Today in Michigan History

July 24, 1701

Detroit was founded.

Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac and about one hundred soldiers and workers arrived after a six-week canoe trip from Montreal. The Frenchmen landed on a sandy beach at the foot of a thirty-foot bluff along the Detroit River. Here, Cadillac built a log fort that he named Ponchartrain du De Troit. Soon, the settlement’s name was shortened to Detroit.

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Today in Michigan History

July 22, 1930

Detroit Mayor Charles Bowles is recalled.

One of Detroit’s least fortunate mayors, Charles Bowles, was elected in 1930 as the Great Depression tightened its grip on Detroit. Bowles promised to cut the city’s budget at a time when the growing number of unemployed looked to government for help. Since most of his recommendations generated hostility, angry Detroit voters called a special election and ousted the mayor only seven months after he entered office.

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