The Detroit Rebellion

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  1. Christian

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    On this day in history, July 23, 1967...

    Police raided an unlicensed, after-hours bar near the corner of 12th Street (present-day Rosa Parks Boulevard and Virginia Park Avenue). After police confronted bar patrons and observers on the street, the situation quickly escalated into one of the most deadliest and destructive riots in United States history. The civil unrest lasted for five days and surpassed the violence and property destruction of Detroit's Race Riot in 1943. Michigan Governor George W. Romney ordered the Michigan Army National Guard into Detroit, and President Lyndon B. Johnson sent both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions to intervene. 43 people were killed, 1,189 were injured, over 7,200 were arrested, and more than 1,500 buildings were damaged or destroyed.