Detroit in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 132

  • 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
  • 1812-07-11 US invades Canada (Detroit frontier)
  • 1812-08-16 General Hull surrenders Detroit & Michigan territory to British forces

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1812-08-16 British forces under the command of Major General Sir Isaac Brock 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
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
  • 1887-03-02 American Trotting Association organized 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 the first grand slam in American League history in a 19-9 win at home against Detroit. The Tigers committed 12 errors
  • 1905-09-05 Lillian Mortimer's "No Mother to Guide" premieres in Detroit
  • 1906-10-01 Hugh Jennings resigns as Balt manager to take over at Detroit in 1907

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1907-08-02 Walter Johnson, 19, debuts with Washington & loses 3-2 to Detroit

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

InventionModel T

1908-09-27 Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan
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  • 1908-10-05 White Sox Ed Walsh tops Detroit 6-1 for his 40th victory
  • 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
  • 1915-09-30 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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1926-10-24 Harry Houdini's last performance, at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1934-07-13 Babe Ruth hits HR #700 (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
  • 1941-08-06 Detroit pitcher Al Benton is 1st to collect 2 sacrifices in an inning
  • 1942-02-28 Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit
  • 1942-10-28 Train crashes into bus, killing 16 & injuring 20 (Detroit Michigan)

  • 1943-06-20 Detroit race riot kills 35
  • 1943-06-21 Federal troops put down racial riot in Detroit; 30 dead
  • 1943-06-25 Racial unrest in Detroit
  • 1947-03-04 WWJ (now WDIV) TV channel 4 in Detroit, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1947-06-24 29th PGA Championship: Jim Ferrier at Plum Hollow CC Detroit
  • 1948-04-20 Walter P. Reuther UAW President shot & wounded at his home in Detroit
  • 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
  • 1950-07-02 Indian Bob Feller, wins his 200th game, 5-3 over Detroit
  • 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
  • 1954-04-13 Balt Orioles 1st game, loses to Tigers in Detroit 3-0
  • 1955-07-26 37th PGA Championship: Doug Ford at Meadowbrook CC Detroit
  • 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
  • 1958-08-20 Detroit Tiger Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0
  • 1960-08-05 Detroit trades manager Jimmy Dykes for Cleve's Joe Gordon
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1968-10-31 Milwaukee Bucks win their 1st game beating Detroit 138-118 (6th game)
  • 1968-11-01 Detroit Tiger Denny McLain unanimously wins AL Cy Young Award

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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
  • 1971-07-13 42nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-4 at Tiger Stadium, Detroit
  • 1972-08-05 Detroit shortstop Ed Brinkman errors ends record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a miscue
  • 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)
  • 1973-09-29 Balt Orioles pull their 5th triple play (5-4-3 vs 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
  • 1974-09-24 Al Kaline, Detroit Tiger, is 12th to get 3,000 hits
  • 1974-10-19 Detroit Pistons beat Trailblazers in Portland (next win 6-1-90)
  • 1975-07-30 US Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappears in suburban Detroit; Hoffa legally declared dead in 1982
  • 1975-09-29 WGPR-TV Detroit, 1st Black-owned station in US, began broadcasting

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1976-11-25 O.J. Simpson gains 273 yards for Buffalo vs Detroit

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 191

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

Person of interestAlbert Kahn

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

Architect of Detroit Albert Kahn
Architect of Detroit
Albert Kahn
  • 1881-08-20 Edgar Albert Guest, poet/newspaperman, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1887-09-28 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1894-08-03 Harry Heilmann, baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), born in San Francisco, California

Person of interestLeo Diegel

1899-04-27 Leo Diegel, American golfer (two-time PGA Champion), born in Detroit, Michigan

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

Person of interestCharles Lindbergh

1902-02-04 Charles A Lindbergh, pilot (1st to fly solo across Atlantic), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 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 "Cardinal" Dearden, US cardinal (1969-88)/archbishop of Detroit
  • 1909-03-28 Nelson Algren, American novelist (Man with the Golden Arm), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1981)

