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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Lansing Capitol building dedicated

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Coleman Young becomes Detroit’s first Black mayor

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Aretha Franklin 1st woman inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Spartan car ferry launched in Lake Michigan

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Henry Ford offers $5 daily wages

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Emancipation Proclamation read publicly in Detroit for the first time

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B-52 Bomber crashes in Lake Michigan in 1971

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In 1948, WDTR-FM, Michigan’s first educational FM radio station went on the air

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Detroit architectural firm Albert Kahn Associates became consulting architects for all industrial construction in the Soviet Union.

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Pulizer Prize winning poet Philip Levine was born in Detroit

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State Senator Warren G. Hooper murdered in alleged mob hit.

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Henry Ford set the world speed record in 1904

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Joan L. Wolfe became 1st woman to chair a State of Michigan commission

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Detroit’s own Diana Ross and the Supremes perform their final concert

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The incredibly popular Hazen S. Pingree becomes Mayor of Detroit

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Ford sells the first in a long line of F-series pickup trucks.

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Downtown Detroit’s famous Hudson’s Department Store closed

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Detroit was incorporated as a town in 1802

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Bishop Baraga died on this day in 1868

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Aretha Franklin performs at President Barack Obama’s inauguration

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World’s first Kiwanis Club formed in Detroit in 1915

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Barry Gordy gives Motown Records its start

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Kmart files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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Michigan’s bloodiest battle ends with massacre in 1813

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Super Bowl XVI was held at the Pontiac Silverdome

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Grand Rapids becomes first city to add flouride to water supply

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Massive blizzard paralyzes parts of Michigan

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Grand Rapids native Roger Chaffee dies during Apollo 1 fire

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Michigan’s first common carrier logging railroad opens

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Actor Tom Selleck was born in Detroit

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Two members of Flying Wallendas fall to deaths in Detroit

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