It began in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 23, 1967 when Detroit police raided an unlicensed, after-hours bar.
The Police interaction with patrons and on lookers evolved into a fill on riot.
It remains one of the most destructive riots in the history of the United States, lasting five days and surpassing the violence and property destruction of Detroit’s 1943 race riot.
The Michigan Army National Guard was sent in, and President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered two Airborne Divisions to respond. The result was 43 dead, 1,189 injured, over 7,200 arrests, and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed.
Gordon Lightfoot sang bout it in his 1968 hit ”Black Day in July”
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