1837 Michigan is admitted as the 26th U.S. state.
1847 The state of Michigan formally abolishes capital punishment.
1912 Opening day for baseball stadiums Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, and Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
1926 Harry Houdini's last performance, which is at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
1927 The Bath School Disaster: forty-five people are killed by bombs planted by a disgruntled school-board member in Michigan.
1966 Race riots occur in Lansing, Michigan.
1971 The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begin in Detroit, Michigan.
1992 Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the United States Constitution making the 27th Amendment law. This amendment bars the U.S. Congress from giving itself a mid-term pay raise.
1999 A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.