This Day in History

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Riot Sweeps Chicago | Zinn Education Project

July 27, 1919: Riot in Chicago

Sparked by a white police officer's refusal to make an arrest in the murder of a Black teenager, Chicago's Red Summer violence lasted almost a week. At least 38 people were killed and thousands of Black homes were looted and damaged.
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity
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July 26, 1950: No Gun Ri Massacre

During the No Gun Ri Massacre, the U.S. 8th Army, ordered that all Korean civilians traveling and moving around the country must be stopped.
Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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July 24, 1973: Twelve-Year-Old Santos Rodriguez Killed By Police

Twelve-year-old Santos Rodriguez and his 13-year-old brother David were pulled from their home in Dallas, Texas, handcuffed, and put inside a police car. Santos was killed when one of the officers played Russian roulette to try to force the boys to confess to a crime.
Themes: Criminal Justice & Incarceration, Latinx, Racism & Racial Identity
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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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