||Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Detroit after he landed on what is now the location of the Civic Center in the downtown area. Detroit became a fur-trading center.|
||Britain took command of Detroit as a result of the French and Indian War.|
||American forces took command of Detroit and it became a U.S. city.|
Detroit held its first election.
Detroit was incorporated as a town.
Detroit burned to the ground. All but one of the town's 300 buildings was destroyed.
||Detroit was incorporated as a city.|
||Detroit's first mayor, John R. Williams, was elected. |
Michigan was admitted to the Union as the 26th state.
Detroit became an important station on the Underground Railroad.
||The first schoolhouse is opened by the Board of Education. |
||Detroit's leading industry manufactured stove and kitchen range. |
||Hog Island was officially renamed Belle Isle after Lewis Cass' daughter, Belle. |
Elijah McCoy, an African American inventor, patented the automatic locomotive Lubricator, which was so good that railroad men asked for "the real McCoy."
||Belle Isle opened as a public park. |
||The Hammond Building, Detroit's first skyscraper, was built. |
||Detroit built more ships than any other American city. |
Charles Brady King introduced Detroit's first automobile. Three months later, Henry Ford completed his first car, the Quadricycle.
The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau was founded.
||Sebastian S. Kresge opened his first dime store, which later became Kmart. |
||The first concrete road in the world was built in Detroit. |
||Ford Motor Company was formed.|
Henry Ford introduced the Model T. It became the first low-priced, mass-produced automobile with standard interchangeable parts.
General Motors was formed.
Due to the automobile industry, the city's population rapidly increased. Nearly two million foreign-born residents were now living in Detroit.
||The Ambassador Bridge opened. |
||The Detroit-Windsor tunnel opened. |
||Wayne University was formed and renamed Wayne State University in 1956.|
The United Automobile Workers of America (UAW) was formed.
The Detroit Tigers won their first World Series.
The Detroit Lions won their first National Football League championship.
||The Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup. |
||Joe Louis Barrow won the world's heavyweight boxing championship.|
Detroit was known as the "Arsenal of Democracy," producing a fifth of the world's armament during World War II.
||Detroit's first commercial television station, WWJ-TV, began broadcasting. |
||Detroit began constructing its freeway system. |
||The city celebrated its 250th anniversary. |
The nation's first shopping mall (Northland Center) opened in nearby Southfield, Michigan.
Detroit became Hitsville USA with Detroit musical talent capturing the hearts of a generation.
Cobo Hall (now Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center), Detroit's major convention center, opens to rave reviews.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech in Detroit two months before its famous delivery in Washington, D.C.
New Detroit was founded as the United States' first urban coalition. It was organized to improve education, employment, housing and economic development in the city.
Detroit Renaissance, which consisted of a group of business leaders, was founded to help plan Detroit's future.
Henry Ford II, head of Detroit Renaissance, announced plans for the construction of the Renaissance Center.
Coleman A. Young became the first African-American mayor and was the
longest serving chief executive of Detroit, holding the position for twenty years.
The Renaissance Center, the largest office complex in Michigan, opened as a symbol of Detroit's rebirth.
The Detroit People Mover, an elevated train system, began operations.
Pope John Paul II visited Detroit.
||In November, Michigan voted to allow the operation of three casinos in Detroit. |
The Detroit Tigers played their final baseball game in the classic Tiger Stadium, which opened in 1912.
||Detroit celebrated its 300th birthday. |
The Detroit Lions football team began playing in the new, state-of-the-art Ford Field, returning to downtown Detroit after 27 years in suburban Pontiac.
The "restored" Campus Martius Park opens in downtown Detroit featuring an ice skating rink.
||Detroit hosts the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game at Comerica Park. |
||The city hosts Super Bowl XL. |
||The city hosts NCAA Final Four|