Detroit in History

Historical Events

  • 1701-07-24 Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, later becomes the city of Detroit
  • 1760-11-29 French commandant Beletre surrenders Detroit to Major R. Rogers

Victory in Battle

1812-08-16 General Hull surrenders Detroit and Michigan territory to British forces under the command of Major General Sir Isaac Brock, who capture Fort Detroit with the help of Indigenous warriors led by Tecumseh

  • 1839-02-18 Detroit Boat Club forms (& still exists)
  • 1852-08-13 Steamer "Atlantic" crossing Lake Erie from Buffalo to Detroit collides with a fishing boat, sinks with 250 aboard
  • 1858-04-12 1st US billiards championship, Michael J Phelan wins in Detroit
  • 1867-11-26 Refrigerated railroad car patented by JB Sutherland of Detroit
  • 1868-01-16 Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit
  • 1887-10-21 Detroit clinches best-of-15 touring World Championship with its 8th victory in Game 11 this afternoon in Baltimore, 13-3
  • 1887-10-26 "World Championship" Baseball Series, Sportsman's Park, Detroit Wolverines (NL) beat St Louis Browns (AA), 10 games to 5 in series played in bitterly cold conditions
  • 1894-01-30 Pneumatic hammer patented by Charles King of Detroit
  • 1896-03-06 1st auto in Detroit, Charles B King rides his "Horseless Carriage"

Historic Event

1896-06-04 Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit

  • 1900-01-29 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis
  • 1901-05-01 Chicago White Sox outfielder Herm McFarland hits first grand slam in American League history in 19-9 win at home against Detroit; Tigers commit 12 errors
  • 1905-09-05 Lillian Mortimer's "No Mother to Guide" premieres in Detroit

Hall of Fame

1907-08-02 Legendary pitcher Walter Johnson at 19 begins his 21 year Baseball Hall of Fame playing career with Washington with 3-2 loss v Detroit

Model T

1908-09-27 Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1908-10-05 Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh beats Detroit Tigers, 6-1, his 40th victory of the MLB season; forces AL pennant race to the final day
  • 1908-10-14 Baseball World Series: Chicago Cubs beat Detroit Tigers, 2-0 at Bennett Park, Detroit to clinch 4-1 series win; 6,210 fans is smallest crowd in WS history; Cubs retain title
  • 1910-08-27 Wash Red Killefer sacrifices record 4 times against Detroit
  • 1912-04-20 Tiger Stadium in Detroit opens, Tigers beat Cleveland Indians 6-5
  • 1912-07-04 Detroit Tiger George Mullen no-hits St Louis Browns, 7-0

Baseball Record

1912-09-11 Philadelphia second baseman Eddie Collins steals MLB record 6 bases in the Athletics' 9-7 win over Detroit Tigers at Navin Field

  • 1915-01-21 Kiwanis International founded in Detroit
  • 1915-09-01 Jerome Travers establishes a US Amateur Golf Championship record by downing George Crump, 14 & 13, in a 1st-round match at the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
  • 1915-09-30 Red Sox clinch AL pennant by beating Detroit
  • 1915-10-12 Ford Motor Company under Henry Ford manufactures its 1 millionth automobile at the River Rouge plant in Detroit
  • 1920-05-14 Washington Senator Walter Johnson wins his 300th game vs Detroit
  • 1920-08-20 1st US commercial radio station, 8MK (WWJ), Detroit begins daily broadcasting
  • 1920-08-31 Detroit radio station 8MK (now WWJ, 950AM) is 1st to broadcast a news program on the air
  • 1921-06-06 Detroit Stars' Bill Gatewood pitches the 1st no-hitter in Negro League history, defeating the Cuban Stars 4-0
  • 1922-03-03 WWJ-AM in Detroit MI begins radio transmissions
  • 1925-08-20 WJR-AM in Detroit MI begins radio transmissions

Sports History

1925-10-04 Harry Heilmann gets 6 hits in Detroit's doubleheader sweep over St Louis Browns, 10-4 and 11-6, to edge teammate Tris Speaker for AL batting crown, .393 to .389; Ty Cobb bats over .300 for the 20th time

Film & TV History

1926-10-24 Harry Houdini's last performance, at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan

Sports History

1927-01-05 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis begins 3-day public hearing on charges that 4 games played between Chicago & Detroit in 1917 had been thrown to White Sox

