Today in Michigan History

November 30, 1901

The Henry Ford Company was incorporated.

After his first company failed, Henry Ford became the chief engineer of the Henry Ford Company. Four months later Ford quit. The short-lived company went on to become the Cadillac Motor Car Company, which was later acquired by William Durant and General Motors.

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Today in Michigan History

November 27, 1960

Gordie Howe reached 1,000 points. 

Better known as “Mr. Hockey,” Gordie Howe made his professional debut with the Detroit Red Wings in 1946 at the age of eighteen. In 1997, Howe played in his final professional hockey game. His one-game contract with the Detroit Vipers meant that Howe’s professional career spanned six decades. Another of his many accomplishments—yet to be broken—includes a total goal mark of 975.

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Today in Michigan History

November 26, 1883

Sojourner Truth died in Battle Creek. 

Preacher, abolitionist, and women’s rights advocate, Sojourner Truth moved to Battle Creek after the Civil War. Born a slave in New York in the late 1790s, Truth became an outspoken orator who captivated audiences. Her funeral was described as the largest Battle Creek had ever witnessed.

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Today in Michigan History

November 25, 1863

The Battle of Chattanooga was fought in Tennessee.

In the third day of this decisive three-day battle, Union troops broke the Confederate lines and sent the Rebel army fleeing. The battle culminated in one of the war’s most famous assaults as Yankee soldiers stormed enemy positions on Missionary Ridge. One of the first blue-clad units to reach the summit was the Eleventh Michigan Infantry. The Eleventh lost its commander, Major Benjamin C. Bennett of Burr Oak, who was killed in the attack.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite MI Pizza Places

Based on the input from our readers, here are the Top Ten Favorite Michigan Pizza Places:

10. Como’s (Ferndale)

9. Alibi (Troy)

8. Pro Pizza (Davisburg/Ortonville/Holly)

7. Fricano’s Pizza (Grand Haven)

6. Pizza Papalis (Various Locations)

5. Shield’s Pizza (Various Locations)

4. Corsi’s (Livonia)

3. Primo’s Pizza (Birmingham)

2. Tomatoes Apizza (Farmington Hills)

1. Loui’s Pizza (Hazel Park)

Because there were so many great pizza places submitted, here are the ones that didn’t make the top ten, but deserve honorable mention status:  Amici’s (Berkley), Supino’s (Detroit), Paisano’s (St. Clair Shores), Green Lantern Lounge (Madison Heights), Old Chicago (Southgate), Art’s Bar & Grill (Lansing), Toarmina’s Pizza (Various Locations), Dan Good Pizza (Various Locations), and Buddy’s Pizza (Various Locations).

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Today in Michigan History

November 24, 1971

Henry Ford II announced plans for a $340 million center to be built in downtown Detroit.

The plan was for a consortium of 50 companies to build the Renaissance Center. At the time of its completion, the central 73-story hotel was the tallest in the United States. It has 1,300 rooms. More than 20 years after the complex opened, General Motors bought the Renaissance Center for $75 million. GM moved its world headquarters there, pledging to spend more than $500 million in renovations.

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November 23, 1833

William Austin Burt was appointed U.S. deputy surveyor.

During the 1830s and 1840s, Burt and his crew surveyed much of Michigan. Burt also invented the solar compass to work in areas where minerals in the ground might make the needles of their magnetic compasses act wildly and produce errors. Burt’s solar compass saved the U.S. government lots of money when the country’s western territories were surveyed.

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