Unique Riots Throughout History

It’s part of human-nature to get angry and want to take action. But throughout history, there’s been some surprising reasons to break out in a riot.

Lager Beer Riot (U.S 1855) 

In 1855, the mayor of Chicago at the time made it illegal to open pubs on Sundays and simultaneously increased the cost of liquor licences.  The community of immigrants took this as action very personally and decided to riot about it. Police officers took fire and one person died during this event. The law was taken away once the Mayor finished his term.

Zoot Suit Riots (U.S 1943)

In 1943, the young Latino community in LA decided to wear flashy zoot suits despite the wartime efforts to limit the amount of wool per person. This particular style is originally associated with jazz music and was known as being related to gang activity. Soldiers therefore saw those wearing these suits as unpatriotic to America, and in turn attacked them and stripped them or their zoot suits.

Vaccine Riots (Brazil 1904) 

The city of Rio De Janerio’s mayor approved a program with the goal of modernizing the society, including demolishing old buildings and cleaning up water ways.  One measure however included having police and doctor enter the private homes of citizens to force vaccinations upon them.  This is what really pushed people to the edge and led to six days of rioting. Hundreds were injured, man deported and thirty people were killed.

Rites of Spring Riot (France, 1913)

Throughout history the exact story of what happened has been distorted.  But there is something about Igor Stravinsky and his obscure work Rites of Spring that seriously aggravated the Bourgeoisie crowd of the Paris premier.  The combination of strange music together with unsophisticated dancing led to complete uproar from the audience. The crowd began to fight as the show went on.

Lincoln Prison Riot (England, 2002)

Prison riots can evidently be caused by several factors, however because of sandwiches is a rather rare reason.  A change in the jail menu triggered a group of prisoners to attack a guard, steal his keys and free other prisoners. They managed to quickly stress the guards and it took eight hours for the guards to regain power. One person died from the riot and millions of dollars of damage was caused.

Nylon Riots (U.S, 1945)

During World War II, nylon products were a scarce entity and were saved merely for purposes of the army.  After Japan surrender, DuPont announced that over three-hundred millions pairs of stockings would be released for the Christmas season. To say the least, he highly exaggerated in his estimation. There were thousands and thousands of women who waited in line outside of stores to get their hands on nylon stocking and were very disappointed to leave without any.  The stores themselves were the one’s to suffer the most as potential customers destroyed the store while fighting over the stockings.