Joe Donovan’s Detroit History

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Detroit History: America’s Unwanted Child

… that’s how Michiganians portrayed their state on America’s 60th birthday 175 years ago when hopes for statehood were dashed by Congress.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/05/2011


Detroit History: As Genuine As A $3 Bill

Gold and silver coins were scarce during Michigan’s early statehood days, so local banks were allowed to print paper money to lubricate the wheels of commerce.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/09/2011

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Detroit History: “Mind-Rotting Repulsive Filth!”

… that’s how some local Pillars of Society described the crime comic books many Detroit kids loved to read 60 years ago.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/09/2011

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Joe Donovan’s Detroit History: Tanks A Lot!

…that’s what the U.S Army ordered, and received, starting in April, 1941 from Chrysler’s newly-built Warren Tank Arsenal.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/30/2011

Joe Donovan's Detroit History- Michigan's Humans And Its Deer

Our complicated inter-species relationship is in its fourth century


Joe Donovan's Detroit History- Sorrow Replaced Tigers' Fans Cheers

 75 years ago, the owner who saved Detroit’s team died in the aftermath of his crowning achievement


Joe Donovan's Detroit History- Retribution For Michigan's First War Casualty

The Grosse Pointer who died in the opening salvo of the “Day of Infamy” was a presence at the final Japanese surrender


Joe Donovan's Detroit History- Victorious And Jobless

World War II’s sudden end brought sudden unemployment for Detroit’s army of defense plant workers


Detroit History-Michigan's Woodstock 08/12

WWJ’s Joe Donovan talks about how forty summer’s ago, the biggest outdoor rockfest in mid-west history was a great thrill.


Detroit History "The Dying is Done! Let's Party!"

Anyone who doubted that “There Ain’t No Party Like A Dee-troit Party” changed their mind after Japan’s World War II surrender.