Dec. 9, 1962: Techno pioneer Juan Atkins was born in Detroit

Juan AtkinsOn this day in 1962, Juan Atkins is born in Detroit.

He will befriend Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson while attending Belleville High School, located in western Wayne County. Ultimately, the trio will lead the way in creating an innovative and unique electronic sound that will come to be called techno. The genre will earn them world renown and Atkins will enjoy a rewarding career as a highly sought after DJ and music producer in Detroit and as far away as Denmark.
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Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman, the author of On this Day: African-American Life in Detroit, is a native Detroiter and former news reporter. He served on the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He lives in Detroit with his wife, Kim Trent, and their son, Jackson Coleman.