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The Holocaust (also called Shoah in Hebrew) refers to the period from January 30, 1933, when Hitler became chancellor of Germany, to May 8, 1945 (V-E Day), when the war in Europe ended. During this time, Jews in Europe were subjected to progressively harsh persecution that ultimately led to the murder of 6,000,000 Jews (1.5 million of these being children) and the destruction of thousands of Jewish communities. These deaths represented 2/3rds of European Jewry and 1/3 of world Jewry. The Jews who died were not casualties of the fighting that ravaged Europe during World War II. Rather, they were the victims of Germany's deliberate and systematic attempt to annihilate the entire Jewish population of Europe, a plan Hitler called the "Final Solution" (Endlösung).
Michigan helps preserve the memory of this gruesome period in human history by providing a site for the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Holocaust Rememberance, April 23, 2009.
Alexa Stanard, "WW II-era Boxcar Comes to Holocaust Memorial Center", Hour Detroit, May 2012.
On this date, two Detroit statues were forever linked by a spring prank, possibly undertaken by a University of Detroit fraternity but never proved. That night, huge green footprints were painted from "The Sprit of Detroit" (the big green guy outside the City-County Building, now the Coleman A. Young Municipal Building) to the "Passo di Dana", the nude woman in front of the former Michigan Consolidated Gas Building. According to a Detroit Free Press story on the following day, "Did the Jolly Green Giant have a date across the street?"
Source : Zlati Meyer, "You haven't lived here until..you know the love story of two Detroit statues and their late-night rendezvous", Detroit Free Press, June 9, 2013.
On April 19, 1927, Ty Tyson provided the play-by-play on WWJ for the first radio broadcast of a regular season Detroit Tiger game, an 8-5 win over Cleveland Indians.
Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook page.
For more information, see "Ty Tyson, the world's first sports broadcaster", Detroit News, February 1, 1996.
Ty Tyson wikipedia entry.
From April 14-20, 2013, the Michigan State Police (MSP) will be celebrating Michigan State Police History Week.
What started as a small cavalry of men has evolved into a complex, professional law enforcement agency responsible for not only general police investigative services and traffic patrol, bu...t also forensic science services, statewide criminal justice records management and state homeland security and emergency management," stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. "This week as we mark our 96th anniversary, it is a time for us to reflect on our rich history and traditions, as well as to recommit to serving the public with excellence, integrity and courtesy -- always providing 'service with a purpose'."
The MSP's roots date back to World War I when the department began as a temporary, wartime emergency force for the purpose of domestic security.
On April 19, 1917, Gov. Albert Sleeper created the Michigan State Troops Permanent Force, also known as the Michigan State Constabulary. With Col. Roy C. Vandercook as the first commanding officer, this new force consisted of five troops of mounted, dismounted and motorized units.
On March 26, 1919, Public Act 26 reorganized the Constabulary as the permanent, peace-time Michigan State Police. When Michigan adopted a new Constitution in 1963, authorizing up to 20 departments, Public Act 380 of 1965 reorganized the MSP as one of these departments. The Director of the MSP holds the rank of Colonel and is appointed by the Governor.
Today, the MSP is a modern-day, full-service law enforcement agency with statewide jurisdiction consisting of nearly 2,500 enforcement and civilian members. For more information on the MSP, visit http://www.michigan.gov/msp
For historical photos, visit the Michigan State Police Facebook Page.
Michigan State Police history
April 19, 1917: The Michigan State Troops Permanent Force, also known as the Michigan State Constabulary, was founded. It initially was created as an emergency force to protect homeland security as the threat of World War I loomed.
1917: The institution’s wooden headquarters was built on a 90-acre parcel of land leased from Michigan Agricultural College, now Michigan State University.
1924: The Michigan State Police began using motorcycles instead of calvary units as its main form of transportation. Marked patrol cars were not used until 1929.
1935: The School of Police Administration and Public Safety, now known as the MSU School of Criminal Justice, was founded. Administrators and representatives of the Michigan State Police wanted to provide students the opportunity to learn police tactics while still in college.
1970s: Portions of the East Lansing Michigan State Police Post began to be sourced to other areas to accommodate for the institution’s growth and to create space for new technology.
March 2012: The Michigan State Police Post in East Lansing was formally decommissioned by Michigan State Police officials. The land will be returned to the university by May 1, and the buildings currently on the property are slated to be demolished.
Source: Phillip Schertzing and the Michigan State Police
For more information, see Lauren Gibbons, "Michigan State Police History Month celebrates MSU roots", State News, April 11, 2012.
Mayor Bennett and Lansing's aldermen have been placed in an embarrassing position. "It seems that city officials who attend these annual meetings, at the expense of the taxpayers in most instances, to obtain valuable ideas from others regarding methods of conducting municipal affairs are not now in favor of having their meeting in dry Lansing." The Detroit delegation are the prime movers of having the convention switched to Saginaw, or some other wet city. At the last meeting Mayor Bennett had assured the membership that Lansing would remain wet and would offer the attendees a good time!
Source : "Dry Lansing May Lose Convention; Movement Started To Transfer State Municipal League Meeting to Saginaw", Detroit Free Press, April 20, 1910.
Note : The Main Library now provides the MSU community online access to the historical Detroit Free Press from 1858 through 1922.
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