American Riots of the 20th Century

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I've decided to focus only on American riots, because I don't want this to be the longest list ever. Since this is a list of American riots, most of them are race riots.

Omaha, Nebraska is the most riotous city in the US, especially in the first half of the 20th century. I'm not bothering to include any of those, so when reading this chronological list mentally insert "Omaha Riot of 19-whatever" liberally throughout.

Honestly, I'm surprised there aren't more riots in New York during the second half of the last century. I'm surprised New Yorkers don't riot everyday. As for me, I have my own personal riots on a fairly regular basis. Usually in my kitchen.

Also, as I'm sure you've assumed, this isn't anywhere close to a complete list.

  • Robert Charles Riot in New Orleans, LA, 1900
  • Anti-Semitic Riot or Jacob Joseph Riot in New York City, 1902
  • Bloomington Race Riot, IN, 1903
  • Atlanta Race Riot, 1906
  • Springfield Race Right, IL, 1908
  • East St. Louis Riot, 1917
  • Houston Race Riot, 1917
  • May Day Riot in Cleveland, 1919
  • Red Summer of 1919
  • Tulsa Race Riot, 1921
  • Anti-Filipino Riots, California, 1927-1930
  • Chicago Rent Strike Riot, 1931
  • American Nazi Riot, New York City, 1934
  • Harlem Race Riot, 1935
  • Zoot Suit Riots, Los Angeles, 1943
  • Airport Homes Race Riots, Chicago, 1946
  • Peekskill Riot or the Paul Robeson Riot, NY 1949
  • Cicero Riot, Cicero, IL, 1951
  • El Cajon Boulevard Riot or the Drag Strip Riot, San Diego, CA, 1960
  • HUAC Riot, San Francisco, CA, 1960
  • Ole Miss Integration Riot, 1962
  • Cambridge Race Riot, MD, 1963
  • Philadelphia Race Riot, 1964
  • Rochester Race Riot, 1964
  • Harlem Race Riot, 1964
  • New Jersey Race Riots, 1964
  • Watts Riots, Los Angeles, 1965
  • Division Street Riot, Chicago, 1966
  • Compton's Cafeteria Riot, San Francisco, 1966
  • H. Rap Brown Riot, Cambridge, MD, 1967
  • Detroit Race Riot, 1967
  • North Minneapolis Race Riot, 1967
  • Tampa Race Riots, 1967
  • Newark and Plainfield Race Riots, 1967
  • Memphis Race Riot, 1967
  • Durham Race Riot, NC, 1967
  • Dow Riots, Madison, WI, 1967
  • Over 100 Race Riots across the country after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968
  • Stonewall Riot, New York City, 1969
  • Chicano Moratorium Riot, Los Angeles, 1970
  • Hard Hat Riot, New York City, 1970
  • Attica Prison Riot, 1971
  • Escambia High School Race Riot, Pensacola, FL, 1976
  • New York City Blackout Riot, 1977
  • White Night Riot, San Francisco, 1979
  • New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot, 1980
  • Aggieville Riots, Manhattan, KA, 1984 and 1986
  • Tampa Race Riots, 1987
  • Atlanta Prison Riots, 1987
  • Tompkins Square Park Police Riot, New York City, 1988
  • Guns N' Roses Riverport Riot, Maryland Heights, MO, 1991
  • Crown Heights Race Riot, Brooklyn, 1991
  • The LA Riots or the Rodney King Riots, 1992
  • Chicago Bulls NBA Championship Riot, 1993
  • St. Petersburg Race Riot, FL, 1996
  • The Boulder Beer Riot, Boulder, CO, 1997
  • Woodstock '99 Riot
  • The WTO Riots, Seattle, WA, 1999
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