Person of interestHank Greenberg

1911-01-01 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5-time All Star, Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1911-02-23 G. Mennen Williams, Michigan Supreme Court Justice/(Gov-D-Mich, 1949-60), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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 Jimmie Rogers, singer (Sugar Hill Time), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1917-09-04 Henry Ford II, American businessman and son 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
  • 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 and 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
  • 1924-07-22 Margaret Whiting, American singer (Kreisler Bandstand, Strauss Family), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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)
  • 1925-01-26 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)

Person of interestMalcolm X

1925-05-19 Malcolm X [Little], African American human rights activist and Muslim minister, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1965)

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
  • 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
  • 1927-02-27 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 pitcher (Chicago White Sox) seven time all star, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1927-08-17 Robert Moore, American director and actor (Murder by Death, Marshall-Diana), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • 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, American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan

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, actor (It Takes a Thief, Hart to Hart), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1931-07-31 Kenny Burrell, American guitarist (Organ Grinder Swing), 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, actor (Howard-It's a Living), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1932-01-22 Piper Laurie, [Rosetta Jacobs], actress (Twin Peaks), 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)

Person of interestEllen Burstyn

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

Actress Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
  • 1932-12-09 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 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, 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)
  • 1935-01-22 Seymour Cassel, actor (Faces, Plain Clothes, Valentino), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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)
  • 1935-12-26 Abdul "Duke" Fakir, American rock vocalist (Four Tops), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1936-04-10 Bobby Smith, American singer (Spinners), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1936-11-18 Hank Ballard, rocker (The Twist (pre Chubby Checker), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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)
  • 1937-11-21 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)
  • 1939-04-05 Ronald "Ronnie" White, American singer (The Miracles - "Shop Around"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1995)

Person of interestFrancis 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
  • 1939-05-11 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1939-09-01 Lily Tomlin, American comedienne and actress (9 to 5, Laugh-in, All of Me), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1939-09-13 Richard Kiel, American actor (So Fine, Jaws-Moonraker, Skidoo), born in Detroit, Michigan, (d. 2014)
  • 1939-11-19 Warren "Pete" Moore, US singer (Miracles-Tears of a Clown), Detroit MI
  • 1940-02-19 Smokey [William] Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1940-07-19 Dennis Cole, actor (Felony Squad, Brackens's World), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1940-09-12 Mickey Lolich, pitcher (Detroit Tiger, won 25 in 1971)
  • 1941-02-05 Barrett Strong, vocalist (Money, That's What I Want), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1941-02-15 Brian Holland, American pianist, songwriter and producer (Holland–Dozier–Holland), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1941-04-03 Philippé Wynne, American soul singer (I'll Be Around), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • 1941-04-05 Michael Moriarty, American-Canadian actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Q, Stuff), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1941-06-16 Lamont Dozier, songwriter (Dozier-Holland-Dozier), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1941-07-18 Martha Reeves, singer (& Vandellas-Dancing in St), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942-09-19 Freda Payne, American singer and actress, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942-10-05 Richard Street, Rhythm and Blues musician (The Temptations), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943-04-05 Max Gail, American actor (Barney Miller, Whiz Kids, DC Cab), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943-05-13 Mary Wells, singer (My Guy), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943-06-30 Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943-07-18 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (1979 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943-07-20 Dennis Yost, vocalist (The Classics IV), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1943-07-27 Stu Gilliam, actor/comedian (Roll Out, Harris & Company), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943-08-02 Max Wright, American actor (Buffalo Bill, Alf, Misfits of Science), born in Detroit, Michigan

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 & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini

Person of interestAlbert Kahn

1942-12-08 Albert Kahn, architect of Detroit, dies at 73

Architect of Detroit Albert Kahn
Architect of Detroit
Albert Kahn
  • 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
  • 1992-01-15 Hari Rhodes, American actor (Earth II, Detroit 9000), dies at 59
  • 1995-08-16 John Priestly McCartjy, detroit DJ, dies at 62
  • 1997-11-29 Coleman Young, 1st African American mayor of Detroit, dies at 79