Michigan has played an incredible role in the survival of our nation and in the progression of the world. It was a last stop on the Underground Railroad, and nearly 90,000 Michiganders fought for the Union Army. Henry Ford’s assembly line and generous wages changed the way goods are produced. Detroit put the world on wheels and became the Arsenal of Democracy during World War II. Hitsville USA created the soundtrack of the 60s and 70s and factory workers fought for rights that nearly every American worker enjoys today.

Michigan’s Economic History

18th Century

It’s hard to believe that something that happened over ten thousand years ago, could have a significant affect on the economy today, but that is absolutely true in the case of what is now known

19th Century

The 19th century was marked by transportation advancements in and around the Great Lakes, and an unprecedented increase in population. At the start of the century there were less than 5,000 documented residents in the

20th Century

The 1900s was an era of remarkable change. It saw the world at war, mankind landing on the moon, and the creation of the Internet. Events like those forever changed the world, and certainly impacted

21st Century

In many ways the 21st century in Michigan has been driven by a need to recover, revitalize, and reinvent. At the start of the millennium the state was plagued with many challenges brought on by

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Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Michigan’s first interstate telegraph comes from Buffalo to Detroit

Gabriel Richard proposes a road from Detroit to Chicago

Mackinac becomes America’s 2nd national park

WWJ-TV airs Michigan’s first daily television broadcast

Thirteen former slaves organize Second Baptist Church in Detroit

Clinton becomes 2nd president to address Michigan legislature

4 People die in riot at Ford Plant

Hundreds report UFO sightings over Lake Michigan

Ford introduces revolutionary V-8 engine

Madonna inducted into Rock N Roll Hall of Fame

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick convicted on corruption charges

Abolitionists John Brown and Frederick Douglass meet in Detroit

UAW’s 113-day strike against GM ends

President Clinton opens G-7 meeting in Detroit

Legislature gives Governor power to supply men to Union army

Governor Fitzgerald dies during 2nd term

MSU breaks ground on Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

University of Michigan moves from Detroit to Ann Arbor

Hazen Pingree loses bid to be governor and mayor simultaneously

Michigan civil rights commissioner slain

DIA unveils Diego Riviera’s industrial murals

Dr. Jack Kevorkian goes on trial for murder

Flint native Michael Moore wins Oscar for Bowling for Columbine

Detroit beats Montreal in longest hockey game in NHL history

Civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo murdered by KKK

MSU men’s basketball team becomes national champion

Walter Reuther becomes president of UAW

U.S. signs treaty with Native Americans securing Michigan land

Women’s Suffrage Resolution passes Michigan House

Doctors perform Michigan’s 1st organ transplant

Turning right on a red light legalized in Michigan

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