The passage of the steamer Illinois through the locks at Sault Ste. Marie marks the opening of unobstructed shipping between Lakes Superior and Huron. Ships were no longer forced to stop at Sault Ste. Marie and portage their cargoes around the rapids of the St. Mary's River, which drops 12 feet from Lake Superior to Lake Huron. The canal was the result of a long-sought 1852 grant by Congress to Michigan of 750,000 acres of public land. Construction, begun in mid-1853, had progressed despite cost overruns, food shortages, a hostile climate and a cholera epidemic.
Bright lights and bright colors make for a visual delight at Electric Forest.
The 2018 North American summer solstice happens on June 21, 2018 at 12:24 AM EDT.
For time zones further west, the solstice falls on Tuesday, June 20 as follows.
On June 21, 1972, Gov. William Milliken signed into law a bill allowing pinball machines in liquor establishments.
Source: Mich-Again's Day.
On July 21, 1948, the first Bill Knapp's restaurant opened on Capital Avenue in Battle Creek.
Maybe I'm old, but I still remember receiving a free birthday cake on your birthday and a discount equal to your birthday years on your check at the local Bill Knapp's restaurant!
Courtesy of WAKV (Plainwell, MI), The Memory Station
Former governor of Michigan Frank Murphy issued the dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court's 1943 case, Hirabayashi vs. The United States of America. This case centered around Gordon Hirabayashi, a university student in Seattle and a devout Quaker. As a conscientious objector to military service, he had refused to report to the Japanese evacuation center as ordered by the laws produced to concentrate Japanese and Japanese-American people under US government regulation and control in an effort to negate subversion. Hirabayashi was arrested and convicted on May 16, 1942.
On June 21, 1943, race riots that had started the night before on Belle Isle spread throughout Detroit. The riots ended the next day once Federal troops were brought in to restore order. A total of 34 people were killed, 433 were wounded, and property valued at $2 million was destroyed.
Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook page
On June 21, 1861, 30,000 people assembled in Adrian to see hundreds of soldiers off to the Civil War. After the Civil War began, the trustees of Adrian College voted to transform their campus into a military training center.
The City of Adrian funded the construction of a mess and dining hall, and for a time, the college became known as Camp Williams. It was home to the 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry. More than 1,000 soldiers came to Adrian from southeastern Michigan to train. The 4th was eventually assigned to the Army of the Potomac and would go on to fight in 41 battles.
Race riots erupt in Detroit.
On June 20, 1866, funeral services were held in Detroit for Lewis Cass. Over his public life and career, Cass served as governor of the Michigan Territory, U.S. ambassador to France, Secretary of War under President Andrew Jackson, a U.S. Senator from Michigan, and Secretary of State under President James Buchanan. He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.