On this day in 1952, S. Epatha Merkerson is born in Saginaw. She would go on to play Lt. Anita Van Buren on “Law & Order” among other critically acclaimed roles.
On this day in 1925, the Detroit News reports that the jury is still undecided on manslaughter charges against Dr. Ossian Sweet, who had fired into a crowd during an attack on his home. He will ultimately be acquitted.
On this day in 1968, Motown Records releases “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by the Temptations.
9 years ago today Councilwoman Kay Everett passed away due to complications from kidney disease.
5 years ago today, MLK Jr. High School is the first team from DPS to win a Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Championship.
36 years ago today, Tigers second baseman Lou Whittaker wins the American League Rookie of the Year crown.
Vest was largely credited with coining the name “Paradise Valley”.
On this day in 1997, Mayor Dennis Archer announces future developers of 3 casinos. His omission of local business owner Don Barden would spawn off a recall attempt.
Mayor Edward J. Jeffries Jr. unveiled “The Detroit Plan,” a controversial urban development model that would decimate an African American community.
The Detroit Free Press analyzed the ethnic and racial diversity of sports franchises following remarks by LA Dodger Exec. Al Campanis that African-Americans lack the “essentials” to work in administration.