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…

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…

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…

Cologne Massacre

August 24, 1349 Cologne, Germany Approximately 6,000 Jews accused of bringing the Black Death to the area and are burned at the stake On the night of Saint Bartholomew, the pogrom later called the "Slaughter of the Jews" took place. A riotous mob entered the Jewish quarter intent on eradicating who, they thought, brought the…