  • 1930-01-20 1st radio broadcast of "Lone Ranger" (WXYZ-Detroit)
  • 1930-06-28 1st night game in Detroit at newly built Hamtramck Stadium as Negro League Detroit Stars take on KC Monarchs
  • 1930-11-03 First vehicular tunnel to a foreign country (Detroit-Windsor) opens

Historic Event

1930-11-22 Elijah Muhammad forms Nation of Islam in Detroit

Sports History

1931-08-18 Lou Gehrig hitless in Detroit, his 1,000th consecutively played game

Sports History

1933-12-03 As part of a famous MLB fire sale of players, Philadelphia A's owner Connie Mack sells catcher Mickey Cochrane to Detroit for $100,000; Cochrane is immediately named Tigers manager

Baseball Record

1934-07-13 Babe Ruth hits 700th career home run against Detroit

  • 1934-09-24 Idle Detroit wins pennant, as Red Sox beat Yankees 5-0
  • 1936-01-31 "Green Hornet" radio show is 1st heard on WXYZ Radio in Detroit
  • 1937-09-23 Yankees lose 9-5 but clinch pennant when Red Sox beat Detroit
  • 1941-07-08 9th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
  • 1942-02-28 Race riot at Sojourner Truth Homes, a housing project in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942-10-28 Train crashes into bus, killing 16 & injuring 20 (Detroit Michigan)

Sports History

1943-02-05 Jake LaMotta defeats future multi-weight world boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson by unanimous points decision in Detroit in the 2nd of their 6 meetings; his only win of their rivalry; Robinson’s first loss in his first 40 pro bouts

Baseball Record

1945-07-01 First MLB superstar to return from WW II, Hank Greenberg homers in his 1st game (Detroit beats Philadelphia A's 9-5)

Baseball Record

1946-10-01 Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller claims his MLB record 348th strikeout of season in a 4-1 win v Detroit; record stands for 19 years

  • 1947-03-04 WWJ (now WDIV) TV channel 4 in Detroit, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1947-06-24 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Plum Hollow CC: Jim Ferrier becomes first Australian to win a major title; beats Chick Herbert, 2 & 1
  • 1948-04-20 Walter P. Reuther UAW President shot & wounded at his home in Detroit
  • 1948-06-15 First night game at Briggs Stadium, Detroit: Tigers beat Philadelphia A's, 4-1
  • 1948-10-09 WXYZ TV channel 7 in Detroit, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-10-24 WJBK TV channel 2 in Detroit, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1951-07-10 18th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-3 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
  • 1952-05-15 Detroit Tiger Virgil Trucks no-hits Washington Senators, 1-0
  • 1953-06-18 Red Sox rookie Eugene Stephens is 1st player in AL history to register 3 hits in an inning; Boston score 17 runs in 7th Inning in 23-3 rout of Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park
  • 1953-08-04 New York Yankees Vic Raschi sets MLB record for a pitcher by driving in 7 runs in a 15-0 win v Detroit
  • 1954-04-13 Baltimore Orioles 1st game, loses to Tigers in Detroit 3-0
  • 1955-07-26 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Meadowbrook CC: Doug Ford scores a 4 & 3 win over Cary Middlecoff in the Tuesday final; first of 2 majors (Masters 1957)

Sports History

1955-09-25 Detroit outfielder Al Kaline, 20, is youngest batting champ

  • 1955-10-03 WTVS TV channel 56 in Detroit, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting

Sports History

1956-06-20 At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits 2 Billy Hoeft pitches into right center field bleachers, the only player to ever do so

Sports History

1958-08-13 Indians' right fielder Rocky Colavito makes his pitching debut, hurling 3 hitless innings, Detroit 3, Cleveland 2

