Infographics from the Michigan Senate Republicans


Holiday scams

With the Christmas shopping season in full swing, and with identity theft, fraud and scams on the rise, it’s important to stay vigilant, to be on the lookout for scams and take steps to protect your financial information.


Holiday scams

With the Christmas shopping season in full swing, and with identity theft, fraud and scams on the rise, it’s important to stay vigilant, to be on the lookout for scams and take steps to protect your financial information.


Christmas tree production in Michigan

Michigan is a top producer of Christmas trees, supplying about 3 million fresh Christmas trees to market each year. Fun fact: the state’s official Christmas tree this year came from Alpena.

 


Pearl Harbor Day

Today we remember the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor and honor the memory of the 2,403 Americans who perished that day.


Pearl Harbor Day

Today we remember the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor and honor the memory of the 2,403 Americans who perished that day.


Gerald Ford sworn in as vice president

Gerald Ford was sworn in as vice president on this day in 1973. 


International Volunteer Day

Volunteers donate time, talent and energy to serve and improve our communities. For info on how to get involved near you, visit: https://www.michigan.gov/mcsc/0,4608,7-137-6115---,00.html


International Mining Day

Michigan has a long history of mining, dating back centuries. For more information on the industry and its importance to our state, visit this National Parks Service website at https://www.nps.gov/kewe/learn/historyculture/copper-mining-timeline.htm


Computer Science Education Week

Computer Science Education Week is dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Organized events, like Hour of Code, are designed to help build computer literacy and programming skills. Check out code.org for more info and events near you.


International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities helps promote an understanding of disability-related issues. This year’s theme is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.” Visit https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/news/dspd/idpd.html for more info.


Hanukkah


National Special Education Day

Special Education Day marks the anniversary of the nation's first federal special education law--signed into law on Dec. 2, 1975.


Rosa Parks Day

Today we honor and remember Rosa Parks who, on this day in 1955, bravely refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, and changed the course of history.


Small business Saturday

Small businesses provide great jobs and help our thriving communities. Don’t forget to support your local small businesses when out Christmas shopping today and throughout the season!


Christmas Shopping Safety

With the Christmas shopping season underway, and with identity theft, fraud and scams on the rise, it’s important to stay vigilant, to be on the lookout for scams and take steps to protect your financial information.


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving


Car-deer safety

Deer are increasingly on the move this time of year. When travelling this holiday weekend, remember to be on the lookout for deer and keep these safety tips in mind.


Silver Bells in the City

Tonight the state’s official Christmas tree will be lit during the 34th Annual Silver Bells in the City celebration at the Capitol. Visit silverbellsinthecity.org for all the details.

 


Opening day of firearm deer season

Good luck deer hunters!


Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month celebrates the rich history and importance of our nation’s indigenous people. Did you know Michigan is home to 12 federally-recognized Indian tribes?


Recycling Week

During National Recycling Week, take time to explore the benefits of recycling. To read more about Michigan’s Recycling Plan of Action, visit http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-70153_69695---,00.html


Veterans Day

We owe our military veterans a tremendous debt of gratitude for their service and sacrifice. If you are a veteran in need, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency serves to help you get the benefits you have earned and deserve. Visit MichiganVeterans.com or call 800-MICH-VET.


Edmund Fitzgerald

The SS Edmund Fitzgerald was a Great Lakes freighter that sank during a storm on Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975, losing the entire crew of 29.


Military Family Appreciation Month

For every Michigander serving in our Armed Forces, there is a loving family back home who supports them. During Military Family Appreciation Month, join us in voicing gratitude to our military families for the sacrifices they make in preserving and protecting our freedoms.


National S.T.E.M Day

Careers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) are among the fastest-growing careers, some of the most in-demand jobs in Michigan. Demand for skilled workers to fill STEM-related positions is only going to increase, and recent Senate legislation allows Michigan students to receive a STEM certification on their diploma or transcript as an incentive for taking additional courses in STEM subjects. Check out mistempartnership.com for more info. 


Election Day

Today is Election Day and polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Eligible citizens are encouraged to exercise their civic duty and vote! To find your polling location or view a sample ballot, visit Michigan.gov/Vote for that and more.


Suffrage Amendment

On Nov. 5, 1918, Michigan approved a constitutional amendment that allowed the state’s women the right to vote, before the 19th amendment was adopted nationwide. Michigan was also the first state to ratify the 19th amendment.


Daylight Saving Time ends

It’s time to “fall back” – if your clocks and timepieces didn’t auto adjust overnight, be sure to roll them back one hour today.


