Today in Michigan History

April 29, 1911

Michigan adopted a new state flag.

The state flag, Michigan’s third since becoming a state in 1837, features the coat of arms showing an eagle holding an olive branch and arrows. An elk and a moose support a shield displaying a man standing on a grassy peninsula. The following mottos appear on the coat of arms: E Pluribus Unum (From Many, One), Tuebor (I Will Defend) and Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice (If you Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, Look About You).

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April 28, 1955

The white pine became the official state tree.

The planting of a white pine on the lawn of the State Capitol marked public recognition of the white pine as the state tree. The white pine was chosen as a symbol of one of Michigan’s greatest industries. From 1870 to the early 1900s Michigan led the nation in lumber production.

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April 27, 1933

Michigan law lowered the state’s drinking age.

In celebration of the end of Prohibition, Governor William A. Comstock signed this law that allowed people 18 to 20 years old to drink beer and wine, but not hard liquor. Four years later, the legislature raised the age limit for all alcohol consumption to 21, where it remained until 1972.

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April 23, 1832

William Austin Burt joined the Macomb County Circuit Court.

Born near Boston in 1792, William Austin Burt settled in Michigan in 1824. A year after becoming a judge, Burt was appointed a U.S. deputy surveyor. Burt and his men, including several of his sons, surveyed much of Michigan during the 1830s and 1840s. Burt also invented the solar compass that allowed surveyors to work in areas where minerals in the ground might make the needles of their magnetic compasses act wildly and produce errors.

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April 22, 1938

Briggs Stadium was dedicated.

The several-year expansion of Navin Field was completed as the Detroit Tigers opened the new season. New construction added approximately 20,000 seats, pushing stadium capacity to more than 53,000 seats. The remodeled field was named for Walter O. Briggs Sr., the Tigers owner. Beginning in 1938, the Detroit Lions started playing their games at Briggs Stadium. They remained there until 1975, when the team moved to the Pontiac Silverdome.

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