  • 1959-04-10 Chicago White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox gets a MLB Opening Day record tying 5 hits in 7 at-bats in a 14-inning, 9–7 win in Detroit
  • 1960-08-03 For the only time in MLB history teams exchange managers as Detroit trades Jimmy Dykes (44-52) for Cleveland's Joe Gordon (49-46)
  • 1960-09-10 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 643' HR over right field roof in Detroit
  • 1962-01-30 2 members of Flying Wallendas' high-wire act killed when their 7-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit
  • 1963-06-23 The Detroit March to Freedom occurs with 125,000 people participating, the largest civil rights demonstration in America up to that point
  • 1965-01-10 WKBD TV channel 50 in Detroit, Michigan (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1966-07-17 Indians set club record by hitting 7 HR in 15-2 win over Detroit
  • 1966-10-06 Partial meltdown at Detroits's Fermi 1 nuclear reactor
  • 1967-07-08 Helen Weston of Detroit rolls a record 4,585 in 24 games
  • 1967-07-23 -27] 43 die in race riot in Detroit (2,000 injured, 442 fires)
  • 1967-07-24 Race riots in Detroit force postponement of Tigers-Orioles game
  • 1968-09-15 WXON TV channel 20 in Detroit, MI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-10-02 St. Louis pitcher Bob Gibson establishes a new Baseball World Series mark by striking out 17 batters as the Cardinals beat Detroit, 4-0 in Game 1 of the Fall Classic
  • 1968-10-31 Milwaukee Bucks win their 1st game beating Detroit 138-118 (6th game)

Sports History

1968-11-01 Detroit pitcher Denny McLain is named unanimous AL Cy Young Award winner after finishing MLB season, 31-6 for World Series winning Tigers

Sports History

1968-11-13 As a rookie, future Basketball Hall of Fame forward Elvin Hayes scores 54 points in San Diego Rockets' 122-120 win over Detroit Pistons, a career-high

Music History

1969-06-22 Aretha Franklin arrested in Detroit for creating a disturbance

Sports History

1970-10-02 Detroit general manager Jim Campbell gives controversial Billy Martin a 2-year deal (1971-72) to manage the Tigers at a well above MLB average annual salary of $65,000

Sports History

1971-07-13 42nd MLB All Star Game, Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MI: AL beats NL, 6-4; MVP: Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles, OF

  • 1973-06-28 Lawsuit in Detroit challenges Little League's "no girls" rule
  • 1973-09-12 2 bettors win largest US Daily Double ($19,909.60 in Detroit)
  • 1973-11-06 Coleman Young elected Mayor of Detroit
  • 1973-12-13 World Football League grants 1st franchise (Detroit)

Sports History

1974-06-05 As' Reggie Jackson and Bill North engage in clubhouse fight at Detroit

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1819-09-14 Henry Jackson Hunt, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1889)
  • 1823-04-16 Orlando Bolivar Wilcox, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1907)
  • 1833-10-02 William Corby, American Catholic priest and President of the University of Notre Dame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1897)

James Anthony Bailey

1847-07-04 James Anthony Bailey, American circus ringmaster and showman (Barnum & Bailey), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1906)

Albert Kahn

1869-03-21 Albert Kahn, American architect known as the "architect of Detroit", born in Rhaunen, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1942

William Boeing

1881-10-01 William Boeing, American aviation pioneer who founded The Boeing Company, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1956)

  • 1887-09-28 Avery Brundage, American businessman (5th President International Olympic Committee 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1975)
  • 1889-06-21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 100/200m 1912), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1972)
  • 1894-08-03 Harry Heilmann, American Baseball HOF outfielder (4 × AL batting champion, Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (WXYZ), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)

Leo Diegel

1899-04-27 Leo Diegel, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1928-29), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1951)

Charles Lindbergh

1902-02-04 Charles Lindbergh, American aviator who was 1st to fly solo across the Atlantic, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1974)

  • 1903-10-25 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1976)

Ralph Bunche

1904-08-07 Ralph Bunche, American diplomat to the UN (Nobel Peace Prize1950), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1971)

  • 1907-10-15 John Dearden, American cardinal (1969-88) and archbishop of Detroit, born in Valley Falls, Rhode Island (d. 1988)
  • 1908-02-06 Edward Lansdale, United States Air Force Officer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • 1909-03-28 Nelson Algren, American novelist (Man with the Golden Arm), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1981)
  • 1911-02-23 G. Mennen Williams, American lawyer, politician (Governor of Michigan, 1949-61), diplomat, and jurist (Chief Justice of Michigan Supreme Court, 1983-86), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1988)
  • 1912-01-20 Walter Briggs Jr, American sports executive (owner Detroit Tigers 1952-56), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1970)
  • 1912-11-01 Bill Bonthron, American athlete (world 1,500m record 3:48.8 1934), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1983)
  • 1913-08-04 Robert Hayden, African-American poet (Those Winter Sundays), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1980)
  • 1913-09-24 Herb Jeffries [Umberto Alejandro Ballentino], American actor and director (The Bronze Buckaroo, Mundo depravados), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1915-02-04 William Talman, American actor (Crashout, The Hitch-Hiker, Perry Mason), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1968)

