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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.

Motown moves headquarters from Detroit to Hollywood, California. Leaves branch office in Detroit at Hitsville, U.S.A.

Suzanne DePasse becomes corporate director of Motown Productions, which produces “Lady Sings the Blues,” a movie about the life of blues vocalist Billie Holiday starring Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, and Richard Pryor.

The Commodores sign with Motown and open for the Jackson Five.

The Four Tops release “(It’s The Way) Nature Planned It”.

Shirley Chisholm, the first African American Congresswoman, announces her candidacy for President.

First scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) is introduced, costing $395.00.

Watergate Scandal, five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee.

The last U.S. troops are withdrawn from Vietnam.

Apollo 17 returns to Earth, concluding the program of lunar exploration.