Detroit in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1978-07-02 MLB pitcher Ron Guidry beats Detroit 3-2 for a NY Yankee record 13-0 start to the season
  • 1979-05-30 Pat Underwood makes his pitching debut for Detroit beats brother Tom
  • 1980-03-01 Patti Smith & MC5 guitarist Fred Sonic Smith wed in Detroit
  • 1980-04-21 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWWW Detroit Mich

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1980-07-16 Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1981-10-03 Milwaukee Brewers and Montreal Expos clinch their first-ever postseason appearances; Brewers beat Detroit, 2 - 1, for AL East title; Expos defeat NY Mets, 5 - 4, for NL East second playoff spot

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1982-01-24 Super Bowl XVI, Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit, MI: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1983-06-11 "Theme From Doctor Detroit" by Devo peaks at #59
  • 1984-04-07 Detroit Tiger Jack Morris no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0
  • 1985-07-21 Amina Fakir (Detroit), 23, crowned 18th Miss Black America
  • 1986-09-28 Cleveland Browns' Gerald McNeil sets the team record for the longest punt return with an 84-yard run (and TD), Browns 24, Detroit 21

  • 1987-08-16 Northwest Airlines 255 plane crashes in Detroit, 156 die (1 lives)
  • 1987-09-18 Detroit first baseman Darrell Evans hits home run #30 off Bill Wegman in 5th inning of Tigers' 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers; first 40 year old to hit 30 MLB HRs in a season
  • 1988-01-29 Detroit's Kirk Gibson signs a 3-year contract with Dodgers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988-07-08 Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • 1988-07-30 ArenaBowl II, Allstate Arena, Rosemount, Illinois: Detroit Drive beats Chicago Bruisers 24-13, Steve Griffin MVP
  • 1988-08-13 Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit opens
  • 1988-08-14 Detroit beats Sox, 18-6, at Fenway, ends Boston winning streak at 24
  • 1989-08-18 ArenaBowl III, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Detroit Drive beats Pittsburgh Gladiators 39-26, George LaFrance MVP
  • 1989-09-13 "Les Miserables" opens at Fisher Theatre, Detroit
  • 1990-01-15 In a shrewd move, Detroit Tigers sign 1st baseman Cecil Fielder who spent previous season in Japan; hits 51 homers this MLB season and becomes a premier power hitter for most of the 1990s
  • 1990-06-10 Detroit Pistons beat Trailblazers for 1st time since 1974 in Portland
  • 1990-08-02 Yankees rookie 1st baseman Kevin Maas hits his 10th MLB homer in 6-5 loss v Detroit, fastest to reach that mark, just 77 at bats
  • 1990-08-11 ArenaBowl IV, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Detroit Drive beats Dallas Texans 51-27, Art Schlichter MVP
  • 1990-10-03 Detroit 1st baseman Cecil Fielder becomes 11th player in MLB history to hit 50 HRs in a season; 50th & 51st in 10-3 win v NY Yankees at Yankee Stadium
  • 1991-08-17 ArenaBowl V, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Tampa Bay Storm beats Detroit Drive 48-42, Stevie Thomas MVP
  • 1991-11-17 Detroit Lion Mike Utley is paralized in a game vs LA Rams

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1992-05-01 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 1,000th MLB career base in A's 7-6 win at Detroit

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992-09-25 Sparky Anderson ties Hughie Jennings as Detroit's winningest manager

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 1993-06-17 Indians' Carlos Baerga hits 3 home runs against Detroit
  • 1993-07-27 Detroit Tiger Fryman hits for cycle but loses 12-7 to Yankees

  • 1994-07-15 NJ Nets Derrek Coleman accused of rape in Detroit
  • 1996-10-11 Ford buys rights to name Detroit domed stadium for $40 million
  • 1997-02-03 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Detroit MI on WKRK 97.1 FM

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997-04-20 Mark McGwire is 4th to HR on Detroit Tiger left field roof (others are Frank Howard, Harmon Killibrew, & Cecil Fielder)

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1997-10-03 Gordie Howie, 69, plays in 7th decade, with IHL'S Detroit Vipers
  • 2000-04-11 AT&T Park in San Francisco, Minute Maid Park in Houston, and Comerica Park in Detroit open.
  • 2005-07-12 76th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Comerica Park, Detroit
  • 2006-02-05 Super Bowl XL, Ford Field, Detroit, MI: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Seattle Seahawks, 21-10; MVP: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh, WR

Sport defeatWrestleMania

2007-04-01 WrestleMania XXIII, Ford Field, Detroit, MI: John Cena beats Shawn Michaels; The Undertaker defeats Batista; Bobby Lashley downs Umaga

