1992 in Michigan

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Events from the year 1992 in Michigan.

Top Michigan news stories[edit]

Broadcast and newspaper members of the Associated Press voted on the top news stories in Michigan for 1992 as follows:[1]

  1. General Motors' problems with plant closings, labor unrest, and management upheaval
  2. Presidential candidates in Michigan. In the 1992 United States presidential election between George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot, the candidates made repeated visits to the state. The final presidential debate was held at Michigan State University in East Landing on October 19, 1992.
  3. Jack Kevorkian's acquittal of murder and his role in assisting five additional suicides during the year
  4. The death of Malice Green and prosecution of four Detroit police officers
  5. Changes in Michigan's Congressional delegation including the loss of two seats due to reapportionment
  6. Leslie Williams case. The arrest and conviction of 38-year-old serial killer Leslie Williams. Williams was paroled from prison in August 1990 and went on a crime spree that included murdering four teenage girls (Cynthia Jones, sisters Michelle and Melissa Urbin, and Kami Villanueva), raping a nine-year-old, kidnapping a woman, and sexually assaulting other women. He was arrested in May 1992 when a witness saw him in the act of abducting a woman in a cemetery. Williams grew up in Garden City, Michigan, where his mother was a prostitute and his father was convicted of sexually molesting two step-daughters. Williams had a long criminal history and had been declared a habitual offender after he was convicted in 1983 of assault with intent to kidnap and to sexually penetrate.[2][3][4][5][6]
  7. Welfare reform. Changes in Michigan's welfare system, including a request that recipients work, go to school, or volunteer their time.[7][8]
  8. Dow Corning breast implants controversy. Facing mass litigation over leaks from its silicone breast implants, Dow Corning announced in March 1992 that it would cease manufacturing the implants.[9]
  9. Conviction of William Hart. In May 1992, a federal jury found former Detroit Police Chief William Hart guilty of embezzling almost $2.6 million from the City of Detroit. Hart in 1976 became the first African-American police chief in a major U.S. city.[10]
  10. Magic Johnson's return to the NBA and subsequent retirement and a lawsuit by a woman alleging that Johnson had infected her with the AIDS virus

Office holders[edit]

State office holders[edit]

Mayors of major cities[edit]

Federal office holders[edit]

Sen. Riegle
Sen. Levin

Population[edit]

In the 1990 United States Census, Michigan was recorded as having a population of 9,295,29 persons, ranking as the eighth most populous state in the country. By 2000, the state's population had grown by 6.9% to 9,938,444 persons.

Cities[edit]

The following is a list of cities in Michigan with a population of at least 50,000 based on 1990 U.S. Census data. Historic census data from 1980 and 2000 is included to reflect trends in population increases or decreases. Cities that are part of the Detroit metropolitan area are shaded in tan.

1990
Rank
City County 1980 Pop. 1990 Pop. 2000 Pop. Change 1990-2000
1 Detroit Wayne 1,203,368 1,027,974 951,270 −7.5% Decrease
2 Grand Rapids Kent 181,843 189,126 197,800 4.6% Increase
3 Warren Macomb 161,134 144,864 138,247 −4.6% Decrease
4 Flint Genesee 159,611 140,761 124,943 −11.2% Decrease
5 Lansing Ingham 130,414 127,321 119,128 −6.4% Decrease
6 Sterling Heights Macomb 108,999 117,810 124,471 5.7% Increase
7 Ann Arbor Washtenaw 107,969 109,592 114,024 4.0% Increase
8 Livonia Wayne 104,814 100,850 100,545 −0.3% Decrease
9 Dearborn Wayne 90,660 89,286 97,775 9.5%Decrease
10 Westland Wayne 84,603 84,724 86,602 2.2% Increase
11 Kalamazoo Kalamazoo 79,722 80,277 76,145 −5.1% Decrease
12 Southfield Oakland 75,608 75,745 78,322 3.4% Increase
13 Farmington Hills Oakland 58,056 74,611 82,111 10.1% Increase
14 Troy Oakland 67,102 72,884 80,959 11.1% Increase
15 Pontiac Oakland 76,715 71,166 66,337 −6.8% Decrease
16 Taylor Wayne 77,568 70,811 65,868 −7.0% Decrease
17 Saginaw Saginaw 77,508 69,512 61,799 −11.1% Decrease
18 St. Clair Shores Macomb 76,210 68,107 63,096 −7.4% Decrease
19 Royal Oak Oakland 70,893 65,410 60,062 −8.2% Decrease
20 Wyoming Kent 59,616 63,891 69,368 8.6% Increase
21 Dearborn Heights Wayne 67,706 60,838 58,264 −4.2% Decrease
22 Roseville Wayne 54,311 51,412 48,129 −6.4% Decrease
23 East Lansing Ingham 51,392 50,677 46,525 −8.2% Decrease