National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month promotes, celebrates and raises awareness about adoption, and highlights the over 12,000 thousand Michigan youth in foster care who are waiting for permanent homes with loving families.


Michigan Blue Alert System

The Blue Alert System sends a statewide alert when a law enforcement officer is killed or seriously wounded in the line of duty and a suspect is on the loose. Like an Amber Alert, a Blue Alert rapidly disseminates information about the suspect across television, radio and other media.


Stevens T. Mason became governor of Michigan

Stevens Thomson Mason served as the first governor of Michigan from 1835 to 1840. He remains the youngest state governor in American history. 


First legislative session

On Nov. 2, 1835, the first session of the state Legislature was held in Detroit.


Mackinac Bridge officially opened to traffic

When the Mackinac Bridge opened to traffic on this day in 1957, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Today, it ranks 5th.


No Shave November

During No Shave November, men who participate forgo shaving all month, growing facial hair, which cancer patients often lose, to grow awareness about men's health issues.


Halloween

Have a fun, safe Halloween for all who celebrate.


Halloween

Have a fun, safe Halloween for all who celebrate.


Make a difference day

Volunteers from across the country unite for Make A Difference Day, one of the biggest days of service nationwide. Since 1992, volunteers and communities have come together on this day to help improve the lives of others.


Day of the Deployed

Today we honor all of the brave men and women who have been or are deployed, and their families, for their service and sacrifice for our country. Thank you!


Erie Canal

The Erie Canal officially opened on October 26, 1825.


Apple crunch day

Today is Michigan Apple Crunch Day! Did you know Michigan ranks third in the nation in apple production?


Chemistry week

Chemistry is an important part of STEM education. Senate Republicans continue to focus on the importance of STEM, to help close the skills gap and prepare Michigan workers for in- demand STEM-related jobs.


UM-MSU game

Today is the annual rematch of the "backyard brawl," with MSU hosting U of M this season in a game to determine who will take home the Paul Bunyan Trophy, and bragging rights, for the year.


Sojourner Truth

Abolitionist and women's rights activist, Sojourner Truth, was posthumously inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame on this date in 1983.


Fossil Day

Michigan is home to one of the most popular fossils - the Petoskey Stone.


Financial Planning Month

National Financial Planning Month is a great time to think about your financial future.


Peace Corps announced at UM

John F. Kennedy announced his idea for the Peace Corps October 14, 1960 during a late- night speech at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on the steps of the Michigan Union.


Clergy appreciation day

Clergy Appreciation Day is a time to recognize the work of ministers, pastors, and priests in the United States. Did you know the Senate begins each session day with an invocation?


Navy "birthday"

Join us in wishing the U.S. Navy fair winds and following seas today, on its 243rd anniversary.Thank you for your service!


Farm to School Month

Farm to School Month helps improve child nutrition and educates students of the origins of food, supports local businesses and strengthens community bonds.


Cyber security awareness month

Cyber Security Awareness Month helps ensure Michiganders have the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. For more information visit ProtectMiChild.com, Michigan.gov/csi and StaySafeOnline.org.


Child Passenger Safety Week

Child Passenger Safety Week is a great time for a child restraint checkup. The Michigan State Police provides a list of events being held in communities throughout the state. https://www.michigan.gov/documents/msp/Car_Seat_Events_625507_7.pdf


Fire prevention week

In a fire, every second counts. Make sure your family prepares and rehearses an escape plan.


Tigers' first World Series

On this day in 1935, the Detroit Tigers won the team’s first World Series.


Sen. Colbeck's Birthday

Happy Birthday to Sen. Patrick Colbeck!


Sen Schmidt's Birthday

Happy Birthday to Sen. Wayne Schmidt!


Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

This national observance serves as a tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty. For more information, visit https://www.firehero.org/events/memorial-weekend/.


World teachers' day

Today is World Teachers’ Day. Senate Republicans have continued to make education a top priority.


MI Normal School dedicated

The Michigan State Normal School was established by the Michigan Legislature in 1849 for the training of teachers. The first building was dedicated in 1852 and the first classes started in 1853. Today, that school is known as Eastern Michigan University.


Manufacturing Day

Thousands of advanced manufacturing & skilled trades jobs are available & qualified workers are needed. If you’ve been thinking about learning a skilled trade, Manufacturing Day is a great time to take that next step. Check out MITalent.org for more info.


Golf lover's day

Michigan is consistently named among the best places in the country to play golf, and is home to over 650 public courses. Now is a great time of year to hit the links!


Buy Nearby Weekend

Don’t forget to Buy Nearby this weekend and support local businesses! Check out BuyNearbyMI.com for more info on events in your area.


