Elizabeth (Bessie) Jane Eaglesfield was born June 29, 1853, in Clay county, Indiana. She was educated in the high school at Terre Haute, Ind., and would go on to win multiple degrees from the University of Michigan, including a law degree in 1878, makiing her the first female graduate from that program.
Bishop Frederic Baraga was born on June 29, 1797 in the castle of Mala vas in the Northwestern part of Slovenia, and for over half of the 71 years of his life Baraga covered a vast territory of over 80,000 square miles in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada.
Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has done something this season that no big-league hitter has done since at least 1900.
He has produced three games in one season in which he has gone 4-for-4 with at least two homers.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician of major league baseball, Cabrera is the first player since at least 1900 to have three such games in one season.
Source : John Lowe, "Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera does what no other player has since 1900", Detroit Free Press, June 30, 2013.
Nelson Mandela spoke to over 49,000 people at Tiger Stadium in Detroit in June 1990. "The man who stands before you is not a stranger," Mandela said. "I am a member of the UAW; I am your flesh and blood. I am your comrade." "Your solidarity has given us enormous strength and courage. We will not forget you."
Today we remember the game that made Mark ?The Bird? Fidrych famous. It was a night game played at Tiger Stadium on June 28, 1976. The Tigers squared off against the New York Yankees for a nationally televised game. At the time, very few people outside of Michigan knew much about Fidrych. Even the announcers were mispronouncing his name.
On June 28, 1965, Governor George Romney signed a bill that made the Petoskey Stone Michigan's official State Stone. It was fitting that Miss Ella Jane Petoskey, the only living grand-child of Chief Petosegay, was present at the formal signing. The bill simply states that the Petoskey Stone is the State Stone.
Source : The Petoskey Stone : Some history, lore and facts about the "Petoskey Stone", Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Geological Survey Division.
On this day in 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assemble the first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. The first completed production car rolled off the assembly line two days later, one of just 300 Corvettes made that year.
On June 28, 1948, nine months after they received their first airplane, the Michigan State Police began patrolling airways over Detroit to control "wild city fliers."
Source: Mich-Again's Day.
Gilda Radner - a 1964 Liggett School alumna and University of Michigan dropout who originally wanted to be a teacher for special-needs children -- is best known for her work on "Saturday Night Live" in the 1970s, especially her characters Roseanne Roseannadanna and Emily Litella and her Barbara Walters ("Baba Wawa") parody.