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

Tiger Denny McLain earns his 20th victory of the season

The 14th Amendment is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution

General Motors acquires Cadillac for $4.5 million

Industrialist Henry Ford is born in Greenfield Township

Jimmy Hoffa’s car is found in the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox

Detroit Zoo opens in 1928

Tiger announcer Ernie Harwell inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Streetcars begin to operate in Detroit in 1863

Congress appropriates $50,000 to build Fort Wayne

War of 1812 claims first Michigan casualties

Circus train accident kills 23 people and 6 animals

Woodstock-like concert takes place in Leoni Township

Wayne State University gets its start in 1933

Grand Rapids resident Gerald R. Ford become U.S. President

The Griffon sails past future Detroit site in 1679

Haskell Shanks becomes 1st American recipient of mechanical heart pump

Women’s rights advocate Rev. Ida C. Hultin addresses Ford workers

President James Monroe becomes the 1st president to visit Michigan

State law requiring all drivers to carry licenses goes into effect in 1919

Henry Ford resigns from Edison to work on building cars

Northwest Airlines Flight #255 crashes just after takeoff near DTW

Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and Thomas Edison sail to Escanaba

WKAR, Michigan’s 1st educational radio station, gets its license

The country’s first downtown pedestrian mall opens in Kalamazoo

General Wayne’s battle victory forces British to Detroit in 1794

Unprecedented power failure strikes much of eastern U.S. including parts of Michigan

Madonna’s Who’s That Girl becomes her 6th single to top Billboard Hot 100

Lions play their 1st game in the Pontiac Silverdome in 1975

Victor Jackson of East Lansing crosses Lake Michigan in a bathtub

Joseph Gibbons of Adrian patents first practical machine for seeding

A bill is enacted to establish a University of Michigania in 1817

Abraham Lincoln visits Kalamazoo on this day in 1856

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers I Have a Dream speech

Bay City’s opera house burns to the ground in 1902

Michigan native Mitt Romney officially becomes Republican nominee

At least 125 people die in northern Lapeer County fire in 1881

Ferris State University opens as Big Rapids Industrial School

The SS Iosco sinks in Lake Superior killing 26 crew members

The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Revolutionary War

Ford Motor Company unveils the Edsel

Forest fires rip through Michigan’s thumb area

Michigan Supreme Court upholds gender equal pay ruling

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