National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates employers and the general public about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.


Capitol cornerstone

On October 2, 1873, following a parade and speeches, the Capitol’s five-ton granite cornerstone, with historic documents and memorials sealed inside, was lowered into place.


Model T

Henry Ford's Model T went on sale for the first time on this day in 1908.


Customer Service Week

Customer Service Week celebrates the importance of serving others and the dedicated people who work in the service industry. 


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Virtually everyone knows someone who has battled breast cancer. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we seek to increase awareness of the disease and the importance of having regular health screenings that can lead to early detection and improve survivability.


Gold Star Mothers Day

Today our hearts and prayers are with Michigan’s Gold Star Mothers. Thank you for your sacrifice in the preservation of liberty.


Sen. Green's birthday

Happy Birthday, Senator Mike Green!


Women's Health & Fitness Day

Women’s Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages, and focuses on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness.


Sen. Hansen Birthday

Happy Birthday, Senator Goeff Hansen!


Voter Registration Day

Today is National Voter Registration Day, which encourages eligible citizens to make sure they exercise their civic duty. The last day to register to vote for the upcoming General Election is Tuesday, October 9. For more info, visit Michigan.gov/vote.


Lions first game

The Detroit Lions played the team’s first game on this day in 1934.


MI Trails Week

Did you know Michigan is home to more than 12,500 miles of state-designated trails? What is your favorite way to enjoy our state’s great trail system?


Hunting and Fishing Day

Michigan’s hunters and anglers are an important part of our state and to the economy.


First Day of Fall

It’s the first day of fall! What’s your family’s favorite autumnal activity?


POW/MIA Recognition Day

A grateful nation remembers all who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action.


National Tradesmen Day

Hats off to the hard working men & women of the skilled trades – electricians, plumbers, welders, carpenters, auto mechanics and so many more – thanks for all you do. Considering a career change? Michigan needs skilled workers. Check out mitalent.org/skilled-trades for more info!


Capitol Farmers Market

Today is the final Capitol Farmers Market of the season. Stop by the east lawn from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Sen. Booher birthday

Happy Birthday to Senator Darwin Booher!


Air Force 'birthday'

Happy Birthday to the United States Air Force! Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win!


Constitution Week

September 17 marks the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia, and serves as the beginning of Constitution Week.


General Motors Founded

General Motors was founded on this day in 1908.


American Legion Day

Today marks the American Legion’s 99th anniversary! Congratulations, and thank you for serving those who have served us!


First Woman from Michigan in Congress

Ruth Thompson, a Republican, who became the first woman to represent Michigan in Congress, was born on this day in 1887 in Whitehall, which is located in the district of Sen. Goeff Hansen.


Library Card Signup Month

Many libraries allow you to check out their catalogs and request and renew a book online. Have you ever had a question for a librarian but didn’t know where to start? The Library of Michigan is there to help! Visit michigan.gov/askalibrarian.


Capitol Farmer's Market

FYI, the final farmers market of the season on the Capitol lawn is one week from today.


National Stand Up To Cancer Da

National Stand Up To Cancer Day helps to raise awareness and an understanding that we are all connected by cancer – according to the American Cancer Society, one out of every two men and one out of every three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.


Library Card Sign-Up Month

If you haven’t been to one in a while, public libraries may be different than you remember. From ebooks, movies, music and more, today’s libraries serve our communities in many ways.

 


9/11 Remembrance Day

Today we remember the events of September 11, 2001, and honor the memory of all who perished on that fateful Tuesday.

 


National Preparedness Month #2

Many disasters strike without warning, and family members may not be all in the same place. National Preparedness Month is a good time to develop a plan for getting in touch with each other, knowing where to meet, and what to do in case of an emergency.


Sen. Kowall birthday

Happy Birthday, Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall!


USA becomes country's official name

On September 9, 1776, Congress declared, “That in all continental commissions, and other instruments, where, heretofore, the words ‘United Colonies’ have been used, the stile be altered for the future to ‘The United States of America.’”  


Grandparents Day

Join us in recognizing Michigan’s wonderful grandparents! 


Patriot Week

Patriot Week promotes U.S. history and our country's first principles captured in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. It also honors and recognizes the sacrifices of our veterans and those who serve to protect these principles.  


National Suicide Prevention Week

If you or someone you know is struggling, there is a way out. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org to chat with someone. Someone is there for you all day, every day. 


