Today in Michigan History

May 10, 1865

Michiganders captured Jefferson Davis.

Fleeing the U.S. government, Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, was captured by members of the Fourth Michigan Cavalry near Irwinsville, Georgia. Colonel Benjamin Pritchard, a University of Michigan graduate from Allegan, Michigan, led the battle-hardened veterans of the Fourth. Pritchard transported Davis to Fort Monroe, Virginia, where he remained imprisoned for two years. The Fourth was mustered out of the federal service and came home. Several years later, they received part of the $100,000 reward that had been posted for Davis’s capture.

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Today in Michigan History

May 7, 1763

Pontiac’s Rebellion began.

Ottawa chief Pontiac, ten other chiefs and sixty warriors entered Fort Detroit. Pontiac had a plan to capture the British garrison. British commandant Major Henry Gladwin had been alerted to the plan and his men were ready. Pontiac and his men left the fort. They tried to reenter on the following day but were turned away. Pontiac and his followers then laid siege to the fort, which lasted until late October.

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Today in Michigan History

May 6, 1945

Bob Seger was born.

Born in Dearborn, Robert Clark Seger moved with his family to Ann Arbor when he was six years old. Seger learned to play the ukulele when he was five years old. At the age of fifteen, he began writing songs and performing locally with area bands. Between 1976 and 1984, Seger had fourteen Top Forty singles. In 2000, Detroit Free Press readers ranked him Michigan’s number-one entertainer.

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R.I.P. Ernie Harwell

Here at Michigan is Amazing, we don’t like to share the negative.  However, we feel it’s important to pay tribute to a man that so many generations of Michiganders know and love.  Ernie Harwell was the voice of the Tigers for over four decades.

Tuesday May 4, 2010 Mr. Harwell passed away at the age of 92.  As he said in his final sign-off in 2002, “Now God has a new adventure for me.”  No other words seem more fitting.  Your voice will live on forever in the minds of baseball fans everywhere, but especially for those here in Michigan.

Rest in Peace Ernie…we’ll miss you.

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