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 Maj R Rogers

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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

Native American Leader of the Shawnee Tecumseh
Native American Leader of the Shawnee
Tecumseh
British Army Officer and Administrator Isaac Brock
British Army Officer and Administrator
Isaac Brock
  • 1839-02-18 Detroit Boat Club forms (& still exists)
  • 1852-08-13 Steamer "Atlantic" crossing Lake Erie from Buffalo to Detroit collided 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 Detroit (NL) beats St Louis (AA) 10 games to 5 in World Series
  • 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"

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

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • 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 fameHall 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

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

Historic InventionModel T

1908-09-27 Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan
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The 1910 Model T Ford
The 1910 Model T Ford
  • 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 Chicago Cubs beat Detriot Tigers, 2-0 at Bennett Park, Detroit to clinch World Series, 4-1; 6,210 fans is smallest crowd in World Series history
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1912-09-07 Eddie Collins steals record 6 bases in 9-7 Athletics win over Detroit

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 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 Wash 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 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

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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 Ty Cobb for AL batting crown, .393 to .389; Cobb bats over .300 for the 20th time

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

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

Magician and Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician and Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • 1927-01-05 Judge 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

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

Religious Leader Elijah Muhammad
Religious Leader
Elijah Muhammad

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

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

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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 Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 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, Detroit
  • 1942-10-28 Train crashes into bus, killing 16 & injuring 20 (Detroit Michigan)

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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

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson

Sports record brokenBaseball 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 Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 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
  • 1949-03-10 Detroit Tiger pitcher Art Houtteman is critically injured in an auto accident but recovers to win 15 games in 1949
  • 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 Eugene Stephens is 1st to get 3 hits & Red Sox score 17 runs in 1 Inning (7th) Red Sox beat Detroit 23-3
  • 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)
  • 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

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1956-06-20 At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits 2 Billy Hoeft pitches into right center field bleachers (no else hits 1 there)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 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, MI (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)
  • 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

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1968-11-11 As a rookie, Elvin Hayes scores 54 points against the Detroit Pistons, a career-high

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes

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

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 1969-07-22 Aretha Franklin arrested for disturbing the peace in Detroit
  • 1970-06-21 Detroit's Cesar Gutierrez goes 7-for-7 to tie a record set in 1892
  • 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
  • 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)

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

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson

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)

Person of interestJames Anthony Bailey

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

Circus Showman and Businessman James Anthony Bailey
Circus Showman and Businessman
James Anthony Bailey

Person of interestAlbert Kahn

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

Architect of Detroit Albert Kahn
Architect of Detroit
Albert Kahn

Person of interestWilliam Boeing

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

Aviation Pioneer William Boeing
Aviation Pioneer
William Boeing
  • 1887-09-28 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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 hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)

Person of interestLeo Diegel

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

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel

Person of interestCharles 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)

Person of interestRalph Bunche

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

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • 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, Michigan Supreme Court Justice/(Gov-D-Mich, 1949-60), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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)

Person of interestHarry Morgan

1915-04-10 Harry Morgan, American actor (December Bride, M*A*S*H, Dragnet), 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 [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1923-03-06 Ed McMahon, American TV host (Johnny Carson Show, Star Search), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1924-01-26 Warren Frank Benson, American composer, 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 (Trixie-Honeymooners), 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, 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, co-founder LPGA (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1962), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1927-08-07 Art Houtteman, American baseball player, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2003)
  • 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, 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 Edward Crook Jr., American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)

Person of interestBerry Gordy

1929-11-28 Berry Gordy, record company owner (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan

Record Company Owner Berry Gordy
Record Company Owner
Berry Gordy
  • 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), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestCasey Kasem

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

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem
  • 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)

Person of interestEllen Burstyn

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

Actress Ellen Burstyn
Actress
Ellen Burstyn
  • 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 (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
  • 1934-02-18 Aldo Ceccato, Italian conductor (Detroit Symph Orch 1973-77), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1934-06-09 Jackie Wilson, American soul singer-songwriter and performer (I Get the Sweetest Feeling), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • 1934-06-28 Carl Levin, American politician (U.S. Senator from Michigan), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1934-06-29 Carl Levin, American attorney and politician (U. S. Senator from Michigan), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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 actor, musician, vocalist, (Sonny & Cher) and politician (Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1998)
  • 1935-04-07 Bobby Bare, Irontown Oh, country singer (Detroit City)
  • 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), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1936-06-06 Levi Stubbs, American baritone singer (4 Tops-Same Old Song), 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 musician (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, jazz vibraphone and marimba player, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1938-08-13 Dave "Baby" Cortez [Clowney], American pop keyboardist (The Happy Organ), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1938-09-20 Tom Tresh, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1962-63; AL Rookie of Year 1962; NY Yankees), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1938-10-15 Marv Johnson, American gospel and R&B singer (Move 2 mountains), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1993)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestIsaac Brock

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

British Army Officer and Administrator Isaac Brock
British Army Officer and Administrator
Isaac Brock

Person of interestHarry Houdini

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

Magician and Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician and Escape Artist
Harry Houdini

Person of interestAlbert Kahn

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

Architect of Detroit Albert Kahn
Architect of Detroit
Albert Kahn
  • 1951-07-09 Harry Heilmann, American baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), dies 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, Supreme Court justice, dies at 76 in Detroit
  • 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