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It’s the hip area code emblazoned on T-shirts, shouted in rap songs and built into most every metro Detroiter’s telephone habits.
This week, it’s on birthday cakes, too, as Detroit celebrates its 313th birthday with a full week of activities at the Detroit Historical Museum. And there are dozens of other events, including many free festivals, tours and concerts.
The 313 area code has “become a moniker for Detroit, central to our identity,” said Bob Sadler, marketing director for the Detroit Historical Museum.
This week’s museum programs include extra cultural references to 313, but “we’ve always made the city’s birthday a special celebration, on and around July 24, that being the day in 1701 when Antoine Cadillac and his band of voyageurs decided to settle here,” Sadler said.
For the full article, see "The 313 turns 313! Happy birthday, Detroit!", Detroit Free Press, July 20, 2014.
For a related article, see Dan Austin, "Meet the 5 best mayors in Detroit history", Detroit Free Press, July 22, 2014.
Dan Austin, "Meet the 5 worst mayors in Detroit history", Detroit Free Press, July 23, 2014.
Dan Austin, "What happened 313 years ago on July 24", Detroit Free Press, July 23, 2014.
Michigan vacationers may want to consider driving north from Harbor Springs through the Tunnel of Trees to visit the famous Legs Inn for great Polish food and an awesome view of Lake Michigan. Those who plan ahead can also rent cabins along Lake Michigan.
For more information about Leg's Inn, check out Legs Inn History Page
The Grand Rapids Daily Democrat of July 25, 1880 reports that the first electric lights were turned on in Grand Rapids Stores on the night before, enabling visitors to read even the smallest print. Interestingly enough, the light fixtures were leased on an annual basis, at $120 per year.
"First Electric Lights", Grand Rapids Daily Democrat, July 25, 1880, p.4. Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Historical Commission.
The Peace Treaty signed in August of 1701 between the French and the Iroquois removed what had been a major obstacle to the expansion of French influence in the Great Lakes region. Even before the treaty was formally concluded, Cadillac and his party of soldiers and workmen were on their way to the confluence of Lakes Erie and Huron, with plans to establish a fort and permanent settlement. The French hoped to head off a British attempt to do likewise, thus gaining strategic access to and control of the upper Great Lakes through Le Detroit, or “the strait.” Fort Ponchartrain, which was located roughly on the site of the present-day Civic Center, was named for Louis XIV's chief minister, Count Ponchartrain, a major supporter of French expansion into the western lands.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
For more information, see History of Detroit, 1701-2001
Also see A History of Detroit, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
Bitter, Expensive GOP Fight For 36th House
In one of the ugliest primaries this cycle, two Shelby Township Republicans, Stan Grot and Peter Lucido, have both launched major attacks on one another, with Mr. Grot claiming his opponent is a Democrat running as Republican, and Mr. Lucido bringing up a drunk driving offense from two decades ago.
Women's Groups, Backing Schauer, Say Snyder Steamrolled By GOP
Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican-controlled Legislature have enacted an unrelenting war on women, members of several women's groups said Wednesday as they confirmed their support for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, and Mr. Schauer said he would enact tax and employment programs to help women drive the economy. Among those changes, Mr. Schauer said, is expanding the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to ensure women are not discriminated against on the basis of pay.
Schauer: Restoring Credits Should Mean No Changes To CIT
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer has said he would restore some tax credits and tax breaks ended when the state enacted the Corporate Income Tax in 2011, but Wednesday he said he plans no specific changes to the corporate income tax to pay for that lost state revenue. Instead, Mr. Schauer repeated his earlier call to end waste in government spending and to end tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs. Those should raise enough money to cover any revenue loss from restoring the tax credits.
Wage Increase Opponents Say Ballot Proposal Short Of Signatures
The group opposing a ballot proposal to boost Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and bring tipped workers up to that wage level says it has found enough duplicate signatures on the petitions circulated by the proposal's supporters to deny it a spot on the November ballot.
Sedenquist Resigns From Post In Wake Of Conviction
Doug Sedenquist has resigned from his place on the Michigan Republican State Committee and the district will elect a new member to fill the vacancy, Michigan Republican Party spokesperson Darren Littell confirmed Wednesday.
7th House: Another Stallworth, Third-Time Candidate Face Off
Rep. Thomas Stallworth III (D-Detroit) is term-limited, and his wife, Nicole Wells Stallworth, is seeking to take his seat in the 7th House District.
A Candidate For The 8th Congressional District… From Canada?
If Jim Casha dares to dream, the Green Party candidate for the 8th U.S. House District might envision himself rising to speak in the well of the U.S. House as the presiding officer declares, "The speaker recognizes the distinguished gentleman from Ontario."
Appeals Court Rules On Tax Exemption For Religious House
A Jewish residential dormitory for seminary students does not meet the state's definition of a charitable institution or used primarily for religious services and therefore is subject to property tax, the Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 142, July 23, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
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