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Grand Rapids - Historical Events
Date Event
1876-09-19

1st carpet sweeper patented (Melville Bissell of Grand Rapids, Mich)

1880-07-23

1st commercial hydroelectric power planet begins, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1900-07-08

1st night baseball, league game (Zanesville at Grand Rapids)

1945-01-25

Grand Rapids, Michigan becomes 1st US city to fluoridate its water

1949-08-15

WOTV TV channel 8 in Grand Rapids, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting

1962-11-01

WZZM TV channel 13 in Grand Rapids, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting

1972-12-17

WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast

1996-04-30

Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Grand Rapids MI on WKLQ 94.5 FM

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Grand Rapids - Birthdays
Date Event
1895-05-01

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

1902-01-12

Ray Teal, Grand Rapids Mich, actor (Sheriff Roy Coffee-Bonanza)

1925-04-04

Elizabeth Wilson, Grand Rapids Mich, actor (Doc, East Side/West Side)

1935-02-15

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

1936-01-14

John Paul Cain, Sweetwater TX, PGA golfer (1989 Greater Grand Rapids)

1936-02-29

Jack R Lousma, Grand Rapids Mich, Col USMC/astronaut (Skylab 3, STS-3)

1955-03-10

Bunny DeBarge, Grand Rapids Mich, rocker (Debarge)

1958-08-06

Randy DeBarge, Grand Rapids Mich, rock vocalist/bassist (Debarge)

1959-06-19

Mark DeBarge, Grand Rapids Mich, rock vocalist (DeBarge-Who's Johnny)

1961-06-04

El Debarge, Grand Rapids Mich, rocker (Debarge-All this Love)

1961-10-10

Brian Lee Diemer, Grand Rapids Mich, steeplechase (Olymp-bronze-1984)

1962-08-22

James Debarge, Grand Rapids Mi, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Debarge)

1964-03-03

Lisa Ann Poggi, Grand Rapids Mich, actress (Jolie-Loving)

1965-01-03

Mark Dewey, Grand Rapids MI, pitcher (SF Giants)

1966-02-04

Barry Klein, Grand Rapids Mich, rower (Olympics-1996)

1966-04-29

John VanderWal, Grand Rapids MI, outfielder (Colorado Rockies)

1969-06-30

Ken Gernander, Grand Rapids, NHL center (NY Rangers)

1973-05-28

Todd Sweeris, Grand Rapids Mich, table tennis player (Olympics-96)

1975-08-12

Robyn Hancock, Grand Rapids Ohio, Miss America-Ohio (1997)

1977-02-24

Floyd Mayweather, Grand Rapids Mich, featherweight boxer (Oly-br-96)

1981-09-02

Katie Teft, Grand Rapids Mich, gymnast (Olympics-96)

Grand Rapids - Notable Weddings

Gerald FordOct 15, 1948

Grand Rapids - Weddings
Date Event
1948-10-15

38th US President Gerald Ford (35) weds department store fashion consultant Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer Warren (30) at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Ford


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