Detroit Renewable Power, the large, long-standing solid waste incinerator just off I-94 and I-75, has exceeded pollution emissions standards more than 750 times over the last five years, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality records show.
On May 21, 1941, after years of bitter and sometimes violent resistance by Henry Ford, workers of the Ford Motor Company voted to have the United Auto Workers represent them. Ford was the last of the Big Three automakers to be organized.
Source: Historical Society of Michigan
"My Michigan" was adopted as an official state song on May 21, 1937.
The state Senate returned the bill about the official state tune on that day, after amending it from "the" to "a," according to Robert Garrett of the state archives. The state House of Representatives had initially adopted the "the" bill on March 3, 1937.
Detroit native Charles Lindbergh became the first person to successfully complete a nonstop solo transatlantic flight when he landed the Spirit of St. Louis in Paris on May 21, 1927.
He left the Roosevelt Field airstrip on New York’s Long Island, 33.5 hours before. By the time he landed about 3,600 miles later (1,000 of it through snow and sleet), Lucky Lindy was a worldwide celebrity.
Tens of thousands of people greeted the 25-year-old when he touched down at the Le Bourget air field at 10:22 p.m.
In 1887, Ransom Olds developed an experimental steam-powered car. An updated version of the car was featured in the May 21, 1892 issue of Scientific American. A company in London saw the article and bought the car, making it the first American-car sold for export! The two-passenger vehicle was good for 15-miles per hour. Olds would go on to form the Olds Motor Works and sell 4000 Oldsmobiles by 1903.
Source : Michigan Every Day.
On May 21, 1891, Michigan's final county was established in the Upper Peninsula.
Dickinson County was established by an act of the legislature and was named after Donald Dickinson, a Detroiter who served as postmaster general in the President Grover Cleveland administration.
Source: Michigan Every Day
May 21, 1863, the Seventh Day Adventist Church was formally established in Battle Creek, Michigan.
For half a decade, Battle Creek acted as the hub of the budding Seventh-day Adventist Church. Founders of Adventism likely anticipated a welcoming atmosphere in Battle Creek, said James Nix, director of the Ellen G. White Estate.
On this day, May 21st, 1834 Detroit's first streetlights were introduced lighting up Jefferson from Cass Ave. to Randolph st. The estimated cost as follows:
20 lamps including posts: $5
3 quarts of sperm whale oil per night: $.75
Total cost per year: $262.50
Source: Detroit History Tours and Detroit History Club Facebook Page,
State Rep. Leslie Love, D-Detroit, wants to transform the reputation of strip clubs from seedy underground establishments to legitimate, professional businesses.
She’s the lead sponsor of a package of bills that would license and regulate adult entertainment businesses and their employees and dancers.
“People have been dancing since before Jesus. Why does it have to operate in the dark?” Love said.
It took 107 years, but it happened. In 2005, a fire truck utility door was damaged when it maneuvered too closely to the open door of an ambulance and clipped it. Nobody was hurt, as long as you don't consider the collective human spirit, which surely was crestfallen when people managed to defeat absurdly massive odds and engender the least likely car crash in history.