Today in Michigan History

January 15, 1919

The first all-woman jury heard a trial.

When all-male juries twice were unable to determine the guilt or innocence of a Flint man charged with being intoxicated, the judge, defense attorney and prosecutor agreed to pick Michigan’s first all-woman jury. The six women quickly agreed on a guilty verdict and the man was ordered to pay a $50 fine and spend sixty days in jail.

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Hey Fashion Savvy Michiganders!

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 based clothing line or shop?  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

January 14, 1857

Joseph R. Williams was appointed the first president of the newly created Agricultural College.

On February 12, 1855, at the urging of the Michigan State Agricultural Society, the Michigan Agricultural College was created. Williams, a merchant and miller from Constantine, had been active in the state promoting scientific agriculture and a leader in the agricultural college movement. The first students arrived at the future Michigan State University in the spring of 1857. Williams served as president until his resignation in March 1859.

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Today in Michigan History

January 13, 1862

Governor Austin Blair approved a joint resolution asking Michigan’s congressional delegation to use their influence to assist the exchange of prisoners of war.

The legislative request focused on obtaining the release of Colonel Orlando B. Willcox, who had languished in a southern prison since his capture on July 21, 1861, at the Battle of First Bull Run. Commander of the First Michigan Infantry Regiment, Willcox was finally exchanged on August 19, 1862. The following day, promoted to brigadier general. Years after the war, he received the Medal of Honor for heroism at First Bull Run.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite MI Sliders

Based on the input from our readers, here are the Top Ten Favorite Places in MI to get a slider:

10. Blue Tractor Cook Shop (Traverse City)

9. Comet Burger (Royal Oak)

8. Seeburger’s Cheeseburgers (Mt. Clemens)

7. Brays (Westland)

6. Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger (Ann Arbor)

5. Travis (St. Clair Shores)

4. Dagwood’s (Lansing)

3. Hunter House (Birmingham)

2. Telway (Madison Heights/Detroit)

1. Bates (Livonia)

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Today in Michigan History

January 12, 1835

Acting Governor Stevens T. Mason declared we have a “right” to be a state.

Addressing the territorial legislative council, Mason told them that the Michigan Territory faced a crisis. Michigan’s most recent effort to join the Union had failed. The territory’s request to Congress for an enabling act, permission to call a constitutional convention, had been rejected. The 23-year-old chief executive declared that Michigan had a right to become a state and asked the council to call a constitutional convention. Twelve days later, the council concurred; delegates would be elected in April and gather in Detroit the following month.

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Ford is Moving Detroit

Once again congrats are in order for Ford Motor Company! 

They have won both the 2010 North Amercian Car & Truck of the Year awards.  This is only the third time in 17 years that an automaker has taken both awards.

Thank you Ford for making the Motor City shine. 

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Today in Michigan History

January 11, 1805

President Thomas Jefferson signed an act establishing the Michigan Territory.

When Ohio became a state in 1803, the present-day state of Michigan became part of the Indiana Territory. Since the territorial capital was in Vincennes—a long distance from Michigan’s population center of Detroit—Michiganders lobbied for their own territory. The law creating the Michigan Territory took effect in July 1805. It included the Lower Peninsula and the tip of the eastern Peninsula. Over the next several years the territory was expanded to include parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Michigan’s first governor was William Hull, an American Revolution War veteran from Massachusetts. 

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Today in Michigan History

January 7, 1929

Detroit businessman Edward F. Schlee and his co-pilot, William S. Brock made the first nonstop Detroit-to-Miami flight, finishing in nine hours and 20 minutes.

As Schlee and Brock were winging their way south, the Ford Motor Company continued to expand its involvement in the nation’s fledgling passenger airplane industry. Ford’s Tri-Motor airplane, which became a staple in the nation’s commercial airplane industry during the early 1930s, provided many Americans with their first airplane ride. According to one observer, “If not for a Ford Tri-Motor, there might not be a United States airline industry.”

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