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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Michigan native Mitt Romney officially becomes Republican nominee

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

1

Ferris State University opens as Big Rapids Industrial School

2

The SS Iosco sinks in Lake Superior killing 26 crew members

3

The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Revolutionary War

4

Ford Motor Company unveils the Edsel

5

Forest fires rip through Michigan’s thumb area

6

Michigan Supreme Court upholds gender equal pay ruling

7

The tradition of a Labor Day walk across Mackinac Bridge starts in 1959

8

President Gerald Ford pardons his predecessor Richard M. Nixon 

9

Detroit Lions move their games to Briggs Stadium

10

The first B-24 Liberator Bomber is assembled at Willow Run

11

Wright Brothers demonstrate airplane at West Michigan State Fair

12

Michigan’s first expressway was opens in 1942

13

Father Gabriel Richard dies from cholera

14

Tiger pitcher Denny McLain becomes a 30-game winner

15

The first classes are held at what will become Michigan Tech

16

Steamer SS Hudson sinks in Lake Superior off Eagle River

17

Grand Trunk Western Railroad moves carferry operations to Muskegon

18

Pope John Paul II visits the Detroit area

19

Melville R. Bissell of Grand Rapids patents the first carpet sweeper

20

Detroit speedboat racer Gar Wood breaks water speed record

21

Detroit’s Fox Theatre opens with a gala in 1928

22

American Legion sponsors parade that lasts 8 hours

23

Michigan native, Tom Selleck, wins Emmy for Magnum P.I.

24

Detroit Tigers clinch the American League pennant

25

The NHL grants franchise to the Detroit Red Wings

26

Freighter SS Ohio collides with schooner Ironton in Lake Huron

27

Lumber freighter captain saves entire crew with daring maneuver

28

Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life is released by Motown

29

Make Room for Daddy starring Michigan native, Danny Thomas, premieres

30

Hank Greenberg hits grand slam in 9th inning to clinch the pennant

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First production of Ford Model T Ford is completed

2

Cornerstone is laid for current capitol building in Lansing

3

Somewhere in Time, set on Mackinac Island, is released

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