The beginning of the Chicago Race Riot (1919)

July 27, 1919 Chicago, Illinois The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 begins, leaving 38 dead and over 500 injured and 1000 homeless by the time the riot ends on August 3 The riots were sparked when a black teen drowned after being stoned by white youths for violating an unofficial segregation at a Lake Michigan…

The Troubles: Bloody Friday

July 21, 1972 Belfast, Northern Ireland In one day, later called “Bloody Friday,” 22 bombs detonate killing 9 and wounding 130 “Bloody Friday” was one instance in the thirty-year conflict in Northern Ireland known as The Troubles, pitting Nationalists (those who fought to end British rule in Northern Ireland and who were primarily Catholics) and…

The New York draft riot of 1863

July 13, 1863 New York, New York The New York draft riots begin The draft riots were sparked by working class citizens outraged about unfair drafting procedures. At the time, a person could pay a fee of $300 (roughly $5,800 in 2018) to avoid being drafted into the military. Though the rioting began as a…