Counties[edit]

The following is a list of counties in Michigan with populations of at least 150,000 based on 1990 U.S. Census data. Historic census data from 1980 and 2000 are included to reflect trends in population increases or decreases. Counties that are part of the Detroit metropolitan area are shaded in tan.

1990
Rank
County Largest city 1980 Pop. 1990 Pop. 2000 Pop. Change 1900-2000
1 Wayne Detroit 2,337,891 2,111,687 2,061,162 −2.4% Decrease
2 Oakland Pontiac 1,011,793 1,083,592 1,194,156 10.2% Increase
3 Macomb Warren 694,600 717,400 788,149 9.9% Increase
4 Kent Grand Rapids 444,506 500,631 574,335 14.7% Increase
5 Genesee Flint 450,449 430,459 436,141 1.3% Decrease
6 Washtenaw Ann Arbor 264,748 282,937 322,895 14.1% Increase
7 Ingham Lansing 275,520 281,912 279,320 −0.9% Decrease
8 Kalamazoo Kalamazoo 212,378 223,411 238,603 6.8% Increase
9 Saginaw Saginaw 228,059 211,946 210,039 −0.9% Decrease
10 Ottawa Holland 157,174 187,768 238,314 26.9% Increase
11 Berrien Benton Harbor 171,276 161,378 162,453 0.6% Increase
12 Muskegon Muskegon 157,589 158,983 170,200 7.1% Increase
13 Jackson Jackson 151,495 149,756 158,422 5.8% Decrease

Sports[edit]

Baseball[edit]

American football[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]

  • 1991–92 Detroit Red Wings season – Under head coach Bryan Murray, the Red Wings compiled a 43–25–12 record, finished first in the NHL Norris Division, and lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the division finals. Steve Yzerman led the team with 45 goals, 58 assists, and 103 points. The team's principal goaltender was Tim Cheveldae (72 games).[16]

Music and culture[edit]

Chronology of events[edit]

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September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Births[edit]

Gallery of 1992 births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Gallery of 1992 deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GM made most news, survey says". Detroit Free Press. December 26, 1992. p. 12A – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Woman feared for her life". Detroit Free Press. May 27, 1992. pp. 1A, 2A – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Deadly nightmare ends". Detroit Free Press. May 29, 1992. pp. 1A, 10A – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "People, system let killer slip by: Despite scrutiny, Williams stayed free". The Detroit News and Free Press. May 30, 1992. pp. 1A, 5A – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Career, women frustrated Williams". The Detroit News and Free Press. June 11, 1992. pp. 1A, 9A – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Williams surprised he wasn't locked up". Detroit Free Press. July 1, 1992. pp. 1A, 6A – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Engler offers 'cure'". Lansing State Journal. June 3, 1992. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Welfare changes; worries continue". Detroit Free Press. October 1, 1992. p. B1 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Implant maker to quit: Dow Corning bows to suits, safety concerns". Detroit Free Press. March 19, 1992. p. 1A – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "A sorry end to chief's career". Detroit Free Press. May 8, 1992. p. 1.
  11. ^ "1992 Detroit Tigers Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "1992 Detroit Lions Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "1992 Michigan Wolverines Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  14. ^ "1992 Michigan State Spartans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "1991–92 Detroit Pistons Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  16. ^ "1991–92 Detroit Red Wings Roster and Statistics". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 9, 2018.