Saturday, January 26, 2013

Happy Birthday, Michigan!

Today is the anniversary of Michigan being admitted to our United States of America.
Date of Admittance: January 26, 1837

Parentage: The name is said to be based on the Ojibwa tribe's phrase "Mici Gama," which means "Great Water."  

Place in the Family 
Number #26
Michigan joined six months after Arkansas (June 1836) and eight years before Florida (March 1845)
"If you seek a beautiful peninsula, look around you"
Or, "What, do you not know what state this is?"  

The Wolverine State
Little known fact: the X-Men moved to Detroit temporarily in order to recruit Hugh Jackman. After he finally joined up, they moved to New England. 

On the License Plate
"Great Lakes Splendor" 

State Flag
A blue flag with the state symbol in the center.
What a busy seal! It features an elk, a moose, a bald eagle, a shield with a smaller illustration of an armed man on it, and two ribbons with three different slogans on it, plus the words "State Seal of Michigan" and the date of its adoption in Roman numerals! 

First City You Probably Think of 
When You Think "Michigan" 
Actual State Capital:Lansing

State Size (Area) is 11th of 50
Population is closer to 8th of 50
(per 2000 Census figures)

Michigan Sports:
NFL (Detroit Lions)

MLB (Detroit Tigers)

NBA (Detroit Pistons)

NHL (Detroit Red Wings)

Anybody From Michigan
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
38th President Gerald R. Ford was born in Nebraska
but grew up in Michigan and considered it his home.

President Ford is the only President to never be elected 
by the people; he was appointed VP when
Vice-President  Spiro Agnew resigned.  
Then he stepped up again when President Nixon resigned.
He then lost the job to President Carter in 1976. 

Michigan Film Celebrities
Charlton Heston
Academy Award-winning actor

Kim Hunter
Academy Award-winning actress

Ellen Burstyn
Academy Award-winning actress

Richard Kiel
actor, "The Spy Who Loved Me"

  Tom Hulce
actor, voice actor, "Amadeus"

John Hughes
director, writer, "16 Candles" etc

Michael Moore
director, political commentator

Bruce Campbell
actor, "Army of Darkness" etc

Taylor Lautner
actor, the "Twilight" movies

Michigan Musicians
Bill Haley & His Comets
"Rock Around The Clock"

Jackie Wilson
"Lonely Teardrops" etc

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
"Tears Of A Clown" etc

The Marvelettes
"Please Mr. Postman"

Mary Wells
"My Guy"

Stevie Wonder
"Part-Time Lover" etc

writers/producers extraordinaire
(Lamont Dozier and brothers 
Brian & Eddie Holland)

Martha & The Vandellas
"Heat Wave" etc

The Temptations
"My Girl" etc

The Four Tops
"I Can't Help Myself" etc

The Supremes 
"Stop In The Name of Love" etc

Aretha Franklin
First Lady of Soul

The Spinners
"I'll Be Around"

Alice Cooper
"School's Out"

Ted Nugent
"Cat Scratch Fever"
Bob Seger
"Old Time Rock & Roll" etc

"Vogue" etc

Glenn Frey
The Eagles, "The Heat Is On"

Kid Rock
"All Summer Long"

The White Stripes
"Fell In Love With A  Girl"

Michigan TV Celebrities
Ed McMahon
emcee, "The Tonight Show"

Wally Cox
actor, "Mr. Peepers," "Underdog"

Grace Lee Whitney
actress, "Star Trek"

Danny & Marlo Thomas
"Make Room For Daddy"
"That Girl"

Dick Martin
comedian, "Laugh In"

Lily Tomlin
comedienne, "Laugh In," "9 to 5"

Harry Morgan
actor, "Dragnet," "MASH"

Bob Eubanks
host, "The Newlywed Game"

Sonny Bono
actor/singer, "Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour"

David Wayne
actor, "Batman," "Ellery Queen"

Robert Wagner
actor, "Switch," "Hart to Hart"

Gilda Radner
comedienne, "Saturday Night Live"

Max Gail
actor, "Barney Miller"

Pam Dawber
actress, "Mork & Mindy"

David Spade
comedian/actor, "Saturday Night Live"

Terry O'Quinn
actor, "LOST"

Other Famous Michiganers
Charles Lindbergh
aviation pioneer

Malcolm X

Berry Gordy
founder, Motown Records

Casey Kasem
DJ,voice-actor on
"Scooby Doo" & "Super Friends"

Christie Brinkley

Mitt Romney

Michigan Comic Creators
Jim Starlin
Captain Marvel, Warlock

William Messner-Loebs
Flash, Wonder Woman

Dan Miskin
co-creator, Amethyst and Blue Devil,
organizer, Kids Read Comics

Mike Manley
co-creator, Darkhawk

David S. Goyer
JSA, "Batman Begins"

Geoff Johns
JSA, The Flash, Aquaman, JLA

Michigan Companies




A Song For You....
"Dancing In The Streets" 
by Martha & The Vandellas
There are (literally) thousands of Michigan songs to choose from, 
but if you were to try to get something close to a "perfect" 
Motown song, this one would come awfully close! 
Besides, it was written by Detroiters 
performed by Detroiters, AND 
it mentions Detroit in the lyrics! 

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