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Central Michigan University welcomed its first group of doctors-in-training for a ceremony Sunday to mark the start of their professional education and the opening of the school’s new medical school. CMU joins the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Oakland University, and Western Michigan University in offering medical schools.
For the full article, see "New Central Michigan University medical school marks arrival of first students", Detroit Free Press, August 4, 2013.
Former state senator and one-time Democratic gubernatorial candidate David A. Plawecki died Sunday at the age of 65.
Plawecki, of Dearborn Heights, began his Senate career in 1971. According to an obituary released by the John Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, Plawecki was the youngest state senator elected in Michigan at the age of 22. He served until 1982, once serving as Senate majority floor leader.
He chaired the Labor and Retirement Committee in the Upper Chamber. During his tenure in the Legislature, Plawecki helped craft legislation such as the Bullard-Plawecki Employee Right To Know Act, the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act.
"Former Senator, Author Of Sunshine Laws Dies", MIRS, August 6, 2013.
"1970s Leader, Former Sen. Dave Plawecki, 65, Dies", Gongwer News Service, August 6, 2013.
On Aug. 4, 1929, a 20-passenger ferry, the Water Lily, began service from Copper Harbor to Isle Royale, and Michigan residents could, for the first time, travel to their great wilderness island in upper Lake Superior by boat directly from Michigan. Prior to the Michigan runs, all Isle Royale visitors traveled by boat from either Duluth, Minnesota, or Port Arthur, Ontario.
Source: Mich-Again's Day
On August 4, 1841, an act of the U.S. Congress appropriated $50,000 to build a new fort in accordance with the Army's Great Lakes Defense Plan. The fort would support ground force operations, control the strategically important Detroit River and protect Detroit. In 1849, an Army order named the site Fort Wayne, in honor of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, who distinguished himself in both the Revolutionary War and at the 1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers (which essentially eliminated British power on U.S. soil).
Civil War Days 2012 at Fort Wayne.
After losing Fort Mackinaw to the British during the War of 1812, American forces decided to make a landing in the northwest bay of Mackinac Island and make a lodgment from which to annoy and starve out the British. The United States invaded Mackinac Island August 4, 1814. The battle was fought on Michael Dousman's farm, in a field, westward of the road leading from the Fort to British Landing. The Americans were unsuccessful. Fifteen U.S. soldiers were killed and fifty more were wounded. Major Holmes, second-in-command of the attacking force, was one of the men killed. Holmes was a Virginian and had been a friend of Thomas Jefferson. When the United States finally regained control of the island under the terms of the Treaty of Ghent, the name of Fort George was changed to Fort Holmes. The United States has held Mackinac Island ever since.
For more information see Mackinac Island: Historic Frontier, Vacation Resort, Timeless Wonderland by Pamela and Thomas M. Piljac.
Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
Louise Knott Ahern, "How America lost - and regained - Mackinac Island in the War of 1812", Lansing State Journal, July 30, 2014.
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