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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 [...]

Los Angeles Riots: Then and Now

7th Street and Union Ave, Westlake. Photos: Ted Soqui Twenty years ago, after a jury acquitted police officers on charges of excessive use of force against Rodney King, Los Angeles erupted in riots. Over the next [...]

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 [...]

Woman Sues Diddy for Child Support, Causing 9/11

Next time you wonder why the court system moves so slowly, look no further than crazypants lawsuits like this one clogging up the system. Sean “Diddy” Combs is being sued by an ex-lover for child support, loss of income, and causing the worst atrocity committed on American soil in modern history. And don’t even get me started [...]