Today in Michigan History

September 25, 1849

The Michigan State Fair opened.

The Michigan State Fair—one of the oldest state fairs in the nation—opened at the corner of Woodward and Duffield in Detroit on land owned by George V.N. Lothrop. Admission was one shilling (about 12.5 cents), and the fair’s more than fifteen thousand visitors viewed an assortment of exhibits, including the latest invention—the safety pin. The 2002 Michigan State Fair attracted more than 450,000 visitors.

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Traverse City Wine Country

Congratulations are in order for Traverse City Wine Country.  TripAdvisor has named them number 8 on their Top Ten Wine Destinations in North America.

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Today in Michigan History

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.

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Hey Michigan! We Need Your Votes!

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

This week we want to know who’s your favorite actor (male or female) from Michigan.  Do you love Evil Dead’s leading man Bruce Campbell?  Or maybe you’ve got a crush on Kristen Bell?  Leave a comment or send us an email (michiganisamazing@michaelflora.com).

The list will be up next Tuesday!

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Today in Michigan History

September 23, 1934

The Detroit Lions played their first NFL game.

Earlier that year, the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans moved to Detroit and were renamed the Lions. In their first game as a team with the National Football League, the Lions shut out the New York Giants 9-0 in front of 12,000 fans. During that season, the Lions won their first ten games and hosted the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day, beginning a holiday home-game tradition that continues to this day.

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Today in Michigan History

September 22, 1857

William Gwinn Mather was born.

William Gwinn Mather’s ancestors, who arrived in America in 1635, included such illustrious figures as Increase Mather and Cotton Mather. Mather began working at his family’s Cleveland Mining Company in 1878. When the company merged with the Iron Cliffs Company in 1891—creating the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company—Mather became its first president. When Mather retired in 1951, his many accomplishments included pioneering social and technological developments in the iron-mining industry.

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