Harry Morgan

1915-04-10 Harry Morgan, American actor (December Bride; M*A*S*H, 1975-83 - "Col. Sherman Potter"; AfterMASH; Dragnet - "Bill Gannon"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)

  • 1915-07-04 Timmie Rogers, American comedian (The Jackie Gleason Show), actor and singer-songwriter ("Back to School Again"; "I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2006)
  • 1917-09-04 Henry Ford II, American businessman and grandson of Henry Ford, (President of Ford Motor Company, 1945-79), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • 1918-05-24 Coleman Young, 1st African American Mayor of Detroit, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1997)
  • 1918-10-09 Walter Burkemo, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1953), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1986)
  • 1920-04-16 John William Farr, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1920-11-12 Richard Quine, American actor and director (How to Murder Your Wife, Clay Pigeon), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1989)
  • 1920-11-14 Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1921-12-02 Isabella Karle, American scientist who was instrumental in developing techniques to extract plutonium chloride, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • 1922-01-30 Dick Martin [Thomas Richard], American actor & comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Carbon Copy), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1922-11-12 Kim Hunter [Janet Cole], American actress (A Streetcar Named Desire, Planet of the Apes), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1923-01-01 Milt Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), pianist, and composer ("Bags Groove"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1923-03-06 Ed McMahon, American TV side-kick (Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson), and host (Star Search), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • 1924-01-26 Warren Frank Benson, American composer (The Leaves Are Falling), and educator (Eastman School, 1967-1993), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1924-06-11 Ed Farhat, American professional wrestler, born in Detroit (d. 2003)
  • 1924-07-22 Margaret Whiting, American singer ("It Might As Well Be Spring"; "Time After Time"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1924-10-21 Joyce Randolph, American actress (The Honeymooners - "Trixie Norton"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1924-12-06 Wallace "Wally" Cox, American comedian and actor (Mister, Underdog, Peepers, Hollywood Squares), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1973)
  • 1925-01-06 John Z. DeLorean, American automaker (DeLorean), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1925-01-26 Joan Leslie, American actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1925-02-02 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock; Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1925-09-12 Stan Lopata, American baseball player, born in Delray, Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1925-10-30 Gus Savage, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1981- 93), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1925-11-27 Michael Tolan, American actor (Nurses, Senator), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1926-04-05 Roger Corman, American producer and director (Little Shop of Horrors), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1926-08-20 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • 1926-09-19 James Lipton, American actor, writer and host of Inside the Actors Studio, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1927-02-22 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters; 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1927-04-02 Billy Pierce, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star x 7; World Series 1945; AL wins leader 1957; MLB ERA leader 1955; AL strikeout leader; 1953; Chicago White Sox), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1927-05-14 Shirley Spork, American golfer and administrator (co-founder LPGA; Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1962), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2022)
  • 1927-08-17 Robert Moore, American director and actor (Murder by Death, Marshall-Diana), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • 1927-09-08 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter ("I Fall To Pieces"; "Busted"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1927-11-18 Hank Ballard [John Henry Kendricks], American rocker (The Midnighters - "The Twist" - pre-Chubber Checker), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2003)
  • 1928-01-10 Philip Levine, American poet, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1928-05-07 Marvin Mitchelson, American celebrity attorney, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1928-10-01 George Peppard, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Banacek, A-Team, Blue Max), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1994)
  • 1929-04-19 Eddie Crook Jr., American boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)

Robert Wagner

1930-02-10 Robert Wagner, American actor (It Takes a Thief, Switch, Hart to Hart), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1931-02-14 Brian Kelly, American actor (Flipper, Straightaway), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1931-07-31 Kenny Burrell, American guitarist (Organ Grinder Swing), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1931-09-06 Sander Levin, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1931-12-28 Martin Milner, American actor (Route 66", "Adam 12"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1932-01-04 Richard Stahl, American actor (Howard-It's a Living), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2006)
  • 1932-01-22 Piper Laurie [Rosetta Jacobs], American actress (Twin Peaks, Carrie, The Hustler), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1932-03-21 Joseph Silverstein, American violinist, concertmaster and conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1955-84), born in Detroit, Michigan

Casey Kasem

1932-04-27 Casey Kasem, American radio personality (creator of American Top 40), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)

  • 1932-07-06 Della Reese [Delloreese Patricia Early], American singer and actress (Della Reese Show, Royal Family), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • 1932-07-11 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter ("I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1932-08-28 Carlene Polite, American dancer, activist and author (Sister X), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)

