In the spring of 1963, Detroiters looked for a way to commemorate the anniversary of racial violence that tore through their city twenty years earlier that left 34 people dead and hundreds injured. The Detroit Council for Human Rights called for a "Walk to Freedom," because many of "the same basic, underlying causes" of the 1943 disturbance were "still present."
On June 23, 1963, an estimated 125,000 people carrying signs and singing "We Shall Overcome" marched down Detroit's Woodward Avenue. The march, which was the country's largest civil rights demonstration at that time, ended at Cobo Hall where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. introduced his famous "I have a Dream" speech. Two months later, King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, and delivered a similar speech that became one of most powerful and memorable in American history.
On June 23, 1950, a plane traveling from New York to Minneapolis crashed into Lake Michigan.
After more than 60 years, the plane is still missing.
The plane, a Northwest Airlines Douglas DC-4 carrying 55 passengers and 3 crew members, departed LaGuardia Airport at about 9:49 p.m. - and was last heard around 11:50 p.m., while over Lake Michigan.
Countless searches have turned up nothing, and the plane's disappearance remains unsolved.
The Historical Society was officially founded on this day with Governor Lewis Cass serving as President and the territorial legilslative council serving as ex officio members.
Source : Michigan History, May/June 2013.
Malcolm X speaks at Erickson Kiva on January 23, 1963, on the MSU campus, to students and faculty about race problems and the Black Muslim religion and its ideas. The speech is followed by answers to questions from the audience. A recording available in the MSU Library Vincent Voice Library.
One of Detroit's favorite sons, Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, knocked out German boxer Max Schmeling and became a national hero. When Joe Louis was only ten years old, he and his family moved to Detroit in 1924. In his teens, Joe's passion became boxing. After school and work, he trained in a local gym; working to distinguish himself among the city's other young fighters. Joe turned pro in 1934 after winning the National Amateur Union light heavyweight title. Before long, he established an excellent record.
Eighty years ago Detroit’s own Joe Louis defeated Jimmy Braddock to become world heavyweight champion. The June 22, 1937 historic bout at Chicago’s Comiskey Park was a career-establishing win for the handsome 23-year-old. Moreover, it was a win for marginalized black America, in general, and Louis’ neighborhood, in particular. After all, humble Catherine Street in Black Bottom is where he was raised; bustling St. Antoine Street in Paradise Valley is where his business office was located.
Beaumont Tower has not been a part of campus since MSU's conception. Rather, it serves as a monument to commemorate the former location of one of the most significant buildings for the university.
Shortly after the university was established in 1855, College Hall, the nation's first building for the study of scientific agriculture, was built to serve as the academic hub of the campus.
Ground was broken on the new building on June 22, 1922. Ralph Booth turned the first spade full of dirt. The cornerstone was laid April 29, 1924.
A circus hippopotamus, being shipped from Buffalo to Detroit aboard the steamber SD Caldwell, broke out of his cage and dived into the Detroit River about 6 miles south of town. Ali, the Egyptian, the hippopatumus's keeper, unleashed a large black mastiff, the hippopotamus's companion, who dived into the river after him, and eventually led him to shore. Ali followed in a boat and was able to secure the hippopotamus on the American shore so they could proceed to Detroit. The unknown reporter states the hippopotamus was in fine condition after his frolic!