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History of Motown

Motown's history is shown in relationship to world history. Click each year along the timeline to see how the two synched up.

Berry Gordy, Jr., borrows $800 from his family saving club, Ber-Berry Co-op, begins Tamla Record Company in Detroit.

Jobete Music Co. purchases house at 2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, Michigan

Motown record label established.

Dick Clark hosts “American Bandstand” television show.

Blues singer Billie Holiday dies.

President Eisenhower visits West Germany, England, India and eight other nations.

Alaska and Hawaii become the 49th the 50th U.S. states.

Mattel introduces the Barbie doll.

“Raisin In the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry opens on Broadway in New York.

Pantyhose are invented.