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The state's first official historic marker was dedicated on the campus of Michigan State University on this day. It commemorated the founding of the first state supported agricultural college in the country.
Michigan Historical Calendar courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
On Oct. 22, 1927, Michigan Stadium (The Big House) in Ann Arbor was dedicated as Michigan defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 21-0 before a capacity crowd of 84,401.
Michigan's first attempt at a live mascot was carried off by no less a tradition-builder than Fielding Yost himself, longtime head football coach (1901-1923, 1925-1926) and athletic director (1921-1941), first at the Michigan Stadium Dedication Game against Ohio State (Oct. 22, 1927) and again when Michigan played Navy that season.
Yost was a visionary but he was also a competitor. He built Michigan Stadium so that, some day, it could be expanded to fit some 300,000 football fans. (Michigan Stadium is not even halfway there more than eight decades later.) And Yost's competitive nature drove him to pursue a live mascot for the Wolverines football team.
The rival Wisconsin Badgers had wowed fans by using a live badger to rally support back in 1923. Almost immediately Yost set about one-upping the team from Madison by bringing in a live, caged wolverine. Two of them, actually, Bennie and Biff.
"Today, for the first time in the annals of Michigan gridiron history, a Maize and Blue team will take the field of battle with two live Wolverines as mascots on the sidelines," the Michigan Daily declared the morning of Oct. 22, 1927, the day of the dedication game. The wolverines were a gift of two Detroit-based alums, Fred Lawton and Clark Hyatt, both of the Class of 1911.
"Up until today," the article continued, "Michigan teams have had a mascot, and that mascot was a wolverine, a mounted one that has graced the trophy case in the administration building at Ferry Field for some time."
The plan was for the wolverines -- Bennie and Biff -- to be walked around on leashes. And when Michigan faced Navy that November, the wolverines were going to meet Navy's mascot, a live goat, at midfield. But Biff and Bennie proved too vicious for any of that.
The live wolverines were a disaster. When Biff was first placed into his cage a week before the game, he snapped a bar in two with his teeth. Said Yost of the wolverine experiment, which ended after that first season: "It was obvious that the Michigan mascots had designs on the Michigan men toting them, and those designs were by no means friendly." After the season, Bennie was sent to the Detroit Zoo while Biff was placed in the now-defunct University of Michigan Zoo.
For the full article, see James David Dickson, "The wolverine that wasn't", Michigan Today, June 16, 2011.
Chelsea is incorporated on this day in 1864.
Settled in 1834, this Washtenaw County community was first called Kedron until it was renamed after Chelsea, Massachusetts.
Source : Michigan History magazine, October 2003.
Taxes: Snyder, Schauer Hint At Proposals
With taxes growing as a major issue in the 2014 campaign, Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday suggested that as opportunities arise, the state could roll back some of the 2011 tax changes that affected individuals. Meanwhile, his Democratic rival Mark Schauer said he had not announced any plans to make changes to the Corporate Income Tax except to end breaks for companies that export jobs.
Bishop Focused On Economy, Schertzing On Roads In 8th Congressional
Though they belong to opposing parties, Republican Mike Bishop and Democrat Eric Schertzing, running for the 8th U.S. House District, agree on a key point: the federal government is not working.
Snyder, Signing Bill Tesla Blasted, Opens Door To Direct Sales
Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill Tuesday that electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors said will prevent it from setting up centers where it can market its vehicles to potential Michigan customers. But in signing the bill, which was backed by the Michigan Auto Dealers Association, Mr. Snyder also said the topic of whether automakers should have the ability to sell directly to customers should be a top priority for the Legislature when it reconvenes in 2015. Under the previous and new law, auto manufacturers can only sell new vehicles through franchised dealers.
New Poll Shows Snyder Expanding Lead Over Schauer
Governor Rick Snyder has opened a wider lead on his Democratic opponent Mark Schauer with two weeks remaining in the election, a new poll shows.
Richardville Film Incentive Bill On Senate Agenda
A bill that Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says would restructure the way the film industry could hire or be paid for certain workers is on the Senate agenda for Wednesday, though it first must clear the Senate Economic Development Committee in the morning.
Snyder Talks Regional Development, Future Priorities
The state can be more prosperous across all job sectors if each of its 10 regional markets work together to create an identity, but don't become so closed off so as to not work with a neighboring region, Governor Rick Snyder told a crowd of less than 100 at a Michigan Economic Development Corporation talent summit Tuesday.
DeVoses, Father Fund Pro-Land PAC, Steyer PAC Spends $3M For Peters
The Ending Spending Action Fund super political action committee, which has spent $5.4 million to assist Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Land, took in $2.24 million from Michigan sources in September, including $500,000 from Ms. Land's father, according to a report filed late Monday with the Federal Election Commission.
Michigan Unemployment Stands Fifth In Nation
Michigan's September unemployment rate fell to 7.2 percent, and that put it at the fifth highest in nation, according to figures released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics in the U.S. Department of Labor.
Pure Michigan Renews Partnership With MIS
The Pure Michigan 400 will keep its name after an agreement for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to sponsor the race for another three years at $700,000 per year, MEDC and Michigan International Speedway officials announced Tuesday.
Detroit Incinerator Faces Fines, Redesign Order
It may take two years, but residents near Detroit's waste incinerator should have a bit fresher smelling yards under a consent agreement announced Tuesday.
Drug Misuse Website
The Department of Community Health has launched a website discussing the abuse and misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications. The site -- http://www.michigan.gov/doyourpart -- provides information on preventing abuse in general, as well as specific information for health care professionals and parents. It also provides information on proper disposal of old medications and where that can be done.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 208, October 21, 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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