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Michigan and Michigan State participated in the Ice War, an outdoor hockey game held in Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on this date, setting a world record attendance at the time. The outdoor contest was the fruition of an idea by Michigan State University Athletic Director Mark Hollis.
Kyle Austin, From the Cold War to the Big Chill, Michigan has set the precedent and standard for outdoor hockey, MLive, December 30, 2013.
Authorized by Congress in 1966 as the nation's first national lakeshore, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore today encompassed over 73,000 acres of multicolored sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, wildlife and the forest of the Lake Superior shoreline. Stretching from Munising to Grand Marais, the park is a four season destination attracting everyone from hikers to campers, hunters, and casual visitors. The park is managed by the National Park Service and welcomes over four hundred thousand visitors each year.
Michigan Historical Calendar courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
2013 marks the 30th year – the actual anniversary is October 6 – of the introduction of HB 5000, introduced by Rep. James Dressel, an Ottawa County Republican, which would have amended the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation as a basic civil right.
It was a stunning and electrifying step that galvanized the entire state. Today, while the issue is still clearly emotional and controversial, to even speak of gay rights let alone see court fights over them has become somewhat routine, just another matter for the daily news fodder.
In 1983, gay rights was something limited to San Francisco, and otherwise the overall issue was wrapped in fear the public had of a new, mysterious and terrifying disease called AIDS.
For having the courage to do the right thing, Rep. Dressel lost his subsequent re-election vote after complete three terms. If he had waited one more term before introducing the bill, he would have earned a state pension.
Source : John Lindstrom, "Remembering A Pioneering Moment In Gay Rights In The Legislature", Gongwer Blog, March 7, 2013.
Walter Hagen was the first athlete to become a millionaire playing a sport. He created legends every time he raised his club--or his glass. He was the first to grab the check and the last to leave the party.
Hagen won the U.S. Open in 1914 and again in 1919 and then went on to win four British Opens in 1922, 1924, 1928 and 1929. He traveled the world and played in more than 2,000 tournaments, but he chose to live in Michigan at the Detroit Athletic Club and the Book Cadillac Hotel. In 1954 he moved to a 20-acre estate near Traverse City overlooking East Long Lake.
For more information, see The Walter Hagen Story, by The Haig, himself, as told to Margaret Seaton Heck.
Click here for a Detroit News photo collection.
Source : Vivian M. Baulch, "He made golf his life, Michigan his home", Detroit News, February 4, 2000.
On this day Gen. Wm. Rufus “Pecos Bill” Shafter of Galesburg, the hero of Santiago, was welcomed back to Kalamazoo by a huge crowd, marching bands, and a parade. In 1898 he led American troops to Cuba during the Spanish-American War, in which he commanded the largest force of United States troops that had left American soil up to that time.
Shafter was born in Galesburg, Michigan on October 16, 1835. He worked as a teacher and farmer in the years preceding the Civil War.
Shafter served as a 1st lieutenant the Union Army's 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment at the battles of Ball's Bluff and Fair Oaks. He was wounded at the Battle of Fair Oaks and later received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the battle. He led a charge on the first day of the battle and was wounded towards the close of that day's fighting. In order to stay with his regiment he concealed his wounds, fighting on the second day of the battle. On August 22, 1862 he was mustered out of the volunteer service but returned to the field as major in the 19th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He was captured at the Battle of Thompson's Station and spent 3 months in a Confederate prison. In April 1864 after his release he was appointed colonel of the 17th Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops and led the regiment at the Battle of Nashville.
By the end of the war, he had been promoted to brevet brigadier general of volunteers. He stayed in the regular army when the war ended. During his subsequent service in the Indian Wars, he received his nickname "Pecos Bill". He led the 24th Infantry, another United States Colored Troops regiment, in campaigns against the Cheyenne, Comanche, Kickapoo and Kiowa Indians in Texas. While commander of Fort Davis, he started a controversial court-martial of second lieutenant Henry Flipper, the first black cadet to graduate from West Point. In May 1897 he was appointed as a brigadier general.
Just before the outbreak of the Spanish–American War, Shafter was commander of the Department of California. Shafter was an unlikely candidate for command of the expedition to Cuba. He was aged 63,weighed over 300 pounds and suffered from gout. Nevertheless he received a promotion to Major General of Volunteers and command of the Fifth Army Corps being assembled in Tampa, Florida. One possible reason for his being given this command was his lack of political ambitions.
Shafter appeared to maintain a very loose control over the expedition to Cuba from the beginning, commencing with a very disorganized landing at Daiquiri on the southern coast of Cuba. Due to his weight and the heat he was unable to reconnoiter the front lines during the various operations. Fortunately, his officers were able to carry the day and despite misgivings, Santiago eventually surrendered.
Source : wikipedia entry.
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