This Day in History

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July 17, 1944: Port Chicago Disaster and Mutiny

A deadly munitions explosion occurred at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Port Chicago, California. When the surviving African Americans sailors demanded safer conditions before returning to work, they faced court martial and jail.
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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July 13, 1863: Draft Riots

The NYC Draft Riots were the largest civil insurrection in U.S. history besides the Civil War itself. White mobs attacked the African American community--committing murder and burning homes and institutions (including an orphanage.)
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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July 11, 1964: Lemuel Penn Killed

Athens-area Ku Klux Klan members shot and killed WWII veteran and DCPS assistant superintendent Lemuel Penn.
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Black and white photograph of a burning piano

July 11, 1951: Cicero Riot Over Housing Desegregation

Thousands of white people rioted after a young Black couple moved into an apartment in Cicero, Illinois, west of Chicago. They firebombed the building, overturned police cars, and threw stones at firefighters who tried to put out the fire.
Themes: African American, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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