Michigan Renaissance Festival

It’s that time of year again…the Michigan Renaissance Festival starts this weekend (August 22nd).  This weekend’s theme will be “Wild Days & Amazing Knights”.

Each of the seven weekends will have a different theme and various events scheduled around that theme.  For more information visit www.michrenfest.com for more information.

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Today in Michigan History

August 21, 1984

The Chief Wawatam sailed for the last time.

After years of transporting passengers, automobiles and railcars across the Straits of Mackinac, the Chief Wawatam ended service. Built for the Mackinac Transportation Company for service between St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, the Chief Wawatam arrived at St. Ignace on October 18, 1911.

In 1988, the Chief Wawatam—the last coal-burning vessel on the Great Lakes—was sold to a Canadian firm that cut the 338-foot car ferry down to a deck barge.

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

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Today in Michigan History

August 20, 1794

Americans won the Battle of Fallen Timbers.

After years of frustration and setbacks, American forces, led by General Anthony Wayne, defeated a force of Native Americans south of present-day Toledo, Ohio. Wayne’s victory at Battle of Fallen Timbers—so named because it occurred in an area where a tornado uprooted many trees before the battle—forced the British to finally surrender American outposts, like Detroit, which they had occupied since the end of the American Revolution.

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

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The Michigan State Fair

The Nation’s Oldest State Fair was officially first held in 1849, only twelve years after Michigan attained statehood. At the onset it was customary for the fair to be held one year in one city, the next year in another. The Michigan State Fair settled down at the present fairgrounds in 1905 at 8 Mile Road east of Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

The fun begins on Friday, August 28th and continues through Labor Day, September 7th.

For more information on the Michigan State Fair, please visit:  http://www.michigan.gov/mistatefair

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Back-to-School Fun for the Next Top Ten List!

Here at Michigan is Amazing we are looking for your input on our next Top Ten List.

This week we want to have a little back-to-school fun!  So tell us…what’s your favorite college campus/college town here in Michigan?  Leave a comment or send us an email (michiganisamazing@michaelflora.com).

The list will be up next Tuesday!

Today in Michigan History

August 19, 1951

The Detroit Tigers pitched to the first midget.

Bill Veeck, owner of the St. Louis Browns, sent 3′ 7″ Eddie Gaedell in to bat against the Detroit Tigers. Gaedell walked on four pitches. Major league baseball quickly passed a rule that all players had to be at least 4′ 8″ tall.

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

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Michigan Born Athletes

Based on the input from our readers, here are the Top Ten Favorite Michigan Born Athletes:

10. Mike  Modano (Westland)

9. Serena Williams (Saginaw)

8. Jaosn Richardson (Saginaw)

7. Alexi Lalas (Birmingham)

6. Andre Rison (Flint)

5. John Smoltz (Lansing)

4. Chris Webber (Detroit)

3. Jerome Bettis (Detroit)

2. Magic Johnson (Lansing)

1. Kirk Gibson (Pontiac)

P.S. Derek Jeter was raised in Kalamazoo, but born in New Jersey (according to our sources).

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Today in Michigan History

August 18, 1858

William Austin Burt died.

William Austin Burt died in Detroit. One of the truly great surveyors to work in Michigan, Burt arrived in Macomb County from his native New York state in 1824. In 1833, he began working for the federal government surveying the Michigan wilderness. Burt’s many accomplishments include inventing the solar compass, which saved surveyors time when working in areas rich with minerals that produced inaccurate compass readings.

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

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Today in Michigan History

August 17, 1980

Detroit Tigers retired number 6.

One of Detroit’s greatest players, Al Kaline, won the league’s batting crown in 1955 with a .340 batting average, was selected to eighteen All-Star Games during his career, captured ten Gold Gloves and ended his career with 3,007 career hits, which broke a thirty-year record. Kaline was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. During that same year the Tigers retired his number.

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

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