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On this day in 1809: Education act drafted

James Witherell, a member of the Territorial Supreme Court, authored an education act on this day in 1809, according to the Historical Society of...

Cobo Center new name game: Detroiters suggest Louis, Parks, Franklin

The announcement this week that the Cobo Convention Center would finally get a name change was widely cheered. And now it’s ushered in a...

On this day in 1965: Former Michigander Malcolm X is killed

Malcolm X was killed on this day in 1965. The former Lansing, Detroit and Inkster resident was fatally shot by rival Black Muslims while addressing...

Detroit turns page on Cobo, bank to rename convention center

The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) on Wednesday awarded the naming rights of 723,000-square-foot Cobo Center in Detroit to Chemical Bank. The facility is...

On this day in 1922: Michigan’s first Black Supreme Court justice...

Otis M. Smith, the first African-American to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court, was born on this day in Memphis, Tenn., in 1922. Smith attended...

On this day in 1969: A GOP governor plants his flag...

Gov. William Milliken opened an office in Detroit on this day in 1969. The Traverse City Republican became the state’s chief executive officer on Jan....

The day women took over the Senate in 1974

A chorus of “Happy Birthday” to suffragette Susan B. Anthony rang out on the floor of the Michigan Senate on this day in 1974. Although...

On this day in 1963: Romney helps Detroit’s Olympics bid

On this day in 1963, Gov. George Romney formed a five-person finance committee to find money to construct an Olympic Stadium complex on the...

1957 legendary Dingell letter: ‘Please take two running jumps and go...

WASHINGTON — John Dingell was never known as one to hold his tongue. The iconic Michigan lawmaker, who died last week at age 92, was...

Detroit’s first Black teacher died on this day in 1922

Fannie Richards, the city’s first Black public school teacher, died on this day in 1922. She was 81 years old. Richards was born on October 1,...

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