The Grand Rapids Daily Democrat of July 25, 1880 reports that the first electric lights were turned on in Grand Rapids Stores on the night before, enabling visitors to read even the smallest print. Interestingly enough, the light fixtures were leased on an annual basis, at $120 per year.
"First Electric Lights", Grand Rapids Daily Democrat, July 25, 1880, p.4. Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Historical Commission.
On this day Helen J. Claytor was honored by the dedication of a bronze statue, one of a series of influential figures immortalized at sites around the city as a part of the Grand Rapids Community Legends Project. Ms. Claytor (1907 - 2005) was an educator, civil rights activist, and the first African American president of the Grand Rapids YWCA and the national YWCA. Read more about her life.
A massive race riot erupted in Detroit. The summer of 1967 was a turbulent time in American history. The Detroit rioting began near 12th Street and Clairmount in a predominantly African-American, overcrowded, and low-income neighborhood. Early on the morning of July 23, Detroit police officers raided a “blind pig,” which was an establishment that illegally sold alcohol after hours. A crowd gathered as those arrested were put in a police wagon. Riots erupted and quickly spread. Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh asked Michigan's governor, George Romney, to send in the State Police.
Jerome T. Hart (1932-1995), was Saginaw’s state senator from 1965 to 1991, becoming one of the Legislature’s most senior statesmen before term limits were enacted in the early 1990s. The Democrat, a lifelong Saginaw resident and a former assistant to the state treasurer, held numerous leadership roles during his time in the Senate, including chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, and he made public education his cause. He battled diabetes all his life and suffered a stroke in 1981 but still represented his community for nearly another decade before losing the 1990 election.
Tne Newill Smith Automobile Tax Law is expected to generate about $1,750,00 in fees for the coming year; only half of that amount will be returned to counties where it is collected. The tax will be calculated based on 25 cents tax on horsepower and 25 cents per hundred pounds of car. The ordinary Ford car should cost about $11 in taxes.
On July 23, 1872, Elijah J. McCoy, an Afro-American inventor raised in Ypsilanti, patented the first automatic lubricator for locomotives and other machinery. His device was so effective "the real McCoy" became synonymous with anything genuine or authentic.
Many years later, McCoy would be honored again by having the first satellite office of the U.S. Patent Office names after him on July 13, 2012 in Detroit. The Elijah J. McCoy Office is located in the Stroh River Place building in Detroit.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan Historical Calendar.
House Rs Lead In Cash On Hand, But Dems Lead In Key Districts To Flip
While House Republican candidates in swing districts were mostly ahead of Democratic candidates when it comes to cash on hand, Democrats led in some key seats they want to flip in 2016 in an effort to gain control of the House.
Banks Raised $92K In 1st House District
The decision to expand Michigan's Medicaid program -- which was one of Gov. Rick Snyder's toughest legislative battles -- is supported by 57 percent of Michigan voters, according to a Mitchell Research & Communications poll taken on behalf of the Michigan Association of Health Plans.
Interestingly, a narrow majority of GOP voters now support the program while two-thirds of Democrats are in favor after being told the program will cost the state $200 million when fully implemented.
Judges, not juries, will decide whether to sentence juvenile offenders to life without parole, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled.
The Thursday, July 21, decision affects the way prosecutors around the state will handle the 367 juvenile lifer cases in Michigan that are being reprocessed for resentencing.