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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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

1

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

4

Dick Tracy make his first appearance in the Detroit Daily Mirror

5

What is now Eastern Michigan University is dedicated in 1852

6

Detroit Lions play first regualr season game in Pontiac Silverdome

7

Ford’s Highland Park factory runs with moving assembly line

8

Wildfires kill hundreds across Michigan in 1871

9

First football game at Navin Field, later known as Tiger Stadium

10

“Real McCoy” Inventor Elijah McCoy dies in 1929

11

SNL debuts on NBC starring Detroit native, Gilda Radner

12

Detroit radio station fuels rumor Paul McCartney is dead

13

World’s largest expo center, Cobo Hall, opens in Detroit

14

President Kennedy proposes Peace Corps during U of M speech

15

Gerald Ford, marries Betty Bloomer in Grand Rapids

16

Detroit Red Wing rookie Gordie Howe scores 1st goal

17

President William McKinley visits Three Oaks in 1899

18

Pistons beat Knicks in 1st NBA game with all African-Americans

19

Thomas Edison tours Menlo Park at Greenfield Village in 1929

20

Sojourner Truth becomes 1st inductee in MI Women’s Hall of Fame

21

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is established in 1970

22

The Supremes become 1st female group to have a #1 album

23

Detroit Lion, Mel Gray becomes all-time NFL kickoff return leader

24

Houdini performs for last time and dies days later in Detroit

25

WWJ does first Michigan football live broadcast from a stadium

26

Erie Canal officially opens in 1825

27

New Grand Rapids Amtrak Station is dedicated in 2014

28

Stevie Wonder releases album that earns 1st Grammy

29

Detroit Red Win Gordie Howe first dons #9 jersey

30

Isiah Thomas plays first game for the Detroit Pistons

31

Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge opens to traffic

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