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Michigan - Notable Historical Events

Henry FordSep 27, 1908

Harry HoudiniOct 24, 1926

Joe MontanaJan 24, 1982

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Michigan - Historical Events
Date Event
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

1908-09-27

Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile was 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)

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

1965-03-20

27th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Michigan 91-80

1966-08-07

Race riot in Lansing Michigan

1976-03-29

38th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Michigan 86-68

1979-03-26

Michigan State Spartans snaps Indiana State's 33-game win streak

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 (Lansing Michigan)

1990-03-03

Carole Gist, 20, (Michigan 1st black), crowned 39th Miss USA

1991-02-05

A Michigan court bars Dr Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides

1991-03-30

Northern Michigan wins its 1st NCAA hockey title

1991-12-14

57th Heisman Trophy Award: Desmond Howard, Michigan (WR)

1992-04-06

54th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Michigan 71-51

1993-02-19

Kenya Moore, 22, (Michigan), crowned 42nd Miss USA

1993-04-05

55th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC beats Michigan 77-71

1996-09-28

Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)

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.

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

2016-02-21

Michigan shooting spree leaves at least 6 dead

2016-04-21

Flint water crisis: Criminal charges for three Michigan officials

2016-05-04

Obama to meet with Flint, Michigan residents on water crisis

2016-07-12

2 Bailiffs Shot to Death at Michigan Courthouse

2016-11-27

No. 2 Ohio State Defeats No. 3 Michigan in Overtime Thriller

2016-11-29

Trump Officially Wins Michigan Amid Calls for a Recount

2017-04-23

Michigan doctors charged in first genital mutilation case in US

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Michigan - Notable Birthdays

Henry FordJul 30, 1863

Leo DiegelApr 27, 1899

Thomas E. DeweyMar 24, 1902

Ralph BuncheAug 7, 1904

Samuel TingJan 27, 1936

Dave DeBusschereOct 16, 1940

Donna CaponiJan 29, 1945

Stevie WonderMay 13, 1950

George GervinApr 27, 1952

Michael MooreApr 23, 1954

MadonnaAug 16, 1958

Todd BeamerNov 24, 1968

Kelly RobbinsSep 29, 1969

Mary Lynn RajskubJun 22, 1971

Selma BlairJun 23, 1972

Serena WilliamsSep 26, 1981

Michigan - Birthdays
Date Event
1811-10-27

Stevens Thomson Mason, first Governor of Michigan (d. 1843)

1863-07-30

Henry Ford, Dearborn Township Michigan, industrialist and auto maker (Ford- model T), (d. 1947)

1886-05-03

Percy Abbott, Playlands of Michigan

1890-08-21

Bill Henry, Harmon of Michigan

1895-05-01

Leo Sowerby, Grand Rapids Michigan, composer (Pulitzer 1946)

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, Detroit Michigan, American golfer (two-time PGA Champion)

1902-03-24

Thomas E. Dewey, Owosso Michigan, Governor and Republican presidential candidate 1944, 1948

1904-08-07

Ralph Bunche, Detroit Michigan, founder/diplomat (UN) (Nobel 1950), (d. 1971)

1915-05-21

Don House, The Michigan Kid

1919-9-28

Tom Harmon, Harmon of Michigan

1920-02-23

Hall Overton, Bangor Michigan, composer (Enchanted Pear Tree)

1922-10-10

Merv Pregulman, Lansing, Michigan, NFL Line backer (Green Bay Packers), (d. 2012)

1924-05-11

Helen Filarski Steffes, Michigan & Trumbull

1925-02-02

Elaine Stritch, Detroit, Michigan, American actress (30 Rock, Company)

1926-07-08

John D Dingell, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1955- )

1927-02-27

Guy Mitchell, [Albert George Cernik], Detroit, Michigan, American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle) (d. 1999)

1927-08-06

William David Ford, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1965- )

1927-09-09

Elvin Jones, Pontiac Michigan, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's A Love Supreme')

1929-06-01

Chuck Ortmann, Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry

1929-09-16

Dale E Kildee, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1977- )

1930-07-01

Margaret A Brewer, American soldier, in Durand Michigan, first female General officer in US Marine Corps. (d.2013)

1931-03-08

Earle Bruce, Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry

1931-09-06

Sander M Levin, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1983- )

1931-12-28

Martin Milner, Detroit, Michigan, American actor (Route 66, Adam 12)

1932-02-07

Alfred M Worden, Jackson Michigan, Colonel USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15)

1932-03-29

William Charette, Ludington, Michigan, United States Navy Hospital Corpsman and Medal of Honour recipient, (d. 2012)

1933-11-28

Joe Knollenberg, (Rep-R-Michigan)

1934-06-28

Carl M Levin, (Sen-D Michigan, 1979- )

1934-11-05

Nick Smith, (Rep-R-Michigan)

1935-02-15

Roger B Chaffee, Grand Rapids Michigan, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut

1935-08-10

Terry Barr, Michigan & Trumbull

1936-01-27

Samuel Ting, Ann Arbor, Michigan, American physicist, Nobel Laureate

1937-03-25

Tom Monaghan, Ann Arbor Michigan, founder of Dominos pizza

1939-04-13

Barbara-Rose Collins, (Rep-D-Michigan)

