On This Day in Detroit History (Bill Loomis)
Bill Loomis is the author of Detroit's Delectable Past (2012), Detroit Food (2014) and numerous articles on culinary and social history. His writing has been published in the Detroit News, Michigan History Magazine, New York Times, Hour Detroit and more. Mr. Loomis was born in Detroit and lived for a number of years in the North Rosedale Park neighborhood in the city. Mr. Loomis now lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and children.
One day at a time, discover colorful Motor City moments in history spanning more than three centuries. On November 5, 1851, Voice of the Fugitive published a letter in support of escaped slaves. On July 3, 1904, Monk Parry became the first monkey to drive a car, and on January 16, 1919, the Statler Hotel menu offered whale meat for dinner. The legendary Steve Yzerman was named captain of the Red Wings on October 7, 1986. Local historian Bill Loomis covers the big events and remarkable stories of life and culture from Detroit's founding to its recent struggles and rebirth.