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this day in the yesteryear: The Watts Riots Begin (1965)


The Watts Riots Begin (1965)

As Los Angeles, California, became a hub for the production of munitions and supplies during World War II, thousands of African Americans moved to the city to work. Massive suburban growth in Los Angeles after the war, however, created or exacerbated a variety of urban problems. In 1965, the African-American community of Watts was the site of six days of race rioting that left 34 people dead and caused extensive property damage. What happened on the evening of August 11 to trigger the riots? More… Discuss

Rioting Continues in London


Rioting Continues in London

Rioting, which began on Saturday night in the Tottenham area of north London, has spread to other parts of the city. The clashes began after a peaceful protest of a police shooting that took the life of a 29-year-old father of four turned violent. Police vehicles were set alight and shops were looted and burned. The riots continued and spread on Sunday and Monday, resulting in dozens of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage and leading to more than 200 arrests. The rioters appear to be using social media services and cell phones to coordinate attacks on shops and police. More… Discuss