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 Michigan Minute
Michigan Minute
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WKAR’s Jamie Paisley presents intriguing stories for each day in Michigan history.

From name changes and iconic cities to arcane laws, Michigan Minute covers a wide variety of fascinatingly true tales from the Great Lake State.

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  • 1918: First Fordson Tractor given to friend of Henry Ford. 1954: Controversial Oscar-winning documentarian Michael Moore born in Davison, MI.
  • 1933: The Michigan and Huron Institute, later Kalamazoo College chartered in the Michigan Territory. 2017: Lois E. Holt, civil rights activist and Michigan's first Black school teacher passes away.
  • 1948: Amid the start of the Cold War, MSU Student James Zarichny takes a stand and defies the Michigan Senate's Committee on Un-American Activities.
  • 1912: Detroit Tigers inaugurate playing in the 23,000-seat Navin Field, which would later be rechristened as Tiger Stadium, in a game against Cleveland.
  • 1912: Glenn T. Seaborg, born in Ishpeming, Michigan, discovered Seaborgium, one of only 13 atomic elements named after people. 1927: WWJ aired the first radio broadcast of a regular season Detroit Tigers baseball game, with the Tigers securing an 8-5 win against Cleveland.
  • 1837: Grand Rapids saw the publication of its first newspaper, the Grand River Times, after a tumultuous journey involving a shipwreck and a sled dog-assisted transport across ice.
  • 1893: St. Joseph, Michigan, was struck by a powerful tidal wave, causing widespread damage and described as the first of its kind in years. 1955: Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers made history by becoming the youngest baseball player to win the league batting title, a milestone in his legendary career that spanned over two decades.
  • 1912: Harriet Quimby, a Michigan native, made history as the first woman to fly solo over the English Channel. 2018: Des Linden, hailing from Brooks, Michigan, clinched victory in the Boston Marathon, becoming the first American woman to win since 1985, amidst a jubilant, rain-soaked crowd.
  • 1912: The Titanic tragedy unfolded in the North Atlantic, with a Michigan couple, Dickinson and Helen Bishop, among the first to board lifeboats. 1911: The Detroit Tigers played their legendary "Blizzard Game," where heavy snow made baseball challenging. 2002: Byron 'Whizzer' White, once a Detroit Lions star, passed away, leaving behind a legacy as both an athlete and a U.S. Supreme Court justice.
  • 1960: Motown Records was officially incorporated by Berry Gordy Jr., marking a pivotal moment in music history. From humble beginnings, Motown rose to prominence, producing hits for artists like Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and Stevie Wonder, transcending racial boundaries and leaving an indelible mark on American music.