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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.

Smokey Robinson was named Vice President.

Brian Holland, Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier begin to work as song writing, music production team.

The Motor town Revue leaves Detroit to tour the East coast and South. Groups include the Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, the Supremes, Mary Wells, Little Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Contours, the Marvelettes, and the Choker Campbell Band.

The Contours release “Do You Love Me”, which was written for the Temptations. As Gordy was unable to locate the group, the song was give to the Contours.

Mary Wells has a hit with “You Beat Me to the Punch”, written by Smokey Robinson. It reached #1 on the R&B chart and #9 on Billboard’s Pop chart.

Top jazz performers are Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Dave Brubeck.

New York City introduces a subway train that operates without a crew on board.

AT&T Telstar, the world’s first commercial communications satellite, is launched into orbit and activated the next day.

The first Black student, James Meredith, registers at the University of Mississippi, escorted by Federal Marshals.

Wilt Chamberlin scores 100 points in a single basketball game.

Dayton-Hudson Corporation opens the first Target discount store in Roseville, Minnesota.

Apartheid: The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning South Africa’s racist apartheid policies, and calls for all UN member states to cease military and economic relations with the nation.