Juneteenth in Michigan
Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, was beaten June 19, 1982, by autoworkers in Highland Park who were angry about the growing success of the Japanese auto industry.
Source : Zlati Meyer, "This Week in Michigan History", Detroit Free Press, June 14, 2009.
"World Sauntering Day" is celebrated on the 19th day of June every year. The purpose is to remind us to take it easy, smell the roses, to slow down and enjoy life as opposed to rushing through it. It is also sometimes referred to as International Sauntering Day
On June 19, 1920, workers on the Michigan Central Railroad yards nears Niles unearthed the skull of a giant beaver. The giant beaver was a prehistoric beast that roamed North America along with mammoths and mastodons. It could grow to approximately eight feet in length and weigh nearly a quarter of a ton. The giant beaver became extinct during the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago.
Source: Michigan Every Day
For more information, see Castoroides wikipedia entry
On June 19, 1879, William Tecumseh Sherman, General in Chief of the U.S. Army, delivered a variant of his famous "War Is Hell" speech to the graduating class. A total of 10,000 people arrived to listen to Sherman's speech, and the press reported that it was the largest number of people ever to gather within the township's boundaries (at that time the village of Orchard Lake was part of West Bloomfield Township). He said: "There is many a boy here today who looks upon war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell."
Competing as Miss Wayne County, Quan beat out 32 other women from around the state to earn the title of Miss Michigan inside the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Muskegon.
A resident of Bloomfield Hills, Quan was born in Beijing, China, where she lived for the first six years of her life before moving to Metro Detroit and becoming a naturalized citizen at 14.
On June 18, 1923, Checker Cab rolled out its 1st taxi off the line in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Morris Markin founded the company in Chicago, but moved the operation to Kalamazoo due to skilled labor available and extra space at the Handley-Knight & Dort Body plants.
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A decade before hometown hero Willie Horton would help the Detroit Tigers win a world championship, Ozzie Virgil took the field at Tiger Stadium on June 17, 1958, as the ballclub's first player of color. Before a crowd of 30,000, he played third base, batted second and went 5-for-5 against the Washington Senators as the Tigers pounded the Nats 9-2.
On June 17, 1913, the 1st automobile strike in Michigan and the country occurred at multiple Studebaker plants in Detroit. The Industrial Workers of the World, an union w/only 200 members in Detroit, were trying to gather support & began advocating for these workers.
#ThisDayInAutoHeritage , June 17, 2018.