More cool facts about metro Detroit 

Beyond music, automotive and sports, take a quick look at Detroit's first, best and most famous.
Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

Metro Detroiters on the Hollywood Walk of Fame include:

Anita Baker
Sonny Bono
Chad Everett
The Four Tops
Aretha Franklin
Marvin Gaye
Barry Gordy
Charlton Heston
John Lee Hooker
Casey Kasem
George Peppard
Della Reese
Smokey Robinson
Diana Ross
Soupy Sales
Tom Selleck
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullett Band
The Supremes
The Temptations
Danny Thomas
Marlo Thomas
Robin Williams
Stevie Wonder

 FIRSTS and facts

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  • The first State Fair in the country was held in Detroit in 1849.
  • The world's first Convention & Visitor's Bureau was founded in Detroit in 1896.
  • Detroit was the first city to invent the ice cream soda.
  • The world's largest outdoor museum is Greenfield Village.
  • Detroit was the first city in the nation to assign individual telephone numbers in 1879.
  • Detroit has 18 professional theaters, making it the second largest theater district in America next to New York.
  • Eastern Market, located between Russell and Gratiot in Detroit, is the largest open-air wholesale/retail market of its kind in the United States with more than 150 food-related businesses
The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre

Notables born and raised in Detroit include:

Astronaut "Buzz" Aldrin
Tim Allen
Selma Blair
Ken Burns

Kenny Burrell
Ellen Burstyn
George Clinton

John Conyers
Francis Ford Coppola
Dave Coulier
Jeff Daniels

Bill Davidson
Funk Brothers

Harvey Earl

Garth Fagan
Henry Ford

David Allen Grier
Julie Harris
Green Hornet

Ernie Hudson
Casey Kasem
Yusuf Lateef

James Lipton
Elmore "Dutch" Leonard

Tim Meadows

S. Epatha Merkerson
Ed McMahon
Dick Martin
Michael Moriarty
Frank Murphy

Rosa Parks
Fred Payne
Wilson Pickett
Gilda Radner

Della Reese
Martha Reeves

Walter P. Reuther

Ruben Santiago-Hudson
George C. Scott
Tom Sizemore
Tom Skerritt
Helen Thomas
Danny Thomas
Lily Tomlin
Robert Wagner

Tom Wilson

Oscar winners:

Pamela Conn
Christine Lahti
Kurt Luedtke
Sue Marx