1940-10-16

Dave DeBusschere, Detroit Michigan, NBA foward (NY Knick)/last ABA commissioner

1942-07-09

Paul B Henry, (Rep-R-Michigan, 1985- )

1942-09-19

Freda Payne, Detroit Michigan, American singer and actress

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, Detroit, Michigan, American actor (Barney Miller, Whiz Kids, DC Cab)

1943-07-20

Dennis Yost, Detroit, Michigan, vocalist (The Classics IV), (d. 2008)

1945-01-29

Donna Caponi, Detroit Michigan, LPGA Golfer and four-time Major winner

1948-07-30

Jim Mandich, Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry

1949-02-11

Jim Stillwagon, Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry

1949-05-28

Rex Kern, Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry

1950-05-13

Stevie Wonder, Saginaw, Michigan, American singer-songwriter (You are the Sunshine of My Love)

1951-03-21

John Hicks, Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry

1952-02-25

James A Barcia, (Rep-D-Michigan)

1952-02-29

Bart Stupak, (Rep-D-Michigan)

1952-03-03

Randy Gradishar, Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry

1952-04-27

George Gervin, Detroit Michigan, American basketball player

1953-04-23

Fred Upton, (Rep-R-Michigan)

1953-07-09

Dave Camp, (Rep-R-Michigan)

1953-10-30

Peter Hoekstra, (Rep-R-Michigan)

1953-11-27

Curtis Armstrong, Detroit, Michigan, American actor (Moonlighting, Revenge of the Nerds)

1954-01-21

Cornelius Greene, Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry

1954-04-23

Michael Moore, Flint, Michigan, American filmmaker (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Sicko)

1954-08-21

Archie Griffin, Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry

1954-08-27

Mike Kelley, Wayne, Michigan, artist (More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid), (d. 2012)

1955-06-29

Tom Skladany, Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry

1956-03-09

Mark Dantonio, Michigan State University American football coach

1957-08-16

Laura Innes, Pontiac, Michigan, American actress and director (ER, The Event)

1958-02-16

Mike Harden, Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry

1958-06-22

Bruce Campbell, Birmingham, Michigan, American actor/producer/director (Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II)

1958-08-16

Madonna, [Ciccone], Bay City Michigan, singer/actress (Like a Virgin)

1958-08-27

Stalking Cat [Dennis Avner], Flint, Michigan, body modifier (world record holder in body modification), (d. 2012)

1959-08-14

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Lansing Michigan, NBA Forward (LA Lakers/Olympic-gold-92)

1960-11-03

[Charles] Karch Kiraly, Jackson, Michigan, American volleyball player (Oly-3 g-84, 88, 96)

1961-11-04

Edward Knight, Ann Arbor, Michigan, composer

1962-01-07

Robin Marrs, UP, Michigan!

1962-01-19

Chris Sabo, Detroit Michigan, third baseman (Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles)

1966-07-31

Dean Cain, Mt Clemens Michigan, actor (Clark-Lois & Clark)

1967-09-19

Jim Abbott, Flint, Michigan, American MLB pitcher (California Angels, NY Yankees)

1968-11-24

Todd Beamer, Flint Michigan, passenger and hero on United Airlines Flight 93

1969-02-27

Victoria Fair, Jackson Michigan, Miss Michigan-America (1991)

1969-06-24

Todd Lewis, Flint Michigan, 10k runner

1969-09-29

Kelly Robbins, Mt Pleasant Michigan, LPGA golfer (1995 McDonald's LPGA

1971-04-21

Jennifer Reed, Miss USA-Michigan (1997)

1971-06-22

Mary Lynn Rajskub, Trenton, Michigan, American actress (Chloe O'Brian-24)

1971-10-05

Coni Lyn Hull, Jackson Michigan, Miss America-Michigan (1996)

1971-10-15

Roland McGhee, Flint Michigan, long jumper

1972-04-29

Gwendolyn Wentland, Flint Michigan, high jumper

1972-06-23

Selma Blair, Southfield, Michigan, American actress (Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde)

1973-03-26

Larry Page, East Lansing, Michigan, American search engine pioneer and co-founder of Google

1974-03-19

Jennifer Lynn Drayton, Saginaw Michigan, Miss America-Michigan (1997)

1975-07-20

Carmen Baquero, 321 días en Michigan

1975-08-11

Natasha Bell, Miss Michigan USA (1996)

1977-9-18

Virginia Muñoz, 321 días en Michigan

1979-05-20

Tamika Thomas, Miss Michigan Teen USA (1996)

1981-09-26

Serena Williams, Saginaw, Michigan, tennis player (13 grand slams)

1982-03-19

Che' Vonne Burton, Miss Michigan Teen USA (1997)

1984-01-27

Christina Kim, Michigan

1984-9-02

Michael B. Chait, A-10: Michigan Air National Guard

Michigan - Notable Weddings

Henry FordApr 11, 1888

Nat King ColeJan 27, 1937

Malcolm XJan 14, 1958

Michigan - Weddings
Date Event
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

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

Michigan - Deaths
Date Event
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)

1960-08-26

Percy Abbott, Playlands of Michigan

1990-03-15

Tom Harmon, Harmon of Michigan

2003-12-02

Don House, The Michigan Kid

2011-04-26

Jim Mandich, Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry

2014-09-13

Helen Filarski Steffes, Michigan & Trumbull

2017-08-29

Former Michigan State basketball coach Jud Heathcote dies at age 90


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