A group of investors, headed by Guardian Industries President Bill Davidson, bought the Detroit Pistons on July 29, 1974, for $8.1 million.
The other owners announced that day were Herb Tyner, co-owner and president of Hazel Park Raceway; David and Eugene Mondry, operating officers of Highland Appliance; Warren Coville, president of Guardian Industries’ Guardian Photo Division; William Wetsman, movie-theater chain owner, and Oscar Feldman, partner in Katcher, Feldman and Wienner.
A bill allowing "no-fault' divorces was signed into law. Prior to this law an individual seeking a divorce had to prove their partner was an abuser, a drunk, an adulterer, or had deserted.
Source : MIRS, July 29, 2014.
On July 29, 1909, the newly formed General Motors Corporation (GM) acquires the country’s leading luxury automaker, the Cadillac Automobile Company, for $4.5 million.
Between July 23 and July 28, 1967, 43 died, 467 were injured, and over 7000 were arrested in Detroit during a series of skirmishes between Detroit police, the National Guard, the U.S. Army, and the African Americans of Detroit. It was one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in United States history, lasting five days and surpassing the violence and property destruction of Detroit's 1943 race riot.
Source : Michigan Every Day
During the 1967 riot, the Free Press borrows an armored personnel carrier (sans gun) from Chrysler Corp., which builds them in Warren. The vehicle is used to protect reporters in riot areas. But one morning, several staffers drive the APC to the Detroit News building and demand that the News staffers surrender.
Source : Peter Gavrilovich, "178 fun facts for the Detroit Free Press' 178th birthday", Detroit Free Press, September 22, 2013.
800,000 residents watched a birthday parade featuring Detroit's history. President Truman was even on hand.
"Detroit Relives Colorful Past in Blaze of Glory; Spectacular Parade Thrills 800,000 on Line of March", Detroit Free Press, July 29, 1951, front page.
Truman Hails Detroit's Role in Struggle for Global Peace; Nation Must Keep Guard Up, He Says", Detroit Free Press, July 29, 1951, front page.
Home movies of Detroit's 250th Birthday Parade (1951) from YouTube.
Flint Delegation Brings Water Crisis To DNC
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee are bringing the story of the Flint water crisis to the Democratic National Convention this week, as Ms. Weaver addressed attendees Wednesday evening on the matter and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's has promised to make it better.
Dems Point To Community Involvement In 15th District Primary
For the fourth year in a row, 12 percent of the state's federal welfare grant will bankroll state tuition assistance programs -- some of which are not need-based.
Of the $810 million the state will receive in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), nearly $100 million will fund college scholarships handed out by the state's Treasury Department, according to a report compiled by the Senate Fiscal Agency (SFA). House Democrats say its time to start replacing those federal funds with state dollars.
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The Michigan Department of Transportation is doing a better job in making sure highway contractors comply with warranties requiring them to pay to fix roads that break up or develop other problems soon after they are built, Michigan’s auditor general said in a report released Wednesday.