September 24, 1830
A public hanging happened in Detroit.
More than one thousand spectators gathered to watch as Stephen G. Simmons was hanged for murdering his wife. Bleachers had been built and a military band played. In 1846, Michigan became the first state to abolish capital punishment.
Thank you Michigan History Magazine for this glimpse into our past. See more at www.michiganhistorymagazine.com.