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Tom Lamphier of Detroit, a pilot in the U.S. navy, helped shoot down Japan’s top military leader, Admiral Isoruko Yamamoto. Source: Historical Society of Michigan
Isoroku Yamamoto was born in 1884. His original family name, Takano, was changed through adoption. Graduated from the Japanese Naval Academy in 1904, he was wounded in action during the Russo-Japanese War. Yamamoto attended the Japanese Navy's Staff College during the "teens" and later studied at Harvard University. As a Captain, he served as Naval Attache to the United States in 1925-28. In the late 1920s and during the 1930s, he held a number of important positions, many of them involved with Japanese naval aviation.
Admiral Yamamoto commanded the Combined Fleet before the outbreak of the Pacific War and during its first sixteen months. He was responsible for planning the attack on Pearl Harbor and most other major operations during this time. His scheme for eliminating the U.S. fleet as a major opponent led to the June 1942 Battle of Midway, in which the Japan lost naval superiority in the Pacific.
Despite Midway's adverse outcome, Yamamoto continued as Combined Fleet commander through the following Guadalcanal Campaign, which further depleted Japan's naval resources. While on an inspection tour in the Northern Solomon Islands, he was killed in an aerial ambush by U.S. Army Air Force planes on 18 April 1943. Isoroku Yamamoto was posthumously promoted to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet.
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese Navy, (1884-1943), Naval History and Heritage Command.
For a longer article, see Kennedy Hickman, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, About.Com Military History article which states that the kill is generally credited to 1st Lt. Rex T. Barber instead.
Isoroku Yamamoto wikipedia entry.
The American pilots -- including Tom Lamphier -- flew the longest over-water fighter mission ever and ambushed and killed Yamamoto. After his death, the Japanese never won another major naval battle. But the victorious American pilots seemed cursed by the samurai spirit of the admiral and were tormented for the rest of their lives by what happened that day. Davis paints unforgettable personal portraits of men in combat and unravels a military mystery that has been covered up at the highest levels of government since the end of the war. For more information, see Lightning strike : the secret mission to kill Admiral Yamamoto and avenge Pearl Harbor / Donald A. Davis. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005.
Don Hollway, Death by P38, Aviation History, May 2013.
In 1900 about 625 students attended the State Agricultural College, commonly known as M.A.C. The schools was the precursor to Michigan State University. Making a new commitment to serious intercollegiate athletic competition, the college purchased land here, along the Red Cedar River, for an athletic field. Intramural sports had been a part of M.A.C. life since its founding in 1855; however contests with other institutions did not begin until 1884. On April 18, 1902, the M.A.C. Aggies baseball team met the University of Michigan Wolverines in the first baseball game held on this site. The new venue had baseball and football fields, circular and straight tracks, and, later, lights and a grandstand. In 1923 footbal moved south to a new stadium, but baseball remained at College Field.
College Field opened in 1902 as the primary sports venue for "the Aggies" of the State Agricultural College. Some sports relocated, but baseball remained here and was later joined by softball and soccer. In 1925 the School became the Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, prompting the change in the team name from Aggies to Spartans. Two men stand out in the history of College Field and Aggie/Spartan sports. Lyman Frimodig (1891-1972) played baseball and football here, earning a record-setting ten letters in three sports. He spent over forty years with the athletic department, serving for a time as the athletic director. John Kobs (1898-1968) coached Spartan baseball for nearly forty years and captured the Big Ten title in 1954. In 1969 the baseball field was named in his honor.
According to Jack Seibold's Spartan Sports Encyclopedia: A History of the Michigan State Men's Athletic Program (Champaign, IL : SportsPublishing, c2003.), although the MAC team played in brand new green-and-gray uniforms for the occasion, the visiting Michigan Wolverines were not impressed, easily winning 20-2.
Joseph Labadie (1850-1933) was a Detroit writer and poet, and was involved with nearly every left wing and labor-related issue of the late 1800s.
Jo Labadie was born on April 18, 1850, in Paw Paw, Michigan, to Anthony and Euphrosyne Labadie, both descendants of seventeenth century French immigrants of the Labadie family who had settled on both sides of the Detroit River. His boyhood was a frontier existence among Pottawatomi tribes in southern Michigan, where his father served as interpreter between Jesuit missionaries and Indians. His only formal schooling was a few months in a parochial school.
Later in life he settled in Detroit, becoming a writer, a poet and an active supporter of the Socialist Labor Party. He was key in bringing a new national labor union into Detroit: The Noble and Holy Order of the Knights of Labor, which was founded by garment workers in 1869 in Pennsylvania.
In October 1878 Charles Litchman, “grand scribe” of the Knights of Labor, traveled to the emerging labor center of Detroit and selected Labadie to form the first cell of the union in Michigan. The group preferred to keep its identity obscured, for its mission to organize all laborers into a secret federation was arousing intense hostility from business leaders. Handsome, dapper, friendly, and always ready with a speech, Labadie was an ideal choice for the Knights, whose ideals of brotherhood and justice were at one with Labadie’s values.
