On this date in 2001, Margaret Chiara was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. She was forced to resign on March 16, 2007. On March 23, 2007, the New York Times reported that Chiara was told by a senior Justice Department official that she was being removed to make way for a new attorney that the Bush administration wanted to groom.
Peggy Lue McCreery has a hunger in her soul for trees, for the shade of maples and oaks, for the silvery rustle of a birch in the wind.
Season after season she has tried to coax a leafy bower from the red earth of the Oklahoma plains, planting oaks and poplar seedlings she found in Chicago. She didn't understand her longing for tall trees until her husband discovered he had married into a family of American Indians, the Potawatomi (Pot-ah-WAT-ah-mee).
Her ancestors once lived where the trees were so thick, legend has it, a squirrel could cross from branch to branch from Lake Michigan to Lake Erie and never touch the ground.
For the full article, see Jennifer Dixon, "She Finds Her Roots Are Indian, In Michigan Woman Discovers Pride in Potawatomi Heritage", Detroit Free Press, October 23, 2000.
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On October 23, 1934, the husband-and-wife team of Jean and Jeannette Piccard navigated a balloon as high as 10.9 miles above the earth, starting from Dearborn, Michigan, and landing many hours later hundreds of miles away in Ohio. This flight reached the stratosphere, and set the women’s altitude record for Jeanette, which she held until the early 1960s. The Henry Ford has digitized about 40 photographs and documents related to the flight, including this quirky photo of Charles Roscoe Miles, a Lincoln portrayer visiting Dearborn at the invitation of Henry Ford, examining the gondola a few days before the flight. Find more material documenting the adventure before, during, and after the flight on The Henry Ford’s collections website. (If you want even more, browse additional Piccard material in the digital collections of the Detroit Historical Society, and read their accompanying blog post.)
Source : Ellice Engdahl, "Just Added to Our Digital Collections: Piccards’ Flight", Henry Ford Blog, January 20, 2014.
From 1898 to 1914, the Michigan Agricultural College Aggies had won only once against University of Michigan football teams in 1913, by a score of 12-7 in Ann Arbor. But on this day, the Aggies led by the standout African American tackle Gideon Smith, beat the Wolverines 24-0, and the event quickly became known as "the Slaughter", at least in East Lansing.
By the way, the University of Michigan enjoyed home field advantage in 44 of the first 50 games.
For a photograph of the MAC team entering Ferry Field on that day, see Steve Grinezel, Michigan State Football : They are Spartans. Arcadia Press, 2003, p.2.
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