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#PureMichigan

This month, I’m taking a break from blogging about my thoughts and experiences in Detroit. This month, it’s all about #puremichigan. Because Michigan, is beautiful.

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes

Honestly, Michigan wasn’t even really a part of my vocabulary before moving here. I don’t have family that lives here or friends that moved from here. I knew Michigan was west of Ohio and surrounded by a lot of lakes. And that’s about it. To me, it was just another one of the 50 states. Until August of this year, of course.

As someone who loves to explore, moving to a new place means endless possibilities to do so. While most of my exploration has been in and around Metro-Detroit, last weekend, I finally had the chance to “go North,” as Michiganders put it.

I jumped in the car on Friday afternoon with my fellow, fellow and great friend, Sarah Robb, and drove north to explore the places I had been hearing about since I moved here. The landscape quickly changed from city and suburb to lush forest, lakes and rolling hills. When we arrived in Traverse City, our first destination, we were awed by the vastness and clear blue water of Lake Michigan. I grew up near the Finger Lakes in New York, which are pretty beautiful, but whose color could not compare to what was before our eyes.

Every stop throughout the weekend was more beautiful than the last, from the vineyard dotted shores to the massive Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. Hopefully, these pictures will help portray the beauty we saw.  But to truly appreciate it, you’ll need to come explore for yourself. I certainly will be doing more of it, myself.    Grapes Growing at Chateau Grand Traverse Winery! Exploring near the Old Mission Lighthouse

Fun in the Sun — Whenever it Decides to Stick Around

Summer is around the corner (some may argue that it’s already here), and temperatures are rising. Unfortunately, that only sometimes guarantees some sunshine. But as long as it doesn’t rain, I’ve still got plans to enjoy some fresh air this upcoming month. Here’s a list of bucket-list items I hope to explore starting in June:

  1. Bike the Dequinder Cut (no, I still haven’t done that yet)
    Dequinder Cut


  2. Kayak at Kensington MetroPark
    Kensington MetroPark


  3. Fly my [brand new!] kite on the Detroit RiverWalk


  4. Picnic on Belle Isle
    Belle Isle


  5. Pot my herbs from Eastern Market — or maybe purchase a plot at a local Community Garden in Brush Park!
    Brush Park Community Garden


This list of course will continue to grow, but with only 30 days in June to do all this stuff I gotta’ start penciling in my calendar!

Recent Discoveries

I have lived in Detroit for  8 months now.  It has been a lot of fun and I have been to some really cool places.  However, this past month I stumbled upon some new treasures in the city.

West Village fun | Recently my mom and two of my sisters came to visit me in Detroit.  We ended up exploring in West Village, which I had not spent much time before.  The four of us started at Parker Street Market where we got some local honey, then stopped for cold brew coffee at Red Hook, looked through records at Paramita Sound, grabbed a smoothie at Vegan Soul and then ate some pie at Sister Pie.  Not only did these shops have a lot to offer in terms of products, but the people working at each of them were kind and helpful.  It was a perfect afternoon!

West Village Day

UFO Factory | My co-worker (and friend) Alyssa and I carpool to our office.  For the past 8 months, we have driven by a retro-looking building off of Michigan Avenue in Corktown called UFO Factory.  A few weeks ago we finally decided to check it out.  I’m glad we did!  The atmosphere is eclectic, classic and relaxed.  The bartender was kind and conversational.  We had a drink and some complimentary popcorn that was accompanied by “fun” seasoning, including some sort of Curry Powder.  We also found out that the UFO Factory does weekly movie screenings, which we definitely want to check out!  They are in the process of developing a food menu that will feature gourmet hot-dogs (which I am looking forward to!)

UFO Factory

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit | My Challenge Detroit co-fellows and I recently had the opportunity to see the Mosaic Youth Theatre present The Tempest at the Detroit Film Theatre.  After the performance we got to talk with the Executive Director, Rick Sperling.  It was an incredible performance, filled with a lot of passion and professionalism.  I definitely recommend getting on their website and looking for their next performance.  Beyond the entertainment of their productions, the Mosaic Youth Theatre has a lot of heart.  giving youth from schools across Metro-Detroit a safe and fun space to be creative.

