Concluding our three part series of Michigan History, we are picking up where we left off in the mid-1950s to today. Find out more below.
1957– Detroit Lions win their 4th (and most recent) NFL Championship, defeating Cleveland Browns 59-14 at Briggs Stadium.
1957 – Fort Wayne, Indiana Pistons NBA team moves to Detroit.
1957 – November 1 – The five-mile long Mackinac Bridge opens.
1959 – Berry Gordy, Jr. founds Motown Records in Detroit.
1974 – Gerald R. Ford of Grand Rapids becomes the 38th President of the United States.
1976 – Throwaway bottles are banned by a referendum vote.
1977 – The Renaissance Center is dedicated, marking a revival of downtown Detroit.
1980 – The Republican National Convention is held in Detroit.
1981 – The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum are dedicated in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, respectively.
1984 – Detroit Tigers win their 4th (and most recent) World Series Champsionship, defeating San Diego Padres 4 games to 1.
1989– Detroit Pistons win their 1st NBA Championship, defeating Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to none.
1998 – Chrysler Corporation merges with the German auto company Daimler-Benz, forming DaimlerChrysler
2002 – Jennifer M. Granholm becomes the first woman elected governor of the state of Michigan.
2004 – Detroit Pistons win their 3rd (and most recent) NBA Championship, defeating Los Angeles Lakers 4-1.
2008 – Detroit Red Wings win their 11th (and most recent) Stanley Cup, defeating Pittsburgh Penguins 4 games to 2.
2009 – General Motors GM – announced cut of 21,000 US jobs, phasing out Pontiac brand;
Chrysler filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy;
2012 – General Motors reported record profits for 2011