this day in crime history: august 11, 1965

WattsRiot

On this date in 1965, a minor scuffle following a traffic stop in Los Angeles would escalate into what would become known as the Watts riots. The unrest would continue until August 17th. When it was all over, 34 people were killed, over 1000 injured, and 3400 arrested. Almost a thousand buildings, mostly businesses, were damaged or destroyed. Damage was estimated to be about $40 million.

Further reading:

Watts Rebellion (Los Angeles, 1965)

Wikipedia – Watts Riots

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3 thoughts on “this day in crime history: august 11, 1965

  1. John D.:
    I was just saying to Wifey the other day: One thing you can certainly say about the decade of the sixties…it was anything BUT uninteresting.
    We had more crap happening (then) than in any other decade I can recall since I’ve been alive.

    I lived through them…she was born in 1970.
    History is one helluva teacher, isn’t it?

    Good post.

    Roll safe & stay cool out there.

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