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena
Professional Wrestler and Actor
John Cena
Professional Wrestler Shawn Michaels
Professional Wrestler
Shawn Michaels
  • 2012-10-28 World Series Baseball: San Francisco beats Detroit, 4-3 in 10 innings in Game 4 at Comerica Park; sweep Tigers, 4-0 for Giants' 2nd title in 3 years; MVP: SF 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval
  • 2013-07-18 Detroit, Michigan, files for bankruptcy, becoming the largest US municipal bankruptcy ever at $18.5 billion
  • 2016-03-03 Eleventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Detroit, Michigan
  • 2018-06-25 Oakland pitcher Edwin Jackson takes the mound in a 5-4 win at Detroit; A's are his 13th MLB club, tying Octavio Dotel's record

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-09-01 Aretha Franklin's funeral held in Detroit attended by Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande and Bill Clinton with procession of 140 pink Cadillacs

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
Singer Ariana Grande
Singer
Ariana Grande
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 2019-08-31 Minnesota Twins smash 6 HRs in 10-7 loss to the Tigers in Detroit; break MLB record by hitting 268th home run of the season

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 262


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
  • 1939-04-13 Barbara-Rose Collins, American politician (Rep-D-Michigan), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1939-05-11 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, (3-time MLB All Star), 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)
  • 1939-10-30 Eddie Holland, American singer and songwriter (Jamie, Leaving Here), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1939-11-19 Warren "Pete" Moore, American singer (Miracles - "Tears of a Clown"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1939-12-20 Kim Weston, American soul singer (with Marvin Gaye - "It Takes Two"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1939-12-22 James Gurley, American rock lead guitarist (Big Brother and the Holding Company - "Piece Of My Heart"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • 1940-02-19 (William) "Smokey" Robinson, American soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles - "You Really Got A Hold On Me"; "Tears Of A Clown"; "My Girl"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1940-07-19 Dennis Cole, American actor (Felony Squad, Brackens's World), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • 1940-09-12 Mickey Lolich, American pitcher (Detroit Tiger, won 25 in 1971), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 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 - "Heat Wave"; "Where Did Our Love Go"; "You Keep Me Hanging On"), 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
  • 1942-01-27 John Witherspoon, American actor (Friday), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • 1942-09-19 Freda Payne, American singer and actress, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942-10-05 Richard Street, American R&B musician (The Temptations), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1943-02-13 Leo Frankowski, American sci-fi author (High Tech Knight, Flying Warlord), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1943-04-05 Max Gail, American Emmy Awrad winning actor (Barney Miller - "Wojo"; D.C. Cab: General Hospital; 42), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943-05-13 Mary Wells, American singer (My Guy), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1992)
  • 1943-06-30 Florence Ballard, American R&B singer (The Supremes), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1976)
  • 1943-07-18 Calvin Peete, American golfer (12 PGA Tour titles), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1943-07-20 Dennis Yost, American vocalist (The Classics IV), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1943-07-27 Stu Gilliam, American actor and comedian (Roll Out, Harris & Company), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1943-08-02 Max Wright, American actor (Buffalo Bill, Alf, Misfits of Science), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943-09-02 Rosalind Ashford, American rock vocalist (Martha Reeve & Vandellas - "Heat Wave"; "Dancing In The Street"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1944-03-06 Mary Wilson, American pop vocalist (Supremes - "Where Did Our Love Go?"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021) [1]

Person of interestDiana Ross

1944-03-26 Diana Ross [Earle], American singer (The Supremes - "Stop! In The Name Of Love"; "You Can't Hurry Love"; "I Hear A Symphony"), and actress (Lady Sings Blues; Mahogany), born in Detroit, Michigan

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1944-07-12 Denise Nicholas, American actress (Room 222, Baby I'm Back), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1944-07-20 Mel Daniels, professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1944-08-24 Gregory Jarvis, American engineer and astronaut (STS 25), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1944-08-24 Peter Hutton, American filmmaker, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1944-09-01 Leonard Slatkin, American conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1979-96; Detroit Symphony, 2008-19), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944-11-04 Scherrie Payne, American singer (The Supremes), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1944-12-12 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock singer (MC5 - Kick Out The Jams), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1991)

Person of interestTom Selleck

1945-01-29 Tom Selleck, actor (Lance-Rockford Files, Magnum PI), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestDonna Caponi

1945-01-29 Donna Caponi, American golfer (4-time LPGA major winner), born in Detroit, Michigan

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 1945-02-26 Mitch Ryder, American rocker (& Detroit Wheels-Devil With the Blue Dress), born in Hamtramck, Michigan
  • 1945-03-19 Lisa Nicole Baker, American Playboy playmate (Nov 1966, Playmate of the Year 1967), born in Detroit, Texas
  • 1945-05-06 Bob Seger, American singer and songwriter (Old Time Rock and Roll, Hollywood Nights), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945-05-12 "Little" Jayotis Washington, American cappella singer (The Persuasions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945-06-06 David Bonior, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1946-06-28 Gilda Radner, American comedian and actress (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1989)
  • 1946-10-26 Maureen Anderman, American actress (Once Upon a Family, Rupture Fatale), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1946-11-02 Tom Paciorek, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1981; Seattle Mariners), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1946-12-14 Joyce Vincent Wilson, American pop singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1947-02-03 Joe Coleman, baseball pitcher (Washington, Detroit)