Mosaic Theatre

Pedal Along with the Detroit Bike City Movement

In case you’ve missed the news, the Motor City is slowly but surely becoming known as Bike City. What do you get when you mix new investments in greenways and bike lanes, locally-based craftsmanship bike shops, a variety of places to grab a rental or pup your tires, and a growing number of bicycle clubs and organizations? A trendy biking culture and community movement that has made Detroit one of the top eight biking cities in the world to some cycling advocates. Don’t believe me? Even Apple has hopped on board to get a taste of the Detroit Bike City action with their commercial featuring Detroit based Slow Roll. Now I bet you’re thinking… where are all of these shops, how can I cruise on two wheels and make some new pals, and when can I spin my wheels and explore the vibrant city of Detroit like never before? Don’t get your chain in a bunch, I’m here to pump your tires and grease your gears with the low-down on all the gems that make Detroit “Bike City.”

Craftsman Bicycle Shops

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1. Detroit Bikes

Detroit Bikes is on a mission to encourage cycling by making high quality, enjoyable, and easy to use bikes. Whether you’re commuting 20 miles to work everyday or you haven’t touched a bike since you wiped out in front of your math professor in your Junior year of college (don’t judge me), Detroit Bikes builds with you in mind. Want to check out their models? Stop into their new shop downtown across from Capitol Park or, if you’re lazy, scroll through their collection online.

2. Wheelhouse Detroit

In addition to rentals, Wheelhouse Detroit carries local and national bicycle brands for you to purchase. Curious what they have in stock now? Check out the Bikes for Sale page on their blog to find your new baby.

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3. Shinola

Each Shinola bicycle undergoes a precise, custom-level assembly by experts in at the Detroit Flagship retail in Midtown Detroit. Shinola believes that there’s only one way to properly build a bicycle, and that’s one at a time, by hand, with rigorous attention to detail and using only the highest quality components available. Click here to view a short film about their frame production in Wisconsin and assembly operations in Detroit.

4. The Hub

The Hub of Detroit is a full service bicycle shop, serving the Cass Corridor since 2008. The collective sells used and new bikes as well as parts in addition complete repair and restoration services, custom build services, power coating and consultation. This nine-member collective demonstrates how social entrepreneurship melds cycling education with retail by using 100% of proceeds from their sales to operate Back Alley Bikes, an organization that focuses on youth development, sustainable practices and community access by providing cycling education and services.

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5. Detroit Bicycle Co.

While Detroit is well-known for being the hub of the automotive industry, Detroit Bicycle Co. founder Steven Bock is re-introducing the Motor City to a motor-less mode of transportation. Since 2010, Bock has been building bikes by hand with quality, vintage-era parts and bestowing them with names inspired by streets in Detroit. Check out their complete line of bikes here.

 

Bike Rentals

Wheelhouse Detroit

1.  Wheelhouse Detroit

At Wheelhouse Detroit choose from cruisers, sport and comfort hybrids, road bikes and adult tricycles as well as accessories like tag-a-longs and baby seats and trailers to make your ride fun for the whole family.

2. Zagster

Zagster is a bike-sharing service that offers nearly 50 bicycles in downtown Detroit that can be rented out from one of eight locations for any given amount of time using the Zagster app.

 

Community Rides & Tours – Summer 2015

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1. Slow Roll

On Monday nights in Detroit a new community tradition has emerged. Slow Roll is a group bicycle ride that meets every Monday night in Detroit and has expanded into a Global network of community rides. Each Monday night cyclists of all ages and skill levels meet up at different venues and take a unique route throughout the city, including all the vibrant major and minor neighborhoods that make Detroit, well, Detroit. With Slow Roll you can enjoy your cruise at a slow pace, which keeps the group safe and gives riders a unique perspective of our great city and its neighborhoods. To join the movement check out the 2015 Slow Roll schedule here. Added bonus – listen to Jason Hall, speak about how Detroit Bike City is creating a healthier Detroit and contributing to its growth at TEDxDetroit.