National Preparedness Month #1

Each year during September, national, regional and local governments, as well as private and public organizations, join to support emergency preparedness. For more information, plan templates, supply checklists and more, visit www.michigan.gov/michiganprepares


Infant Safe Sleep Month

More than 140 babies in Michigan die each year because of unsafe sleeping environments. During Infant Safe Sleep Month, we’re reminded that these accidents can be prevented with simple steps to ensure safe sleep during nap and night-time routines. For more info, visit www.michigan.gov/safesleep


National Beer Lovers Day

It’s National Beer Lovers Day – what’s your favorite Michigan brew?  


Library Card Sign-up Month #2

The Michigan eLibrary is a great, free resource for residents to enjoy. Have you utilized the service? 


906 Day

Happy 906 Day to all of our fellow Michiganders in the Upper Peninsula!


906 Day

Happy 906 Day to all of our fellow Michiganders in the Upper Peninsula!


906 Day

Happy 906 Day to all of our fellow Michiganders in the Upper Peninsula!


906 Day

Happy 906 Day to all of our fellow Michiganders in the Upper Peninsula!


906 Day

Happy 906 Day to all of our fellow Michiganders in the Upper Peninsula!


Library Card Sign-up Month

Today we kick off Library Card Sign-up Month. If you haven’t been to your local library lately, it’s a great time for a visit. Michigan has 396 public library systems that provide services at over 650 locations.


Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men in our country. However, if detected and treated early, it is survivable – the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent. Take time this month to learn more!


Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men in our country. However, if detected and treated early, it is survivable – the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent. Take time this month to learn more!


College Savings Month

September is College Savings Month. Programs like MET and 529 college savings plans can help you get started early. More info, including a free college savings planning calculator, is available at misaves.com, michigan.gov/setwithmet and mi529advisor.com.


College Savings Month

September is College Savings Month. Programs like MET and 529 college savings plans can help you get started early. More info, including a free college savings planning calculator, is available at misaves.com, michigan.gov/setwithmet and mi529advisor.com.


Labor Day

Happy Labor Day!


V-J Day

On this day in 1945, President Truman declared V-J Day to commemorate the formal Japanese surrender to the Allies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.


Sen. Knollenberg's Birthday

Happy birthday to Senator Marty Knollenberg!


Mackinac Island joins USA

On this day in 1796, British soldiers departed Mackinac Island and American soldiers arrived to garrison the fort.


Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month, which officially begins on the 15th, serves to recognize the contributions to our country of Hispanic and Latino Americans, and their heritage and culture.


National Women's Equality Day

August 26 is designated as Women's Equality Day to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.


Alan Trammell's jersey number is retired by the Tigers

Hall of Famer, World Series Champion and former Detroit Tiger Alan Trammel will have his jersey retired at today?s game.


Cadillac Automobile Company is organized

General Motors' luxury car brand, Cadillac, was organized on this day in 1902.


National Senior Citizens Day

National Senior Citizens Day helps support, honor and show appreciation to our seniors and the valuable contributions they have made in our communities.


National Aviation Day

Today is National Aviation Day as a way to celebrate the history and development of aviation. Did you know Michigan is home to one of the nations top 10 aviation schools?


19th Amendment Ratified

The 19th Amendment, which guaranteed American women the right to vote, was formally ratified on this day in 1920.


Al Kaline becomes first Tiger to have uniform number retired

Detroit Tiger great Al Kaline had his jersey number retired on this day in 1980. He was the first Tiger to receive the honor.


Free ORV Weekend

The DNR invites off-road enthusiasts to enjoy this Free ORV Weekend! During this weekend, Michigan residents and nonresidents can legally ride DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit.


National Airborne Day

National Airborne Day is a day designated by the United States Congress to honor our nation's airborne forces. Thank you for your service!


National V-J Day

August 14 marks the day in 1945 when the Empire of Japan announced its intention to surrender to Allied Forces, and formally did so on September 2, ending the country's involvement in World War II with a peace treaty. Today Japan stands as one of America's strongest allies.


Family Fun Month graphic #3

August is Family Fun Month, and Michigan has no shortage of great indoor and outdoor activities for families to enjoy.


National Golf Month graphic #2

August is National Golf Month! Michigan golf is better than ever. From golf magazine rankings to People's Choice Awards, Michigan is consistently named among the best places in the country to play golf. Top designers have coaxed championship courses out of the woods and farmlands, incorporating hills and valleys, natural water features and incredible views - including some of the Great Lakes. Michigan is home to over 650 courses!


Ford sworn in as President

Michigan’s own Gerald R Ford was sworn in as President of the United State on this day in 1974.


