This Day in History

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June 15, 1955: Protest of Nuclear Attack Drills

When the Civil Defense Administration attempted to hold a drill simulating a nuclear attack, 27 activists in New York refused to take cover. They handed out pamphlets reading: "We will not obey this order to pretend, to evacuate, to hide... We refuse to cooperate."
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Zoot suiters lined up outside Los Angeles jail en route to court after feud with sailors. Black and white photo.

June 3, 1943: The Zoot Suit Riots

Racism led to the "zoot suit riots," during which white U.S. servicemen and police entered a majority-Mexican American neighborhood in East Los Angeles where they attacked and detained hundreds of young people.
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