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On April 20, 1948, Walter Reuther was severely wounded in an assassination attempt at his home in Detroit. The 12-gauge shotgun blast shattered a kitchen window and nearly severed Reuther's right arm. Doctors at Grace Hospital placed Reuther in an upper body cast for several weeks and managed to save his arm. Reuther, however, never fully recovered and his right arm and hand were virtually crippled the rest of his life.
Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook page
It's long gone now, but 100 years ago today the Tigers moved into their new home at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.
Navin Field -- renamed Briggs Stadium in 1938 and Tiger Stadium in 1961 -- opened on this date in 1912.
Before that, starting in 1896, the Tigers played in Bennett Park -- also at The Corner. But Bennett Park was demolished to make way for the new stadium, which stood until 2009, nine years after the Tigers moved to Comerica Park.
Here's an excerpt recalling the events of April 20, 1912, from the 1999 Free Press book "The Corner."
"It was a sunny but chilly Saturday in Detroit. More than 24,000 filled a park designed to accommodate 23,000 in its yellow slat seats.
"Those not already standing in the roped-off outfield got on their feet in the bottom of the first inning when Ty Cobb, timing the Cleveland pitcher's delivery perfectly, took off from third base and hook-slid around the lunging catcher to register the first run at Navin Field.
"Cobb later added another stolen base and a couple of nifty catches as the Tigers won, 6-5, in 11 innings."
For the full article and pictures, see "Tiger Stadium centennial: Old park saw plenty of changes, glory", Detroit Free Press, April 20, 2012.
The nation's first mile of concrete highway is laid.
With Detroit moving rapidly to become the nation's automobile capital, residents demanded better roads. In response, the Wayne County Road Commission laid the first stretch of concrete highway on Woodward Avenue between Six and Seven Mile roads. Cost: $13,000.
Source : This Day in History, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
This Week in Michigan History, Detroit Free Press, April 20, 2008, B.4.
How much the average student owes in student loan debt depends on where he or she went to school. Use this tool to see how much the average debt is for all students at Michigan's colleges and universities for 2011-12. Cost figures are for in-district, in-state students and on-campus.
For the full article, see "See how much student debt is owed by grads of Michigan colleges, universities", Detroit Free Press, April 19, 2014.
For a related article, see David Jesse, "Feds expected to hike student loan interest rates July 1", Detroit Free Press, April 19, 2014.
Finding the best place to retire in is a little bit like looking for a mate. There are lots of pretty ones out there. To help weed out the more unattractive ones, we present our third annual (we skipped 2013) list of the worst states for retirement. There is one main point we want to emphasize – everyone’s retirement situation is different, so a one size fits all approach won’t work. If your grandchildren live in one of these states and you want to be near them – that makes it a great retirement state for you.
For the full article, see John Brady, "Michigan ranks among 10 worst states for retirement", Detroit Free Press, April 19, 2014.
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