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The L.A. Riots Began 20 Years Ago Today

The Los Angeles Riots began on April 29, 1992, after officers in the Rodney King case were acquitted of almost all charges. Here is an excerpt from The Mental Floss History of the United States about the riots and the events leading up to the violence. © David Butow/CORBIS SABA, 1992 While there had always been an [...]

5 Famous Riots and the Art They Inspired

With the chaos in the streets of London this week, we’ve been reading up on other riots in history. One thing several had in common: in addition to wreaking general havoc, they’ve inspired hit singles, feature films and more. 1. The Zoot Suit Riots That swinging, eponymous Cherry Poppin’ Daddies song that was all over the radio [...]