Interstate 696 is an east–west auxiliary Interstate Highway in the US
state of Michigan. Known as the Walter P. Reuther Freeway in honor of
the former head of the United Automobile Workers, it is a bypass route
through the northern suburbs of Detroit in Oakland and Macomb counties.
Its western terminus connects with I-96 and I-275 in Farmington Hills.
It runs east through suburbs including Southfield, Royal Oak and Warren
before merging on its east end into I-94 at St. Clair Shores. Planning
for the freeway started in the 1950s, and construction on the first
segment started in 1961. The western third of the freeway opened in
1963, and the eastern third was completed in January 1979. The central
segment was the subject of controversy over its routing and the effect
on local communities and the environment, delaying its completion until
December 15, 1989. (This article is part of a featured topic:
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Today's selected anniversaries:
American Revolutionary War: In the Battle of St. Lucia, the
Royal Navy prevented French Navy ships from reaching their garrison on
Saint Lucia in the West Indies.
The American historical epic film Gone With the Wind (poster
shown), adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel
of the same name, premiered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Former Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death after
being found guilty on fifteen criminal charges, including war crimes and
crimes against humanity.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
Groom of the Stool:
(Britain, monarchy, historical) Originally an official responsible for
helping the English monarch use the toilet; later a senior official who
was allowed access to the monarch's privy chamber and served as a
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I keep thinking what happens when the power of love is twisted
into the love of power.
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