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Grand Rapids, MI

CITY

Official Website:
http://www.grand-rapids.mi.us/

Chamber of Commerce:
http://www.grandrapids.org/

Visitors Bureau:
http://www.experiencegr.com/

Population:
197800 (2000 census)

Founding Date:
1826

County:
Kent County

Founded 1826 by trader Louis Campau, incorporated 1 May 1850.

NEWSPAPERS

Newspaper
Grand Rapids Press
The Grand Rapids Herald Review
The Grand Rapids Herald

SCHOOLS

SchoolFounded
Calvin College
1876

ORCHESTRA

OrchestraFounded
Grand Rapids Symphony
1930

COMPANY HEADQUARTERS

CompanyFounded
Universal Forest Products
1955
Zondervan
1931
Spartan Stores
1917
Steelcase
1912

BIRTHS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Justin Amash
Politician
18-Apr-1980   Congressman, Michigan 3rd
Max Apple
Author
22-Oct-1941   I Love Gootie
Robert H. Bruininks
Educator
22-Feb-1942   President, University of Minnesota
Bunny DeBarge
Singer/Songwriter
15-Mar-1955   Member of the band DeBarge
El DeBarge
Singer
4-Jun-1961   Lead singer of DeBarge
James DeBarge
Musician
22-Aug-1963   Janet's Ex Husband and member of DeBarge
Mark DeBarge
Musician
19-Jun-1959   Member of the band Debarge
Randy DeBarge
Musician
6-Aug-1958   Member of the band Debarge
Dorothy Denning
Scientist
12-Aug-1945   Professor, interest in encryption
Dick DeVos
Business
21-Oct-1955   Amway scion
Doug DeVos
Business
c. 1964   CEO of Alticor
Richard DeVos
Business
4-Mar-1926   Co-Founder of Amway
Arnold Gingrich
Journalist
5-Dec-1903 9-Jul-1976 Founder of Esquire magazine
Stacy Haiduk
Actor
24-Apr-1968   Seaquest DSV
Thom Hartmann
Radio Personality
7-May-1951   The Thom Hartmann Program
Roger W. Heyns
Educator
27-Jan-1918 11-Sep-1995 Chancellor of UC Berkeley, 1965-71
Rick Hill
Politician
30-Dec-1946   Congressman from Montana, 1997-2001
Phillips Holmes
Actor
22-Jul-1907 12-Aug-1942 The Criminal Code
Matt Keeslar
Actor
15-Oct-1972   Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen
Anthony Kiedis
Musician
1-Nov-1962   Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman
Eric Allan Kramer
Actor
26-Mar-1962   Bob Duncan on Good Luck Charlie
Taylor Lautner
Actor
11-Feb-1992   The Adventures of Sharkboy
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Boxing
24-Feb-1977   WBC Welterweight boxing champion
M. Peter McPherson
Business
27-Oct-1940   President of Michigan State University, 1993-2004
Frederick H. Mueller
Government
22-Nov-1893 31-Aug-1976 US Commerce Secretary, 1959-61
Andy Richter
Actor
28-Oct-1966   Formerly controlled the universe
Marvin Sapp
Singer
28-Jan-1967   Gospel singer, Nothing Else Matters
Paul Schrader
Film Director
22-Jul-1946   Writer, Taxi Driver
L. William Seidman
Economist
29-Apr-1921 13-May-2009 CNBC chief commentator
Edmund Cardinal Szoka
Religion
14-Sep-1927   Archbishop of Detroit, 1981-90
Ray Teal
Actor
12-Jan-1902 2-Apr-1976 Sheriff Roy Coffee on Bonanza
Jerald F. ter Horst
Government
11-Jul-1922 31-Mar-2010 Gerald Ford's short-term press secretary
Steve Van Andel
Business
c. 1955   Amway scion
Jay Van Andel
Business
3-Jun-1924 7-Dec-2004 Amway billionaire
Arthur Vandenberg
Politician
22-Mar-1884 18-Apr-1951 US Senator from Michigan, 1928-51
James Von Ehr
Business
c. 1950   Nanotech entrepreneur
Jess Walton
Actor
18-Feb-1949   The Young and the Restless
Elizabeth Wilson
Actor
4-Apr-1921   The Graduate
Annette Kingsland Ziegler
Judge
6-Mar-1964   Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court
Kim Zimmer
Actor
2-Feb-1955   Reva Shayne on The Guiding Light

DEATHS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Paul B. Henry
Politician
9-Jul-1942 31-Jul-1993 Congressman from Michigan, 1985-93
William Alden Smith
Politician
12-May-1859 11-Oct-1932 US Senator from Michigan, 1907-19
William Spoelhof
Educator
8-Dec-1909 3-Dec-2008 President of Calvin College, 1951-76
Arthur Vandenberg
Politician
22-Mar-1884 18-Apr-1951 US Senator from Michigan, 1928-51
Dick York
Actor
4-Sep-1928 20-Feb-1992 Darrin #1 on Bewitched



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