New York · Political · Racially Motivated

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… Continue reading The New York draft riot of 1863

England

Man cuts off own head with chainsaw in protest to being forced to move

July 5, 2008 Eastleigh, Hampshire, England David Phyall is found after decapitating himself with a chainsaw in protest to being forced to leave his home Phyall’s apartment complex (pictured) was scheduled to be cleared to make room for redevelopment. Although his housing association attempted to relocate Phyall to new accommodations on eleven occasions, he refused… Continue reading Man cuts off own head with chainsaw in protest to being forced to move

Pennsylvania · Political

Continental soldiers begin an armed protest against Congress after not receiving wages for their military services

June 20, 1783 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Approximately 400 continental soldiers protest Congress, demanding payment for their services during the American Revolutionary War The soldiers had assembled the day before, growing in number from 80 to 400. On June 20, they blocked the doors to the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall) and secured some of… Continue reading Continental soldiers begin an armed protest against Congress after not receiving wages for their military services

China · Massacres/Mass Murder · Political

Tiananmen Square Massacre

June 4, 1989 Beijing, China Chinese troops kill pro-democracy protestors at Tiananmen Square The protestors, primarily students, gathered in Beijing to call for the resignation of Chinese Communist Party leaders. After weeks of protests, the Chinese government sent in troops and tanks to disperse the protestors, shooting or running over the demonstrators who in turn… Continue reading Tiananmen Square Massacre