Person of interestMitt Romney

1947-03-12 Mitt Romney, 70th Republican Governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate, born in Detroit, Michigan

Governor of Massachusetts and US Senator Mitt Romney
Governor of Massachusetts and US Senator
Mitt Romney
  • 1947-03-23 Terry Alexander, African-American actor (Day of the Dead, One Life to Live), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1947-07-11 Jeff Hanna, country singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestAlice Cooper

1948-02-04 Alice Cooper [Vincent Furnier], American theatrical rock singer and songwriter ("School's Out") , born in Detroit, Michigan

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper
  • 1948-04-12 Lois Reeves, American singer (Martha and the Vandellas), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1948-04-30 Wayne Kramer, American guitarist (MC5, Dangerous Madness), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1948-05-16 Alto Reed [Thomas Cartmell], American saxophonist (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1948-10-16 Michael Tylo, American actor (Guiding Light, Blade-Young & Restless), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestGlenn Frey

1948-11-06 Glenn Frey, American rock vocalist (Eagles-Take it Easy), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey
  • 1948-12-13 Ted Nugent, American rock guitarist (Cat Scratch Fever; Damn Yankees) and right-wing gun advocate, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949-02-28 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter ("I Want You"), brother of Diana, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1996)
  • 1949-03-30 Lene Lovich, English-American singer, songwriter and musician (Lucky Number), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949-05-18 Stuart Gannes, writer (Fortune), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949-07-16 Cyndy Garvey, wife of Steve Garvey, talk show host (AM LA), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949-08-26 John Baldwin, light middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949-10-27 Garry Tallent, American rock bassist and producer (E Street Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950-03-27 Maria Ewing, American opera singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950-04-04 Christine Lahti, American actress (Harvey Korman Show, Swing Shift), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950-06-03 Suzi Quatro[cchio], singer (Stumblin')/actress (Happy Days), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950-08-29 Dave Reichert, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington) and sheriff, born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
  • 1951-01-06 Kim Wilson, American musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951-03-09 Michael Kinsley, American journalist and editor, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951-03-20 Tanya Boyd, actress (Celeste-Days of our Life), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestSteven Seagal

1951-04-10 Steven Seagal, American actor (Above the Law, Hard to Kill), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1951-06-04 Charles Dickinson, American author (Waltz in Marathon), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951-07-07 Roz Ryan, actress (Amelia-Amen, Occupied), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951-07-27 Janet Eilber, American actress (Hard to Hold, Romantic Comedy), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951-08-21 Char Margolis, American psychic medium and Dutch TV star, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951-09-18 Ben Carson, American neurosurgeon, Republican politician and US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951-10-18 Pam Dawber, actress (Mindy-Mork & Mindy, My Sister Sam), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1952-04-16 William Richard "Billy" West, American voice actor (Futurama), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestGeorge Gervin

1952-04-27 George Gervin, American basketball player, born in Detroit, Michigan

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • 1952-07-19 Robert A. Ficano, American politician and Sheriff of Wayne County, Michigan, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1952-09-13 Don Was [Don Edward Fagenson], American singer (Was (Not Was)), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1952-11-25 Ernest Harden Jr, actor (Marcus-Jeffersons), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953-07-03 Frank Tanana, American MLB pitcher (California Angels), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953-07-09 Thomas Ligotti, American author (Songs of a Dead Dreamer), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953-09-16 Earl Klugh, American jazz pianist and guitarist, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953-11-27 Curtis Armstrong, American actor (Moonlighting, Revenge of the Nerds), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953-12-06 Thomas Hulce, American actor (Amadeus, Equus, Echo Park), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1954-05-01 Ray Parker Jr, rock guitarist/vocalist (Ghostbusters), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1954-11-05 Alvin Gentry, American basketball head coach (New Orleans Pelicans 2015-19; Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1954-11-08 Jeanette McGruder, American singer (P Funk; Brides of Funkenstein), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1954-11-08 Ricky Lawson, American musician, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1956-06-30 David Alan Grier, American actor and comedian (In Living Color, Boomerang), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1956-06-30 Ronald Winans, American gospel singer (Winans), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1956-07-14 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1959-03-28 Todd Curtis, American actor (Capitol, Skip-Young & Restless), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1959-07-09 Kevin Nash, American professional wrestler, born in Detroit, Michigan

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