2. Motor City Bike & Brew Tours

During the summer months you can get the best of both worlds with a Motor City Bike & Brew Tour. Along the three hour themed tours, such as Prohibition and Auto History, cyclists stop to admire historical sites and highlights. The best part? Every relaxed pace tour includes lunch and beer at a local Michigan brewery. For obvious reasons, these guided tours are my absolute favorite.

3. Bike Detroit

Bike Detroit is spreading positive energy, sharing smiles, and showcasing the beauty of every inch of Detroit through weekly community rides. Plus, by supporting local bike shops and eateries the organization connects businesses to the community on a more intimate level. Ready to explore? Look over their schedule and mark your calendar for the ride of your life.

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4. Tour de Troit

On September 19th take over the streets of Motown to explore some of the city’s historic areas and take in many of its most breathtaking sights by registering for the 14th Annual Tour de Troit 2015. But that’s not all Tour de Troit has to offer. Are you ready to take a journey across the Ambassador Bridge? Join Tour de Troit and 500 other for their annual Bike the Bridge ride on October 11th.

 

Roll Your Own Way

Dequinder Cut

1. Dequindre Cut & Detroit Riverfront

The Dequindre Cut Greenway is a 1.35-mile urban recreational path that has created a link between the Riverfront, Eastern Market the many neighborhoods in between. The greenway is well-known for its urban artwork and features a 20-foot wide paved pathway with lanes for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Need a map? No worries, I’ve got your back. Download it here.

2. Detroit Greenways Coalition

The Detroit Greenway Coalition is currently under development and planning to create a city wide network of greenways encompassing more than 70 miles of greenways and use additional miles of bike lanes for on-road connections. This Network would also provide connections to other neighboring and regional efforts.

But wait, there’s more! The following three greenway projects plan to link the Detroit International Riverfront through Corktown and Mexican Town to connect to the River Rouge and from there up-river to the River Rouge Park and The Henry Ford: Corktown-Mexicantown Greenlink, Southwest Detroit Riverfront Greenway and the Rouge Gateway Greenway.

3. Extra Resources

 

Well, it’s time to stop spinning my wheels. As for you, my friend, it’s time to put it in gear and join the Detroit Bike City movement. I’ll see you on the streets.

Ubuntu

A calm breeze swells and swirls around my exposed legs. Traveling north from Canada, it crashes against the weathered, concrete walls of Studio One and washes over me as I enjoy this cool spring night from my balcony. It is 9:21PM and, having just finished a home-cooked meal of sauteed banana peppers and roasted garlic marinara spaghetti, this is the first time I have left my apartment today. The day was beautiful- celebrated by my Ultimate Frisbee team in Ann Arbor, Cinco de Mayo festivities in Southwest, a rummage sale in New Center and the Art Fair in Palmer Park- but I chose not to participate. I spent the last thirty-six hours lulling in-and-out of sleep and isolation. Self-prescribing a steady dose of bed, couch, bathroom; repeat. I put myself in a place of infinity, lost a sense of time and let the outside world become foreign.

Some things in life are so enigmatically impossible to process that all you can do is experience them- the last week I spent at the Youthful Cities Global Summit in Toronto one such example.

Toronto will come to me in waves, ripples and concentric circles. It is more than a single event; it is many. Instances of Facebook comments, Skype calls and nights spent on couches across the world- the experience will cascade down my rolling hill of existence until one day it gracefully unfurls in a grassy meadow, complete. A few years ago I fell in love with the South African concept of Ubuntu and never in my life has it resonated so deeply.

In the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu-

“A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”

Last week was a baptism for me. I’ve carried significant insecurities and discontent with me for so long that it has threatened my humanity; my Ubuntu.  Out to prove to some unidentifiable deity that I have worth, I’ve carried a chip on my shoulder that has disregarded others and damaged relationships. Ubuntu is community; Ubuntu is purpose. I found both last week.

This Thursday, Challenge Detroit Year 4 Finalists will gather from all over the country [and possibly world] for the opportunity to interview for a fellow position with a Challenge Detroit host company for next year. Each applicant will be stressed, even overwhelmed, but unbeknownst to most of them they will become a part of something greater than themselves regardless of whether or not they get hired.

