Today in Michigan History

November 19, 1966

The Spartans and the Irish tangled in East Lansing.

Hailed as the “Game of the Century,” number one Notre Dame and number two Michigan State University met in East Lansing. The game ended in a 10-10 tie, although both teams had a chance to break the tie in the game’s final moments.

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What Michigan Pizza Place Has The Best Pizza?!

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

This week we want you to tell us what’s your favorite Michigan Pizza place?  Leave a comment or send us an email (michiganisamazing@michaelflora.com).

The list will be up next Tuesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Mi Thanksgiving Traditions

Based on the input from our readers, here are the Top Ten Michigan Thanksgiving Traditions:

10. Leftovers!!

9. Preparing for Black Friday

8. The overstuffed drive home

7. Spending time with the Family

6. Pumpkin Pie

5. Turkey & Mashed Potatoes

4. Watching non-Lions football

3. Putting up Holiday decorations the day after

2. Watching America’s Thanksgiving Parade

1. Watching the Lions Game

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Today in Michigan History

November 17, 1829

David H. Jerome was born in Detroit.

A wealthy hardware and lumber businessman from Saginaw, Jerome was elected governor in 1880. He has the distinction of being Michigan’s first native-born governor. Jerome lost his reelection bid to Fusionist Josiah w. Begole, the candidate of the Democrats and the Greenbacks.

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Today in Michigan History

November 16, 1926

Commune leader Benjamin Purnell was arrested.

In 1895, Benjamin Purnell, a Kentucky-born itinerant preacher, declared himself the seventh in a series of messengers foretold in the Book of Revelation. For the next several years, Purnell and his wife, Mary, spread their message throughout the Midwest. In 1903 they settled in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and founded a religious communal society called the House of David. The House of David thrived, but immorality scandals plagued the commune and its leader. When state authorities arrested Purnell they charged him with fraud and immortality. The two-month trial ended badly for the House of David, leaving the 66-year-old Purnell exhausted. He soon died.

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Today in Michigan History

November 13, 1972

Michigan’s first state lottery ticket was sold.

After voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment allowing Michigan to establishment a lottery, Governor William Milliken signed Public Act 239 creating the Michigan State Lottery. He appointed Gus Harrison as the lottery’s first commissioner. Although Milliken purchased the lottery’s first 50-cent green game ticket, when the drawing was made eleven days later, he was not the winner.

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