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On Aug. 1, 1928, Acting Detroit Mayor John Nagel was scheduled to speak at the opening day festivities of the Detroit Zoo. As he made his way to the bandstand, he was greeted by a polar bear that had managed to get loose by jumping a moat.
Unfamiliar with polar bears, Nagel attempted to be friendly with the bear, extending his hand to say hello. Trainers intervened and forced the bear back. The zoo's design enabled the encounter because the zoo was designed in a way where animals were put in exhibits that were as close to their nature animals as possible without cages.
The Detroit Zoo featured animals roaming outdoors, separated from the public by moats and walls built of concrete made to look like rocks. Tens of thousands of people lined up that year to see such animals as "Paulina" the elephant and a set of young lion cubs.
Source: Michigan Every Day
For more information about the zoo, see the Detroit Zoological Series on YouTube narrated by Julie Harris:
"How the Detroit Zoo's first day was almost its last", Detroit News Blog, February 23, 1999.
Harriet Quimby of Kinderhook Township, Michigan, became the first licensed female aviator in the United States.
For more information see Henry M. Holden, Her Mentor was an Albatross: the Autobiography of Pioneer Pilot Harriet Quimby, Mt. Freedom, N.J., Black Hawk, 1993. Available to partcipating libraries from MelCat.
Source : Michigan Historical Calenar, courtesy of the Clarke Hitorical Library at Central Michigan University.
On August 1, 1878, the State of Michigan opened the Eastern Michigan Asylum in Pontiac. The asylum, built to supplement the state's first institution at Kalamazoo, housed 330 patients and served 20 southeast Michigan counties.
Source: Mich-Again's Day
On January 5, 1863, a $5,000 deposit was made to the city on behalf of a company backed by a group of investors based out of Syracuse, New York.l On May 9, 1863, a thirty-year franchise was granted to a Cornelius S. Bushnell, et al., who organized the Detroit City Railway Company, which was incorporated under the same name on May 12, 1863.
Construction began on June 30, 1863, on Jefferson Avenue near Bates Street. The trackage was similar to that used on steam railroads and was laid within the middle of the street. The track rested on a two-inch bed of cinders, brought flush with the top of the rails to provide footing for the horses. The track gauge used was four feet seven inches. The first line to be constructed was along Jefferson Avenue, from the Michigan Central Train Depot at Third Street (currently the location of Joe Lewis Arena) eastward to the city limits at Mt. Elliott Avenue. The first two streetcars arrived from Troy, New York on July, 31, 1863, with city officials, a number of prominent citizens, and representatives of the press making that first trip over the line on August 1, 1863.
On the evening of Monday, August 3, 1863, a major event would occur which would forever impact the future of Detroit, as men, women and children thronged the sidewalks along Jefferson Avenue, between Woodward and Randolph, waiting with excited anticipation to climb aboard the four cars lined-up and ready to receive the first passengers. Free rides were offered that day for all passengers, as the tiny rail cars bounced along East Jefferson Avenue, from Randolph Street to Elmwood Avenue. The era of public transportation in Detroit was now becoming a reality.
The next day, August 4, 1863, regular service would begin with eight small horse–powered cars now operating along Jefferson Avenue, initially providing service from the Michigan Central Train Depot at Third Street to Elmwood Avenue. On October 1st, the service was extended to Mt. Elliott (the city's eastern limits). The fare was five cents or twenty-five tickets for a dollar.
For over thirty years, horse–drawn streetcars pulled passengers along Detroit's major roadways at a clippety–clop pace for five cents. The horsecars offered not speed, but comfort and safety. Instead of clattering along the stone and brick streets, metal wheels on steel rails set into the roadway transported riders with some form of relative calm. The streetcar made "all-weather" transportation a possibility for the first time along the city's mostly unpaved dirt roads. As streetcars became more dependable, they were credited with being major contributors to the development of the city's prosperity and instrumental in building up the outer portions of the city.l This more than guaranteed that the clang! clang! clang! of the streetcar bell would continue on as part of Detroit's transit scene as the city entered the 1890s.
Source : The Early History of Detroit Public Transit (1862-1890), Detroit Transit History website
Oakland County Considering Appeal Of Sentencing Guidelines Decision
Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said Friday she is reviewing a possible appeal of a Supreme Court decision that made enormous changes to Michigan's sentencing guidelines system to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the decision will make criminal sentencing less fair.
Medical Marihuana Panel Recommends Autism As Treatable Condition
The Medical Marihuana Review Panel on Friday voted 4-2 to recommend adding autism to a list of conditions for which the product may be used for treatment.
League Of Women Voters Plans Redistricting Education For Fall
The League of Women Voters of Michigan is developing a plan to educate the public about how redistricting works in Michigan and the problems of the current system, but at this point has made no decision about whether to pursue a ballot proposal changing the process of drawing boundaries for Michigan's U.S. House and state legislative districts.
DeRoche Declines To Say Whether He Erred In Running For Speaker
Former House Speaker Craig DeRoche refused to say Friday whether it was a mistake for him to run for speaker in late 2004 even though he knew he was an alcoholic.
Companies Push Adoption Of Carbon Standards
A group of companies have requested the state follow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon emission standards for power plants.
Snyder Orders Flags Lowered For Gast
With funeral services for former Sen. Harry Gast scheduled for Monday in St. Joseph, Governor Rick Snyder ordered state and U.S. flags flying in the Capitol complex lowered to half-staff on that day.
Court Allows Reporter Fifth Amendment Protections For Document Source
A reporter who receives documents from a confidential source can claim Fifth Amendment protections in refusing to disclose either the documents or the source, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
DNR Reports Second Notable Fire
The second largest wildfire of the season so far has burned about 80 acres as of Friday afternoon, the Department of Natural Resources reported.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #55, Report 150, July 31, 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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