Today in Michigan History

May 28, 1913

The Michigan Historical Commission was created.

The Michigan Historical Commission, which succeeded the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society, was organized in Lansing. Its members, who are appointed by the governor, are under legislative mandate to produce “a magazine of Michigan history for Michigan people.”

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May 26, 1927

The last Model T was produced.

On this day, the Ford Motor Company ended production of the Model T—America’s first mass-produced automobile. The Model T—little changed during its lifetime—captured the nation’s imagination and catapulted Henry Ford to worldwide fame. More than fifteen million Model Ts were manufactured.

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May 25, 1822

Steamboats arrived in Detroit.

The steamship Superior arrived in Detroit from Buffalo with 94 passengers. The second steamboat on the Great Lakes, the Superior contained the engine of the Walk-in-the-Water, the first steamship on the Great Lakes. The Walk-in-the-Water was wrecked in 1821.

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May 24, 1749

“Come to Detroit” campaign was introduced.

In an effort to attract settlers to Detroit, the governor general of New France (Canada) offered each man who would settle there a spade, an axe, a cow, a sow, a ploughshare, one large and one small wagon and seed. Over the course of two years, more than one hundred persons accepted the offer.

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May 21, 1696

King Louis XIV ordered France’s western Great Lakes outposts destroyed.

Hoping to cut costs and influenced by the Jesuits who want to Christianize the Native Americans without the negative influences of the fur traders, King Louis XIV orders France’s western outposts closed. The king’s orders are largely ignored and within a few years the French found Detroit.

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May 20, 1921

Hal Newhouser was born in Detroit.

As a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, Newhouser was one of the most dominant pitchers of the 1940s. He captured his first MVP award in 1944 after leading the majors with a 29-9 record and was named MVP in 1945 with 25 wins, 212 strikeouts and a 1.81 ERA. He was named to the All-Star Team seven times, pitched 313.1 innings in 1945 and led the American League in victories four times and twice in strikeouts and ERA. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 and his uniform number was retired in 1997.

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