Today in Michigan History

June 30, 1953

America is introduced to the Corvette.

The nation’s first sports car with a fiberglass body, the Chevrolet Corvette, rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. Impressed with other sports cars, General Motors’ design guru Harley Earl began work on the Corvette in 1951. Today, the Corvette remains one of the nation’s most popular sports cars. It even has its own museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Thank you Michigan History Magazine for this glimpse into our past. See more at www.michiganhistorymagazine.com.

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Happy Birthday USA!!!

Downtown Detroit June 24th Fireworks

Downtown Detroit June 24th Fireworks

It’s that time of year…time to celebrate the Fourth of July. Everyone knows what that means…FIREWORKS!!!

The Fourth of July weekend brings many events along with the fireworks too; check out www.michiganfireworks.com for information on the happenings in your area.

Thanks to Jason Simcoke for the picture of the fireworks in downtown Detroit on June 24th.

If you have any special Michigan Fourth of July memories, stories or pictures, please send them to michiganisamazing@michaelflora.com

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Just the (Michigan) Facts

Did you know…

Michigan became the 26th state on January 26, 1837

Lansing became Michigan’s State Capitol in 1848

The American Robin is Michigan’s state bird

The apple blossom is the state flower and the dwarf lake iris is the state wildflower

The Chlorastrolite or “green star stone”, which is found in the Upper Peninsula, is Michigan’s state gem

Our state song is “Michigan, My Michigan”

The origin of the state’s name is based on the Chippewa Indian word “meicigama” meaning “great water” and refers to the Great Lakes

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Today in Michigan History

June 29, 1863

George Armstrong Custer is appointed to command the Michigan Cavalry Brigade.

George A. Custer was raised in Monroe, MI and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1861.

Custer received command of the Michigan Calvary Brigade, which included four regiments of Michigan cavalrymen. Several days later, Custer and his command played a key role in stopping Rebel efforts to break the center of the Union line in the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Thank you Michigan History Magazine for this glimpse into our past. See more at www.michiganhistorymagazine.com.

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Welcome to Michigan is Amazing!

As born and bred Michiganders, the negative stories about this state and the cities within have finally gotten to us. We love Michigan! It’s a great state, with a rich history, outstanding citizens and plenty of positive events and stories.

We have taken to the internet to spread the word about everything AMAZING in Michigan!

Please join us by sharing any stories, information, pictures, videos or events that highlight this AMAZING state! Please send them to michiganisamazing@michaelflora.com. Join the community and tell your friends.

Let’s show the world that Michigan is Amazing!!!

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