Infographics from the Michigan Senate Republicans

(1959) The St. Lawrence Seaway was first opened

On this day in 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway was opened. Stretching more than 2,340 miles, this water route connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean and has resulted in increased trade for the Great Lakes region!

1941) The first Chrysler built M-3 tank rolled off the assembly line. Chrysler built more than 25,000 tanks by the end of WWII

On this day in 1941, M3 tanks began rolling off the production lines!

(1912) Harriet Quimby of Kinderhook Township, MI, became the first woman in the world to fly solo over the English Channel

On this day in 1912, Michigan’s own Harriet Quimby became the first woman in the world to fly solo over the English Channel!

Tax Day is coming up!

Tax Day is on April 17 this year!

(1936) Detroit Red Wings defeat Toronto to win their first Stanley Cup

On this day in 1936, the Detroit Red Wings defeated Toronto 3-2 to win the Stanley Cup in 4 games. This was Detroit’s second appearance in the Final and Toronto’s sixth.

Distracted Driving Mont

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving includes any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving but, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most dangerous and alarming distraction. So be safe out there and don't drive distracted!

National Library Week

It's National Library Week! If you haven’t been to your local library lately, it’s a great time for a visit!

National Work Zone Awareness Week

This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week. Visit the Michigan Department of Transportation’s website for the 2018 state construction map to find out where road repairs are happening in your area: 

Severe Weather Awareness Week (8-14)

This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week. Each year, the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness sponsors Severe Weather Awareness Week to highlight the need to be prepared in the event of severe weather. For more information, visit

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

This week is Nation Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This is a time for us to raise awareness of victims’ rights and services as well as to honor victims and the professionals who serve them. More information can be found at:

(1931) The robin is designated as the state's official bird

On this day in 1931, the Robin was designated as the official bird of Michigan!

National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month! Currently, nearly 124,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States.

Distracted Driving Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving includes any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving but, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most dangerous and alarming distraction. So be safe out there and don't drive distracted!

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Help protect Michigan's children, visit for more information on how to help.

(1971) Gordie Howe plays his last game for the Detroit Red Wings

On this day in 1971, Gordie Howe played his final game for the Detroit Red Wings.

Month of the Military Child

n the Armed Forces community and to recognize and applaud families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make.

#MISenate Republicans took action in 2005 to make sure that military children aren't left behind. In 2005, the Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG) was established under Public Act 248 to provide an undergraduate tuition program for children of certain deceased or disabled members of the armed forces of the United States. The program is designed to provide undergraduate tuition assistance to certain children older than 16 and less than 26 years of age who are the natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran.

(1782) Alexander Macomb was born in Detroit

Alexander Macomb, future general-in-chief of the army of the United States and namesake of Macomb County was born on this day in 1782!

(1869) Tax supported, tuition-free school were established by the legislature

On this day in 1869, the Michigan Legislature created a tax supported, tuition-free education system!

Autism Awareness Month/Autism Awareness Day

Today is Autism Awareness Day and April is National Autism Awareness Month. Help spread awareness and understanding of autism, celebrate the unique talents of those with autism, and bring attention to the needs of people with autism and their families.

Michigan in the Final Four!

Good luck to Michigan in the Final Four!


Happy Easter!

Voters of Michigan approved a new state constitution

On this day in 1963, Michigan voters adopted a new constitution that streamlined government bureaucracy, introduced a state income tax and lengthened the term of office for governor from two to four years.

Passover begins

Passover begins tonight at sunset. We wish everyone celebrating a Happy Passover!

Tigers Opening Day

Baseball is back! The Detroit Tigers have their first home game of the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates today!

March 25: National Medal of Honor Day

Today we honor all Medal of Honor recipients. It was on March 25, 1863 when the first Medals of Honor were presented. Last year, Spc. 5 James C. McCloughan of South Haven, was awarded the Medal of Honor.

National Agriculture Day

Today is National Agriculture Day--a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture! Agriculture accounts for nearly 1,000,000 Michigan jobs and generates $100,000,000,000 for Michigan's economy!

