England

Two-day riot sparked after beer insulted

February 10, 1355 Oxford, England St. Scholastica's Day Riot In 1355 (depicted here with the incorrect date of 1354), a group of students from Oxford irritated a tavern owner when they remarked their beer was of poor quality. The landlord of the tavern was the town Mayor, and retorted with "stubborn and saucie language." The… Continue reading Two-day riot sparked after beer insulted

New Mexico

New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot

February 3, 1980 Santa Fe, New Mexico The New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot ends on the second day The riot was sparked by guards encouraging inmates to turn into informants leading to the "snitches" being targeted in the prison, inadequate conditions -- including overpopulation (at the time of the incident 1,136 prisoners were housed in… Continue reading New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot

Massacres/Mass Murder · Racially Motivated · Wyoming

The Rock Springs riot

September 2, 1885 Rock Springs, Wyoming A riot between white and Chinese miners breaks out, leaving 28-50 immigrant workers dead and 15 injured The riot was sparked by white miners' anger at the preferential hiring of Chinese miners. The Chinese miners received a smaller wage than their white counterparts, making them a more ideal candidate… Continue reading The Rock Springs riot