area, a region of 5.2 million people. As the seat
of Wayne County
, the city of Detroit is the largest city in the U.S.
state of Michigan
and serves as a major port on the Detroit River
connecting the Great Lakes
system to the Saint Lawrence Seaway
1701 Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit, Michigan.
1763 Indian Wars: Pontiac's Rebellion begins – Chief Pontiac begins the "Conspiracy of Pontiac" by attacking British forces at Fort Detroit.
1796 The United States takes possession of Detroit from Great Britain under terms of the Jay Treaty.
1908 The first production of the Ford Model T automobile was built at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
1912 Opening day for baseball stadiums Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, and Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
1915 Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit, Michigan.
1920 The first commercial radio station, 8MK (WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan.
1920 The first radio news program is broadcast by 8MK in Detroit, Michigan.
1966 Near Detroit, Michigan, there is a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration nuclear breeder reactor.
1967 12th Street Riot: in Detroit, Michigan, one of the worst riots in United States history begins on 12th Street in the predominantly African American inner city. It will leave 43 killed, 342 injured and 1,400 buildings burned.