The state's first official historic marker was dedicated on the campus of Michigan State University on this day. It commemorated the founding of the first state supported agricultural college in the country.
Michigan Historical Calendar courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
On Oct. 22, 1927, Michigan Stadium (The Big House) in Ann Arbor was dedicated as Michigan defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 21-0 before a capacity crowd of 84,401.
Michigan's first attempt at a live mascot was carried off by no less a tradition-builder than Fielding Yost himself, longtime head football coach (1901-1923, 1925-1926) and athletic director (1921-1941), first at the Michigan Stadium Dedication Game against Ohio State (Oct. 22, 1927) and again when Michigan played Navy that season.
Yost was a visionary but he was also a competitor. He built Michigan Stadium so that, some day, it could be expanded to fit some 300,000 football fans. (Michigan Stadium is not even halfway there more than eight decades later.) And Yost's competitive nature drove him to pursue a live mascot for the Wolverines football team.
The rival Wisconsin Badgers had wowed fans by using a live badger to rally support back in 1923. Almost immediately Yost set about one-upping the team from Madison by bringing in a live, caged wolverine. Two of them, actually, Bennie and Biff.
"Today, for the first time in the annals of Michigan gridiron history, a Maize and Blue team will take the field of battle with two live Wolverines as mascots on the sidelines," the Michigan Daily declared the morning of Oct. 22, 1927, the day of the dedication game. The wolverines were a gift of two Detroit-based alums, Fred Lawton and Clark Hyatt, both of the Class of 1911.
"Up until today," the article continued, "Michigan teams have had a mascot, and that mascot was a wolverine, a mounted one that has graced the trophy case in the administration building at Ferry Field for some time."
The plan was for the wolverines -- Bennie and Biff -- to be walked around on leashes. And when Michigan faced Navy that November, the wolverines were going to meet Navy's mascot, a live goat, at midfield. But Biff and Bennie proved too vicious for any of that.
The live wolverines were a disaster. When Biff was first placed into his cage a week before the game, he snapped a bar in two with his teeth. Said Yost of the wolverine experiment, which ended after that first season: "It was obvious that the Michigan mascots had designs on the Michigan men toting them, and those designs were by no means friendly." After the season, Bennie was sent to the Detroit Zoo while Biff was placed in the now-defunct University of Michigan Zoo.
For the full article, see James David Dickson, "The wolverine that wasn't", Michigan Today, June 16, 2011.
Chelsea is incorporated on this day in 1864.
Settled in 1834, this Washtenaw County community was first called Kedron until it was renamed after Chelsea, Massachusetts.
Source : Michigan History magazine, October 2003.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a bill his office described as bipartisan legislation that simply strengthens existing law as it pertains to automobile dealership sales in Michigan.
But electric carmaker Tesla Motors says the legislation is a direct effort at shutting the California company and its unique, direct-to-consumer sales model out of Michigan.
HB 5606 was approved 38-0 in the Senate and 106-1 in the House of Representatives after being presented to state legislators as aimed at prohibiting car dealerships in the state from dictating fees they charge customers. With the legislation, dealerships can decide whether or not to charge certain transaction fees.
"This bill does not, as some have claimed, prevent auto manufacturers from selling automobiles directly to consumers at retail in Michigan – because this is already prohibited under Michigan law," Snyder said in a letter to lawmakers that accompanies the signed bill.
Todd Maron, general counsel for Tesla, said that not only does it further ensure that company cannot sell directly to consumers in the state, it goes so far as to prohibit Tesla from displaying its cars to and communicating with potential customers in Michigan.
"These changes were put in at the last minute with nobody vetting them," Maron said, adding, "It looks like what they were trying to do is completely shut us out of Michigan."
In a blog on the company's website, Tesla derides the legislation as "A Raw Deal in Michigan."
For the full article, see David Muller, "Gov. Rick Snyder signs 'anti-Tesla' bill into law", MLive, October 21, 2014.
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