In 1888, Labadie organized the Michigan Federation of Labor, became its first president, and forged an alliance with Samuel Gompers. At age fifty he began writing verse and publishing artistic hand-crafted booklets. In 1908, the city postal inspector banned his mail because it bore stickers with anarchist quotations. A month later the Detroit water board, where he was working as a clerk, dismissed him for expressing anarchist sentiments. In both cases, the officials were forced to back down in the face of massive public protest for the person well known in Detroit as its "Gentle Anarchist".
In about 1910, when he was 60 years old, Labadie began to prepare for the preservation of the vast collection of pamphlets, newspapers, and correspondence which he had accumulated in the attic of his home. The collection was eagerly sought by the University of Wisconsin, one of the paramount repositories of materials relating to labor and socialist history in the United States, but Labadie spurned their offer of $500 for the collection. The libraries of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and Michigan State University also made attempts to acquire the collection.
Labadie sought instead to keep the material as near to his hometown of Detroit as possible and contacted the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor about their potential acquisition of the material. While the University of Michigan was slow to show interest in the collection, an investigator was eventually dispatched. The report returned on Labadie's collection was negative, dismissed as a great mass of "stuff." Labadie remained persistent, however, and he eventually convinced nine Detroit residents, including several businessmen, to donate $100 each for the purchase of the collection, which was then donated to the university with requisite pomp.
In 1912 twenty crates of material were moved from Labadie's attic to Ann Arbor, forming the foundation of renowned Labadie Collection of radical literature. Labadie spent his later years soliciting donations to the collection from friends and acquaintances, donating hundreds more items himself to the library in 1926. The collection thus preserved is today regarded as among the finest accumulations of 19th Century radical ephemera in the United States.
Bill Loomis, "Parades, rallies and picnics popular from the 19th century as unions sought support, pushed for workers’ rights", Detroit News, September 1, 2013.
Eleanor H. Scanlan, "The Jo Labadie Collection," Labor History, vol. 6, no. 3 (Fall 1965).
All-American Anarchist: Joseph A. Labadie and the Labor Movement / Carlotta R. Anderson. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1998
Jo Labadie and His Gift to Michigan : A Legacy for the Masses, University of Michigan Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library Special Collections.
In the fall of 1836 the Kent Company purchased, for about $4,000, the office material of the Niagara Falls Journal, and shipped it from Buffalo on the steamer Don Quixote. The boat was wrecked off Thunder Bay Island, and the press and material were transferred to a sailing vessel, that reached Grand Haven late in the season.
When it was landed, George W. Pattison purchased the printing outfit for $4,100. During the winter he had it brought up the river on the ice by dog teams - six dogs to a sled. The sled, carrying the press broke through the ice some miles below the Rapids, and went to the bottom of the river, but the press was fished out and brought to town.
Nearly all the prominent citizens of the village were at the newspaper office to see the first issue of the Times come off the Washington hand press on April 18, 1837. Printed every Saturday morning, a prepaid annual subscription for the four-page, tabloid-size newspaper cost $2.50. Louis Campau subscribed for 500 copies for a year, paying $1,000 cash in advance, and the Kent Company also took 500 subscriptions.
The first copy was printed on silk-satin, and given to Campau. Others were printed on cloth and distributed for preservation as souvenirs. To get news from Detroit required from four to six days. Politically, a non-partisan newspaper, both Whigs and Democrats were given opportunity to air their views in its columns, which they did, most eagerly.
Grand River Times entry from Grand Rapids Historical Commission.
Cotter: Gamrat Expulsion About ‘Series Of Incidents'
House Speaker Kevin Cotter spoke publicly for the first time Friday about his decision to bar Rep. Cindy Gamrat from House Republican Caucus meetings, telling the Detroit News Editorial Board it was about a series of breaches of caucus confidentiality. "My action yesterday was not the result of that single Facebook post," Mr. Cotter told the News. "This is not something that started this week. We've had an ongoing series of incidents that have caused concerns to be expressed from several members."
Robert Griffin, 91, Who Played A Large Role On The National Stage, Dies
Former U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin - later a member of the Michigan Supreme Court - a Republican stalwart who for nearly 10 years was a significant player on the national political stage and who helped convince former President Richard Nixon to resign, died late Thursday in Traverse City. He was 91.
Solar Energy, Fixed Charges Making Waves In Energy Debate
A regional environmental group is watching two cases in Michigan closely, albeit for separate reasons, as the Legislature debates changes to Michigan's energy policy.
Leonard Reviewing Senate Auto Insurance Plan
Rep. Tom Leonard, chair of the House Insurance Committee, said Friday he was pleased to see movement from the Senate on auto insurance reform, but has no set plans for taking the bill up as he is still reviewing it himself.
With Merger of DCH, DHS, Unclassified Positions Consolidated
The merger of the departments of Community Health and Human Services into one department prompted the new Department of Health and Human Services to move a couple of previously unclassified employees into the classified service.
Chang Calls For Homeschool Families To Register With State
The horrific slaying of two children, allegedly by the mother who claims she had been homeschooling them, and stockpiling of their bodies in a freezer for one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half years without anyone alerting authorities demonstrates the need for the state to have a list of parents homeschooling their children, Rep. Stephanie Chang said Friday.
Poll Says Most Want Juveniles Kept Separate From Adult Prisoners
A vast majority of Michigan voters believe juvenile offenders should never be put in jails or prisons that house adults, according to a poll commissioned by the Lansing firm Public Policy Associates.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 77, April 17, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
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