Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams -- who spent a good part of her childhood in Detroit -- win a silver medal in the two-person bobsled competition at the Winter Olympics. After 4 heats they lost the gold by .10 seconds.
On Feb. 18, 1977, Karl Thomas, a 28-year-old adventurer from Troy, landed his hot-air balloon on a remote island 15 miles northeast of Jacksonville, Fla., ending a record 18-day solo voyage across the United States.
Source : This Week in Michigan History, Detroit Free Press, February 17, 2008, B.4.
On this day in 1842, the Michigan legislature approved the organization of a public school system in Detroit. Today they are still debating how to finance it!
Source : Historical Society of Michigan.
On this day the Treaty of Ghent was officially proclaimed, ending the War of 1812, and officially returning Mackinac Island to the United States. Since news travelled slowly back then, the British garrison did not find out about the Treaty until May 1815, and the British commander was not too happy about surrendering the island. The departing British soldiers only traveled about 40 miles away to Drummond Island where they constructed Fort Collier since they thought Drummond Island was on the British side of the border and that St. Joseph Island was on the American side.
Judge Richard Enslen died Feb. 17 at age 83.
He is remembered for forcing the MHSAA to comply with Title IX, the federal law banning sex discrimination in school settings.
Enslen's rulings in the case had a lasting impact nationwide, Galles said, especially his rejection of MHSAA's argument that, as a private organization, it wasn't subject to Title IX or the equal protection clause under the U.S. Constitution.
They grew up together in Oakland County, from the time they were nine years old, sharing childhood, adolescence and a passionate love for skating.
As a Michigan State University student, you can study violin with a touring virtuoso artist, you can research rare isotopes at a world renowned research facility, you can play football at the Rose Bowl, or you can experiment in the field of genetics with a MacArthur genius.
But let’s not forget, you can also ride a bucking bronco at the 48th Annual Spartan Stampede Rodeo, appearing at the MSU Pavilion Feb. 17-19.
Two men were held by police on charges of violating the state liquor law following raids here late Thursday night and early Friday morning.
Police confiscated a small amount of home brew beer and moonshine whiskey at one home. The officers claimed to have dumped 87(c)quarts and 145 pints of beer and a 10-gallon crock of mash.
At another officers said they found two gallons of moonshine whiskey, a copper still, and marked money used in making the purchase on which the raid was based.
Source : Lansing State Journal, February 17, 1933
On Feb. 17, 1918, the U.S. Department of Justice sent instructions to "war bureaus" throughout Michigan to arrest all German aliens who had failed to register. As a result, many of Michigan's 80,000 German-born and 20,000 Austrian-born residents who had not registered with the government faced internment or deportation. This came in the wake of anti-German sentiment sweeping the nation after the declaration of World War I.
Source: Mich-Again's Day