Snow Falls Over Lake Michigan Senate

Believe it or not, on this day in 1882, snow fell over Lake Michigan. #winteriscoming


National Lighthouse Day

National Lighthouse Day is a national observance to celebrate the structures' importance in our country's history. Did you know Michigan is home to more lighthouses than any other state?


Purple Heart Day

On this Purple Heart Day, we recognize and honor members of the Armed Forces who were wounded or killed in action.


Family Fun Month graphic #2

August is Family Fun Month, and Michigan has no shortage of great indoor and outdoor activities for families to enjoy.


Coast Guard Day

The Revenue Marine, which evolved over the years to become what we now know as the U.S. Coast Guard, was created by Congress on this day in 1790. The Coast Guard is America’s oldest continuous seagoing service, fulfilling its motto, Semper Paratus, of being always ready.


Take An Adult Fishing Day

Today is the Michigan DNR’s second annual Take an Adult Fishing Day. Join in on the fun and be sure to share your catch using the hashtag #TakeAnAdultFishing. Find out more here: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79135_81276_82887-424913--,00.html


National Golf Month

August is National Golf Month!  Michigan golf is better than ever. From golf magazine rankings to People’s Choice Awards, Michigan is consistently named among the best places in the country to play golf. Top designers have coaxed championship courses out of the woods and farmlands, incorporating hills and valleys, natural water features and incredible views – including some of the Great Lakes. Michigan is home to over 650 courses!


Family Fun Month

August is Family Fun Month, and Michigan has no shortage of great indoor and outdoor activities for families to enjoy.


Francis Scott Key Birthday

Francis Scott Key, who penned the Star Spangled Banner was born on this day in 1779.


Stout Air Services Launches

On this day in 1926, the Michigan-based Stout Air Services began the nation’s first scheduled air passenger service with flights between Detroit and Grand Rapids.


Francis Scott Key Birthday

Francis Scott Key, who penned the Star Spangled Banner was born on this day in 1779.


Stout Air Services Launches

On this day in 1926, the Michigan-based Stout Air Services began the nation’s first scheduled air passenger service with flights between Detroit and Grand Rapids.


Henry Ford's Birthday

Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863.


National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

Today is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, honoring the American patriots who defended the Korean Peninsula against the spread of Communism. President Trump recently signed a joint statement with North Korea to recover and repatriate all of America’s war dead from the DPRK.


Amelia Earhart Day

Today is National Amelia Earhart Day, honoring the famous aviation pioneer.


1st hydroelectric dam opens in Grand Rapids

Interesting factoid of the day: The first hydroelectric plant opened on this day in 1880.


Blue Water Bridge Opens

The second span of Port Huron’s Blue Water Bridge opened on this day in 1997.


Ty Cobb collects 4,000th hit

Detroit Tiger great Ty Cobb knocked his 4,000th hit on this day in 1927. He is second on the MLB all-time hit list.


Youth Dairy Days

The Michigan Youth Dairy Days are this week at the MSU pavilion. Check it out!


Gerald R. Ford's Birthday

Former President Gerald R. Ford was born on this day in 1913. The former Michigan Wolverine gridder also served in the Navy, as a Congressman and as Vice President. Have you visited his presidential library and museum in Grand Rapids?


Parks and Rec Month

Parks and Recreation Month is a great time to get out and enjoy Michigan’s more than 100 state parks and recreation areas. Did you know that the Recreation Passport, which provides access to all of the state-owned parks and rec areas originated with the Senate Republicans? The late former Sen. Patty Birkholz sponsored the legislation to make our state’s world-class state park system more accessible to residents! What’s your favorite state park?


MI Craft Beer Month

Michigan is often considered the great beer state, and is home to some 266 breweries and brewpubs. What’s your favorite Michigan craft beer?


Republican Party founded in Jackson

Fun fact: the Republican Party was formed “under the oaks” in Jackson, MI on this day in 1854!


Republican Party founded in Jackson

Fun fact: the Republican Party was formed “under the oaks” in Jackson, MI on this day in 1854!


Traverse Cherry Festival

Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival is on! The week-long celebration of one of our state’s most important crops offers attendees over 150 events to check out. For more information, visithttp://www.cherryfestival.org


Traverse Cherry Festival

Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival is on! The week-long celebration of one of our state’s most important crops offers attendees over 150 events to check out. For more information, visithttp://www.cherryfestival.org


Independence Day

Have a fun, safe Independence Day, and remember why we celebrate!


National Ice Cream Month

There’s no better time of year than now to enjoy an ice cream treat. Michigan is home to many local creameries; what’s your favorite?