First day of Spring

It's the first day of Spring!

March 20, 1837: Governor Mason signed a comprehensive school plan for Michigan with free public schools based upon the Prussian system.

On this day in 1837, Gov. Mason signed a major education plan that would launch public schools in Michigan!

Poison Prevention Week (18-24)

It's Poison Prevention Week. For more information and resources, visit:

St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The State Legislature met for the last time in Detroit

On March 17, 1847, the State Legislature met for the last time in Detroit before moving to Lansing. On the second to last day of the twelfth legislature, lawmakers voted to move Michigan's state capitol to Lansing. Acting Governor Greenly signed the bill, and at the close of session on March 17th, the Detroit capitol building was abandoned. Lansing was made the capitol for several reasons, including its defensibility away from the Canadian border, to promote settlement of the state's interior, and to make the Capitol more accessible to the people of the entire state.

Good luck to Michigan basketball teams in the NCAA tournament!

Good luck to the University of Michigan and Michigan State University as they head to the NCAA tournament! #MarchMadness

#313 Day in Detroit

It's #313Day in Detroit!

National K9 Veterans Day

Today we remember all of the K9’s who have served our nation.

On this day in 1869, Michigan ratified the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

On this day in 1869, Michigan ratified the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Fifteenth Amendment guarantees that American citizens will not be denied the right to vote based on their race, color or previous condition of servitude. As the last of three Civil War amendments to the U.S. Constitution, it was deemed necessary when it became known that the former Confederate states were working to disenfranchise citizens who had once been slaves.

PA 1 of 2011 (Hune) was signed into law on March 8, 2011 and went into effect on March 9th

Today is the anniversary of PA 1 of 2011! PA 1 of 2011, sponsored by Sen. Joe Hune, was signed into law on this day and went into effect on March 9. The law codified the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program into state law which incentivized farmers to adopt sound environmental practices. Since the law was passed, the number of new farms verified has doubled.

Consumer Protection Week

It’s Consumer Protection Week! Remember to keep an eye out for these common scams.

Charles B. King drives the first automobile in Detroit

On March 6, 1896, Charles B. King drove the first automobile in Detroit. According to the Michigan History Magazine, King's "horseless carriage" moved down Woodward Avenue to the surprise of pedestrians. The next day a local newspaper called it "a most unique machine.”

Consumer Protection Week

It’s Consumer Protection Week! Remember to keep an eye out for these common scams.

Consumer Protection Week

It’s Consumer Protection Week! Remember to keep an eye out for these common scams.

The White Pine was named Michigan's official tree

The white pine tree of Michigan's forests was adopted as the official State Tree on this day in 1955.

(1875): Mackinac Island National Park becomes the nation's second national park

Did you know that Mackinac National Park was the second National Park in the United States?

Mackinac National Park, created in 1875 in response to the growing popularity of the island as a summer resort following the civil war, was the second national park of the United States and created so as to give tourists a chance to vacation on the island despite the U.S. military presence and use of the island.

In 1895 the fort was decommissioned and, at the request of the Michigan Governor John T. Rich, the park and fort was turned over to the State of Michigan, becoming Mackinac Island State Park, the first state park in Michigan.

Ag and Natural Resources Week at MSU (3-9)

The health of Michigan’s economy is dependent on the agriculture sector. The food and agriculture sector also adds to the stability of the state’s economy. Much of Michigan’s economy is based on industries that have strong adverse reactions to economic downturns. Due to the fact that food is a necessity, the food and agriculture system is more resistant. As the pioneer land-grant university, Michigan State University plays a vital role in the agricultural health and research for the state of Michigan.

National Anthem Day

On this day in 1931, The Star-Spangled Banner officially became our National Anthem! Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner on September 14, 1814 after watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a ship during the war of 1812.

March is Reading Month

Did you know that March is Reading Month? Reading is vital to a successful education and lays the foundation to a rewarding future. Learning to read at a young age has been shown to increase a student’s ability to remember facts, comprehend information and be successful in both school and his or her career. So pick up a book today and celebrate March is Reading Month

Red Cross Month

March is Red Cross Month! The Red Cross is a nationwide network consisting of more than 650 chapters, 36 blood services, 500,000 volunteers, and 30,000 employees who annually mobilize relief to people affected by disasters across the globe.

