On Aug. 24, 1998, the Michigan State Fair unveiled a refurbished gigantic stove that represented Detroit's claim to fame before automobiles came around. Detroit, formerly, was known as the stove capital of the world.
On August 24 1969, Victor Jackson, of East Lansing, landed near Manitowac, Wisconsin, after completing a 14 and-a-half hour trip across Lake Michigan in a bathtub. The 32-year-old father of six made the 65-mile journey in a household-type tub welded to a frame supported by four 30 gallon oil drums and powered by a 20-horsepower outboard motor.
On this day in 1915, the state began paying a bounty on dead rats.
In part, the act reads:
“Every person being an inhabitant of this State who shall kill any black, brown, gray, or Norway rats commonly known as the house rat, barn rat, or wharf rat in any organized township, village, or city in this State, shall be entitled to receive a bounty of 5 cents for each rat thus killed…
There was a time when Michigan was anxious to claim loot from Washington, D.C. According to the Detroit Free Press, the U.S. Senate raffled off 150 obsolete cannon from the nation's arsenal on August 24, 1912. Senator William Alden Smith helped Michigan claim three, with carriages and cannon balls, for Ann Arbor, Hillsdale, and Jackson for the price of freight.
Senator William Alden Smith earned fame earlier in the same year by presiding over the Titanic Inquiry.
On Aug. 24, 1834, a second wave of the cholera epidemic struck Detroit.
Hundreds of Detroiters are believed to have died in August and September 1834 of cholera, which results from a bacterial infection of the intestine and can cause acute diarrhea, shock and severe dehydration in a short time.
In August alone, the "Michigan Genealogy: Sources & Resources" reports, cholera killed 7-10% of the city's population of 3,500. Some reports say 16 people died in one day.
Will Ruling In Ohio Case Affect Straight Ticket Decision?
The state is hoping a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding a change to Ohio elections law ending an overlapping period when voters there could both register and cast a ballot portends victory in its efforts to eliminate the ability for voters to choose a political party's slate of candidates through a single mark on the ballot in Michigan.
Study Inconclusive On Link Between Flint River Water, Rashes
Flint water was the likely cause of a spike in skin rashes among Flint residents, but is "absolutely" safe now according to federal and state experts.
A coalition including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the results of a months-long investigation launched to better understand the rashes and hair loss experienced by Flint residents.
Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is challenging a circuit court judge’s order prohibiting state health workers from interacting with the Genesee County Health Department and a Flint hospital amid new cases of the deadly Legionnaires’ disease.
Snyder on Tuesday directed the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to legally challenge a Genesee County judge’s order purportedly barring any interaction between the state and local officials related to Flint’s water crisis.
A state business development board unanimously approved Tuesday more than $34.8 million for out-of-state multinational advertising and public relations companies to do state marketing efforts including the Pure Michigan campaign.
The Michigan Strategic Fund approved the firms and dollar amounts with no debate. In the past, Democrats have sometimes criticized Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration and appointees for contracting out state work to out-of-state companies.