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Blind Pigs by Steve Payne and Stéphane Dumas

Author says: what if Detroit had been chosen as the venue for the 1968 Summer Olympics? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

October 18th 1963,

on this day at the sixtieth International Olympic Committee Session in Baden-Baden, West Germany, Detroit finished ahead of bids from Mexico City, Buenos Aires and Lyon to host the Games of the XIX Olympiad.
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"his would have hurt the Olympic movement, and the race problems in the US would have become even more of a subject for international debate and comment than they actually were." - reader's commentThe contrived image of a multi-ethnic metropolis of brotherhood was shattered by the deadliest and most destructive riots in American history occurring less than twelve months before the opening ceremony was scheduled to begin.

The precipitating event began on the corner of 12th and Clairmount streets when police raided an unlicensed, after-hours bar then known as a "blind pig" in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 23, 1967. The violence escalated immediately as the police initiated confrontations with patrons and also observers.

"I'd say there'd have been a loud call to relocate the Olympics. It would probably have failed, but the Olympics would have taken place under a harsh glare of international scrutiny. " - reader's commentThe African American State Senator Coleman A. Young arrived in the city's Near West Side hoping to reduce tensions on both sides by serving as an arbitrator, Meanwhile, higher authorities had already disregarded peaceful solutions and determined that force was required. Accordingly, Governor George Romney ordered the Michigan National Guard into Detroit, and President Lyndon B. Johnson sent in the Army.

The tragic result was forty-three dead (including Coleman A. Young), 467 injured, over 7200 arrests, and more than 2000 buildings destroyed. The riot was prominently featured in the news media, with live television coverage, extensive newspaper reporting, and extensive stories in Time and Life magazines.

Author says to view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

Steve Payne, Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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