Happy 180th Birthday to the state of Michigan!

What is now Michigan was first settled by various Native American tribes before being colonized by French explorers in the 17th century and becoming a part of New France. After the defeat of France in the French and Indian War in 1762, the region came under British rule. The territory was finally ceded to the newly independent United States after the British defeat in the American Revolutionary War. Eventually, in 1805, the Michigan Territory was formed which lasted until it was admitted into the Union on January 26, 1837, as the 26th state following the Toledo Strip negotiations. The state of Michigan soon became an important center of industry and trade in the Great Lakes region and a popular immigrant destination.

Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week

Snowmobiling is a fun and exciting family activity enjoyed by over 4 million people across the United States and Canada.

  • The Economic Impact of Snowmobiling:
    • United States—$26 billion annually
    • Canada—$8 billion annually
  • Over 100,000 full time jobs are generated by the snowmobile industry in North America. Those jobs are involved in manufacturing, dealerships and tourism related businesses.
  • In Michigan, you must complete the Michigan Snowmobile Ed Course if you are between the ages of 12 to 16 and will be riding in Michigan.
  • Last winter in Michigan, there were 15 confirmed snowmobile related deaths.

Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week

Snowmobiling is a fun and exciting family activity enjoyed by over 4 million people across the United States and Canada.

  • The Economic Impact of Snowmobiling:
    • United States—$26 billion annually
    • Canada—$8 billion annually
  • Over 100,000 full time jobs are generated by the snowmobile industry in North America. Those jobs are involved in manufacturing, dealerships and tourism related businesses.
  • In Michigan, you must complete the Michigan Snowmobile Ed Course if you are between the ages of 12 to 16 and will be riding in Michigan.
  • Last winter in Michigan, there were 15 confirmed snowmobile related deaths.

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

Created by Ronald Reagan through a presidential proclamation on January 16th, 1984, National Sanctity of Human Life Day was designated to be celebrated on January 22, 1984. This day was selected in particular because it marked the 11th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Regan issued the proclamation annually thereafter, designation Sanctity of Human Life Day to be the third Sunday in January. George H. W. Bush, his successor, continued the annual proclamation throughout his presidency as did his son, George W. Bush, throughout his tenure as President.

Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day is an important day for all Americans as the ceremonies demonstrate the resilience of our republic with the peaceful transfer of power from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump. Congratulations and best of luck to our new President!

 

Detroit incorporated as Michigan’s first city

On January 18, 1802, the Legislature of the Northwest Territory granted Detroit township status, effective Feb. 1 of that year. The new Town of Detroit was finally an incorporated municipality, able to elect its own board of trustees and write its own laws.

Michigan 2017 State of the State Infographic

MLK Day

An American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. was an extraordinary individual who had a way of inspiring through his practice of nonviolence. Known for his involvement with movements such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, the Albany Movement in 1961, the Birmingham campaign in 1963, and perhaps most famously, his March on Washington in 1963 where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King jr. set forth a precedent of nonviolent protest for human rights in the United States.

Background Information of MLK Day:

  • April 8, 1968– Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) introduces legislation for a federal holiday to commemorate King, just four days after his assassination.
  • April 1971 – The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) presents to Congress petitions containing three million signatures in support of the holiday. Congress does not act.
  • 1973 – Illinois is the first state to adopt Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a state holiday.
  • November 1979– The House fails to pass Conyers’ King Holiday bill by five votes.
  • 1982– Coretta Scott King and Stevie Wonder bring the speaker of the House, Tip O’Neil, petitions with over six million signatures in favor of a holiday.
  • 1983– Congress passes and President Ronald Reagan signs legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national holiday. Senators Jesse Helms (R-NC) and Gordon Humphrey (R-NH) attempt to block the bill’s passing.

First Assembly Line

Ford’s use of the assembly line, the most significant piece of Ford’s efficiency crusade, was a turning point in modern production methods. Inspired by the production methods used by flour mills, the assembly line cut the time of production for a car from twelve hours to two and a half which equates to an increase in production by 480 percent. Ford was able to not only make his vehicles more quickly through this method but at a higher quality as each worker specialized in the assembly of one part as opposed to being a jack-of-all-trades. This revolutionary production method allowed Ford to push a more competitive product at a cheaper cost and price which made Ford Motor Company a giant.