This month in Michigan history – July

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Continuing in our ‘This Month in Michigan History’ series, we take a look at seven fascinating events that took place in our state during the month of July. Be sure to check out what happened in April, May and June for more great info.

  1. July 11, 1796: A United States flag is hoisted and flown for the first time ever in Detroit as the British give up control of Michigan as agreed to in Jay’s Treaty.
  1. July 10, 1887: The Grand Hotel, with the world’s longest wood porch, opened on Mackinac Island. Recently renovated, ‘The Grand’ is one of the most iconic destinations in Michigan today, welcoming travelers from across the globe.
  1. July 1, 1917: Selfridge Field in Harrison Township began operations. It was named for Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge, the first military man to die in an aircraft mishap. Today, Selfridge Air National Guard base continues to be in operation and includes an on-base air museum that offers exhibits, photos and artifacts of military aerospace history and more than 30 aircrafts at the outdoor air park.
  1. July 2, 1917: The first Ford truck is assembled. Still based on Model T mechanicals but rated at a one-ton capacity, it included a stronger frame and worm-gear differential along with solid rubber rear tires to handle tough terrain.
  1. July 18, 1927: Detroit Tiger star Ty Cobb collected his 4,000th hit. At the end of his career he had hit safely 4,187 times. Cobb, one of the most decorated players to ever take the field, played 22 years with the Tigers and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1936.
  1. July 3, 1936. Henry Ford purchases The Wright Brothers bicycle shop to add to his collection of buildings at Greenfield Village in Dearborn. Greenfield Village, a historical gem in our own backyard, includes more than 80 acres of sights, sounds and sensations of old time America.
  1. July 8, 1975: Grand Rapids native President Gerald R. Ford announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1976 after assuming the office following the resignation of Richard Nixon. Ford would eventually lose the election to Jimmy Carter, but is the only president to hail from Michigan.