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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.

Vice President, public relations, Mike Roshkind accompanies Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, and Martha and the Vandellas on a Far East Tour.

Motown moves its headquarters from West Grand Blvd. to a new downtown office location at 2457 Woodward Ave. at the Fisher Freeway.

Marvin Gaye’s version of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” hits #1 on pop chart.

Suzanne de Passe begins working for Motown as Mr. Gordy’s Creative Assistant.

Supremes meet Queen Mother.

Under Norman Whitfield’s production of more psychedelic-based material, The Temptations release “Cloud Nine”. This was known as “psychedelic soul”.

Motown had 5 of the Top 10 records on the Billboard Magazine chart. Holding the number 1,2 & 3 positions for an entire month.

Premiere of hit musical “Hair” in New York City; “Afro” hairstyles popularized.

Shirley Chisholm becomes the first African American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Track stars and Olympic athletes Tommy Smith (first place) and John Carlos (third place) raise clenched fists at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City; both are suspended form competition for displaying the “Black Power” salute.

Apollo 8 space flight manned by Frank Borman, James Lovell, Jr., and William Anderson completes five-day mission orbiting earth and moon..

Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Riots erupt in major American cities for several days afterwards.

U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy dies from his injuries the next day.

Police clash with antiwar protesters in Chicago, Illinois outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention, which nominates Hubert Humphrey for U.S. President and Edmund Muskie for Vice President.

Detroit Tigers win the World Series.