Today in Michigan History

February 26, 1836

William Austin Burt received a patent for his solar compass.

During the 1830s and 1840s, Burt and his crew surveyed much of Michigan. According to the U.S. surveyor general, Burt produced “the most satisfactory” work he had ever seen. 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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Today in Michigan History

February 25, 1779

George Rogers Clark attacked British-held Vincennes (Indiana).

As a result of Clark’s brilliant military activities, the British ceded to the United States a vast area of land west of the Appalachian Mountains. That territory now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and the eastern portion of Minnesota.

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Today in Michigan History

February 24, 1863

Michigan supported the Emancipation Proclamation.

Governor Austin Blair supported a joint resolution of the legislature that “unreservedly” approved President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and declared that Michigan was “unalterably opposed to any terms of compromise and accommodation with the rebels, while under arms, and acting in hostility to the government of the Union, and on this we express but one sentiment—unconditional submission and obedience to the laws and constitution of the Union.”

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Featured Business: Global Warming Salsa

Global Warming Salsa Ignites Michigan

Dan and Cherie Houston own a fitness consulting business, with locations in Highland/Milford and Clarkston.  Upon visiting their website, you’ll notice a theme that includes chile peppers, very appropriate for the creators of Global Warming Salsa.

Global Warming Salsa was born out of a need to find a salsa that was different and according to their website, “something that makes your mouth cry and sing at the same time.”  And before you start thinking the name is commentary on a political issue, you need to know that idea of “Global” came from them utilizing flavors from around the world.  They are using ingredients from all the popular international cuisines; Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Mexican just to name a few.

The salsa is a way for them to help their health and fitness clients add flavor to their food with minimal calories and a better overall nutritional value.  But most importantly, they are using the proceeds from the salsa to help combat childhood obesity by developing nutrition and exercise programs for schools and finish their book on childrens exercise.

For more information on award-winning Global Warming Salsa and a list of locations where you can purchase this Michigan product, visit www.globalwarmingsalsa.com.

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Today in Michigan History

February 19, 1970

Tigers’ pitcher Denny McLain was suspended.

Professional baseball’s last 30-game winner, McLain was the first major-league baseball player suspended since 1924. McLain was later sent to prison when found guilty of charges of racketeering.

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