Detroit is the largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the
of Wayne County. Founded in 1701 by French fur traders, it is a
port city north of Windsor, Ontario located on the Detroit River in
the Midwestern region of the United States. In 2005, Detroit ranked
the United States's 11th most populous city with 886,675 residents;
this is less than half of the peak population it had in 1950, and
Detroit leads the nation in terms of declining urban population. It
the focus city of the nation's tenth-largest metropolitan area, and
the fourth-largest if Windsor and its environs are included.
crime rate has brought it notoriety while the city continues to
struggle with the burdens of racial disharmony between itself and its
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Siege of Jerusalem: Ayyubid forces led by Saladin captured
Jerusalem, prompting the Third Crusade.
French explorer Jacques Cartier sailed along the St. Lawrence River
and reached an Iroquois fort on the island now known as Montréal.
Mexican dragoons dispatched to disarm settlers at Gonzales, Texas
encountered stiff resistance from a Texian militia in the Battle of
Gonzales, the first armed engagement of the Texas Revolution.
Saint Josemaría Escrivá founded Opus Dei, a worldwide organization of
lay members of the Roman Catholic Church.
Peanuts, a syndicated comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, featuring
Charlie Brown and his pet beagle Snoopy, was first published in major
Wikiquote of the day:
A man and a woman Are one. A man and a woman and a blackbird Are
-- Wallace Stevens