On this day in 1945, members of Michigan’s Congressional delegation sent a cable to London suggesting that Sugar Island, in the St. Mary’s River off the coast of the Upper Peninsula, be selected as the home of the new United Nations. Rather than choosing the Yooper site, the honor instead was given to New York City.
Today, 49-square-mile Sugar Island is home to 652 people. The island is largely undeveloped, and both the Bay Mills Indian Community and Sault Tribe of the Ojibwa Indians claim interests on the island. The southern tip of the island is also home to the University of Michigan’s 3,200-acre Chase Osborn Preserve.