Tagged: Alcatraz Prison

CALIFORNY IS THE PLACE YOU OUGHTA BE

August 11 in history:

Events and people from California stand out on August 11th in history…

On this date in 1934, the first civilian inmates arrived at the federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.

The Watts riots in Los Angeles began on August 11th, 1965, when violence occurred after police tried to arrest an African-American man in the Watts neighborhood for drunk driving.  The riots lasted nearly a week, with 34 people being killed and more than a thousand others injured.

The movie “American Graffiti” opened on this date in 1973.  George Lucas’s film takes place during a single night near the end of summer in a small California town.

And California native Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers, was born on August 11th, 1950.

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THE RIOT ACT

May 4th in history:

Four students died and nine others were wounded at Kent State University in Ohio on May 4th, 1970, after the Ohio National Guard began shooting to break up a demonstration against fighting in Vietnam and Cambodia.

On this date in 1886, a bomb exploded during a labor rally in Chicago. A policeman was killed by the explosion, and other officers fired into the crowd, leading to what became known as the Haymarket Square riot.

And a two-day riot at Alcatraz Prison in California ended on May 4th, 1946. Five people were killed in the uprising.