Gettysburg Battle Day 3, 155th Anniversary

On the final day of battle at Gettysburg, the southern assault of Pickett’s Charge ultimately failed and the Confederates retreated with heavy casualties. This was the first decisive victory of the Union Army over General Lee’s rebel army.


National Blueberry Month

July is National Blueberry Month. Did you know Michigan is one of the most prolific suppliers of blueberries to the world?


Gettysburg Battle Day 2, 155th Anniversary

The battle at Gettysburg lasted three days. July 2nd saw heavier fighting, with an advancement of Rebel soldiers on the Union Army.


Michigan's official state flag adopted

Sample post text: "The State Flag shall be blue charged with the arms of the state." So read the law passed in 1911 establishing the third—and current—state of Michigan flag.


Mackinac Bridge dedication

The Mackinac Bridge was formally dedicated on this day in 1958. The world’s now fifth-longest suspension bridge is vital to Michigan’s economy — it’s supported vehicles and jobs for 60 years running!


Mackinac Bridge dedication

The Mackinac Bridge was formally dedicated on this day in 1958. The world’s now fifth-longest suspension bridge is vital to Michigan’s economy — it’s supported vehicles and jobs for 60 years running!


Anniversary of breastfeeding anti-discrimination act

On this day in 2014, Public Act 197 was established creating an anti-discrimination breast feeding act to ensure the safety and well-being of new mothers.


Soo Locks open in 1855

The Soo Locks opened today in 1855. President Trump recently signaled federal interest in upgrading the locks, which have been in desperate need of fixing for years. Sen. Wayne Schmidt and others have led the charge in calling for the Locks’ vital upgrades.


Joe Louis famous knockout

On this day in 1938, heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis knocked out Nazi hero Max Schmeling.


Summer Solstice

Nothing beats a Michigan summer!


National Internet Safety Month

National Internet Safety Month is the perfect time to increase your awareness of online safety and learn ways to protect your identity and data throughout the year. For more information on online safety, visit the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative website at www.Michigan.gov/csi

 


Father's Day

From all of us in the Michigan Senate Republican caucus, we wish all of Michigan’s great dads a Happy Father’s Day! 


Lewis Cass died on this day

Michigan’s second territorial governor, Lewis Cass, died on this day in 1866.


Ford Motor Company birthday

On this day in 1903, Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company.


Men's Health Week

Men’s Health Week seeks to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among males. It’s a great opportunity to encourage the men and boys in your life to go get a checkup!


Flag Day

It’s Flag Day! Oh, long may it wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


Anniversary of MI National Guard Tuition Assistance Grant Act

On June 12, 2014, Public Act 259 was signed into law, establishing a Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Grant Act!


National Internet Safety Month

National Internet Safety Month is the perfect time to increase your awareness of online safety and learn ways to protect your identity and data throughout the year. For more information on online safety, visit the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative website at www.Michigan.gov/csi

 


Men's Health Week

Men’s Health Week seeks to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among males. It’s a great opportunity to encourage the men and boys in your life to go get a checkup!


White-tailed deer becomes state mammal

Most of us don’t think about the white tailed deer until the fall, but today is the anniversary of it becoming our state’s official mammal. How ‘bout that!


Britain surrenders Detroit

On this day in 1796, Britain finally surrendered Detroit to the United States following the Revolutionary War.


Michigan ratifies the 19th Amendment

Did you know that Michigan was the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote?


NASCAR weekend at MIS

This weekend Nascar’s best drivers camp out at Michigan International Speedway for the first of two seasonal races in Brooklyn’s Irish Hills. Note the race’s earlier-than-normal date this year.


Free Fishing Weekend

Gear up for the DNR’s free summer fishing weekend. License fees are waived Saturday and Sunday for all species on all waters for all residents and out-of-state guests. That’s alright!


First hospital in Michigan opens

St. Vincent's Hospital became the first hospital to operate in the state on this day in 1845


D-Day Anniversary

On this day in 1944, while most of America slept, fearless warriors invaded Normandy, France, by air and sea on D-Day, the beginning of Operation Overlord. Members of the Michigan National Guard's 254th Combat Engineer Battalion and 107th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron played a vital role in the Normandy Campaign. One platoon of the 254th went ashore with the first wave at Omaha Beach on D-Day.


Chrysler's founding anniversary

The Chrysler Corporation was founded on this day in 1925. Today the company is known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and is headquartered in Auburn Hills.


National Internet Safety Month

National Internet Safety Month is the perfect time to increase your awareness of online safety and learn ways to protect your identity and data throughout the year. For more information on online safety, visit the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative website at www.Michigan.gov/csi

 


National Cancer Survivors Day

Today we lift up all of Michigan’s brave survivors who have fought and defeated cancer.