In early February, someone I had never met posted a link to the Youthful Cities Global Summit application saying “I think someone from Detroit should go to this”  in a Facebook group dedicated to all of the past years’ Challenge Detroit finalists, The Challenge Detroit Network. I applied. A link that took that woman seconds to share, changed me for the rest of my life. That is Ubuntu.

A Different Kind of Big Sister

This past summer I had the honor of serving as the Unit Head for a group of 50+ high schoolers. The campers arrived at the campsite at the end of June confused, uncomfortable, judgmental and often self-conscious (to be expected of a group of boys and girls that just completed their first year of high school). However, when they left Camp in August, each and every camper had grown into a more loving, understanding, mature and confident version of him or herself.

At my camp, it is tradition that these “Senior Campers,” as they’re referred to, write letters of thanks to each of their staff members at the end of the summer. These letters bring me to tears each time I read them; they remind why I returned to Camp for so many summers and spent every last ounce of energy to ensuring that the transition I described above actually happened. Beyond that though, the content of those letters reminds me of how crucial it is for kids to have a mentor in their lives. Often times, this role is not and cannot be fulfilled by parents, friends or other family members.

I’ve always loved kids and playing a role in their positive development. To be honest, I still consider myself a kid at heart. So when I moved to Detroit, I knew I wanted to find a way to fulfill this passion. General Motors has a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro-Detroit and so when I received an email about signing up for the Lunch Buddies program, I didn’t hesitate.

I knew that the kids I would be working with would likely have grown up very differently than the kids that I’ve worked with in the past. I was nervous, but excited to get started. On the first week of the program, I met my little sister: a shy, 3rd grade student with a big smile. For the first few months I could tell how uncomfortable she was. As the youngest of four kids at home, she wasn’t always the center of attention and didn’t know how to react to my interest in her school, social and home life. Each time we did an activity, I made her read the material aloud and sound out each word she didn’t know. I asked a million questions and expected full answers.

Now, just a few months later, she asks questions of me and tells me stories about her weekend. Just last week, we had the chance to participate in the Take Your Kid To Work Day Science Fair at GM. The smile on her face from the moment she walked in was not paired with the shy nature I observed a few months ago; I could tell her confidence had tripled. We bounced from exhibit to exhibit, learning about waves and energy and eating freeze-dried ice cream. At the end of the day she hugged me and I was brought back to the feeling I got reading the letters my campers wrote me last summer.

My hope is that our relationship will continue to grow even outside the program and that this one little girl, one of millions of kids that could use a little bit more attention, will one day realize the impact she can have on others like her. I know she still has a lot of growing to do, but who doesn’t?

There are a ton of great mentorship programs available to get involved with. I encourage you all to look into giving just an hour or two a month if you can. Each program is different, so see what works best for you and jump right in. You’d be surprised how much you learn from them.

Let’s Talk Talent

The war for talent is over; talent has won.

I heard this quote while attending Challenge Detroit’s most recent company networking event, discussing the attraction and retention of talent in the Michigan region, and specifically within the city of Detroit. Engaging in this dialogue opened up many insights from an organizational perspective, on ways to better foster millennials and new talent at their respective companies. I thought a brief reflection would be a good follow-up to my last blog.

We as millennials want to work in a fostering, encouraging, and supportive environment. We want to feel valued, we want to be challenged, and we want to be able to continually grow and develop both in our current skill set as well as expand our experiences in other skill sets as well.

Never stop learning.

A word of advice from a senior executive at an established company encouraged young professionals to never stop learning. He reflected that for more experienced and established individuals like himself, his generation was trained and educated for a working world that no longer exists, while us “younger folk” are trained and educated for a world that we may not see for another 10 years or so. In this respect, it is important for companies to foster this continued learning experience. Without adaptation, there will be limited growth, and with limited growth comes limited success.

I’m looking forward to seeing the release of new host companies for next year’s class of fellows, for Year 4 of the Challenge Detroit Program. Looks like we’ve got an exuberant group on the way!

Check back later this month to see the announcement of new host companies for Year 4!

