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    1805
    The Territory of Michigan is created, with Detroit as the capital.
    Detroit is completely destroyed by fire.
    General William Hull becomes the first territorial governor.

    1805-1806
    Important commercial timbering begins, when sawmills are built on the St. Clair River to aid in rebuilding Detroit.

    1806
    Governor and judges authorized to lay out new town of Detroit after fire had destroyed the settlement.
    Bank of Detroit chartered by the governor and judges; Congress disapproves the act on March 3, 1807.

    1807
    The Treaty of Detroit is signed by Chippewa, Ottawa, Wyandot, and Potawatomi tribes meeting with General Hull.
    Duties paid to the United States on furs at Mackinac exceed $40,000.

    1808
    American Fur Company founded by John Jacob Astor.

    1830
    Michigan’s population is 31,639.
    Fur trade reaches its peak; it's subsequent decline leaves some regions without commercial activity.
    Michigan issues a railway charter to the Detroit & Pontiac Railway, the first incorporated railway in the limits of old Northwest Territory.

    1837
    Detroit’s population is almost 10,000.
    Michigan is admitted to the Union as a free state as Arkansas is admitted as a slave state.
    The Panic of 1837 strikes Michigan.
    Michigan experiences its first strike as journeymen carpenters parade through Detroit
    streets.

    1838
    Detroit elects Michigan’s first school board under state law.
    The Grand Rapids furniture industry has its beginning.


    1841

    Dr. Douglass Houghton, the first state geologist, reports on rich copper deposits of the Lake Superior region and makes cautious mention of the possibility of iron ore in
    the Marquette district.

    1849
    The Cliff Mine pays a dividend of $60,000, the first sum of this magnitude distributed in North America on copper investment.
    Michigan’s manufactured goods are valued at more than $11,000,000. There are
    558 sawmills operating in the state.

    1864
    Bessemer steel is first manufactured in any appreciable amount in America, at Wyandotte.
    The copper lode at Calumet is discovered. Michigan’s production of copper has for
    17 years exceeded that of any other state (holds first place until 1887).

    1896
    Ransom E. Olds brings out a practical four-wheeled, gasoline-powered auto in Lansing.
    Henry Ford’s “quadricycle” is tested in Detroit.

    1899
    Olds Motor Works in Detroit erects the first factory built in America for the manufacture of automobiles.

    1908
    William C. Durant organizes General Motors Company as Ford introduces the most famous of the early cars, the Model T.

    1914
    Henry Ford announces the adoption of a $5 minimum wage for an 8-hour day.

    1935
    Michigan celebrates its centennial of statehood.
    One-fifth of Michigan’s employables are without work; the state population has dropped 28 percent since the 1930 census.
    The United Automobile Workers (UAW) is organized.

    1941
    Auto plants are converted to the production of war materials and Michigan becomes
    known as the “Arsenal of Democracy.”

    1954
    American Motors Corporation is formed by the merger of Hudson Motor Car Company
    and Nash-Kelvinator Corporation.

    1984
    “Big Three” American automakers— General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler— report total
    profits for year of $9.8 billion, a new high.

    1995
    General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler report record earnings and auto sales.
    Organized labor announces merger of U.A.W. with Steelworkers Union and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

    2000
    Michigan’s unemployment rate drops below 3% for the first time since
    records kept.

    Adapted from: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(hjzl5055php5na5511tcgozp)/documents/publications/manual/2003-2004/2003-mm-0003-0019-Chron.pdf

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