On July 18, 2013, Detroit, which was once the very symbol of American industrial might, became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy.
In 1863, during the Civil War, Union troops spearheaded by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, made up of Black soldiers, charged Confederate-held Fort Wagner on Morris Island, S.C. The 54th’s commander, Col. Robert Gould Shaw, was among those killed.
In 1964, nearly a week of rioting erupted in New York’s Harlem neighborhood following the fatal police shooting of a Black teenager, James Powell, two days earlier.
In 1986, the world got its first look at the wreckage of the RMS Titanic on the ocean floor as video of the British luxury liner, which sank in 1912, was released by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.