Burton I. Gordon, the head of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, was murdered three blocks from a Detroit Police station on this day, only six years after the commission was created. Although white, Gordon aggressively strove to enforce the state's civil rights statutes and made many enemies because of it. No one was ever convicted of his murder and many speculated he was assassinated because of his zeal for his work.
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Panty raid or riot? The campus newspaper reports Mass Riot Rocks Campus. But others claim spring fever. Either way, the events of that night set off a panty-raid craze at campuses around the nation.
On this day the University of Michigan became the first NCAA hockey champs. In the first National Collegiate Athletic Association hockey championship — now called the Frozen Four — the University of Michigan, Dartmouth University, Colorado College and Boston College met at Colorado College. In the semifinals, Dartmouth eliminated Colorado College (8-4) and Michigan beat Boston College (5-4, in overtime). Dartmouth entered the final game with a record of 21-2: Michigan had a 19-2-1 record. After falling behind 4-2, Michigan buried a stunned Dartmouth, winning 8-4.
Elizabeth (Betty) Sparks Adams was born on December 12, 1911 in Romeo, Michigan. She graduated from Pontiac High School (as valedictorian) in 1930 and received an A.B. from Eastern Michigan University in 1934. She went on to receive an M.A. in history from the University of Michigan in 1935, through a State College Fellowship. While a Research Assistant in 1935, she assisted Professor Lewis G. Vander Velde in establishing a home for the archives of the University of Michigan.
At a March 20, 1898, rally in Detroit, the speaker’s platform was covered in a tent and canopy made from a giant American flag with American and Cuba Libre (Free Cuba) flags lining the sides of the auditorium. Rousing marches from local brass bands and thunderous applause encouraged fiery speeches from clergy, business leaders and politicians.
Michigan Gov. Hazen Pingree proposed the U.S. buy Cuba from the Spanish. (He suggested $500 million.) Detroit Mayor William C. Maybury took the podium to what was described by the Detroit Free Press as deafening cheers.
On this day Sebastian Spering Kresge and associates opened the first Kresge dime store in Detroit, carrying over 1500 items costing a dime or less. Kresge Store #1 would go on to become one of the top three such stores in the country, making Kresge very wealthy.
On March 20, 1881, the Hotel Bancroft in Saginaw featured the first incandescent electric lamps used commercially in Michigan.
Source: Mich-Again's Day
Ann Arbor was selected as the University of Michigan's new home on March 20, 1837.
Since its founding two decades earlier, the school had been in Detroit.
The state Legislature's decision to relocate U-M was prompted by the Ann Arbor Land Co.'s donating 40 acres for the campus. Today, that's the area bordered by State Street and North, South and East University avenues.
The first classes in Ann Arbor began four years later with six freshmen, one sophomore and two professors, according to the university's Web site.