On this day: June 20

Published On: Jun 18 2013 05:25:54 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 20 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

Lizzie Borden is acquitted of giving her mother "40 whacks," the U.S. Army Air Force is formed, the "red telephone" hotline is established, "Leave it to Beaver" airs its final episode, and "Jaws" has moviegoers reconsidering their beach vacations, all on this day.

OTD June 20 - Detroit race riot
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Library of Congress

1943: A fist fight that developed into a bigger altercation between black and white youth grows into a race riot in Detroit. The riot would last for three days before federal troops regained control, by which time 34 people had died, another 433 had been injured and $2 million in property had been destroyed. With the booming defense industry bringing an influx of both black and white workers to a city with little available housing, tensions had risen as some fiercely opposed letting blacks move into all-white neighborhoods.

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