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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.

Stevie Wonder turns 21 and signs a more expansive and lucrative contract with Motown.

Michael Jackson appears on cover of Rolling Stone.

The new Supremes (Jean Terrell, Cindy Birdsong, and Mary Wilson) appear on the David Frost Show.

Sly and the Family Stone record “Family Affair.”

School busing to end racial segregation is ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

United Nations General Assembly votes to admit the People’s Republic of China and to expel Nationalist China.

A ban on radio and television cigarette advertisements goes into effect in the U.S.

Apollo 14 lands on the Moon.

Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, formally certified by Richard Nixon, lowers the voting age from 21 to 18.

Intel releases the world’s first microprocessor, the Intel 4004.