National Egg Day

Help celebrate the incredible, edible, egg today! Did you know, Michigan ranks seventh in egg production with more than 18 million laying hens that produce 3.9 billion eggs per year?

 


PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD Awareness Month. Developing a better understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder will help veterans and others recognize symptoms and seek out and get the care they need. Check out the @MIVeterans website at https://www.michiganveterans.com/a/Mental-Health-Assistance and the National Center for PTSD website at www.ptsd.va.gov for more info.


National Fishing and Boating Week

National Fishing and Boating Week highlights the joy and benefits of recreational boating and fishing. They are fun, stress-relieving activities that help connect us with nature and our family and friends. Michigan’s abundant lakes and streams provide a near limitless opportunity to get outside and enjoy. Check out www.Michigan.gov/DNR to find your spot!


Great Outdoors Month

June is Great Outdoors Month, a month-long celebration of the outdoors and all the benefits it brings, including recreation and fitness, conservation, and an annual economic impact of $650 billion across the state and nation. This month, make sure to go outside and enjoy the Pure Michigan outdoors.


National CPR & AED Awareness Week

National CPR and AED Awareness Week is recognized this time each year to spotlight how lives can be saved if more people know how to administer CPR and how to use a defibrillator.  For more info and to check out a training class near you, visit www.heart.org/cpr


Detroit Grand Prix

One of the IndyCar Racing Series’ most unique races takes place this weekend on Detroit’s scenic Belle Isle. For tickets and more information, check out http://detroitgp.com/


Memorial Day

Today we solemnly remember all of the men and women who have given their lives in the service of our nation in the Armed Forces. Their selfless sacrifice in defense of our country, Constitution, rights and freedoms, and American way of life will never be forgotten. 


First female MSP troopers

Today in Michigan history, the first two female officers were sworn-in to the Michigan State Police. Today MSP is under the leadership of its first-ever female director. Check out this recent video featuring a female MSP Trooper explaining why she joined up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8R_1PONFpBU


Second USS Michigan is launched

On this day in 1908, the battleship USS Michigan was launched. It was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of our state. It was later decommissioned in 1922. The ship was succeeded in 1980 by the nuclear powered guided missile submarine of the same name. The current USS Michigan is in active service.


National Missing Children's Day

National Missing Children's Day officially began on this day in 1983 by Republican President Ronald Reagan after a series of high-profile missing-children cases to help bring attention and renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families, and to make child protection a national priority.


Anniversary of Human Trafficking Ban signing

On this day in 2006, Public Act 162 (sponsored by Sen. Pavlov) was signed into law, banning human trafficking in Michigan. In 2014, we enacted 21 new reforms to help stop this modern-day slavery and support its survivors. Michigan now has some of the country’s strongest human trafficking laws.


National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week

Help us in recognizing all the dedicated EMS workers in our state who are on call to lend a hand in a moment’s notice to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of our communities. Did you know that Michigan’s own President Gerald R. Ford authorized the first EMS Appreciation Week in 1974?


National Safe Boating Week

As the unofficial start of summer is just a few weeks away, now is a great time to brush up on your boating safety during Boating Safety Week.


Armed Forces Day

Join us in honoring all who serve in our Armed Forces. Thank you to our Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard!


Charles Lindburgh completes first transatlantic flight

Today in history, Detroit native and pilot Charles Lindbergh completed the first trans-Atlantic flight.


First Tulip Time Festival

Today marks the anniversary of the beginning of one of Michigan’s great traditions – the annual Tulip Time Festival in Holland. It has been held this time each year since 1929 and is the largest tulip festival in the United States.


Peace Officers Memorial Day

Today we remember and honor the sacrifices of Michigan’s peace officers. They put themselves on the line to help protect and serve and to keep our communities safe. We owe them and their families a sincere debt of gratitude.


Anniversary of PA 195 of 1995

On this day in 1996, Gov. John Engler signed the Police Officer’s and Firefighter’s Survivor Tuition Act. The law provides a tuition waiver at public community colleges and state universities for the surviving spouse and children of Michigan police officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty.


National Travel and Tourism Week

Tourism is one of Michigan’s largest and most important economic contributors, and Senate Republicans recognize the value in funding and promoting the Pure Michigan experience. The investment continues to pay off, with new data indicating that for every dollar spent on Pure Michigan, there is a return of $8.99 back in to the state. Last year more than 5.6 million person-trips were made to Michigan from outside of the state because of the Pure Michigan campaign, and visitors spent $2.1 billion while they were here.


