Today is July 23.
As the sweltering summer of 1967 progressed, Detroit authorities feared the worst in the mostly African American inner city neighborhood of Virginia Park where 60,000 poor people were crammed, living in squalor in divided and sub-divided apartments. In the early morning hours, on this date, the situation exploded as one of the worst riots in U.S. history broke out. By the time it was quelled four days later by 7,000 National Guard and U.S. Army troops, 43 people were dead, 342 injured, and nearly 1,400 buildings had been burned.
A three-month murder spree in the Midwest and along the East Coast ended on this date in 1997 with the discovery of the body of the suspected killer, Andrew Cunanan, on a houseboat in Miami. He'd apparently committed suicide. Cunanan was a suspect in the deaths of two men in Minnesota, and the killings of a Chicago businessman, a New Jersey caretaker, and fashion designer Gianni Versace, who'd been gunned down outside his Miami mansion just a week earlier.
On this date in 1982, actor Vic Morrow and two child actors were killed when a helicopter disabled by special effects explosives crashed on the set of "The Twilight Zone" movie.
The space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on this date in 1999 with a woman at the helm. Air Force Col. Eileen Collins was the first woman to command a space shuttle flight. The mission lasted four days.
And what's believed to be the first typewriter was patented on this date in 1829 by one William Burt of Mount Vernon, Mich. He called it the "typographer."
We now return you to the present, already in progress.