The Violence

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” -Gandhi

This has been a year of violence. The violence of police brutality has lead to violent, and peaceful, protests in many parts of America. Of course the usual rhetoric around these types of events is that violence is not the answer. But to play devil’s advocate, is that really true? Our non-violent protests have earned results, but mainly due to the grotesque violence inflicted upon them being seen on TV and shocking the country. This lead to more support for the peaceful prtesters which helped strengthen their cause. At the same time, the threat of violent protests showed the public what may happen if the peaceful protests are not heard. To be frank, our country is built on violence. The violence of slavery, the violence against the native people, the violence against other countries to gain freedom and territory and even violence that split this country into two warring sides. This may also be the reason violent protests are feared so greatly, they may actually create change.

On the other hand, violence may be the bane of our country’s existence. Some may argue we gained freedom through violence, but violence was a last resort. Violence for the most part has only caused systemic problems in our country. The violence of the civil rights movement and the Civil War would not have existed without the initial violence of slavery. The violence of the wars with the natives would not have existed without the initial violence inflicted upon them by their new neighbors. Violence does indeed beget more violence. It lead us to the point where we have weapons that can literally detroy humanity in its entirety. The frustrations of the violent protests are understandable, but the reality is usually the neighborhoods the frustrated parties live in are the ones that are decimated. Violence usually has not created many lasting positive results.

To me, violence seems to not be a valid answer. We as a global society have gotten into a cycle of violence. It makes it harder to be peaceful when that peace can be met with the violent cycle. Examples of that include the martyrdoms of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and countless others known and unknown. Some argue that peaceful protests have only gotten the disadvantaged to a certain point, but violent protests will probably only continue to push us back. I do think of things like Haiti’s revolution where slaves actually gained independence through war, but that was a different time and different circumstances. The disadvantaged in America could not win a violent war, with America having one of if not the best armed forces in this world’s history. Plus what would we gain through violence since we would have to probably use violence or the threat of it to sustain what was created. This cycle would continue. I’m not sure the answer but one thing I’m sure, it’s not violence.

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5 More Places to Shop in Downtown Detroit

If you haven’t read the first edition of this two-part #shopDetroit series – stop reading and check it out here: 10 of the Best Shops in Detroit. Why are you still reading this, silly? Get your credit card(s) ready and jump on over to that glorious list. I’ll be here waiting.

 

Now, here are five more ways to #shopSmall for huge style points in the OG (that means ‘original gangster’, mom) of fashionable shopping districts in America – special shoutout to J.L. Hudson.

 

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1. Tulani Rose

4201 Cass Ave. | Midtown, Detroit | website

On the corner of Willis and Cass, just around the corner from Avalon Bakery, you won’t find a Tulani Rose sign. Instead, you’ll see a bright yellow marquee that reads “Spiral Collective.” Step inside, take in the scent of Barr and Co. candles and Cellar Door soaps, and you’ll instantly begin drooling like one of Pavolv’s dogs. Just try not to drool on the art from local Detroiters, proudly on display in this lifestyle boutique. Sidenote – if you buy the pineapple soap DO NOT eat it. I repeat, DO NOT EAT IT. It smells exactly like fresh slice of juicy pineapple but I promise you it is truly just the most delightful bar of soap in the world. Lather with caution.

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2.  Vera Jane

3011 W. Grand Boulevard | Midtown, Detroit | website

This eclectic women’s boutique is nestled in the first floor of the Fisher Building specializes in “refined elegance with downtown decadence.” I’m still not exactly sure of what that means, but their blissful selection of vintage jewelry will blow your mind and fill your heart sunshine and sparkles so who cares? Am I right?

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3. The Peacock Room

15 E. Kirby | Midtown, Detroit | website

Okay, hold on. Tell me that notebook print scarf you just scrolled past isn’t the cutest thing you’ve ever seen in your life. You can’t. It’s perfect. Just like all of the other handbags, necklaces, hats, scarves and earrings that line the tables and walls of the fully-restored Park Shelton where The Peacock Room thrives. Added bonus – they also sell antique furniture and unique artifacts to add some flair to that awe-inspiring bedroom of yours.

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4. Nest

460 W. Canfield | Midtown, Detroit | website

This little shop is the holy grail of every girl’s ~*~Dream Living Room~*~ board on Pinterest. Located just across the street from Shinola and a flap of the wings away from it’s sister store, City Bird, Nest carries home decor provisions that could make a pile of twigs look like the Sistine Chapel.

