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 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…

The ending of the Tulsa Race Riot

June 1, 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma The Tulsa Race Riot ends with the wealthiest black community in Tulsa being burned to the ground The riot began after an alleged assault of a black 19-year-old male shoeshiner on a white 17-year-old female elevator operator on May 30. A witness heard the girl scream and a black man…

Heysel Stadium disaster

May 29, 1985 Brussels, Belgium A riot between fans preceding the 1985 European Cup Final results in the deaths of 39 and the injuries of over 600 The riots began as fans from the Juventus and Liverpool football clubs threw rocks at each other. Eventually, some Liverpool fans started climbing a fence into a “no-man’s…