National Foster Care Month

This month we acknowledge our foster families. Michigan is home to nearly 13,000 children in foster care and 300 children who still need an adoptive family. For more information on becoming a foster parent, or to help a foster child in need, visit www.michigan.gov/hopeforahome.


Teacher Appreciation Week

Teachers do far more than teach. They lead, they inspire, they mentor and help us to develop a lifelong love for learning. Take a moment during this Teacher Appreciation Week to thank a teacher! 


Older Americans Month

Join us in celebrating Older Americans Month, as we highlight the many contributions that older Michiganians are making in our state. They prove every day that you are never too old to participate in activities that can enrich your lives and your communities.


National Travel and Tourism Week

Tourism is one of Michigan’s largest and most important economic contributors, and Senate Republicans recognize the value in funding and promoting the Pure Michigan experience. The investment continues to pay off, with new data indicating that for every dollar spent on Pure Michigan, there is a return of $8.99 back in to the state. Last year more than 5.6 million person-trips were made to Michigan from outside of the state because of the Pure Michigan campaign, and visitors spent $2.1 billion while they were here.


Michigan Wine Month

Michigan’s wine region is unique, in that it is positioned along the 45th parallel and has the right climate conditions to produce some of the best wine grapes in the world. This “wine line” puts Michigan’s wine industry on similar footing to that of France’s Bordeaux region and Italy’s Piedmont region. Not only does that mean good grapes, it also means good business. The state’s wine, grapes and grape juice industry has a more than $5 billion economic impact and pays more than $770 million in salary to 28,000 job holders. Cheers!


Tulip Time Festival begins

Today kicks off the annual Tulip Time festival, the largest of its kind in the entire USA! 


National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke is a serious medical event that is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S. It can also cause significant and permanent health issues. Stroke symptoms often go undetected or are mistaken for something else. That is why it is important to know the signs and symptoms of stroke by acting ‘FAST’ (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9–1–1).


First woman address MI legislature

May 4, 1846 Ernestine Rose, a European suffragette, became the first woman to address the then all male Michigan Legislature, arguing that women needed the right to vote.


National Mental Health Month

Each day people wake to the reality of living with a mental illness. Too often the stigma of having a mental health issue stands in the way of seeking help or encouraging others to get help, which could potentially have consequences. Senate Republicans recently approved the creation of a Student Outreach Services grant program to help address mental health issues in our schools as part of efforts to improve school safety throughout the state. 1 out of 5 are affected by mental health issues and that’s why mental health is something everyone should care about. We all have a responsibility to promote mental health and wellness.


National Day of Prayer

Today is an important day for people of faith, as we come together to pray for our state and nation.


Senate Budget Update

Today the #MISenate passed a FY 2019 budget recommendation that invests in Michigan's future, guarantees public safety, continues our investment in transportation and boosts funding to prepare workers for in-demand jobs.


ALS Awareness Month

ALS, more commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder with no known cure. We observe this time each year to help raise awareness and increase understanding of this devastating disease.


Military Appreciation Month

This month we recognize current and former members of the military, and their families, for the honor, courage and commitment they demonstrated while serving our country in uniform. Words cannot adequately express our gratitude for the sacrifices that have been made to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, our rights and freedoms, and way of life.


Silver Star Service Banner Day

May 1st is Silver Star Service Banner Day, a day we set aside to recognize those who have been awarded the Silver Star Medal, described as the third-highest military decoration for valor in combat. Our thanks for the efforts of all who have received this prestigious recognition in defense of our country.  


Arbor Day

It's Arbor Day in Michigan! Check out the Catalpa Tree on the Capitol Lawn. Although its exact age is not known, it is estimated to be about 150 years old. The tree is truly “living” history – it was growing on Capitol Square when the building was dedicated in 1879!


Apple blossom named state flower

On this day in 1897, the Apple Blossom was named the Michigan state flower. And this is the best time to see the Apple Blossom: Peak Bloom is from April to May!


(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: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/MDOT_C_MapWeb-2011_350547_7.pdf 


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 www.michigan.gov/beprepared.


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: https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/


(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 www.michigan.gov/ctf 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!


Easter

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: https://www.poisonhelp.hrsa.gov/what-can-you-do/national-poison-prevention-week/index.html


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 towww.michigan.gov/freefishing 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 www.michigan.gov/sos #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: https://i-500.com/


(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 http://www.micollegegoal.org/


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.


Highland Park Plant assembly lin


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 www.michigan.gov/deq 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 www.michigan.gov/mentormichigan.


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 www.michigan.org/winter 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 https://mhttf.org/.


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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