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5. Division Street Boutique

1353 Division Street | Eastern Market, Detroit | website

Division Street Boutique serves as a home base store front for Aptemal Clothing and the infamous “Detroit Hustles Harder” apparel that can be found in nearly every closet of every Motor City native or enthusiast. By sponsoring and promoting local artists and hosting live demonstrations and events for the community, Division Street Boutique ‘hustles harder’ (literally) to positively impact and engage in the Detroit community. How neat is that!?

By the way, before you head out for a good ol’ shop-till-you-drop adventure in the D, you should print out this nifty full-listing of local shops courtesy of Detroit Experience Factory.

Detroit is blooming with shops, both new and old, for you to explore and earn major style points. I mean, why would you go to the same old mall, shop at the same old stores and pick through the same clothes as all of your friends, when you could feel good and look even better by shopping for that #ootd – nay #ooty (YEAR) –  worthy ensemble in support of Detroit?

 

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Stretch Runner

This is my favorite time of the year. Birds are chirping, people are sitting on their porches, and winter coats have disappeared. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching Detroit come back to life with Slow Roll, cookouts, and outside sports. The month of April included a trip home to speak at my Alma mater and a lovely day at the horse track in Lexington. Being a small history buff, I seem to become hyper aware of historical events during the month of April. This phenomena happens because I do remember history class growing up; and also because the accounts I follow on Twitter remind me. Nevertheless, I think it is important to share some vital American history facts that have occurred during April – one of my favorite months of the year.

April 4, 1968 – Dr. Martin Luther King was killed by a sniper in Memphis, Tennessee. He is best known for his “I Have a Dream” speech delivered at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington. His efforts eventually led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

April 6, 1896 – After a hiatus of 1500 years, the first Olympics of modern times was held in Athens, Greece.

April 9, 1865 – The Civil War effectively ended as General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant in the village of Appomattox Court House. Approximately 500,000 soldiers died during the war.

April 9, 1866 – The Civil Rights Bill of 1866 was passed by Congress giving blacks the privileges of U.S. citizenship.

April 11, 1970 – Apollo 13 was launched from Cape Kennedy. An oxygen tank exploded fifty-six hours into the flight in the service module and astronaut John L. Swigert saw a warning light that accompanied the bang. This is where the famous phrase “Houston, we’ve had a problem here” came from.

April 12, 1861 – The bloodiest war in America’s history began as The Civil War started when Confederate troops under the command of General Pierre Beauregard opened fire at 4:30 a.m. on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina.

April 12, 1961 – Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space.

April 14, 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot while watching the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington. He died in a nearby house the following morning at 7:22 a.m.

April 15, 1912 – In the icy waters off Newfoundland, the Titanic, with 2,224 persons on board, sank at 2:27 a.m. after hitting a large iceberg just before midnight. During the next two and a half hours, over 1,500 persons drowned while 700 were rescued by another ship, the Carpathia.

April 18, 1775 – The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and William Dawes occurred as the two men rode out of Boston around 10 p.m. to warn patriots at Lexington and Concord of the advancing British.

April 20, 1945 – The Battle of Berlin, which was the last offensive of the Ally forces in World War II, began.

April 30, 1789 – George Washington became the first U.S. President after taking his oath in New York City.

April 30, 1967 – Heavy Weight Boxer Muhammad Ali was stripped of his boxing championship after refusing to be comply with his American military draft notice.

Please don’t think I forgot about our beautiful city of Detroit! Here are two vital April facts that occurred right here in the “D”.

April 16, 1895 – The Detroit Free press renamed the “Detroit Creams” the “Detroit Tigers”. The name “Creams” came from owner George Vanderbeck who used to say the team would be the “cream of the league.”

April 21, 1806 – After a fire burned down nearly all of Detroit on June 11, 1805, the Michigan Territory was established effective June 30, 1805 as a separate territory with Detroit as the capital. Newly appointed judges and governors convinced the United States Congress to pass an act on April 21, 1806 authorizing them to lay out a town that included all of the old town of Detroit plus an additional 10,000 acres to be used as repayment for persons who lost their property in the fire.


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