-10-21 Joyce Randolph, American actress (Trixie-Honeymooners), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1924-12-06 Wallace "Wally" Cox, American comedian and actor (Mister, Underdog, Peepers, Hollywood Squares), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1973)
  • 1924-12-31 Taylor Mead, American writer, actor and performer (Factory, Taylor Mead's Ass), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1925-01-26 Joan Leslie, American actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1925-02-02 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1925-04-04 Elizabeth Wilson, American screen and stage actress (Doc, East Side/West Side), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1925-05-28 Martha Vickers, American actress (Alimony, Man I Love, Ruthless), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 1971)

Person of interestBill Haley

1925-07-06 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 1981)

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • 1925-08-12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1925-09-12 Stan Lopata, American baseball player, born in Delray, Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1925-10-14 Lawrence Herkimer, "Grandfather of Cheerleading" (founded National Cheerleading Association, patented the pom-pom), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1925-10-30 Gus Savage, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1981- 93), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1925-11-27 Michael Tolan, actor (Nurses, Senator), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1925-12-02 Julie Harris, American actress (Bell Jar, I Am a Camera, East of Eden), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (d. 2013)

Person of interestRichard DeVos

1926-03-04 Richard DeVos, American billionaire, co-founder of Amway, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Co-founder of Amway Richard DeVos
Co-founder of Amway
Richard DeVos
  • 1926-04-05 Roger Corman, American producer and director (Little Shop of Horrors), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1926-07-08 John D Dingell, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1955- )
  • 1926-08-20 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • 1926-09-19 James Lipton, American actor, writer and host of Inside the Actors Studio, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1927-02-27 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1927-04-02 Billy Pierce, American pitcher (Chicago White Sox) seven time all star, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1927-06-30 Harvey Vernon [Chet Smith], American actor (Teen Wolf, Jasper-Carter Country), born in Flint, Michigan (d. 1996)
  • 1927-08-06 William David Ford, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1965- )
  • 1927-08-17 Robert Moore, American director and actor (Murder by Death, Marshall-Diana), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • 1927-09-09 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's A Love Supreme'), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1927-10-10 Dana Elcar, American actor (Peter Thornton- MacGyver), born in Ferndale, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1928-01-10 Philip Levine, American poet, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1928-05-07 Marvin Mitchelson, American celebrity attorney, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1928-10-01 George Peppard, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Banacek, A-Team, Blue Max), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1994)
  • 1928-10-22 Clare Fischer, American musician, composer and arranger, born in Durand, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1929-04-19 Edward Crook, American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1888-04-11 Industrialist Henry Ford (24) weds Clara Jane Bryant (22) in Greenfield Township, Michigan

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • 1930-08-02 Laurence McKinley Gould (33), American Geologist and Polar Explorer weds Margaret ("Peg") Rice in Ann Arbor, Michigan

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole

HeartWedding of Interest

1958-01-14 Human rights activist Malcolm X marries fellow activist Betty Shabazz in Lansing, Michigan

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
Civil Rights Activist Betty Shabazz
Civil Rights Activist
Betty Shabazz
  • 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
  • 1955-09-19 John D. Dingell, Sr., U.S. Congressman from Michigan (b. 1894)
  • 2017-08-15 Vernon "Vern" Ehlers, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives), dies of complications from Alzheimers disease at 83