Detroit in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Baseball Record

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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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 American poet-singer Patti Smith (32) weds MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith (31) in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1980-04-21 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWWW Detroit Mich

Presidential Convention

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

  • 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

Super Bowl

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

  • 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

Music History

1988-07-08 Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992; he does not follow through

  • 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

Baseball Record

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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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

WrestleMania

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

  • 2012-10-28 Baseball World Series: 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

Music History

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

  • 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 257

  • 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)
  • 1939-09-13 Richard Kiel, American actor (So Fine, Jaws-Moonraker, Skidoo), born in Detroit, Michigan, (d. 2014)
  • 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)

Smokey Robinson

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, American songwriter and producer (Holland–Dozier–Holland - "Heat Wave"; "Where Did Our Love Go"; "You Keep Me Hanging On"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942-01-27 John Witherspoon, American actor (Friday), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • 1942-09-19 Freda Payne, American pop and soul singer ("Band Of Gold") and actress, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942-10-05 Richard Street, American R&B musician (The Temptations, 1971-93 - "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"), 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 pop singer ("My Guy"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1992)
  • 1943-06-30 Florence Ballard, American pop and R&B singer (The Supremes, 1959-67 - "Buttered Popcorn"; "Where Did Our Love Go"), 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 character actor (Buffalo Bill; Alf; Misfits of Science), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • 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]

Diana 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

  • 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)

Tom Selleck

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

Donna Caponi

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

  • 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"; "Against The Wind"), 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, 1975-80; 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)

Mitt Romney

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

  • 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

Alice Cooper

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

  • 1948-04-12 Lois Reeves, American singer (Martha and the Vandellas, 1969-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1948-04-30 Wayne Kramer, American guitarist (MC5 - "Kick Out The Jams"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1948-05-16 Alto Reed [Thomas Cartmell], American saxophonist (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1948-10-16 Michael Tylo, American actor (Guiding Light, Blade-Young & Restless), born in Detroit, Michigan

Glenn Frey

1948-11-06 Glenn Frey, American Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer-songwriter (The Eagles - "Take it Easy"; "Heartache Tonight";"Tequila Sunrise"; solo - "Smuggler's Blues"; "The Heat Is On"), and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)

  • 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, American 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, American 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 mezzo-soprano singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1976-97), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2022)
  • 1950-04-04 Christine Lahti, American actress (Harvey Korman Show, Swing Shift), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950-06-03 (Susan} "Suzi" Quatro, American rock singer and bassist (Stumblin' In), and actress (Happy Days - "Leather Tuscadero"), 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

Steven 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
  • 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, American rock guitarist and 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 pro wrestler (WWF Triple Crown 1994; 21 x WWF, WCW, TNA awards; WWE Hall of Fame), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1959-09-21 David Coulier, American actor (Joey Gladstone-Full House), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1960-01-07 Tierre Turner, American actor (Waverly Wonders, Cop & the Kid), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1960-03-12 Courtney B Vance, actor (Hamburger Hill), born in Detroit, Michigan

Famous Deaths