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Michigan territorial representative Father Gabriel Richard took his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, the first Roman Catholic priest to serve in Congress.
For more information, see "Father Gabriel Richard: Detroit's pioneer priest", Detroit News, July 20, 1997.
Michigan State beat Ohio State, 34-24, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, to win the Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl. The Spartans posted a school-record 12th victory and snapped the Buckeyes' 24-game winning streak, and denied them a spot in the BCS championship game. Michigan State grabbed its first Rose Bowl bid in 26 years.
It has been seventy years since the “Day of Infamy” – December 7, 1941. On that day, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, propelling the United States fully into World War II. For an entire generation of Americans, the world changed forever.
Today, later generations may wonder how it felt to experience firsthand such a pivotal moment of history. Twenty years ago, Michigan History Magazine provided some insight. The Magazine‘s November/December 1991 issue contains reminisces on that fateful day.
Source : Bob Garrett, "Remembering Pearl Harbor", Seeking Michigan, December 6, 2011.
Ben Marsh Jr., a 25-year-old ensign aboard the USS Arizona, became metro Detroit’s first reported casualty of World War II, when his family learned of his death on Dec. 12, 1941, five days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The telegram, saying that he’d been killed in action, arrived at the family’s Grosse Pointe home at 4 a.m.
After his 12-4 a.m. watch shift ended, Marsh waited in the officers’ dining room for a small boat to take him ashore to play golf with fellow Grosse Pointe High School graduate George Ghesquiere; he’d been Ghesquiere’s best man in his wedding nine days before. But when the Japanese air attack started, Marsh raced to his battle station in the engine room, where he was killed minutes later.
For the full article, see Zlati Meyer, "This week in Michigan history: Metro Detroit mourns its first Pearl Harbor casualty", Detroit Free Press, December 8, 2013.
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