Michigan Historical Facts: President Kennedy established the Peace Corps after proposing idea at the University of Michigan

On March 1, 1961, President Kennedy established the Peace Corps. Originally proposed in 1960 during an impromptu presidential campaign speech, then presidential hopeful John F. Kennedy challenged 5,000 students at the University of Michigan to contribute two years of their lives to help people in countries of the developing world.  Since that speech, nearly 220,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps and served in over 140 counties.

First telegraph was sent between Buffalo, NY and Detroit, MI

On this day in 1848, Detroit sent its first telegraph message to the city of Buffalo, NY. #MichiganFirsts

Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month! Did you know that Lansing is home to the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame?

Tax Relief for Michigan Families

Michigan taxpayers can save more than $500 million with the tax cuts signed into law yesterday!

George Washington's Birthday

Happy Birthday to President George Washington! Washington was born on this day in 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

President's Day

Happy President's Day! Who is your favorite President?


PA 168 of 2017

Sen. Wayne Schmidt’s legislation, now Public Act 168 of 2017, takes effect today to help protect consumers at the gas pump from credit card skimmers.

Michigan Winter Free Fishing Weekend (2/17-18)

It's free winter fishing weekend! Check out the state’s unique freshwater fishing opportunities and a special winter experience. All fishing license fees are waived for today and tomorrow as well as fees for entry to Michigan state parks. Anglers can enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply. Go for more information.

National Donor Day

Today is National Donor Day. While there have been advances in medical technology and donation, the demand for an organ and tissue donation still vastly exceeds the number of donors. More than 121,000 people are waiting for an organ and roughly 22 people will die each day waiting for an organ. Become an organ donor today by visiting #DonateLife

Fat Tuesday

It’s Fat Tuesday! Have you had a paczki yet today?

Abraham Lincoln's birthday

On this day in 1809, President Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, KY.

National Inventors Day

It’s National Inventors Day! Did you know that Michigan is home to these inventions?

Go Team USA! Winter Olympics have begun!

Good luck to Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea!

Ronald Reagan's Birthday (1911)

Happy Birthday to President Ronald Reagan who was born on this day in 1911 in Tampico, Illinois!

Safer Internet Day

It’s #SaferInternetDay. Help work to create a safer internet!

Rosa Parks Day

Today is Mrs. Rosa L. Parks day! In 1997, the Michigan Legislature commemorated the significant role Mrs. Rosa L. Parks has played in the history of the state of Michigan and the nation when the Legislature declared that the first Monday following February 4 of each year shall be known as “Mrs. Rosa L. Parks day” through the passing of PA 28 of 1997!

Super Bowl LII

Super Bowl LII is tonight! Who will win? Eagles or Patriots?

(1902): Charles Lindbergh was born in Detroit, MI - made the first non-stop solo flight from NY to Paris

On this day in 1904, Charles Lindbergh was born in Detroit! Lindbergh was the first person to complete both a solo transatlantic flight and the first non-stop flight between North America and mainland Europe.

I-500 (50th Anniversary)

This weekend is the 50th anniversary of the I-500! Learn more about the snowmobile race here:

(1838) Passengers rode the Michigan Central Railroad for the first time, Detroit to Ypsilanti

On this day in 1838, passengers rode the Michigan Central Railroad for the first time from Detroit to Ypsilanti, MI.

National Wear Red Day

Today is Wear Red Day in Michigan! Show your support for American Heart Month and help to raise awareness for heart disease in women by wearing red today.

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. While heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, accounting for one of every four deaths, heart disease is often preventable when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

Michigan College Goal

It's Michigan College Goal Month. Find a College Goal event in your area! More info at

National Freedom Day

It's National Freedom Day! On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawing slavery.