Ellen Burstyn

1932-12-07 Ellen Burstyn, American actress (Exorcist, Alice Doesn't Live Here), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1932-12-09 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1933-03-22 J. P. McCarthy, American radio personality (WJR Detroit), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1933-04-28 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1994)
  • 1933-08-25 Tom Skerritt, actor (Ryan's Four, Alien, Big Bad Mama), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1933-10-25 Larry J. Hopkins, American politician (Rep-R-KY, 1979-93), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • 1934-02-18 Aldo Ceccato, Italian conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1973-77), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1934-06-09 Jackie Wilson, American soul singer-songwriter and performer ("Lonely Teardrops"; "Higher And Higher": "I Get the Sweetest Feeling"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • 1934-06-28 Carl Levin, American attorney and politician (U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1979-2015), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • 1934-07-16 George Perles, American football coach (Michigan State University 1983-94; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1935-01-22 Seymour Cassel, American actor (Faces; Plain Clothes; Valentino), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • 1935-02-16 Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, American musician, vocalist (Sonny & Cher - "I Got You Babe"), songwriter ("Bang Bang"; "Needles and Pins"), actor (Hairspray), and politician (US Congress (R)-CA, 1995-98), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1998)
  • 1935-04-07 Bobby Bare, American country singer ("500 Miles Away From Home"; "Come Sundown"; "Marie Laveau"), born in Ironton, Ohio
  • 1935-12-04 Robert Vesco, American financier and fugitive, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1935-12-26 Abdul "Duke" Fakir, American rock vocalist (Four Tops), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1936-04-10 Bobby Smith, American R&B singer (The Spinners - "Working My Way Back To You"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1936-06-06 Levi Stubbs [Stubbles], American baritone singer (The Four Tops - "It's the Same Old Song"; "Standing In The Shadows of Love"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1936-06-14 Renaldo "Obie" Benson, American singer (The Four Tops), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1937-03-06 Ivan Boesky, stockbroker inside trading, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1937-03-08 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937-08-27 Alice Coltrane [née McLeod], American jazz harp, piano, and organ player (Journey in Satchidananda), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1937-11-21 Marlo Thomas [Mrs Phil Donahue], Detroit Mich (That Girl!, Jenny)
  • 1938-03-23 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1938-08-13 Dave "Baby" Cortez [Clowney], American pop keyboardist ("The Happy Organ"; "Rinky Dink"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1938-09-20 Tom Tresh, American MLB baseball catcher, 1961-69, 2X All-Star, AL Rookie of Year - 1962 (NY Yankees), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1938-10-15 Marv Johnson, American R&B pianist, songwriter, and singer ("You Got What It Takes"; "(You've Got To) Move Two Mountains"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1993)
  • 1939-04-05 Ronald "Ronnie" White, American singer (The Miracles - "Shop Around"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1995)

Francis Ford Coppola

1939-04-07 Francis Ford Coppola, American director (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1939-04-10 Alan Rothenberg, American lawyer and sports executive, born in Detroit, Michigan

Famous Deaths

Isaac Brock

1812-10-13 Isaac Brock, English general (conquered Detroit), dies in battle at 43

Harry Houdini

1926-10-31 Harry Houdini [Erich Weisz], magician, dies in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured

Albert Kahn

1942-12-08 Albert Kahn, American architect known as the "architect of Detroit", dies at 73

  • 1951-07-09 Harry Heilmann, American Baseball HOF outfielder (4 × AL batting champion, Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (WXYZ), dies from lung cancer at 56
  • 1971-10-24 Chuck Hughes, Detroit Lion collapses during game & later, dies
  • 1982-02-18 Tina Carver, actress (Inside Detroit, Uranium Boom), dies at 58
  • 1988-02-02 G. Mennen Williams, American lawyer, politician (Governor of Michigan, 1949-61), diplomat, and jurist (Chief Justice of Michigan Supreme Court, 1983-86), dies at 76
  • 1988-08-01 John Dearden, American cardinal (1969-88) and archbishop of Detroit, dies at 80
  • 1992-01-15 Hari Rhodes, American actor (Earth II, Detroit 9000), dies at 59
  • 1995-08-16 J. P. McCarthy, American radio personality (WJR Detroit), dies at 62
  • 1997-11-29 Coleman Young, 1st African American mayor of Detroit, dies at 79