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They came to see two of the most popular soccer teams in the world. They came for the grand spectacle, celebrating the rise of soccer in the United States. They came to see the great Cristiano Ronaldo; and they got their wish, at least in the second half — look at that, he’s in; he’s in! Right here in Michigan! Can you believe it?
But most of all, they came to be part of history.
The largest crowd ever to watch a soccer match in the U.S. — announced at 109,318 — crammed into Michigan Stadium on Saturday afternoon and watched Manchester United beat Real Madrid, 3-1, in a friendly that was shown in 40 countries around the world.
For the full article, see Jeff Seidel, "Fans set record at Michigan Stadium to watch, celebrate soccer", Detroit Free Press, August 3, 2014.
The Tigers scored in all eight innings in which they batted. According to STATS, inc., the Tigers scored in all eight innings of a nine-inning home game for the first time since 1912. That was the year the Tigers began playing in Navin Field (which grew into Tiger Stadium), and that Teddy Roosevelt was the presidential candidate of the Bull Moose Party.
For the full article, see John Lowe, "Detroit 11, Colorado 5: David Price watches as Rick Porcello improves to 13-5", Detroit Free Press, August 3, 2014.
It started out as a conversation about some vintage War of 1812 cannon balls that were retrieved from the floor of Lake Erie.
But it ended up as a historic restoration project between two state senators from different parties — Mike Kowall, a Republican from White Lake Township, and Steve Bieda, a Democrat from Warren.
The two history buffs are hoping to raise $75,000 this year to replace the two Civil War-era cannons that sat on the lawn of the state Capitol from 1879 to 1946.
The two cannons were used by the highly regarded First Michigan Light Artillery Battery, better known as the “Loomis Battery” because of the military leader Cyrus O. Loomis.
They fought in many battles, including the Battles of Perryville in Kentucky, Stone Rivers in Tennessee and Chickamauga in Georgia. All three were key skirmishes that led to the Union victory over the Confederates. The Michigan unit’s participation was part of the reason that President Abraham Lincoln famously stated, “Thank God for Michigan.”
For the full article, see Kathleen Gray, "Senators unite to put Civil War cannons on state Capitol lawn again", Detroit Free Press, August 2, 2013.
On August 2, 1980, hometown boxing hero Tommy "Hitman" Hearns won the WBA welterweight title, knocking out Pipino Cuevas in the second round of their bout at Joe Louis Arena. Hearns trained at the renowned Kronk Gym in Detroit. Click the link for video of the entire fight, with the knockout at about 5:45. What a punch.
Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page.
The new crown that belongs to the "world's fastest human" now rests just five feet 4 inches above the ground. It is squarely planted upon the black brow of little Eddie Tolan of Detroit, the midnight express, who came on like a sable flag to outrun the greatest field that ever met upon a track. Only a day earlier Tolan won the 100-meter dash to compliment his victory in the 200-meter dash.
"Tolan Flashes to New Record; Wins 200-Meter for Double Olympic Crown; American Stars Sweep Day's Events", Detroit Free Press, August 4, 1932.
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