Anniversary of PA167 of 2015 (Michigan Blue Alert Act) - Went into effect on Feb. 1, 2015, establishing a "Blue Alert" for Michigan as an official response for the serious injury of death of a law enforcement officer

Today marks the two year anniversary of PA 167 of 2016, Michigan’s Blue Alert Act, taking effect. The Michigan Blue Alert Act is an act to prescribe the blue alert system of Michigan as the official response to reports of serious injury or death of a law enforcement officer in certain circumstances; and to provide for the powers and duties of certain state and local governmental officers and entities.

National African American History Month

February is Black History Month! As President Gerald Ford said in 1976 when the U.S. government first recognized Black History Month, use this time to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

Career and Technical Education Month

In Michigan, Career and Technical Education (CTE) is designed as part of Michigan’s career preparation system to provide learners with experiences, knowledge, and skills that will prepare them to choose and obtain employment upon high school completion. CTE is a way of closing the skills gap, expanding economic opportunities and improving student outcomes.


Blue Star Mother's Day

Today is Blue Star Mother's Day. Founded in Michigan, the Blue Star Mother's  organization is composed of mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans.

Michigan Statehood Day

Happy 181st Birthday, Michigan! On January 26, 1837, Michigan became the 26th state to join the Union!

Snowmobile Safety Week

Stay safe out on the trails this winter!

National School Choice Week - Jan. 21-27

School choice means giving parents access to the best K-12 education options for their children. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private school, online academies or homeschooling.

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

On this day, we celebrate the gift of life and commit to protecting human life at every stage.

Snowmobile Safety Week

Stay safe out on the trails this winter!

The Auto Show Opens to the Public

The NAIAS kicks off to the public today in Detroit! Michigan is a global leader in the automobile industry, and Detroit is at the heart of it all. The NAIAS hosts the largest concentration of the world’s top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers and thought leaders.

Detroit incorporated as Michigan's first city

On this day in 1802, Detroit was incorporated as Michigan's first city and became the seat of government for the Michigan Territory when it was formed from the Northwest Territory in 1805.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ratification Day

Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris at the Maryland State House in Annapolis by the Confederation Congress. This act officially ended the American Revolutionary War.

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Joan L. Wolfe

Born in 1929, Joan L. Wolfe was an extraordinary Michigan woman who become one of the most impactful environmentalists in our state’s history.

Henry Ford sets world speed record

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

Today is national cut your energy costs day! With a few simple steps, you can reduce your energy costs and save on your energy bills.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Thank you to our law enforcement officers for your sacrifices and for keeping our communities safe!

Winter Driving Tips

Winter weather can mean dangerous road conditions. Take extra care when travelling and follow these safety tips.

National Radon Action Month

Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas released from rock, soil and water. Radon can accumulate to dangerous levels inside of buildings, but you can’t see, smell or taste it.

Testing for radon is simple, and all homes should be tested. For more information on radon and testing, visit and search “Michigan Indoor Radon Program.”

School Board Recognition Month

During School Board Recognition month, take time to thank your local school board for their hard work and dedication to our public schools!

National Mentoring Month

Mentors can make a big difference in a young person’s future. For more information and resources on how to become a mentor, visit

Winter Tourism in Michigan

Michigan is the perfect place for outdoor winter fun! With thousands of groomed snowmobile trails, hundreds of miles of fat tire biking trails and picturesque snowshoeing and cross country skiing paths, there is something for everyone.

Visit to plan your Michigan winter adventure!

National Blood Donor Month

On average, one out of every 7 people entering the hospital will need blood. If you are able, please consider donating blood during national blood donor month

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that occurs in every state, including Michigan. To get involved and help put an end to this horrific crime, visit

New Year's Day

UofM vs. South Carolina - Outback Bowl

Good luck Wolverines! #GoBlue

New Year's Day

Outback Bowl

Good luck Wolverines! #GoBlue

The present state capitol building was dedicated

Michigan’s present state Capitol was dedicated on January 1, 1879. More than 40 years after Michigan entered the Union, the state finally had a seat of government to be proud of. One of the first to take as its inspiration the just-remodeled national Capitol in Washington, D.C., Michigan’s new statehouse became the model for other state capitols.

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