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Motown Record Corp. was incorporated on April 14, 1960.
Berry Gordy Jr. had founded Tamla Records on Jan. 12, 1959, when he got an $800 family loan. The name came from a Debbie Reynolds movie he liked, “Tammy and the Bachelor,” according to Coraleen Rawls of the Motown Museum. Motown was a combination of Motor and Town.
Records were made in a studio in a house on West Grand Boulevard called Hitsville U.S.A. Today, it’s home to the Motown Museum.
In 1972, Gordy moved the record company to Los Angeles.
Among Motown’s biggest stars are Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, the Supremes, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations and the Four Tops.
For the full article, see Zlati Meyer, "This week in Michigan history: Motown Records spins to life", Detroit Free Press, April 13, 2014.
Nugget #1: During her maiden voyage, the Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. The ship could have survived four flooded compartments - the iceberg ripped five. With links to eyewitness testimony, pictures (including the actual iceberg involved in the disaster) and many more primary sources, help your students understand what happened on April 14/15 (in 1912). Source: Carole D. Bos, Fatal Voyage : The Titanic courtesy of Awesome Stories.
Nugget #2: Within hours of the sinking of RMS Titanic on the night of April 14/15, 1912, the story of the ship, its victims and the disasters survivors was being written about. Since then, there has been a deluge of material on the tragedy, including numerous films and radio and television programmes. Today, a search on the internet brings up more than 1.5 million Titanic items. A subject search of the MSU Main Library catalog brings up 78.
Nugget #3: Culled from the national archives of England and the United States, these records provide a unique view of the tragedy, with documents ranging from the chilling SOS messages sent by the crippled ship to a detailed inventory of items lost by one wealthy passenger. In most cases, these papers surfaced during government inquiries launched in both countries following the ships sinking. Courtesy of The Titanic Files from the Smoking Gun.
Nugget #4: When the luxury liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, with more than 1,500 lives lost, the world was stunned! How could such a disaster happen in the modern era of unsinkable ships? To answer that perplexing question, Senator William Alden Smith of Michigan chaired Senate hearings held within days of the disaster. Senators and spectators heard dramatic testimony from the surviving passengers and crew. Smiths subcommittee issued a report on May 28th that led to significant reforms in international maritime safety. Source: U.S. Senate Art and History Page : Senate Committee Investigates the Titanic Disaster.
Nugget #5: Out of the 63 who boarded the Titanic on their way to Michigan, 36 died; 27 survived. Source : Holly Fournier, "A Titanic piece of family history; Troy woman recalls grandmother's stories of the cold night and lifeboat drama", Detroit News, April 13, 2012. Also see Remembering the Titanic
For more information, visit Titanic 100 Years : 1912-2012, courtesy of the Detroit Area Library Network.
More interesting trivia and stories from Titanic Universe
"Titanic" Disaster [electronic resource] : hearings before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Sixty-Second Congress, second session, on Apr. 19, 20, 22-27, 29, 30, May 1-4, 9, 16, 18, 25, 1912. United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce.
Washington : [s.n.], 1912.
Grand Rapids tobacconists report that conservatively, 40,000 cigars are smoked in Grand Rapids every day. Tobacco smokers spend nearly $2000 for cigars, and this figure does not include those who smoke cigarettes, pipes, and chewing tobacco.
For the full article, see "40,000 Cigars Smoked Daily in Grand Rapids", Grand Rapids Herald, April 14, 1907.
Kellogg invented Corn Flakes® was the first dry flaked break fast cereal. Since it has become more and more common in the american breakfast. This dry cereal is now famous all over the world.
Invention Impact : Corn Flakes became the most popular dry food in the world. Flakes discovered that instead of loaves of bread, thin flakes could be a supplementary breakfast. Nowadays it is a typical breakfast in America and other parts of the world.
Source : John Harvey Kellogg bio
Once vilified, Coleman Young deserves reconsideration : Larry Gabriel says it's time we reconsidered former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young -- and gave him credit for some important accomplishments.
Bug juice, canoes, lanyards, s'mores and summers that change lives : Robin Miner-Swartz reflects on the best job she ever had, as a counselor at the Mystic Lake YMCA camp.
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